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Private Lesson for Two Different Levels

post #1 of 8
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Hi,

Is it okay to schedule a half-day or full-day private lesson for two people of different levels?  The lower end person is very athletic and strong and has skied for one day as a green skier moving into parallels and the higher end (not by that much) is relatively comfortable with blues and pole planting, but scared of speed.  I'd prefer to stay together for vacation purposes but want to learn.  The blue skier will not go straight (relatively) downhill on greens (will still make lots of turns to slow down), but has the basics pretty much covered.  can a good instructor work with this or is this too different?  All the resorts I've considered say that privates with additional people must be at the same level.  I don't mind working on more drills, etc to make up for time on easier slopes.

post #2 of 8

Yes it's definitely doable. There is a lot an instructor can teach the blue level skier while on greens (and that is probably where they would start that person anyway to ensure that new drills are done well within their comfort zone).

 

However, if you feel that your levels are too far differentiated then simply split the day in half (half day the instructor takes one person and half the other). I've done this before with my wife and highly recommend it.

post #3 of 8

To me this does not sound like it would create any problems for a competent instructor. We do this all the time in group lessons and if it is only two people, and they're fine with being on the same slope/trail, then it should be easy to manage. If the two people don't get along with one another, are super competitive, or just antagonistic, it might be another story.

 

I routinely teach private lessons with multiple people in them. Our mountain allows up to 5 in a 'private' lesson. I've also arranged it with clients that they hire me for a full day or half day and then rotate people through the lesson. We'll set up a meeting point/time and maybe I'll spend a couple hours with the boys, then a couple with the girls (or older/younger people, or whatever).

 

The only reason what you describe wouldn't be "OK" is if the mountain has some real rule against it. And in my opinion, if that's their rule, they should soften it, change it, or you should consider taking your business elsewhere.

post #4 of 8

My feeling with groups is that as long as everyone is happy skiing at roughly the same speed on roughly the same terrain I don't care how many ability levels are present. In privates I don't even care about that much of a match, as long as all agree that what they are getting will of necessity be biased to the safety of the weaker skier. The scenario as you present it sounds like no problem for an experienced instructor as functionally the two are at the lame level; one held back by not knowing how to ride the ski, the other by not knowing how to trust the ski. I (too often) say the problem with skiing is that your head is trying to kill you, so some time spent on easier terrain letting the skis run without feeling the need to ride the brakes, or pressure to "move up" to harder terrain can work wonders for confidence, and thus technique in general.    

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Originally Posted by swimbaby26 View Post
The blue skier will not go straight (relatively) downhill on greens (will still make lots of turns to slow down)


 

Well, this is good, as going straight down a green trail is pretty reckless, and doesn't require any skiing ability anyhow. That being said, when you book a private lesson, you are already setting yourself up with a higher level of competency in the instructor pool than if you were in a group lesson. In order to get privates (where the real money is), instructors have to have some experience and usually some certification. So your instructor will have no problem giving both people plenty to work on. Most good technique training happens on green terrain anyways.

post #6 of 8
As a skier, not an instructor, I think it's a great idea. My wife and I do this.

And pay attention and be willing to work during the easy lessons. Don't make a mistake and just blow that part off. I honestly think I get more out of the opportunity to refine and reinforce the basics when we do this, than I do when the lessons get to "my" level.
post #7 of 8

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Originally Posted by Sinecure View Post it might be another story.

 

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I've also arranged it with clients that they hire me for a full day or half day and then rotate people through the lesson. We'll set up a meeting point/time and maybe I'll spend a couple hours with the boys, then a couple with the girls (or older/younger people, or whatever). ...


This is how my wife, daughter and I routinely set it up and it works well for us.

post #8 of 8

If this is your spouse/potential spouse/older kid, I STRONGLY recommend taking lessons separately, especially if at different levels. Spouses and kids can be verynonono2.gif self conscious around the husband/wife/parent in a learning environment that is challenging.  Nerves tend it get in the way of learning.  They'll do MUCH better focusing one on one with a different instructor or even in a group that you aren't a part of.  I've seen this phenomenon from both sides as an instructor and with my own kids.

 

Now, if you're talking about a same sex/platonic  buddy  or work mate then sharing an instructor for a semi private would work just fine.icon14.gif

 

P.S.  That close relative/loved one will NEVER tell you that they'd rather take the ski lesson without you for fear of hurting your feelings, but I can guarantee that it is true most of the time.


Edited by crgildart - 2/17/12 at 12:16pm
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