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Heading to Sunday River, who do u recomend I get as my instructor?

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I am heading to the RIVAHHHHH, for my first time in late Feb.  I have been skiing for  20 years. I consider myself a lo expert high intermediate skier.   I love the trees,  and steep technical stuff. Mid 30s, reasonable shape. I haven't had a lesson I paid for in years. I have many improvements to make for sure!!!.  I am looking for a one on one lesson with someone there, possibly for a half day.  Who is good up there?   Who should I call?  Is there someone off mtn that is worth a shot?  Any help would be greatly appreciated 

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Several people I trust have recommended Troy Walsh (sp?) to me. I never followed up, so I don't have a first hand report, nor do i know if he's still there.
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Thank you!!!  I guess as a followup question.  how do u approach picking an instructor?  is there a rooster of certified ski teachers somewhere?  Is there a set of criteria or questions I should think about?
 

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Thank you!!!  I guess as a followup question.  how do u approach picking an instructor?  is there a rooster of certified ski teachers somewhere?  Is there a set of criteria or questions I should think about?
 

 

PSIA certifies their instructors to three levels.  Level 1 is the "basic" level, "level 3" is the hardest to obtain.  Moving up a "level" in PSIA terminology means passing exams on personal skiing proficiency and skiing knowledge.  (i.e., you need to be able to ski and teach better and better).

 

There's no guarantee that an L3-certified instructor will be "better" then an L2, but there's certainly a good chance.

 

So, when you call the ski school, you can start out by saying that you want to book a lesson with an L3.  That will narrow things down significantly right there, since the pass rate of getting L3 is pretty low.  You can also say what specific skills you want to work on:  i.e., bumps, short turns, etc.  Some instructors are just "better" at some things than others.

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