New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Ski Trip Lesson timing

post #1 of 4
Thread Starter 


A few years ago I started skiing, (really started just to introduce my kids to the sport and ended up loving it) on the East coast- mainly smaller mountains in NY and Pennsylvania.  I've skiied the blacks and a few double blacks at Hunter and Windham. Am comfortable on all sorts of blues out here. Did the blues at Killington and some blacks.

I'm going on my first trip to Colorado next week- by myself- and want to do a one day lesson.  The cost of a private is a little steep so I'm looking at the group- thinking an all day.

I'm skiing Copper first for one day and then spending Friday, Sat and Sunday in Vail.

Can't decide if I should get the lesson on Copper or Vail- the advantage to Vail would be getting taking around the terrain and fast passing some lift lines. 

My goal is to be able to ski some of the back bowls with confidence. 

Any guidance would be appreciated.



post #2 of 4

I'd do a full day group lesson at Vail as that is where you are spending the most time.  You'll get a good sense of the mountain and where to ski from the lesson.  Meet some people your skill level you might end up socializing and skiing with.


Use the one day a Copper to get you ski legs under you.


Maybe use first day at Vail to get ski legs also and then take lesson on more crowded Saturday to be able to cut into line.  Might want to think about lessons Sat and Sun at Vail for that reason.


A couple days skiing will get you in good shape for getting into class level that will push your comfort zone and advance your skiing faster.

post #3 of 4

First day lessons make more sense because it will get you up to speed at the beginning of your vacation. Waiting until later means you will be practicing the same habits you use currently. Why not start off your vacation making the appropriate changes and being a better skier from day one? I see this a lot and skiers who take "last day" lessons and thus eliminate the chance to practice the new stuff and that usually means ownership of those new moves is unlikely.

Edited by justanotherskipro - 3/22/13 at 7:56am
post #4 of 4

I'd definitely recommend a lesson closer to the beginning of the trip than the end.  Like JASP mentioned, you can then take advantage of and/or build on what you learned for the rest of the trip.


I'm not sure you're going to have big lines at Vail on a Friday in late March.  But they do have a bigger variety of terrain to choose from.

New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Ski Instruction & Coaching