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Vail ski instructor recommendation for a private

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I have a friend (early 40s) and her 13 yo daughter who are interested in taking a day of private instruction or two on their upcoming trip to Vail in about a week and a half.  They're both level 5 skiers with some skiing confidence issues.  Does anyone have a ski instructor recommendation for them?  Does anyone know if vera (Joanne Yankovich), vailsnopro (Ric Reiter) or ziggyskier (Rich Eisner) are still instructing at Vail?  Thanks!

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I have a friend (early 40s) and her 13 yo daughter who are interested in taking a day of private instruction or two on their upcoming trip to Vail in about a week and a half.  They're both level 5 skiers with some skiing confidence issues.  Does anyone have a ski instructor recommendation for them?  Does anyone know if vera (Joanne Yankovich), vailsnopro (Ric Reiter) or ziggyskier (Rich Eisner) are still instructing at Vail?  Thanks!

I just heard from Vera last night. She is available at Vail.

post #3 of 12
Ric is there, and I believe that Joanne is still there too. You can call the ski school to find out and make a reservation. Both are great instructors. Tom Burch, another long-time EpicSki contributor and, like Ric, an EpicSki Academy coach, is also teaching at Vail this season.

Have fun!

Best regards,
Bob
post #4 of 12

I had the pleasure of taking lessons with Dave Horne a couple years ago.  No idea if he is still there, but I would highly recommend him.  I don't really have too many points of comparison, these were the only lessons I have taken in the past 10+ years.  However, I was so impressed how much Dave was able to improve my skiing (the lessons were semi-private organized by a family member, I won't lie that I went into it thinking I knew everything I needed to know).  Being that we were a few different people at different skill levels, he did an incredible job catering to all of our needs at once.  If you want more instructing and drills, or you want less talking and more skiing, just let him know and he's very receptive.  Dave is dedicated and really cares about what he does.  In general, the Vail staff seemed pretty solid, but I would highly recommend Dave in particular.

post #5 of 12

Hi -

 

Bumping this thread.  I am looking for a similar instructor for private lessons at Vail.  Our trip is this January with ski days of Jan 8-13 (2017).  Probably lesson on Jan 8 and other dates TBD.  My wife mostly matches the description in the OP.

 

My wife sounds similar to what the OP described:

 

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level 5 skiers with some skiing confidence issues. 

 

She just got custom fitted boots, so she may have gone up in ability with better gear (she was renting boots before).

 

Are there any new names we should consider?  Are all the old names mentioned still at Vail?

 

@Prosper - did you like your instructor?

 

Feel free to PM me!

 

Also, I may tag along and make it a group private.  I am somewhere in the upper 7, low 8 category. Is that a doable instruction combo?

post #6 of 12

One possibility is Pete Brill. In high demand among my out of state friends when they ski Vail.

post #7 of 12
Thread Starter 
My friends not end up taking private lessons on that trip. Sorry I can't be more helpful.
post #8 of 12
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Unless he changed his mind Ric Reiter retired from ski instructing last year.
post #9 of 12
Guy Sadillo (sp) is their TM. Alway enjoy the fall training with him. He is a busy guy so book well in advance.
post #10 of 12

Ziggy, who is my cousin, is still an instructor at Vail.  He's been there for 30+ years.


Edited by gfc2112 - 1/1/17 at 6:01pm
post #11 of 12

If they are booked you are not able to pick and choose when you get there, based on the one main issue you cited, I would highly recommend asking for an L2 or 3 female instructor. 

post #12 of 12

Bob Hintermeister at Vail.  PhD biomechanist and great instructor.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/robert-hintermeister-9173534

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