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I'm in western Virginia and looking to take a private lesson to improve all mountain skiing. I am a strong psia 7, maybe an 8. I figure the better instructors around here are @ snowshoe? Any advice or leads would be appreciated.
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I'm in western Virginia and looking to take a private lesson to improve all mountain skiing. I am a strong psia 7, maybe an 8. I figure the better instructors around here are @ snowshoe? Any advice or leads would be appreciated.

Actually, the ski school at Massanutten is probably stronger than Snowshoe.  A much longer history since Mnut has been around for 40 years.  Having a strong ski school is pretty important for a small ski area.  The Ski School Director has been around for decades, as have a core group of the instructors.  Being next to a city, Harrisonburg, means they can draw on a larger pool of people for hiring long term staff.  Mnut does more PSIA clinics than Snowshoe.

 

http://www.psia-e.org/ev/schedule/sort.htm

 

The Mnut ski area hopes to open around Dec. 8, if it gets cold enough this week for solid snowmaking.  You could call and ask about their Level 3 instructor who teaches their instructors and patrollers.  His name is Walter.  Has probably been teaching for 25+ years.  I've watched him teach instructors and regular customers.  My Level 7 daughter (at Alta) had a lesson with him last season when he was pulled in to teach the intermediate clinics during a holiday weekend.  She learned something.

 

While the two black runs off Lift 6 and the steeper blue run off Lift 5 are not that long (DJ 3300 ft, ParaDice 4100 ft), they are about 800 ft vertical.  More than enough to improve technique for a Level 7 student.  Overall, the vertical at Mnut is 1100 ft, more than anyplace in PA or Wintergreen.  Snowshoe has about 800' vert except 1500' for the Western slopes.  I'm an advanced skier who lives in central NC.  I drive past Wintergreen to go to Mnut for a variety of reasons.  The ski school for daughter is definitely one of them (started at age 4 in 2004).  Never having a lift line on Lift 6, even on holiday weekends, is another.  Night skiing on every trail is an important factor too.

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