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Breckenridge Lesson Club -- Season Long Group Lessons for 2014/2015 Season

post #1 of 25
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Breckenridge has announced pricing and terms for their Lesson Club. This is an incredible deal for those with a season pass. While there are some blackout dates (holidays, Christmas, Spring Break), you get unlimited Thursday-Sunday group lessons all season long. It's an excellent opportunity to establish a relationship with a coach, try out different instructors, make some friends, find terrain at Breck you didn't know existed, or just cut liftlines.

Here's the info

Mike
post #2 of 25

Thanks for the info, but dang--so many tempting offers out there between passes and lessons. First I was thinking about Epic Local pass and getting the early bird on the RMSP+ and I forgot all about this. First world problem :)

post #3 of 25
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Karen, you can do both!

Mike
post #4 of 25
Thanks for posting. Do you have any info. on the Keystone lesson pass?
post #5 of 25

@habacomike why are you telling people about this???

 

Ahem.

 

@rx2ski - I did full Epic + Breck lesson + RMSPplus this season, and I've loved the freedom.  Realized I didn't feel motivated to ski Vail or Beaver Creek even once, so the plan for next season is Epic Local + Breck lesson + RMSPplus.

 

If we couldn't do the Breck lesson pass, I suspect we wouldn't go Vail Resorts at all. Or maybe we would, because we wouldn't know how nice it can be.

post #6 of 25
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Sorry, Helmut, I do not.

It does appear that Vail has some sort of program as well. If you have a favorite resort owned by Vail, I suggest calling the ski school and inquiring. At least for Breck you break even in 2 or so lessons.

Monique, I am now amBreckenridge employee -- isn't that part of my duty? At least for another 3 days of teaching...

Mike
post #7 of 25
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Monique, I am now amBreckenridge employee -- isn't that part of my duty? At least for another 3 days of teaching...

Mike


Are you going to be teaching with the lesson pass crew next season? I've always wondered, is that kind of a coveted "seniority first" position, or is it not because you don't get repeat customer bonuses, or do I totally misunderstand the entire dynamic?

post #8 of 25
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@habacomike why are you telling people about this???

 

Ahem.

 

@rx2ski - I did full Epic + Breck lesson + RMSPplus this season, and I've loved the freedom.  Realized I didn't feel motivated to ski Vail or Beaver Creek even once, so the plan for next season is Epic Local + Breck lesson + RMSPplus.

 

If we couldn't do the Breck lesson pass, I suspect we wouldn't go Vail Resorts at all. Or maybe we would, because we wouldn't know how nice it can be.

 

I haven't even used my Epic at Vail or Beaver Creek yet this year--hoping for Vail this Saturday. (But days at Eldora made up the difference for me by allowing me to ski close to home when I only had 1 day available on the weekend.) The place I bunk at is at Breck so I'm kinda spoiled jumping on a bus now. The RMSP+ is such a deal as the same price as the RMSP right now that it's hard not to buy it.

post #9 of 25
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I haven't even used my Epic at Vail or Beaver Creek yet this year--hoping for Vail this Saturday. (But days at Eldora made up the difference for me by allowing me to ski close to home when I only had 1 day available on the weekend.) The place I bunk at is at Breck so I'm kinda spoiled jumping on a bus now. The RMSP+ is such a deal as the same price as the RMSP right now that it's hard not to buy it.

 

Be careful! We started out with a 5 month shared apartment in Frisco. Now we're in a 12 month lease in walking distance to Peak 9. It's a treacherous habit!

post #10 of 25
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Be careful! We started out with a 5 month shared apartment in Frisco. Now we're in a 12 month lease in walking distance to Peak 9. It's a treacherous habit!

 

I'm part of a ski house with lots of bunk beds without feeling like I have a second mortgage. :) Bus in front of the chalet to get up to the mountains and able to ski in.

 

Wouldn't it be fun to have a goal of skiing at every Colorado ski resort in one season? Epic and RMSP do take care of a good chunk of that!

post #11 of 25
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Wouldn't it be fun to have a goal of skiing at every Colorado ski resort in one season? Epic and RMSP do take care of a good chunk of that!

 

In theory, yes. In practice, as you said - it is *so* easy to get to the closest resort that it would just be annoying arranging the travel. But this season I skied Monarch for the first time thanks to RMSP+, and next season I hope Crested Butte will be on my list.

post #12 of 25
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In theory, yes. In practice, as you said - it is *so* easy to get to the closest resort that it would just be annoying arranging the travel. But this season I skied Monarch for the first time thanks to RMSP+, and next season I hope Crested Butte will be on my list.


Crested Butte is on my bucket list--and I've never actually skied at Steamboat (although that trip has been planned many times!) As for Mt. Ruapehu, don't think that will ever happen.

post #13 of 25

But to get back to the Breck Lesson Club thing - it has been fantastic for me. Not only have my skills progressed a ton more than they would have just free skiing, but I also know a lot about how to get around the mountain and where to find good snow. I also like the social aspect, in that I know I'll be able to ski with people of roughly my same ability level. And getting an instructor is less of a crapshoot than in a regular lesson, because I know the instructors and have my favorites.

 

The one bummer is that group sizes can get out of control, resulting in not getting as many runs in as I'd like. If you're willing to take a chance on an unfamiliar instructor, though, that's less of a problem. Of course it depends on how many people show up each day.

post #14 of 25
How many people max in a group?
post #15 of 25
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How many people max in a group?


Well now .. I think the max I was in was 15 ... but that's because everyone wants to ski with Kevin. I've had as large as that and as small as 3-4.  It seemed to me that the organizer, whose name escapes me, has been pushing for no larger than 10, trying to get instructors to stop taking more students after that. But of course that's tough when someone who's skied with you tens of times shows up.

 

I don't know exactly what voodoo the organizers use to figure out how many ski instructors to deploy. I'm sure that the lesson pass is far less profitable than regular ski school, so I doubt they work terribly hard to keep class size down.

post #16 of 25
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Well now .. I think the max I was in was 15 ... but that's because everyone wants to ski with Kevin. I've had as large as that and as small as 3-4.  It seemed to me that the organizer, whose name escapes me, has been pushing for no larger than 10, trying to get instructors to stop taking more students after that. But of course that's tough when someone who's skied with you tens of times shows up.

 

I don't know exactly what voodoo the organizers use to figure out how many ski instructors to deploy. I'm sure that the lesson pass is far less profitable than regular ski school, so I doubt they work terribly hard to keep class size down.

 

It seems like it would pay for itself in 3 days or less based on the prices listed on Breck's site. Thus, it's not very profitable for them--hopefully, people are tipping the instructor well.

 

My bucket list is getting fuller and fuller....

post #17 of 25
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It seems like it would pay for itself in 3 days or less based on the prices listed on Breck's site. Thus, it's not very profitable for them--hopefully, people are tipping the instructor well.

 

My bucket list is getting fuller and fuller....

 

Yeah, it pays for itself very quickly, even if you're just comparing it to paying for a lesson. If you then also compare it to, say, the "secret" pass at Copper to use the empty line ... well, I've heard lots of nasty words on powder days as my class and I ski past the lines to the ski school entrance.  On the other hand, we've also stood around for 15 minutes or more those same mornings, waiting for lineups while others were already skiing the goods.

 

I hope people are tipping instructors well (for good service), period. But there's already another thread for that conversation!

post #18 of 25

Thanks to Mike and Bounce for informative posts on this topic.  I might have interest in this product for 2015 and noticed Breck has most of March 2015 blocked out of the program.  I'd be interested if anyone gets info about similar 2015 season lesson plans and schedule for Keystone, Vail or others in CO.

post #19 of 25
I'd be interested, too. To the best of my knowledge, Keystone is the only other place that offers this. It's easy enough for you to find the blackout dates - just call Keystone ski school while they're still open. I suspect the dates will be similar.
post #20 of 25
Keystone is $299. Lessons meet @ River Run ONLY. Only Saturdays & Sundays are blacked out during that big block of dates during March when Breck is blacked out Th-Sun. I asked for an email or something in writing...they said it is just a call and ask for it type of deal.
post #21 of 25

I was looking at the calendar and the blackout dates and you could potentially get a ton of lessons in even if you only were available on the weekends. There are 25 days available on the weekends and an additional 28 days on Thursday/Fridays.

Note: Dates in orange are non-blackout dates.

 

post #22 of 25
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Yep, Karen, it's a real deal.  Probably one of the only ones from Vail.

 

Mike

post #23 of 25
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Yep, Karen, it's a real deal.  Probably one of the only ones from Vail.

 

Mike

 

I'd spend more in tips than I would on the pass.

 

P.S. Can you tell I'm already looking into a little trip planning (and pass planning) for next winter? :D

post #24 of 25

Mike, I just called Breck and signed up. Nice meeting you this weekend and glad you talked me into it. I've definitely been having my good and bad days lately--been consistently inconsistent and this should help with that.

post #25 of 25

Welcome to the crew. I expect you'll love it.

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