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post #31 of 44
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We did a group lesson on our first day, and then a 2-hour private which took us down same street the following day. However my wife is still primarily in a wedge and I am parallel skiing, but I loose my form and get nervous at higher speeds on the steeps and my wife just gets scared. So we might take a ride up to Brighton after we drop the kids in lesson/day care to look at the mountain.

One thing I will say is that the staff at Solitude is very accommodating one of the lady instructors, Helen, helped my wife with her lift issues on her own time, and Mike helped my wife down from same street when she just got to scared to proceed, he skied backwards leading her all the way down. Lief runs a tight ship of instructors.

I guess if we were a little more advanced I would definitely enjoy the quaintness of Solitude even more, there were no lines and the parking lot had less than 50 cars, Wednesday and Thursday, only doubling on Friday. As well our 2-yo likes the daycare, and it is all in the same building at the Moonbeam lift.

Of course our 9yo is blowing us away by going up Moonbeam, Sunrise, and Apex.

Aah . . . in that case I think you and your wife may like Brighton better than Solitude.  Note that Brighton most has high-speed quads.  Also has a good ski school from what I hear.  Definitely sounds like it would be good for you to have some more guidance on technique so that you can keep up with your 9yo on blues.  A lot more variety and fun once off the greens out west.  It will open up options for you as a skiing family for future trips.  For instance, I think you would really like Snowbasin once both kids are old enough for ski school.  Lodging is very reasonable in Ogden or Eden.

 

For you, I suggest you practice hockey stops.  First at slower speeds, then when going a bit faster.  Always good to know you can stop at will . . . without falling.  Start with the side that's easier.  Then practice the other side too.  Always practice new stuff on easy slopes before moving on to something steeper.

 

Has any instructor ever mentioned how to side slip?  Another good survival skill that makes it less worrisome to go exploring a bit.  I learned as a young teen on straight skis but didn't become an advanced skier until after retirement.  Side slipping was something I learned early on.  My daughter was taught to side slip in her "blue" class at ski school at Massanutten.  Just one of the reasons she was more than ready for southeast blacks and Alta blues by the time she was 7 and in her fourth season on skis (5-10 days per season).

post #32 of 44
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Thanks this really helps, I think we will look at additional lessons each year until we get more comfortable. Next year we are talking with friends about a group trip, they have been skiing for 20+ years and they like blues in telluride and some blacks! But they have said they would help us advance.
As for the hockey stops, I am getting there, still dragging one ski on right turns, lefts seem easier, especially when I have some speed. I practice going slow behind my wife and daughter when we play follow the leader on the easy slopes.
I will ask about side slips as well as check you tube.
post #33 of 44

I would definitely try Brighton since it's right next door. However, I don't recall a lot of strictly green slopes there. There are some very easy blues though. But given what you describe, probably good to be cautious. PCMR and Deer Valley would have been a better match for you. There are a lot of long green runs at both places. The runs off the Moonbeam lift are not particuarly long. 

post #34 of 44
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I would definitely try Brighton since it's right next door. However, I don't recall a lot of strictly green slopes there. There are some very easy blues though. But given what you describe, probably good to be cautious. PCMR and Deer Valley would have been a better match for you. There are a lot of long green runs at both places. The runs off the Moonbeam lift are not particuarly long. 

Daycare for the 2yo was a factor for this family trip during the planning phase.

 

As for Brighton greens, not that many choices but sounds like that's not really an issue.  Having a few trails that feel comfortable for mileage could be enough.  Deer Park off the Snake Express is pretty mellow since it winds around.  Get to start on Sunshine and get the view near the top of the lift.  Only one green on the Milly side, but it's a pretty long run that I would think a cautious beginner would enjoy.  The short Explorer chair is probably used mostly by ski school.  Could warm up there before the free mountain tour.

post #35 of 44
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Thanks this really helps, I think we will look at additional lessons each year until we get more comfortable. Next year we are talking with friends about a group trip, they have been skiing for 20+ years and they like blues in telluride and some blacks! But they have said they would help us advance.
As for the hockey stops, I am getting there, still dragging one ski on right turns, lefts seem easier, especially when I have some speed. I practice going slow behind my wife and daughter when we play follow the leader on the easy slopes.
I will ask about side slips as well as check you tube.

Have you read some of the threads in the Beginner Zone related to technique?

 

You may find that side slips seem like a skill needed only by more advanced skiers.  But there are a lot of advantages to learning how to do side slips sooner rather than later.  I didn't take lessons as a working adult (no kid then) intermediate who only skied every few years on groomers out west.  Started taking lessons from very experienced instructors when I was able to take adults-only one week trips out west.  Made a big difference because I happen to be a visual learner.  Being able to get corrected immediately when doing something that isn't quite right by an instructor works a lot better for me than videos or reading.

post #36 of 44
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Marznc,

 

Thanks again for all the help.  We went up Majestic at Brighton and took the easy way down, wow that was almost to easy, felt like the bunny slope.  We were warned by other skiers about the snowboarders but they seem to stay in the Terrain park, so it was quite enjoyable for us.  Funny thing happened to me on my first ride up Majestic, my wife crossed in front of me and i didn't get off the lift, the operator didn't see me and i had a very nice ride back to the bottom, seems he may have fallen asleep at the wheel.  According to the lift operators at the bottom not very many people get to ride the lift down!  So I will have a rare video to post later this week on You Tube.

post #37 of 44

lol

post #38 of 44
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Marznc,

 

Thanks again for all the help.  We went up Majestic at Brighton and took the easy way down, wow that was almost to easy, felt like the bunny slope.  We were warned by other skiers about the snowboarders but they seem to stay in the Terrain park, so it was quite enjoyable for us.  Funny thing happened to me on my first ride up Majestic, my wife crossed in front of me and i didn't get off the lift, the operator didn't see me and i had a very nice ride back to the bottom, seems he may have fallen asleep at the wheel.  According to the lift operators at the bottom not very many people get to ride the lift down!  So I will have a rare video to post later this week on You Tube.

Yeah, green/blue/black designations certainly can vary a lot.  Midweek at Brighton is not usually that busy.  A lot of the snowboarders are still in school so they show up on the bus in the afternoon or early evening.  Does your wife like Brighton or Solitude better?

 

Quite a story!  Looking forward to the video.  I'm often turning around on a lift to look at the view.

post #39 of 44
Thread Starter 
Ok here's the video riding down Majestic at Brighton Ski Resort from my phone I added a little music.
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Thanks for sharing.  Certainly can tell there are plenty of families with younger kids enjoying Brighton.  Wonder what the kids riding up the lift were thinking when they saw you? :rolleyes

post #41 of 44
Post this on TGR...they'd get a kick out of it....

Hah.

I've downloaded once in my life...
My first year skiing wife had a panic attack on our first day at steamboat last year after a night of heavy drinking (not recommended) and other extra ciriculular activities.
It was storming, windy as hell. I got her down to the Thunderhead lift. Not knowing what the run to the base was like, she said she was done, wouldn't/couldn't ski any more. So my plan was to take thunderhead up to the gondola, and ride down....we rode thunderhead up....and when we got to the top, they had shutdown the gondola...
Luckily ski patrol said they would be downloading thunderhead, and a shuttle would be at the bottom to take people back to the base...so we try to download, and what do you know, but my wife misses the first chair, and I'm the first person going down holding my skis...lol. I got all kinds of responses from the folks going up ..biggrin.gif


Two days later my wife is skiing groomed blacks and easy trees....go figure.
post #42 of 44

B25,  hope you had a great time, skiing, learning to ski, being scared, feeling the flow and it sounds like you just basically had a great ski vacation.   That is what it is all about !!!!!

 

Nice having you on Epic, glad to see some SLC knowledegable Bears helped you out and enjoyed reading your adventure.  Welcome to Skiing and welcome to Epic.  :beercheer:

post #43 of 44
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Marznc,
I removed the audio but on a few occasions I told them this was the longest lift I have ever been on.
post #44 of 44
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Thanks for sharing.  Certainly can tell there are plenty of families with younger kids enjoying Brighton.  Wonder what the kids riding up the lift were thinking when they saw you? :rolleyes

 
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Originally Posted by b25pilot View Post

Marznc,
I removed the audio but on a few occasions I told them this was the longest lift I have ever been on.

:)

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