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Ski Instructor Recommendation [Poconos or Catskills]

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 

I'm not sure if this is the right forum, but I'll ask anyway. I'm looking to take lessons and progressing this season. I could use some recommendation good ski instructors (from what I read here at least level 2?). I am considering Camelback, PA (Poconos) or Windham, NY (Catskills). I checked the ski instructor list but did not find any matches.

Please help. 

 

PS: If you need any specific information to make a recommendation, please ask.

post #2 of 9

First of all, what terrain do you ski on and what do you find gives you the most difficulty? Most of what I say below applies to an advanced skier but would also suit a intermediate advanced  Read this link for determining your ski level. (level 1 through 9.)  http://www.skimybest.com/skilevel.htm

 

It sometimes can be tough to find someone that just 'fits' you the first few times at a particular mountain. 

 

Here is other links for picking an instructor: http://www.skimybest.com/skiinst.htm

 

http://www.skimybest.com/skiless.htm

 

Calling and asking for "the best instructor they got' is not best way of to do it. I would suggest asking for a PSIA or other groups Level 3 instructor. Level 3 instructors tend to all be the best bet... along with some 'long in the hair' Level 2's. Calling in at least a week, or two even, before the dates you are going to be there gives you the best chance of getting the level instructor you want, as most good instructors are booked ahead. Expect to take more than one lesson and work (a lot) in between on your tasks given. Don't stack lessons one after another, have days in between to do those tasks. I always suggested, at the least, doing your tasks first four runs and the last four runs of the day.

 

Further, sometimes the ski instructor supervisors will give lessons if you can be flexible on your times and days. Wednesdays and Thursdays, non-holiday weeks are usually the best days to be there as those are the days the regular crews have their days off but the big boys are back, that varies from resort to resort. Early, Early or late, late in the season can get you one of them too. 

 

Finally, ask the local ski shops owners, and main sales guy... who they think are the best. If you ask enough of them at different shops in the ski area, the same guys (or gal's) name will usually pop up.

 

Write notes down about what you worked on if the instructor doesn't give you a little summery card. Expect tasks and if you do not know what they are... ask for them. At each lesson, bring these notes and show them to the instructor each time, even if he is the same one (Which is the best way if you 'connect' with him).  

 

Ski resorts really want you to have a good lesson, they want you to come back. If you are not happy with the lesson at any time during or after it, tell the instructor your not getting it.

 

BTW - If you get a good lesson... give him a tip...


Edited by scadvice - 10/31/14 at 9:24am
post #3 of 9
Thread Starter 

Thank you for your thoughtful response. I read the articles in the links. They were very helpful. I will check with my local shop owners for recommendation. If not I'll take some group lessons before picking an instructor.

It seems like alternating group and private lessons every week will work for me. That way I'll have time to work between the private lessons. Your suggestion to take notes was very important. 

And yes I'll tip the instructor :-)

post #4 of 9

Perhaps @Harvey44 has some suggestions for the Catskills.  Would you consider Belleayre or Hunter?

post #5 of 9

@marznc I'm not an expert on instruction (never had a lesson, bad Harv) but I will try.

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Perhaps @Harvey44 has some suggestions for the Catskills.

 

If you want to ski at Windham, Mermer Blakeslee has a really good reputation. She's been at Windham for years and runs very successful programs (including several that are specifically focused on women).  Not to mention, she's on the PSIA National Demo Team. 


Edited by Harvey44 - 11/9/14 at 11:59am
post #7 of 9

Here are a couple of names to see if they are available. Tell the ski school person selling the lesson your goals and they should do their best to match you up. There is nothing wrong with asking for a level 2 or 3 instructor.

 

Camelback - try to get Mark Absalon if possible.

 

Windham - Mermer, Doug Hammond, Frank Cartwright, Ken Sauer, 

 

Try to find someone at a resort that you can get to a couple of times in a season and let the instructor know that is your intention. It will help them structure a lesson plan to help you over the season.

post #8 of 9
Thread Starter 

Not as convenient, but I will consider for a good instructor.

post #9 of 9
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Harvey44 View Post
 

 

If you want to ski at Windham, Mermer Blakeslee has a really good reputation. She's been at Windham for years and runs very successful programs (including several that are specifically focused on women).  Not to mention, she's on the PSIA National Demo Team. 

 

 

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Originally Posted by lokie View Post
 

Here are a couple of names to see if they are available. Tell the ski school person selling the lesson your goals and they should do their best to match you up. There is nothing wrong with asking for a level 2 or 3 instructor.

 

Camelback - try to get Mark Absalon if possible.

 

Windham - Mermer, Doug Hammond, Frank Cartwright, Ken Sauer, 

 

Try to find someone at a resort that you can get to a couple of times in a season and let the instructor know that is your intention. It will help them structure a lesson plan to help you over the season.

 

Thank you so much for your recommendations. I was waiting to buy a pass until I found an instructor to work with. Your list will help me a lot. I am planning this season around the lessons so I do plan to take biweekly lessons with a week in between to practice. I have very specific goals for this season so I would prefer to work with one instructor through out the season if possible. If not the names in this list should be more than adequate.

Thanks again.

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