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The wife and I are green/easy blue skiers and we are heading on a week long ski trip this year after not being able to ski all of last year.  We've decided we want to take a lesson and I'm wondering if we should take it the first day of our trip, or ski a day to get comfortable on skis again, then take the lesson.

 

Any opinions?  Or does it really mater all that much?

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Welcome to EpicSki!  Where have you skied before?  How many seasons or days have you skied?  Where are you going?  Do you have a long travel day to get to the destination?  What time of year?

 

Since green/blue/black are only relative to a given mountain, it helps a lot to know what experiences you've had.  A blue at some places is harder than a black at others.

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Thank you for the warm welcome!  Sorry I was a little short with the info.

 

Our first trip was a week long trip to Park City in 2010.  We took our never ever lessons there and had a great instructor who was able to get us off to a great start.  We took another week long trip that same season to Breckenridge.  Last year we weren't able to get a trip in.  And that brings us to this year, we are headed to Beaver Creek the week before Christmas.   

 

We have somewhat of a long travel day of about 6 or 7 hours (if the flights stay on time rolleyes.gif).

post #4 of 15
I would definitely take the lesson on the first day of the trip . Since you haven't been to Beaver Creek , the instructor
will take you to the area that best fits your abilities .

Oh and definitely spend at least a day at Vail . They do have a shuttle (free I believe ) that can take you there .
Lots of blue runs at Vail .
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Thank you for the warm welcome!  Sorry I was a little short with the info.

 

Our first trip was a week long trip to Park City in 2010.  We took our never ever lessons there and had a great instructor who was able to get us off to a great start.  We took another week long trip that same season to Breckenridge.  Last year we weren't able to get a trip in.  And that brings us to this year, we are headed to Beaver Creek the week before Christmas.   

 

We have somewhat of a long travel day of about 6 or 7 hours (if the flights stay on time rolleyes.gif).

No problem.  It's just easier for others to give advice when they know some background.  Sounds like have been bitten by the ski bug bad . . . which is good! biggrin.gif

 

Assuming you didn't have any altitude issues in CO last time, starting out with a lesson seems like a good idea.  The instructor can check that your equipment is suitable.  If you are there before the crowds, a group lesson could have just a few people.  If you can get an instructor who is Level 2 or above, that's ideal.  Never hurts to ask.  Definitely worth asking if you are booking a private lesson.

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Definatley get it on the first day.  It will set you up for success for the whole week.  The real question is "how do I get a good instructor".  As others wrote, at the very least request a certified instructor with at least a Level 2, preferably a Level 3 Cert.  Also ask for specific reccomendations here by name, just offer the resort and time you are going.  No doubt you will get lots of reccomendations.

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Definatley get it on the first day.  It will set you up for success for the whole week.  The real question is "how do I get a good instructor".  As others wrote, at the very least request a certified instructor with at least a Level 2, preferably a Level 3 Cert.  Also ask for specific reccomendations here by name, just offer the resort and time you are going.  No doubt you will get lots of reccomendations.

Best if you put resort name and date into a thread title.  The certification we are talking about is by PSIA, Professional Ski Instructors Assoc.

post #8 of 15

Whoops, PSIA = Professional Ski Instructors of America.

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post #9 of 15
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the help everyone!

Sounds like we will be taking lessons on the first day. I've thought about group lessons, but I think I'm going to stick with private. I like the idea of being able to request an instructor. The lesson is mainly for my wife, she has a major fear of losing control and having a terrible fall. She is a very cautious skier which I think holds her back, and keeps her from progressing as she could. She tells everyone she is bad skier and I always laugh and say "I can count the number of times you've fallen on one hand!". I don't think she fell 1 time during our first lesson, when I fell 15 seconds after putting on skis!tongue.gif

Any recommendations for an instructor who is good at teaching cautious beginner skiers? My wife said she might prefer a female instructor, any recommendations there too?

And I can't figure out how edit the thread title to put the resort name in it, can anyone point me in the right direction?
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Any recommendations for an instructor who is good at teaching cautious beginner skiers? My wife said she might prefer a female instructor, any recommendations there too?
And I can't figure out how edit the thread title to put the resort name in it, can anyone point me in the right direction?

Probably simplest if you just start a new thread.  Regular members can't edit a thread title.  My impression is that longer titles with more info generally get noticed more easily by knowledgeable people.

 

I would think you can call the ski school a few weeks before to talk about what you want.

 

A good book for women who are dealing with fear while skiing is by Mermer Blakeslee.

 

http://www.amazon.com/A-Conversation-Fear-Mermer-Blakeslee/dp/1617562726

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A good book for women who are dealing with fear while skiing is by Mermer Blakeslee.

 

http://www.amazon.com/A-Conversation-Fear-Mermer-Blakeslee/dp/1617562726

 

Actually this is a good book for anyone who is fearful of doing just about anything.

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Actually this is a good book for anyone who is fearful of doing just about anything.

While I think that's true of Blakeslee's book for someone who skis, I'm not sure how much a non-skier would get from it.  I found it an interesting read even though fear is not a big issue for me when skiing.  I learned before high school.  I wanted to understand folks who do have fear issues, especially women who learned to ski as adults.  I found examples that made sense based on fears I've had doing non-skiing stuff.

post #13 of 15
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Originally Posted by Shibby View Post

Thanks for the help everyone!
Sounds like we will be taking lessons on the first day. I've thought about group lessons, but I think I'm going to stick with private. I like the idea of being able to request an instructor. The lesson is mainly for my wife, she has a major fear of losing control and having a terrible fall. She is a very cautious skier which I think holds her back, and keeps her from progressing as she could. She tells everyone she is bad skier and I always laugh and say "I can count the number of times you've fallen on one hand!". I don't think she fell 1 time during our first lesson, when I fell 15 seconds after putting on skis!tongue.gif
Any recommendations for an instructor who is good at teaching cautious beginner skiers? My wife said she might prefer a female instructor, any recommendations there too?
And I can't figure out how edit the thread title to put the resort name in it, can anyone point me in the right direction?

 

 

Welcome to Epic, nice to have you and your wife here.  A little reading and you will see there are some real skiers here. Having specialized for many years on fear I would like to point out (the comments you presented regarding your wife) that if you can find a Level 2 or 3 instructor that you wife can trust.   Your wife trusting the instructor to teach and watch out for her will go a long way.  Tell the ski school person what you want and the chances increase for your needs to be met.   Good luck, skiing is an awesome life style.

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The wife and I are green/easy blue skiers and we are heading on a week long ski trip this year after not being able to ski all of last year.  We've decided we want to take a lesson and I'm wondering if we should take it the first day of our trip, or ski a day to get comfortable on skis again, then take the lesson.

 

Any opinions?  Or does it really mater all that much?

@Shibby :  I know it's been a while since you asked this question.  Wondering how the trip went.  Did you do a lesson on the first day?

 

My tactic for a lesson during a trip out west (flying from southeast at least 6 hours), is to schedule a lesson on the second or third day after arrival.  But that's because I'm an older advanced skier who is retired and so my ski trips are typically longer than one week.  Only became an advanced skier after having more time to ski after age 50.  I've learned that it takes me a day or two to get fully acclimated to the higher altitude.  Always better for me to do a lesson after I'm getting a full night's sleep.

post #15 of 15
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Taking a lesson on the first day worked out great. The instructor got us comfortable on skis again quickly and began working with us on improvement within the first few runs of the day. He was also able to show us areas we were comfortable skiing based on our ability. If we would have waited until later in the trip we would have been lost for a few days. I'd recommend to take a lesson the first day of any trip, especially if it's at a mountain you've never been to.
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