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Good affordable ski lessons for the wife...

post #1 of 4
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Hey there-


Found this site thru a post at Frommers.  I'm not a bad skier but the wife has decided she wants to try and learn some.


Been checking around for some information on better ski schools for adult instruction but can't seem to find much.


We could head back to Whistler but she wants to try someplace new.  I have been looking at Colorado Resorts and speaking to their ski school reps but the information I'm getting doesn't seem all that great; student teacher rations of up to 12 students per single instructor?  Not very encouraging.


With most lift tickets topping out at $100 a day and slopeside accomodation being what it is, I'd like to find a programme for her that she would really enjoy.  Or at the very least, learn to navigate some serious greens by the end of the week or so.


Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.





post #2 of 4

Where are you from? Maybe try a smaller mountain. Cheaper lessons, lift tickets and lodging. Also more likely to have smaller groups or more affordable private lessons. At the beginner level all one needs is a few mellow green trails, not tons of terrain/vertical, might as well save your money until she can enjoy at least a significant portion of the trails at a destination resort.  

post #3 of 4

Welcome to EpicSki!  Would help to know when you are thinking of traveling and how long you can stay.  Midweek and/or late season usually means fewer people in group lessons.


An example of a place that is fun for a traveler but caters more to locals is Bridger.  20 min from Bozeman, which is where most people fly to when they are headed to Big Sky.  Bridger is non-profit, so lift tickets and lessons are a bargain.  I got a recommendation for a Level 3 instructor last winter.  Had a very good lesson, so went back for another a week later after my week at Big Sky.  My friend who was a budding intermediate loved Bridger.  She had only skied a few times in the southeast before the trip.  She did 90 min with my instructor on Sat and then 3-hours with someone he recommended on Sun.  Her confidence was much improved by the end of the weekend.


Snowbasin is another place that is just enough off the beaten track to be a very good place to learn.  No crowds to worry about.  Wide open groomers.  Great ski school.


If your budget can handle it, can't go wrong staying in a lodge at Alta and working with folks at the Alta ski school.


Have you looked at Taos?  They have a 6-day package that is a great idea for those who can stay a full week.

post #4 of 4

wintermike: I moved your thread to the Beginner Zone.


Take a look at this thread by a husband who just successfully introduced his wife to skiing by taking her to Utah.



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