Ski School

Ski la Réserve is a place to experience freedom, enjoy pure thrills and have unlimited fun. Here, skiers
and surfers of all ages unite to share the same passion.

The resort offers a magnificent setting and exceptional landscapes with, among other things a fantastic
view on Ouareau and Archambault lakes. Thrills are guaranteed for experience sliders and beginners alike.

This section is devoted to beginners and is a wealth of useful information to help you make your first steps a real fun experience.


To get the most fun from winter sports, you need to be dressed properly – not too much and not too little. If you dress too warmly, you’ll be hot within a few minutes of exercising. However, if you don’t dress warmly enough, you’ll be shivering once you slow the pace. You need to adopt a proven strategy: dress like an onion.

It’s best to wear several layers of clothing. This allows you to take one layer off if you get warm, put it back on if you get cold, or keep them all on.

Your clothing should meet 3 criterias: it should keep you warm, keep you dry and protect you from the wind.


Your first barrier against the cold is your underwear. In addition to keeping you warm, they must be breathable to wick away perspiration. There are two types of material for ski underwear, each with its advantages and disadvantages.

  • Merino wool technical underwear
  • Synthetic technical underwear.


To keep you warm up more efficiently, you will need to add an intermediate layer to your ski suit.

  • The thickness of this layer can be moreless important according to:
  • The intensity of your sport.
  • Your resistance to cold while you are outside.

The Polartec reference

The undisputed star of the fleece jacket is the Polartec brand, widely used by manufacturers. This material meets all the criteria that are expected of a ski jacket:

  • it’s keeps warm
  • it’s light
  • it’s breathable
  • it’s comfortable


Ski jacket

Again, the choice of your ski jacket will depend on your skier profile. From the least insulating to the most insulating, you will be able to choose:

  • A jacket or coat without insulation (called shell)
  • A jacket or coat with insulation
  • A down jacket (to put under the shell)

For a better comfort and an optimal protection, we also advise you to choose with the following characteristics:

  • Zipped vents to increase moisture transfer, especially under the arms
  • Seams heat sealed to prevent water infiltration under the jacket
  • Sleeves and a snow skirt to prevent snow from entering the jacket
  • Water repellent treatment on the jacket membrane to prevent moisture absorption

Ski pants

Whatever the board sport you practice, you will need a pair of tailored ski pants. Again, we will focus on the impermeability, breathability and thermal insulation. However, there are some differences depending on the discipline:

  • Snowboarding: surf pants offer more padding than classic ski pants, so it’s often a bit wider
  • Freeride: In contact with the powder, the freerider will need a very high impermeability, that is to say greater than 20 000 mm Schmerber inside of the membranes to be preferred in the choice of your ski pants, we will mention Gore-Tex and Primaloft.


Gloves, mittens and undergloves

To keep your hands in your pockets during your stay, put on a pair of gloves or mittens to keep your fingers warm.

  • Gloves: they guarantee better handling than mittens
  • Mittens: they offer better thermal insulation than gloves
  • Undergloves: to gain warmth under a pair of gloves or maneuverability under a pair of mittens.


Socks are just as important in your outfit as your ski underwear. Avoid using cotton socks or overlaying several pairs of socks (risk of squeezing the foot) and instead favor the purchase of a good pair of ski socks. In addition to keeping you warm, they will make your ski boots more comfortable.


When it’s cold, our body loses heat, especially by the head. Hence the interest of isolating well to not be cold. For this, there are once again several solutions:

  • Cap: first barrier against the cold
  • Helmet: in addition to protecting from the cold, it guarantees your safety in case of a fall


For more information ask the Shop at 819 424-1373 ext.226


Quick-drying long underwear containing polyester (or polypropylene) wicks away moisture. Avoid cotton if possible. This
fabric absorbs moisture quickly and offers no insulation. Underwear should cling to the body.


Over the top of your underwear, wear a polar fleece sweater, or one with a roll neck, made of synthetic fibres.


Chose a weatherproof jacket that will block the wind, and one in wich you can move easily.


Like your jacket, choose pants that are weatherproof and will block the wind. The bottons of the pant legs must be wide enough to cover your ski or snowboard boots. Don’t try to tuck your pants into your boots – this will cause problems with circulation and uncomfortable chafing on the calves.


Avoid Jeans or any other fabric that absorbs water


Choose socks that are thick, long and soft. Once again, choose synthetic material rather thant cotton. Avoid wearing more than one pair of socks, as they can block your circulation and make your feet cold.


Wear waterproof gloves or mittens. If you really feel the cold, consider purchasing glove liners, under mitts or hand-warmers**: they’ll provide a little extra warmth.(** on sale at the ski shop)


A helmet is strongly recommended, but not mandatory. It protects your head and keeps it warm too. When needed, a balaclava will protect your face from cold.

Ski Goggles

It is preferable to wear ski goggles. They provide you with better vision at all times, no matter what the weather conditions are.

Lesson-Equipment rental

1st stop: Customer Service Counter (ticket counter)

The Customer Service representatives are there to help you choose the package that suit you best.

There are several options to choose from: Private lessons, group lessons or “Initiation” packages.

When planning your first activity, we recommend that you contact the Mont La Réserve Ski & Surf School at least 24 hours in advance to book you lessons. Please call our toll-free number: 1 877 424-1373, ext. 233, or send an email to:

For beginners, we recommend the following packages: “Iniski” (skiing initiation) or “Inisurf” (snowboarding initiation). These packages will give you an idea of the basics of sliding at a very good price.

They include :

  • a one-day ticket
  • equipment rental for the day (helmet not inlcuded in the
    package but available at the rental shop)
  • a group lesson for 1 hour

At Mont La Réserve, lift ticket give you free access to the snow tubing slopes.

Plan to arrive at the resort about 30 to 45 minutes in advance of your lesson time. Arrival times may vary depending on numbers.

2nd stop: The Rental Shop

The rental shop is on the ground floor. Go down the stairs and turn left.

Once in the rental shop, you’ll need to fill in a rental form and give it to the clerk with your proof of payment (cash slip provide by Customer Service or the Ski & Surf School)

The rental shop clerks will help you choose your equipment and adjust it to your size and weight.

You may leave your own boots at the rental shop, but we also offer the option of renting a locker for the day for $ 6.50 plus taxes. Mont La Réserve is not responsible for lost or stolen articles.

3rd stop: The school bell

Come to the designated area to meet your instructor. The instructor will usually be waiting for you at the Ski & Surf School.

Once the lesson has ended, you may continue to practice on the beginner’s slope or take advantage of our snow tubing slopes.

The runs for beginners are marked with a green circle. Mont La Réserve offers superb areas for beginners, with wide, gentle slopes that are well maintained. At the end of you lesson, your instructor will tell you wich runs you’ll have most fun on, depending on your skill level.

We offer a discount for the second visit, to allow you to continue your instruction and to gain confidence.

Code Of Conduct

Mountain Code of Conduct

For your own safety, and for people around you, we invite you to read the Mountain Code of Conduct, applicable in every resorts in Quebec.

Be vigilant and respectful of the code of conduct.

It’s your responsibility.

Have fun – safely!

Ski la Réserve recommends wearing a helmet for sliding sports. A helmet is mandatory in the snowpark, for youths 12 years old and under who take any lesson with the Ski & Surf School, and for all youths and adults enrolled in racing or free-style programs with the Ski & Surf School.We invite all skiers and surfers to learn about the benefits of wearing a helmet. The basis of everyone’s safety, and their prime obligation, is to ski and surf in a controlled, responsible manner.


Further information

Parking at Ski La Réserve is free. When the resort is very busy, a parking attendant will tell you where to park. Otherwise, choose the parking space you want and then walk to the ski lodge.