I'm taking the family to Copper Mountain the first week of March for our first trip out West and looking for a little advice on lessons for my wife and I to make the most of our experience. We'll be staying in Denver the first night to acclimate, driving up early Day 2 to settle in, and then skiing 4 out of 5 days beginning on Day 3.
My wife is an upper beginner that is comfortable on eastern greens and will venture onto an easier blue at times. She took a couple of 2-hour small group lessons at Stratton last year. She has 5-6 days on skis total, 3 of which were Stratton last year.
I'm an intermediate that is very comfortable on any eastern blues and will ski most any eastern single blacks but definitely have not mastered the blacks. I have about 40-45 total days skiing over the past 20 years or so but my first and only lesson was one 2-hour small group at Stratton last year - I essentially "taught" myself by trial & error and watching others, so my fundamentals are not very good even though I'll take on more intermediate terrain.
My wife does not want to separate into different all day group lessons so I'm considering a shared private for both of us. Copper also has the option of 50-minute Max 4 "Quickie" lessons.
1 - My main question is - would it make sense for us to take a shared private lesson even if we're at fairly different skill levels? I'm kind of thinking that I could benefit from a lot of the basic fundamentals geared more toward her since I never really got that when I started. Or are we too far apart in skill level to make this option worthwhile?
2 - Or would we be better off taking 2-3 of the "Quickie" lessons individually so that we spread out our lessons and focus more on our individual skill level?
3 - A third option may be to take a half-day shared private on Day 1 and then one individual "Quickie" on Day 3 or 4.
4 - Also, should we be concerned about whether an all day lesson on our first day on the slopes would be too much? We're both in pretty decent shape and we're going to take the first night to acclimate plus the second day to settle in and hopefully get rested. But I really don't know what to expect from the altitude.
I'm leaning toward Option 3 but would really appreciate any insight from those who know better than myself? I would love to hear perspectives from both instructors and students. Anything else I should consider that I've missed?