I (40 years old) learnt skiing last year at Stratton - a couple of lessons and then grinding it out first on greens till it clicked and then blues and finally a couple of black runs (Upper Standard, Upper Tamarack). Skied about 20 days last year. Did chicken out on the two places where Polar bear is a bit steep (felt like fall off) where i sideslipped my way down those two parts.
The Ski I used all season was the Rossi S86 162 cm (I am 5" 11', 185-190 pounds with moderate althleticism)
We are going to Vail the week before Christmas. Given the Flaton reputation and my abilities, at Vail, I am planning to start with the greens and then go with the Easy blues and then go to the harder blues (if I am ok with the easy blues first)
Q1: WHich blue Ski runs I should do? which should I stay away from until I have mastered the easy blues?
Q2: Do I need a longer ski (I have a super s7 195 cm bought in a sale at end of season, but think thats mostly towards the end of the week and only if it snows a lot), If so any suggestions (but only if you think the s86 doesn't cut it.
Q3: Are there any runs in the bowls I could try given above skill level (or is that a pipe dream)? Was hoping to do some powder skiing if it snows and try the SUPER S7
Q4: If I take a lesson, am I better off taking the group lesson (all day) or the Max 3 lesson
Q5: Is the ultimate 4 worth it (for my 5 yr old son who skiied in the stratton seasonal program for 20 days last year scan ski the Stratton greens and the lower standard (blue run) or should I stick to the 6 pack prepaid (which costs half the ultimate 4)? What run should I do with him on the first day (we reach there around 2 pm ish so will have time to catch a couple of runs that day before the ski school the next day
Thanks in advance.