Originally Posted by hirustler
$479 lesson. $90 lift ticket. With my 3 kids add $70x3= $210 for lifts. $20 per person for lunch, so $80. That's $769 for one day of skiing, not including lodging, transportation and gear.
Squaw's private lessons would seem to be for CEOs and Hedge Fund managers. The rest of us should take private lessons at smaller hills...
Skiing certainly isn't cheap recreation but I teach more than a few private clients and to suggest all are wealthy would be wrong. Their motivation varies. A few non- monetary reasons that come to mind are;
1. a desire for one on one instruction / attention (avoid trying to keep up with , or slow down for others in a group setting)
3. a desire to avoid lift lines on busy days
4. a guide so they don't have to ski alone on a new mountain
5. a need to avoid publicity (yes famous people ski and want / need some privacy too)
6. a long term relationship with their coach (loyalty built on trust and friendship over several years)
With that I would say I / we are very sensitive to the cost / value of the products we provide (lessons) and I solicit feedback from my clients, as do all of our coaches and managers. After all we want them to feel they got value for their time and the money they invested. Our surveys say (overall) our clients see value in our lesson products. That doesn't mean all the folks here at Epic will agree with that data but I prefer to base my personal opinion about value on that very real data base.
As far as racing, well I invested a ton of money in coaching for my youngest child's racing. So I wouldn't classify it as an inexpensive option. If anything the opposite is more the case. She chose to quit racing but the strong work ethic she learned from ten years of top level race training helped her maintain very good grades and be a very active and well respected member of our community, that led to more than a few full ride college scholarship offers. So even though on the surface the cost of those years of coaching and private racing academies made no sense, it has paid huge dividends in so many other areas of her life. I can't think of a better legacy and IMO that is the ultimate gift a parent can give their kids.
How does this relate to lessons and more specifically, the value of learning to ski well? The Confidence gained from success doesn't end when we get off the ski slope. It may never be the same as my kid's story but success often leads to even more success. That keeps me involved in helping folks find success out on the hill and it makes me believe that will help them in all facets of their lives. How much that is worth can't always be measured in short term dollars.