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post #1 of 12
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Hi everyone!

 

My wife and I will be in Breckenridge a couple of days during the middle of the week in February. I was wondering if anyone could recomend a private instructor. My wife skied for the first time two years ago in Winter Park and has not really tried ever since. I would love to get her off the begginner slopes

 

Thanks

Nick

post #2 of 12

Nick- I would look up Jonathan Lawson. If not him I am sure he can suggest the perfect match. I think he is listed on the Epic ski instructor listing section.

post #3 of 12

There was another thread about 2 weeks ago with the same question.  In it there were several good suggestions... worth looking for.  (If I remember correctly, one upshot was that JL is not at Breck this year.)

post #4 of 12

Jon now skis at Loveland.

 

Whatever you do, don't rush her onto more challenging terrain.

 

Your best bet is to begin on Peak Nine, either out of the Village or Beaver Run.

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Your best bet is to ...


see if Kneale is available.
 

post #6 of 12

I would like to piggyback this thread.  I am a level 5-6 skier wanting lessons in Breck the second week in Feb.  I will be skiing weekdays.  Mostly, I am a slow, somewhat cautious skier who enjoys skiing blues all day.  I am wanting to take lessons to improve my technique (haven't had a lesson since day 1) and to gain the skill and confidence to possbily ski blue-blacks or blacks without moguls.  I wish I could afford a private lesson, but can't.  Does anyone have thoughts as to whether I should sign up for an Ultimate Four (max 4 students/instructor) for levels 1-4, or a group lesson?.  And, will I be OK in an intermediate/advanced group lesson, or are most of the people in those groups more advances or aggressive skiers?  Does the smaller group give you better instruction, or are the group lessons usually pretty small anyway? 

 

Thanks for your comments/suggestions!  I would love to hear from anyone who has recently taken an "intermediate" level lesson at Breck.

post #7 of 12

You may want to see if Randy Brooks is available! Awesome skier, great guy, excellent instr..... He knows Breck inside and out, he's been teaching there for a long time.

post #8 of 12

 If you're happy skiing blues with mostly parallel turns, you can take a Level 5 lesson at the Intermediate Lineup at Breck.  Ultimate 4s are supposed to be limited to Level 4 (green terrain) and below.  For the price of an Ultimate 4 you could take almost a couple intermediate lessons here.  The group size most likely would be less than 8.  Level 5s work on easier blue terrain to develop tactics for moving onto more difficult blues and easier blacks.  Level 6s work toward more groomed blacks.  Level 7s work toward ungroomed.

post #9 of 12

Thanks for this clarification, Kneale.  I will get signed up for an intermediate level group class then, as it sounds like the level 5 as you've described is exactly what I need.  I will be there on Monday, Feb. 7, so hopefully things won't be too busy then and I'll get in a smaller group, too.  Do you work with level 5 group lessons?  Is there a particular instructor or set of instructors I should look for, if possible, or are you allowed to comment?  THANKS!

post #10 of 12

I teach private lessons in the Breckenridge Ski and Ride School. Breckenridge has a great terrain to progress: if you start on the gentle slopes on Peak 9 or 7, you can *gradually* take your wife to more advanced slopes. There's no need to rush: the sense of adventure and fun is the most enjoyable part of skiing. Sometimes that cup of hot chocolate at a Ten Mile Station or the Vista Haus is what we remember for years :) I hope your wife and you enjoy the Breckenridge experience.

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Thanks for this clarification, Kneale.  I will get signed up for an intermediate level group class then, as it sounds like the level 5 as you've described is exactly what I need.  I will be there on Monday, Feb. 7, so hopefully things won't be too busy then and I'll get in a smaller group, too.  Do you work with level 5 group lessons?  Is there a particular instructor or set of instructors I should look for, if possible, or are you allowed to comment?  THANKS!



 Intermediate lineups are managed by supervisors who determine which instructors handle which lesson groups depending upon a number of factors, including whether the instructor has returning students that day, where the instructors rank under Breckenridge's priority assignment system  and their level of certification.

 

There are lineups at both Peak 8 (top of the gondola) and Ten Mile Station on Peak 9.  When I work intermediate lessons it's at the latter location.  I currently am scheduled at the Ten Mile lineup Monday, Feb. 7, but that doesn't mean I'd work or that I'd be assigned to level 5.

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Hi everyone!

 

My wife and I will be in Breckenridge a couple of days during the middle of the week in February. I was wondering if anyone could recomend a private instructor. My wife skied for the first time two years ago in Winter Park and has not really tried ever since. I would love to get her off the begginner slopes

 

Thanks

Nick


Nick,

I admire you desire to ski with your wife but I see something I want to discuss in your original post. I see your desire for her to improve but is that her desire? Sometimes that is the biggest impediment to her improvement. If she's just doing it for you that isn't always enough motivation for her to step out of her comfort zone far enough to handle harder terrain. In my experience that's the most common cause of spouses choosing to quit the sport, or choosing to not ski together. I'm not saying that's your situation as much as pointing out that patience and a stronger focus on sharing the experience at their level is sometimes the key to their desire to improve.

  

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