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post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 

I'm going to be at Stowe Fed 14th -16th, and am looking for a privately-contracted  ski instructor, with a great personality who likes working with beginners, for at least the mornings, and possibly the full days. Any recommendations?  Contact me at jreese1000@gmail.com.

post #2 of 16

So are you looking to book a private with a Stowe instructor? Or are you looking to find someone not employed by the mountain to instruct?

post #3 of 16

Privately contracted?  Giving lessons outside of a formal ski school is very frowned upon idea, and I would be very wary of anybody who was giving a paid lesson that was booked outside of an area's ski school.

 

If you are looking for recommendations of instructors that work at Stowe, there will be a lot of people here who can help, including many who are in fact Stowe-based instructors.

post #4 of 16
Thread Starter 

My first choice is to find a caring person not affiliated with the ski school or who has a day off (actually 3 days off), who is flexible in the number of hours they are available and who they work with.  I'd prefer not to use the regular ski school as you have to commit in advance to the exact period and hours. My partner is a beginner, and she might be able to benefit from instruction for four hours, or maybe just 3 or two or not at all on a particular morning, and in that case, I could use the person's time just to accompany me (I'm advanced intermediate).  So, I could actually pay by the day, but honestly, I wouldn't think of reserving a day at the ski school rates.

 

That said, if in all of Stowe I can't find somebody privately, yes I'd like recommendations of who to ask for who is great for older adult beginners.

 

Thanks.
 

post #5 of 16

Are you saying:

 

You want your wife to take lessons

You're adverse to paying the resort price for a private

Your wife is liable to bail

If your wife bails, you will still ski with and pay the instructor for an agreed upon number of hours (If so, you should really take advantage of the time and improve your own skiing)

 

Mountains tend to fire and ban instructors when they find out they teach independently. You'll get a range of views on the subject from complete disapproval as voiced by KevinF, to full enthusiasm for it (including among many instructors). I'd recommend checking on craigslist if you don't get any PM responses here, or check out some of the alternative teaching forums (those guys are more likely to teach independently). Just make sure you're hiring a certified instructor and not a yahoo posing as an instructor. 

post #6 of 16

Staying away from the live wire issue of whether you should book an instructor outside of the Stowe resort ski school.

 

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...I'd prefer not to use the regular ski school as you have to commit in advance to the exact period and hours.

 

This seems very odd.   I would be shocked if you couldn't walk in and get a private lesson the day of (subject to availability, of course.)  Even if you book in advance, they might let you book, say, an hour to start and then let you pay the difference the day of to extend the lesson (again, depending on availability).  Official reservation policy or not, they're unlikely to turn down cold hard cash on the table if they have instructors available.

 

Another option would be to have her do a group lesson the first day and then (try to) book a private for the next day(s) based on how she holds up.  Certainly 90 minutes for $67 (or $150 with lift ticket and rentals combined) is a lot more cost-effective than $140 for an hour.  On the Thursday/Friday of a non-holiday week I'm sure the group sizes will be small.

post #7 of 16
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Originally Posted by Matthias99 View Post

This seems very odd.   I would be shocked if you couldn't walk in and get a private lesson the day of (subject to availability, of course.)  Even if you book in advance, they might let you book, say, an hour to start and then let you pay the difference the day of to extend the lesson (again, depending on availability).  Official reservation policy or not, they're unlikely to turn down cold hard cash on the table if they have instructors available.

 

We often sell out. Especially for anyone worth requesting. I know I am already booked on the days he is talking about. Some of us already have bookings in 2014.

post #8 of 16

My wife and I are taking a trip to Stowe for the first time and are looking for some advice on instruction- Our skiing experience is small (very small) East Coast hills and we have never been to Vermont.  We will be there the first week in February- should we try to book private lessons or wait until we get there?  I would think the private lessons would help more, but I have never taken one that way.  Anyone have some suggestions?

 

Thanks,

  Andy

post #9 of 16
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Originally Posted by aswile View Post

My wife and I are taking a trip to Stowe for the first time and are looking for some advice on instruction- Our skiing experience is small (very small) East Coast hills and we have never been to Vermont.  We will be there the first week in February- should we try to book private lessons or wait until we get there?  I would think the private lessons would help more, but I have never taken one that way.  Anyone have some suggestions?

 

Thanks,

  Andy

 

I would strongly suggest booking some privates in advance. As epic has noted, privates can sell out at times, and February is oftentimes a busy month at the resort. I can throw out a few suggestions for instructors if you'd like. (I'd love to take you myself, but I work part time there, and am not available midweek). Epic is excellent for privates, and there are a couple who aren't on this site who would be great as well. Check in with me on a PM if you'd like their names.

post #10 of 16

Are you and your wife at similar ability levels?  Having done both private and small group lessons, the main advantage of a private lesson is that you can focus on whatever is of most use to you.  Definitely helps if you can get a recommendation for an instructor beforehand.

 

When you find an instructor you like somewhere that you are likely to return to, it's fun to work together on a longer term basis.  I know of people who set up lessons with a specific instructor once a year during a trip out west.  I got a recommendation for a Level 3 instructor at Bridger last winter.  Had a great time during the first 90-min lesson.  Had another a week later when I was back at Bridger for a couple days.  Will be going back for a 3-hour private with him in March.

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Originally Posted by aswile View Post

My wife and I are taking a trip to Stowe for the first time and are looking for some advice on instruction- Our skiing experience is small (very small) East Coast hills and we have never been to Vermont.  We will be there the first week in February- should we try to book private lessons or wait until we get there?  I would think the private lessons would help more, but I have never taken one that way.  Anyone have some suggestions?

 

Thanks,

  Andy

post #11 of 16

Thanks for the advice- we are have PM'd Feeski919 for some instructor names to see about private lessons.  We are both excited about improving on a much bigger mountain than we are used to!
 

post #12 of 16

New request...but thought I would post here...looking for ski instructor for a 6 yr old boy...beginner...has been skiing the beginner and intermediates here in MA at Nashoba Valley....going up to Stowe in a couple of weeks...

 

Looking for an instructor who can:

 

1)  Two p;rivates...one each morning for 2 hours..

2) work with a stubborn 6 year old boy and make it fun...

3)  Get him working on Spruce so hopefully he progresses and gets off the beginners on Spruce.

4)  Don't mind booking through resort and committing up front.

 

Thanks in advance!

post #13 of 16

Welcome to EpicSki!  If you don't get a quick answer, might be better to start a new thread that includes "Stowe", "instructor" "boy" and the your ski trip dates in the thread title.

 

Here's a recent Stowe instructor request:

http://www.epicski.com/t/116224/ski-instructor-stowe

 

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Originally Posted by hydraa View Post

New request...but thought I would post here...looking for ski instructor for a 6 yr old boy...beginner...has been skiing the beginner and intermediates here in MA at Nashoba Valley....going up to Stowe in a couple of weeks...

 

Looking for an instructor who can:

 

1)  Two p;rivates...one each morning for 2 hours..

2) work with a stubborn 6 year old boy and make it fun...

3)  Get him working on Spruce so hopefully he progresses and gets off the beginners on Spruce.

4)  Don't mind booking through resort and committing up front.

 

Thanks in advance!

post #14 of 16

I'm looking for a snowboarding instructor for Stowe Jan 17-18, 2014. Please pm me if interested with rates and availability.

thanks,

 

Daniel

post #15 of 16
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Originally Posted by danielgg View Post

I'm looking for a snowboarding instructor for Stowe Jan 17-18, 2014. Please pm me if interested with rates and availability.
thanks,

Daniel

You'll need to contact the Stowe snow sports school.
post #16 of 16
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Originally Posted by markojp View Post


You'll need to contact the Stowe snow sports school.


PM sent - I think we're all set here.

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