Can you folks suggest a good instructor?
Finally, would it make sense for me also to join the lesson with the boys? I am a level 4-5 skier (age 46 year old dad).
Thanks for the help.
Welcome to EpicSki! Alta is my favorite place in the SLC area. Have taken my daughter out there for spring break for several years. She was Level 4 the first time after a few seasons in the southeast (5-10 days each). I put her in the full-day ski school at Alta, usually a couple days scattered during the week. She's liked all her instructors. We also have friends with tween boys who have liked ski school.
What are your reasons for considering a private lesson? Might be a bit harder with that much difference in ability.
I tried a semi-private with my daughter a couple seasons ago. She was 10 and Level 6/7. I was in my early 50's and Level 7/8. Even though our skiing abilities were similar, I didn't feel like it was the best experience. It takes a very experienced instructor to handle a kid and an adult at the same time, while keeping it fun and useful for both. If I were to do it again, I would see if there were a Level 3 instructor available.
In your situation, I can see where having a semi-private would be good for the boys. Afterwards you could ask the instructor if they would do okay in the same level at ski school. Could give the half-day a try. Last season my daughter stayed in Level 6 one day to be with her friend even though she could've done Level 7. The next time her friend was okay for Level 7.
Look and see if you can find a PM (Private Message) from me.
Have you considered a 3-hour morning private, then free skiing with them in the afternoon? Then repeat the next day? That gives you a little more flexibility to adjust for snow conditions. Are you staying at one of the Alta lodges?
My experience with tween girls is that they prefer to be on their own whenever possible, especially if with a friend. But don't know how that applies to boys since I only have one daughter.
Have you skied Alta before? Where else have you skied out west besides Breckenridge?
Thanks for the update! Sounds like you may have a budding powder hound since you were lucky enough to catch a snowstorm.
After my recent stay at Alta, I can also recommend Arthur Haskell based on first hand experience. I took two half-day lessons with Arthur. I did the lessons with a different friend each time. We are all advanced skiers who had learned the basics as teens but didn't have much chance to ski for quite a while. I learned a great deal, as did my friends.
I also had another friend who was very happy with a private lesson with Arthur. She booked it for 2 hours and then extended to 3 hours. She is an intermediate who learned as an adult in recent years when the family started doing an annual spring break trip to Alta. Her kids (12, 14) also did a semi-private lesson with Arthur. Note that the kids had done Alta Ski School in the past and were Level 7/8 last season. They enjoyed ski school but are aging out. Arthur took them off-piste after working on groomers for a few runs. They had a good time and asked to do another lesson with him.
My kids really enjoyed their lessons. When I went to pick them up after the first one, my daughter immediately asked if she could take one the next day. Both kids were hesitant about lessons since they do an 8 week program at Butternut, but after the snow dump, they agreed that a lesson might help them navigate the powder. And it really did. I couldn't believe how much better they were in the afternoon than they were in the morning.
We were at Whistler/Blackcomb last year and my kids had a great time, and they really enjoyed their lessons. But they both said that Alta was their favorite ski mountain.
In case anyone is looking for an experienced instructor for intermediate/advanced skiing, this 2016 thread includes suggestions for Alta as well as elsewhere in Utah.
For beginners or intermediates skiing midweek at Alta, the group lessons are often taught by very experienced instructors. I have friends who have had a solo lesson or only one other student. The Beyond the Blues is appropriate for not only aspiring intermediates but also for low advanced skiers who are interested in developing solid fundamental skills.
Most likely, midweek group lessons at the other Utah resorts with larger ski schools would be similar.