Hello everyone. First off, I've enjoyed reading through these forums and have gathered a lot of great information. Thanks in advance for your help.
I am new to skiing. I skied 2 times in North Carolina (one day each time, poor conditions), with my last visit more than 10 years ago. If you asked me, I would say I do not know how to ski -- no confidence I could get down a bunny slope. However, I am now in my mid-thirties and would like to make a run at really learning how to ski.
My plan is to go out west later this winter -- perhaps late January or early February -- and spend 3 days skiing. I would take a full day lesson on the first day and then half-day lessons on both of the remaining days. Is this a good plan? What adjustments would you make? I want to learn and progress as much as possible to get a solid base.
As for the resort, I'm looking for a place with good snow, great instructors, and relatively uncrowded. I've got a few ideas but I would definitely like to hear your opinions.
Mod edit: additional info the OP added later in the thread.
I went to Beech in NC a couple times. Took a lesson, made a little progress. But that was over 10 years ago.
Yeah, I'll definitely take a look at VA. But that would also def require taking a few days off -- would be a bit of a drive from Georgia.
I went to college in Ithaca -- great town!
Flight -- I travel a lot for work so I will probably use miles. While I certainly don't want to waste money and I want a good value, I'm also willing to spend it to learn. Money isn't my #1 consideration.
I actually went up to Cataloochee on Sunday and it went well. They have a program that includes 5 lessons (1hr 45min per lesson) with lift tickets and rental equipment. At the end they give you a pair of skis. Costs $299 -- seemed like a pretty good deal to me, so I went for it. I'll also probably visit Sugar and Beech.
I had fun and feel like I'm going to progress well. The instructor seemed knowledgeable and made things interesting.
I'm looking forward to going out west later this season, hopefully with at least some basic skills under my belt.