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Going to Jackson Hole next week, and could use some lesson advice. Instructors?

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So I'm going to JH for my first time ever next week! Skiing February 4th through the 6th. So stoked! I'll be going with my gf. This will be my first time skiing with her, and I'm really excited about that, too. She says she's a good skier, but I've never seen her ski, so I'm planning on spending my first day on the mountain with her to kind of get a grip on where she really stands (not to mention myself), then taking lessons on Saturday, the 5th.

 

I'm a big fan of taking lessons at every mountain I go to. I've loved the variety of instruction I've received, and getting to experience each place to the fullest (of my ability). However, I took a look at the prices at JH and they are WAAAYYYYY more expensive than any lesson I've ever paid for before. HOWEVER, I know that the instruction there must be absolutely top notch, especially with the likes of Bob Peters and Tetonpwdrjunkie.

 

Since my gf and I might be at different levels of skiing, I'm leaning toward a private lesson for us, but dang. $620 is a lot of money, especially when I know how much of that the resort keeps to themselves versus how much the instructor gets paid. A real shame, but I digress.

 

So my main question is, should we just suck it up and pay the big bucks, or should we maybe just take AM classes ($435 is a tad more palatable). It would be pretty epic to learn from the greats here, such as Mr. Peters!

 

Secondly, can I book any of you guys directly, or are any of you free that day for me to be able to request? If not, do you have any particular instructor recommendations?

 

Any advice or wisdom you may have about lessons at JH is most appreciated. Thanks.

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Why not do group lessons? That way your gf and you would get what each of you need and neither of you will be frustrated by the other. It's much less expensive as well.
post #3 of 8

Tetonpowderjunkie is a member here and an instructor at JH.  If he's not available I'm sure he can suggest someone.

 

Bob Peters is an Icon of JH and a member here, a guide at JH and may have some suggestions as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

To say that Tetonpowderjunkie and Bob Peters are members here is almost diminishing their presence.  They freakin Rock!!!

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In the dark recesses between "member" and "icon" status lurk the rest of us...

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Originally Posted by habacomike View Post

Why not do group lessons? That way your gf and you would get what each of you need and neither of you will be frustrated by the other. It's much less expensive as well.


That's a good thought, and actually what I'm leaning toward now. However, I was thinking it might be good to book a private lesson in order to guarantee a particular instructor that one of you guys might like. Tough call. If I ski with her, and she ends up being way below me in level, then the group lessons would definitely be the way to go. If we end up being around the same level, then I would've wished I had set up a private lesson. Hmmmm.

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It's not just about the level, it is also about comfort with skiing the terrain.  My understanding is that lots of couples go to JH and take a lesson together.  Often their is a mismatch in their actual comfort in skiing at their technique.  I'll let you speculate which way that goes.  There are some classic posts about couples skiing together in a lesson at JH and the outcomes.  One in particular was not very good.

 

If you sign up for group lessons and both are the same level, then you'll probably ski together.  If not, then everybody gets most of what they want.  More likely to come out of the day with everyone happy.

 

Mike

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Great points. Comfort level would be a huge factor, indeed. Thankfully, she's a tough gal, and loves pushing herself. I LOVE trail running with her. She charges up and down the cliffsides with me. :)

 

Maybe I shouldn't worry about booking anything, and just see how things go when I get there.

post #8 of 8

I can vouch for tetonpowderjunkie.  Three friends and I got a private lesson from him when we went last year and really enjoyed it.  If you decide to go the private lesson route, just ask for him!

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