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post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
My family will be in Alta for 4 days starting March 21. I have two boys that I want to get a private lesson for on Friday the 21st. The lesson would be a full day lesson to get them started off right on the trip. One boy is level 3 and the other is a never-skied level 1. Both are 11 years old and decent athletes.

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.
post #2 of 10

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.

post #3 of 10
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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).

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.

post #4 of 10
Thread Starter 
I was considering the private lesson because my son did not enjoy the Breckenridge ski school when he was younger (he's the level 1). I'm hoping to get him off to a fresh start. His friend who is coming with us has skied for a few times but I thought they would both benefit from an instructor and I didn't want one boy being by himself.

I am willing to ski by myself that day if it makes sense for the boys to do their own thing with an instructor.
post #5 of 10

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?

post #6 of 10
Thread Starter 
So here is the post-script. We went to Alta March 21-26. My son (new skier) ended up taking three half-day lessons with a private instructor, Arthur Haskell. We scheduled two and at the end of that I talked to the instructor and he and I agreed on one more half-day. My son's friend joined him the first two days and skiied with me in the afternoons. After the second day, my son joined us in the afternoons and after the third day he skiied with us all day. By the end of the third half-day lesson my son was handling greens and baby blue slopes fine and enjoying himself. It was a good beginning for him and we now have a base to build from next year.

Arthur Haskell did a nice job with the boys and made my son feel comfortable when conditions on the first day were tough for a beginner (about 10 degrees outside, lots of snow coming down). I would recommened him to anyone needing lessons.
post #7 of 10

Thanks for the update!  Sounds like you may have a budding powder hound since you were lucky enough to catch a snowstorm. smile.gif

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So here is the post-script. We went to Alta March 21-26. My son (new skier) ended up taking three half-day lessons with a private instructor, Arthur Haskell. We scheduled two and at the end of that I talked to the instructor and he and I agreed on one more half-day. My son's friend joined him the first two days and skiied with me in the afternoons. After the second day, my son joined us in the afternoons and after the third day he skiied with us all day. By the end of the third half-day lesson my son was handling greens and baby blue slopes fine and enjoying himself. It was a good beginning for him and we now have a base to build from next year.

Arthur Haskell did a nice job with the boys and made my son feel comfortable when conditions on the first day were tough for a beginner (about 10 degrees outside, lots of snow coming down). I would recommened him to anyone needing lessons.
post #8 of 10

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.

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As as update, here are comments from April 2015 from a father of tweens who were in Level 5-7 for ski school.  My daughter started in Level 5 her first trip to Alta for spring break at age 7.  Enjoyed all her instructors as she moved through to Level 8 by the time she was 12.
 

 

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We just left today after skiing 6 days divided between Alta and Snowbird. We took the advice to park at Wildcat and Creekside. Both were easy to get in and out. Creekside was nice when it was warmer as the deck was a great place to set up and leave our stuff. Unfortunately, the lessons we took were run out of the Albion area.

We had a great week though. The first few days were solid Spring skiing. And the last 3 were phenomenal. We were optimistic that a storm would come through and our prayers were answered. One bonus is that the lessons we took were bargains. I got a private lesson at Alta for $60. My kids were by themselves in an Explorer class for $150.

 

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They started in Level 5 on the powder day and finished at Level 7. They were probably in the wrong level to start, but it was a powder day and they never skied deep powder. Overall, they got a lot out of the lessons. I am not sure what cert their instructors had. I think I had PSIA Level 3 on the powder day and there were just 2 students.

 

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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.

 

post #10 of 10

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.

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/144338/lessons-in-utah-help

 

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.

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