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I am a going to Breck this year again and I want to be a life time learner so I figure a group lesson is needed while I am in town.  I am an adult.  I had 2 days of privates last year (for Free...Amazing but I cant afford that for myself for a day) and my Instructor when I was done told me that I needed expert level instruction next time I get a lesson.  Im not sure what that means.  He said I was not an expert but needed expert level instruction.


Does that mean I need a level 3 instructor?

I want to work on 3 things while I'm out there this year.  1)  Off Piste skiing 2) Bumps 3)  Steep stuff like bowls.  All 3 of those are things I can not work on in the Midwest and I have no clue what I am doing.  I did ski the Horseshoe bowl with my instructor last year on the last day and I was left feeling I had no clue what I was doing! 


Would a group lesson be able to focus on these things?  Are adult group lessons all day?  Do I need to ask for an instructor that is a certain PSIA level 3 instructor? 


I really have no clue about adult group lessons, Id love a private but it is not in the budget this year.


Thanks for the help!


post #2 of 5
Group lessons can help. The ski school will find a group appropriate for you and may move folk around to have a group skiing at a similar level. If you want a full cert instructor you can ask the supervisor for one, but they may not be able to honor your request. It is important to communicate what you are looking for to maximize the chances of success!

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I'm guessing the "expert" part of what you were told referred to the client ability level.

At Breck, you want what is sold by the ski and ride school as the "intermediate workshop" lesson product. It is an all-day lesson for a group of four or fewer clients. If you were comfortable in Horseshoe Bowl, even though you " left feeling I had no clue what I was doing! ", you should tell the supervisor at lesson lineup that you want a level eight group. If you were less than comfortable in Horseshoe and have little or no bump experience, you want a level seven group. Level sevens usually include more than one class, so they'll ask whether you want to be in an aggressive group or a more relaxed group. The aggressive group will ski bumps hard all day. The more relaxed sevens usually will be in and out of the bumps and on and off some steeps.
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I think what you are saying is that I need a level 7 aggressive class.  I have very little (almost zero bump experience) We did not have any bumps in the horseshoe bowl the line we skied.  In the steeper spots I sat back here and there.  The instructor said I had all the ability to ski that stuff he just said it was new to me being in that steep of terrain and we were just skiing it late in the day on the second day so I could say I skied it.  (The rest of the 2 days was focused on my Girl Friend who was a green skier now can ski anything groomed.)  It would be like someone on a black groomed run for the first time that had the ability to ski it but not used to how steep it is.


After the bowl we skied a line in the trees that did not have bumps, but it had a lot of elevation changes up and down and I did fine with that stuff, but confidence in bumps and in steeps is what I am looking to work on or gain.  Anything groomed is fine for me and presents no problem to ski and other things like that seem ok to me.  I just want to get confidence is stuff I cant ski in the midwest.


Thanks for your advise:


post #5 of 5
Sounds like a level 7 class. Don't think that not being in the bumps all day is a bad thing -- you need less challenging terrain to acquire and practice movement patterns that are more likely to lead to success in terrain. I regularly ski in the most advanced groups in Breck's lesson club. Yesterday we spent the morning on groomers working on technique that assisted our skiing in the latter part of the day skiing crux terrain on E chair, Contest Bowl, and Horseshoe Bpwl. Practice doesn't make perfect, it makes permanent. Perfect practice makes perfect. And you need to have a chance of perfect practice by dipping out of terrain to explore what's working and less efficient.

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