My 7 year-old son has participated in Copper Mountain's Scooters program for the last few seasons. He and I have always been happy with the program and the instructors. This year, my boy was sick over one weekend and missed a day of Scooters, so Copper's Ski School staff generously offered to give us a group lesson credit during a weekend in February.
We scheduled the make-up for February 11. When we showed up, there was only one other boy in the blue/black lesson area and the instructor was Bob Barnes. Bob explained that he had offered to stand in that day because Copper was short on instructors. I'd never met Bob before, but recognized his name from his participation here and on TGR. We chatted briefly and then he and the two boys were off.
5.5 hours later, my son told me that Bob had given him the best lesson day ever on the mountain. Based on the Flaik data (because my son's accounts are never very accurate), they logged over 17,000 vertical feet (~30% on blacks) and hit the terrain park twice, NASTAR three times, the half-pipe three times and every chair at Copper except Alpine and the two western beginner chairs. Bob twice videoed them to help work on upper/lower body separation in the bumps and steeps and reviewed the videos at lunch.
My son is generally only quasi-enthusiastic about lessons, but he has asked several times in the last 36 hours if he can take another lesson with Bob.
I'm beyond impressed that Bob could drag two 7 year-olds around the entire mountain at such a frenetic pace and still have them begging for more.
If anyone in Colorado wants their kids (or themselves) to have an amazing lesson experience, track Bob down through his profile here.
Kudos to you, Bob - in my son's words: "Mr. Barnes is the best freakin' ski instructor in the world - even better than you, Dad!"
Please note: My son picked up "freakin'" from me, not Bob... :(