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post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 

Hi,

 

We are heading for a week long skiing in Feb.I have recently moved to the Pacific North West ( seattle ).

On my short list I have Silverstar BC, Fernie BC, Big White BC, Whitefish Mt.

 

Problem is at 13 years old you are "off" the kids ski lessons... in theory...

If anyone care share their experience with Teen group skiing that will be fantastic.

Is the adult ski lessons have teen sub group.. 

 

If you would recommend a resort feel free to do so smile.gif

 

I am in the process of contacting the resort one by one but not been lucky so far to get a human on the phone...

 

Thanks, 

Pecosbill

post #2 of 11

Whitefish has "kids" group lessons, but they only go to age 12.  After that, it seems to be adult.  I think it would be best to contact the ski school directly.  If this is during Presidents' week, they are bound to be able to put together a teen group, but mid week some other group, she may in fact have the instructor to herself.  

 

Not surprised you can't raise an instructor on the phone yet, they are not open yet, but plenty of time before you leave.  You don't say what level she is?  That will make a huge difference.

post #3 of 11

I'll be seeing the children's ski school supervisor at Whitefish tomorrow night, I'll ask him how teen lessons are done. Should get back on here Sunday. Hope to see you this winter!

post #4 of 11

We're not there yet, so no experience, but Fernie does youth (13-17) freeride camps for all ability levels

post #5 of 11
Thread Starter 

Thanks for your input. Well I would like to get some information rather quickly as this will be one of the factor to book our ski trip and the sooner the better for availability and pricing. My daughter is a "average/good" skier she can go pretty much everywhere but no expert yet... if this is helping...

 

Thanks for your insightful feedback..

 

Pecosbill

post #6 of 11

Not sure if you tried contacting Whitefish directly? Bill Cubbage is the snowsports director and the contact info for the mountain is (877) SKI-FISH or (406)862-2909 or send an email to info@skiwhitefish.com

post #7 of 11

I'd talk to the ski school(s) directly.  If whoever's answering the phone isn't helpful, try to get ahold of a coordinator or the SSD.

 

They will probably try to put together groups of similar ages.  If she's the only teen at a particular time slot, you may get a private lesson, or she may get grouped in with some adults of similar ability.

post #8 of 11
Thread Starter 

Got Whitefish and Silver Star over the phone, pretty much the same answer. Groups will be based upon who is attending the adult ski lessons, could be a teen group but also could be mixed with adults...no full day including lunch available as well. It appears that the only true teen program is in Whistler and Fernie ( unless i have missed one...)

Thanks

Pecosbill

post #9 of 11

Whitefish was at the ski trade show in Seattle this week, now moved onto Portland, though.  Might have been possible to snag someone from the SS.

 

I'd say if you are doing this Presidents' Week, it's highly likely that there will be enough teens there to make a teen group.  Outside of that, there might not be enough ADULTS on any given day to put together a group of similar abilities.  LOL.  

post #10 of 11
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Originally Posted by pecosbill View Post We are heading for a week long skiing in Feb.I have recently moved to the Pacific North West ( seattle ).

On my short list I have Silverstar BC, Fernie BC, Big White BC, Whitefish Mt.

 

Problem is at 13 years old you are "off" the kids ski lessons... in theory...

If anyone care share their experience with Teen group skiing that will be fantastic.

Is the adult ski lessons have teen sub group.. 

 

I've been to Big White, SunPeaks (another option for you) and Fernie.  To my mind, Fernie is different from the others.  Blues there are much more 'black' than other resorts.  If your daughter has had some powder skiing experience, she might love Fernie.  OTOH, Fernie can be too much of a good thing if you don't have powder experience.

 

Another factor to ask about: a week of ski lessons is much more fun, and productive, if you have the same group and instructor for the week.  Groups get sorted out based on ability on the first day, the instructor gets to know everyone's strengths and weaknesses and has multiple days to help.  I think Whistler still offers this type of program (formerly "Ski Esprit", now "Max4"?).  A lot of western resorts just form new groups each day.

 

Couple of anecdotes.  Four years ago at Panorama, my then-12 son was signed up for a 4-day group snowboard lesson.  It turned out, he had four days private with a crazy Hungarian instructor.  He went from middling intermediate to boarding knee-deep powder in steep trees!  Same trip, my shy then-10 daughter met her group at the bottom of the hill.  One of the other kids was boasting about how good he was:  powder, steeps, fast, blah, blah.  My daughter was getting seriously intimidated and worried that she would be cartwheeling down some double-black trying to keep up.  Turned out my daughter was a far better skier and they moved the loudmouth down (maybe two levels) because *he* couldn't keep up!  Did a world of good for her confidence.

 

Craig

post #11 of 11

I can't really comment on ski schools, but Big White's nick name is Big Whiteout as in way too much fog.

 

I'm kinda bias, but Sun Peaks is a family paradise, is the closest B.C. Interior resort to Seattle (about an hour longer drive than going to Whistler and easier). You will also find that the snow quality of any B.C. Interior resort to be superior (drier, lighter and easier to carve) than anything at Whistler. Although a lot of Seattle skiers have vacation homes at Sun Peaks, on Presidents weekend, unlike most U.S. resorts or Whistler,  Sun Peaks will be busy but not crowded.

 

OP, If you want more info on Sun Peaks, check out my lengthy review in my signature below.

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