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Check out the early bird private @ sierra at tahoe. Really good deal. I reccomend mike penney if he is still there, he is great.
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If you can spare a couple of days, think about doing a multi-day camp at one of those resorts.

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Or.....check out "Synergy Coaching & Alignment" for customized coaching!?  www.snowind.com

 

Could be exactly what you need to get to the next level?!

 

We are doing a two day camp associated with the Epicski gathering in February!  Check out the Tahoe gathering thread for details! 

 

 

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Do you have a pass at any of those resorts? If so, look into special lesson deals for passholders. I know we've got some at Alpine. A multi day clinic wouldn't be a bad idea, or you might be able to find someone with similar skill level and goals and split a couple days (or half-days) of private lesson cost. I know at Alpine/Squaw you can take up to 5 people in a private lesson, and the cost for a 1/2 day for a passholder is $300 - half the cost of a full day lesson. Also, midweek advanced group lessons are rarely busy - you will probably end up with just one or two others in your group, if not in a private. It shouldn't be hard to find good instructors who are excited to take you out, given what you've said. The lesson you describe is probably my favorite lesson to teach. I love helping people stretch their comfort zone while also showing them some of my favorite terrain on the mountain.

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Do you have a pass at any of those resorts? If so, look into special lesson deals for passholders. I know we've got some at Alpine. A multi day clinic wouldn't be a bad idea, or you might be able to find someone with similar skill level and goals and split a couple days (or half-days) of private lesson cost. I know at Alpine/Squaw you can take up to 5 people in a private lesson, and the cost for a 1/2 day for a passholder is $300 - half the cost of a full day lesson. Also, midweek advanced group lessons are rarely busy - you will probably end up with just one or two others in your group, if not in a private. It shouldn't be hard to find good instructors who are excited to take you out, given what you've said. The lesson you describe is probably my favorite lesson to teach. I love helping people stretch their comfort zone while also showing them some of my favorite terrain on the mountain.

 

 

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goranmilos,

 

You will find if you can take lessons midweek and you are intermediate or above, many times you will have a private or semi private lesson without paying for a private lesson.  The only thing about group lessons is you do not get to choose your instructor and may not draw the best experience from the lesson as you would a private you request with a higher certified, more experienced instructor.

 

foot for thought!

 

good luck!

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Goran - if you haven't headed to Utardia yet, head to Sundance and see if you can't get in a class with Bruce.  He's a Level 3 instructor and ends up with the adult students.  It's a really small school and you could potentially end up with some mis-matches in your class, but they work hard to accommodate and do an excellent job.

Bruce sincerely knows his stuff and is worth seeking out.

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Check out Squaw's full day group lesson.  I signed up and got 5 hours private with an instructor because noone else showed up in my level.  I think its about $130.

 

http://www.squaw.com/lessons-rentals/adult-lessons/group

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Goranmilos - Having had a LOT of experience with group and private lessons, I think Bud has a point that how much you learn depends a lot on the teacher you have (how much experience, level, ability to diagnose your weaknesses and ability to communicate solutions in a way you can understand).  A lot also depends on your state of readiness to receive the info (as well as ridiculous thiings like your ability, etc etc).  Privates are expensive.  During the week, especially in lousy conditions, its not uncommon for a group lesson to become a private.  Clinics can be really good but again fit and circumstances can work optimally or less than optimally.  Sugar Bowl is supposed to have free lessons at all levels during the week (I could be wrong about that).  I think Squaw may have something similar on Tuesdays (not sure).  Alpine has a wonderful variety of terrain that is available when the weather is reasonably normal.  Maybe just check those groups out.

Also look for special programs that you may fit the criteria for (lots of programs at Squaw).  Hope that helps.  Talk to people everywhere (on lifts, wherever) and ask for teacher recommendations!

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Thread got revived - good thing with all this new snow coming to Tahoe. I did make my way to Utah (end of Jan./Feb.) and had a really great instructor at Alta. Some posts on another thread on the subject of "what do you expect from a lesson ..." are similar to my experience. Lesson was more of a "guided tour", but instructor gave us (2 skiers in group lesson for $50/2 hours- steal !!!) few pointers that were very helpful. My understanding is: do not expect huge improvements, rather work on small "hints" that instructor gives you. That helped a lot. Of course I couldn't ask for pointers for "powder skiing" since there was no "powder", but for existing conditions instructor was great giving us hints to progress in given conditions. My first day after the first lesson I went to Snowbasin and practiced all day single technique that instructor suggested. Bingo !!! Went back to Alta and skied Yellow Trail Area - with confidence, not with grace but skied the area like I was not stuck there by accident. 

 

Conclusion: do not expect to improve dramatically from the few lessons but rather take each lesson as an introduction for "homework" to be done the following day on the hill. Next time I would stick with the same instructor with few days in between to "digest" what was suggested during the lesson so he/she can properly evaluate progress or lack of such. Sucky part is how do you ensure to get the same instructor for group lesson other than going private? Gray area, is it OK to ask instructor if he/she will be teaching on the certain day and which level ?  

 

I will be in Tahoe April 9-16 (if some huge "act of God" does not melt all the snow before that) and will surely have few lessons. Alpine and/or Kirkwood seem likely as of now - we'll see what "wacky weather" dictates. 

Please share your experiences with instructions in Tahoe area, any input is greatly appreciated by many !!!

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I don't know how it works at other areas, but I can tell you how it works at Alpine.

 

There's no guaranteeing you'll get the same instructor from one day to the next in a group lesson. The only way to guaranty you get a specific instructor for a lesson is to book a private lesson and request that person. But if you do take a group lesson and you see the instructor you want is teaching groups that day, it is not unheard of to request that they get switched to whichever group you're on. This can't always be accommodated, but if it is possible, the supervisors will usually allow it. And if you are doing it on back-to-back days, if you ask the instructor in the afternoon about the next day, they can sometimes get the schedule juggled so that they're on your group level for the next day.

 

And of course, if you liked your instructor that much, please consider tipping them. At least at Alpine, we get paid less for teaching groups than we do for request privates (like 25-30% less per hour). And group lesson students tend to tip less frequently than private students. 

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