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I'm heading up to Killington Feb 24-27 and taking my girlfriend with me for the first time. I know that trying to teach her would not be a good idea as the combination of not knowing how to teach proper technique and the insanity of spending time at Snowshed would drive me insane.

 

I had thought that if she took a private lesson with a friend via Killington that she could spend a half day and try to enjoy herself but looking at private lessons the costs are crazy(about $250 each without lift ticket). Can anyone recommend an instructor that is not associated with Killington that might be a bit more reasonable. She would probably get much more out of a private lesson.

 

Thanks.

post #2 of 6

It is against the law for a ski instructor to work freelance at most resorts, which is a prosecutable offense called "theft of service," so be warned that what you are requesting could get you and the ski instructor in trouble with the ski area and/or the law. I would advise putting your girlfriend in an afternoon beginner's group lesson. The chances are that not many other students will show up for the p.m. class and your GF will get a semi-private or private lesson for the cost of a group lesson (big savings).

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nolo is absolutely correct, but here is the question you have to ask yourself. Do you want to keep this girl as your girlfriend? It sounds like you want to ski the mountain, you are going for 4 days, even if she takes private lessons from the top people there she is barely going to be skiing the easiest greens and probably staying at Snowshed and or Ramshead. I would not be taking a beginner new skier up to the peak and skiing the green runs up there, (Great Northern or Great Eastern) even if she could handle after some lessons the "greens" at Snowshed. If you want to be skiing and staying with this woman you have to sacrifice. It will take time to become a skier with the ability to get around a place as large and spread out as Killington. It will be slow going, if you rush her she will hate the sport and maybe you.  This is an investment  that will cost money and TIME. Your best bet is to do the 1st time 3 day learner package ( check their website) and get the extra 3 free days at Pico and come up later in the season to use those 3 days.

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I didn't think before I posted originally and if I had I would have realized there is no way Killington or any resort would allow non-associated instructors to teach.
 

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Originally Posted by Snowbowler View Post

nolo is absolutely correct, but here is the question you have to ask yourself. Do you want to keep this girl as your girlfriend? It sounds like you want to ski the mountain, you are going for 4 days, even if she takes private lessons from the top people there she is barely going to be skiing the easiest greens and probably staying at Snowshed and or Ramshead. I would not be taking a beginner new skier up to the peak and skiing the green runs up there, (Great Northern or Great Eastern) even if she could handle after some lessons the "greens" at Snowshed. If you want to be skiing and staying with this woman you have to sacrifice. It will take time to become a skier with the ability to get around a place as large and spread out as Killington. It will be slow going, if you rush her she will hate the sport and maybe you.  This is an investment  that will cost money and TIME. Your best bet is to do the 1st time 3 day learner package ( check their website) and get the extra 3 free days at Pico and come up later in the season to use those 3 days.


That was the intent of my post - to ask about lessons for her so I could have time skiing myself and then spend some time with her at Snowshed. I would never expose her to the horror that is Great Northern and I think just the Gondola ride itself to the top would panic her. I want her to learn and ski at her own pace and I will join her here and there but thank goodness she will have a friend learning with her.

 

I did call Killington last week and for $209 I can do the 3 day program. Even if she only uses a 2 of 3 days its worth it.

post #5 of 6

Glad you got it covered, jp! Best of luck that she takes to it like a natural.

post #6 of 6

thats great that she will have a friend with her and you get some ski time in. Sounds like you have a good plan, hope she and her friend have a good time and get all the use from the lesson package. If she likes skiing try to get up and use those other 3 days at Pico that she gets as part of that package. That is a real quiet laid back area, more terrain over there for her to explore at an easy pace.

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