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Park City - Instructor Recommendation?

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My son and I skied at Alta last year. This year we are at PCMR due to a free Marriott condo. I've skied before but last year my son was a beginner. He was 11 last year and took lessons from Arthur Haskell, who did a good job teaching him the basics.

Can you folks recommend an instructor at PC for a half day or full day private lesson? I may join my son and make it a two person lesson. Thanks for any comments.
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I went for a lesson at Sundance and really enjoyed it. Instructor was great and it cost less then the other mountains. Walked in same day and got a private lesson with no hassle. But I do not know how PCMR is.
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Considering that your son is only going on his second year of skiing, he and you would be in good hands with any PCMR instructor for private lessons.
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My son and I skied at Alta last year. This year we are at PCMR due to a free Marriott condo. I've skied before but last year my son was a beginner. He was 11 last year and took lessons from Arthur Haskell, who did a good job teaching him the basics.

Can you folks recommend an instructor at PC for a half day or full day private lesson? I may join my son and make it a two person lesson. Thanks for any comments.

If you don't get any specific recommendations, probably worth asking for a Level 3 instructor.  Especially if you decide to do a semi-private with your son.  My experience with a random instructor assigned by a destination ski school for a semi-private with my daughter (10 or 11 at the time) was not a good one.  When I made the reservation I thought I made it clear what I wanted.  That instructor did not know how to teach two different students at the same time, even though our skiing ability was about the same.  In contrast, I've had lessons with more than one Level 3 instructor (large and small places) with 2-3 other people of differing abilities that were essentially very good private lessons for each of the students.  An instructor with 15-20 years experience who hasn't got Level 3 certification would be fine too.  It's the added experience teaching that is more important than whether or not the instructor can ski anything and everything on the mountain IMHO.

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Considering that your son is only going on his second year of skiing, he and you would be in good hands with any PCMR instructor for private lessons.

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Powdr Corp (and industry) hiring practices ensure that this is not so. Get a recommendation or specify a level 3 who does well with and enjoys working with teens or kids as appropriate for your son. (Many instructors have a student age sweet spot at which they are most effective.)

If you're quite pleased with the outcome, consider tipping the instructor. Most of what you pay goes to PCMR, especially if you didn't request a specific instructor by name.
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You can take my suggestion and put it high on the BS meter. It was a suggestion for someone who asked for one.

My three kids and my wife have been taking skiing lessons every year in PCMR since 2006. They have taken group and private lessonsa and we have never choosen any ski instructor or ski instructor "level" during these lessons. We take whatever PCMR "assigns" to us and trust that a big ski resort like this have decent enough ski instructors for kids to learn from. Right now, I don't see them any worse off as skiers than any other good skiing kid in the mountain.
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