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post #61 of 76
I "restarted" skiing 5 years ago after a decade of first trying it. First lesson was at App. Personally I think Easy Street at Sugar is the best learning hill in NC. I would take a weekday and do a full day lesson. Beech wouldn't be bad either. I think Apps learning hill is too short.

I can't stress how important it would be to do this on weekday.

I can PM you the name of an instructor at Sugar I'd recommend.

And actually , if it's cold the snow conditions are pretty predictable.
post #62 of 76
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Originally Posted by WC68 View Post

I "restarted" skiing 5 years ago after a decade of first trying it. First lesson was at App. Personally I think Easy Street at Sugar is the best learning hill in NC. I would take a weekday and do a full day lesson. Beech wouldn't be bad either. I think Apps learning hill is too short.

I can't stress how important it would be to do this on weekday.

I can PM you the name of an instructor at Sugar I'd recommend.

And actually , if it's cold the snow conditions are pretty predictable.


OP started the 5-lesson plan for beginners at Cat already.  For $299, after five lessons, he'll walk away with new skis from Elan.

 

Did you see that Beech installed a magic carpet for their teaching area?

post #63 of 76
Yeah, just saw that. Nice deal.
On the phone and didn't realize there was already 3 pages of replies.
post #64 of 76

I always recommend Mammoth and Mt. Bachelor for late season.   I love Alta, but I'd save that for a later year when you're a strong intermediate and will appreciate it (and next-door Snowbird) much more.

 

In terms of terrain for beginner/low intermediates, no destination has more than Summit County Colorado. 

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One reason I don't suggest Colorado for a first trip in late season is that the resorts still open are at relatively high altitude.  Unless someone knows they do not have issues adapting to sleeping over 9000 ft, no real reason to take the risk for a first ski trip out west.  

That altitude is the reason the snow in Summit County is often still winter snow in April.  And Summit's mid-season crowds are gone so it's really the best time to ski there.  Altitude sensitivity is a matter of individual physiology and has nothing to do with how experienced a skier you are, unless you actually live in the mountains. Take some common sense precautions, like spending the first night in Denver, drinking lots of water and laying off the booze the first couple of days and you'll probably be fine.  If you suspect that you are more sensitive to altitude than most people, get a Diamox prescription.

 

For late March Buttermilk/Snowmass is a good suggestion too.  Buttermilk closes April 5.

post #65 of 76
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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. 


@ithaca : how are the lessons going?

post #66 of 76
Thread Starter 

Lessons are going well. I've been a few times so far and I feel like I'm progressing at a solid pace.

 

The weather has been a little rainy and warm lately, but hopefully that'll resolve and I can get out there more.   

post #67 of 76
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Lessons are going well. I've been a few times so far and I feel like I'm progressing at a solid pace.

 

The weather has been a little rainy and warm lately, but hopefully that'll resolve and I can get out there more.   

 

That's great!  Let us know when you get the skis.


Certainly hoping the cold weather comes back sooner rather than later.  I have a ski week in VA and WV planned for Jan. 4-11.  Not much snow left at Massanutten on the lower trails.  But places in the southeast only need 3-4 nights of snowmaking temps to recover.

post #68 of 76
Hey OP!
I posted a similar thread about making my first time skiing as a trip out west - so now I'm planning on getting basics in North Carolina and then Colorado later... I'm in tn so we are in the same boat!
post #69 of 76
Thread Starter 

@alit423 Nice! let us know how it goes.

 

I've had a few lessons now and things are going pretty well so far. Last week was great for snowmaking in NC and I was able to get out on the slopes over the weekend. 

post #70 of 76
Thread Starter 

UPDATE:

 

I went out to Telluride for a few days last week and had a great time. I took some lessons and by the second day was tackling blue runs. The resort has a bunch of gentle beginner terrain and was a great place to build skills. The general ski experience was miles ahead of North Carolina and the town had a great vibe.

 

I'm glad I went up to NC a few times before heading out west and I'll continue to go as its a great place to get some skiing in without having to get on a plane. I also have a couple more visits to go before I complete the beginner package I purchased.

 

I'm happy I took up the sport and look forward to improving. Thanks again for everyone's help/suggestions!

post #71 of 76
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UPDATE:

 

I went out to Telluride for a few days last week and had a great time. I took some lessons and by the second day was tackling blue runs. The resort has a bunch of gentle beginner terrain and was a great place to build skills. The general ski experience was miles ahead of North Carolina and the town had a great vibe.

 

I'm glad I went up to NC a few times before heading out west and I'll continue to go as its a great place to get some skiing in without having to get on a plane. I also have a couple more visits to go before I complete the beginner package I purchased.

 

I'm happy I took up the sport and look forward to improving. Thanks again for everyone's help/suggestions!


Thanks for the update!  Glad you had a good time.

 

If you would like to meet up with other southeast skiers, SkiSE is doing a Summit (meet up) at Snowshoe in early March.  Send a PM if you would like to know more.  The discount for attendees is pretty good.

post #72 of 76

I am 43 now and started NC skiing 3 yrs ago. I had a similar experience going to UT a few weeks ago and yes. Huge difference in the

skiing. Although I do believe learning on ice has helped a lot. The groomers there were sooo much better and not crowded that

I was able to push myself down much steeper terrain than I would have in NC conditions. Blues there can be much steeper than blacks in NC. I also tried off trail skiing and dabbed a little in the trees. It is a whole new level but was incredible.

 

I now plan on making trips back as I am hooked. I think that as long as you have a chance to ski even close to home it is a great investment in how much of a good time you will have out west. 

post #73 of 76
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Originally Posted by ithaca View Post
 

UPDATE:

 

I went out to Telluride for a few days last week and had a great time. I took some lessons and by the second day was tackling blue runs. The resort has a bunch of gentle beginner terrain and was a great place to build skills. The general ski experience was miles ahead of North Carolina and the town had a great vibe.

 

I'm glad I went up to NC a few times before heading out west and I'll continue to go as its a great place to get some skiing in without having to get on a plane. I also have a couple more visits to go before I complete the beginner package I purchased.

 

I'm happy I took up the sport and look forward to improving. Thanks again for everyone's help/suggestions!

 

 

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I am 43 now and started NC skiing 3 yrs ago. I had a similar experience going to UT a few weeks ago and yes. Huge difference in the

skiing. Although I do believe learning on ice has helped a lot. The groomers there were sooo much better and not crowded that

I was able to push myself down much steeper terrain than I would have in NC conditions. Blues there can be much steeper than blacks in NC. I also tried off trail skiing and dabbed a little in the trees. It is a whole new level but was incredible.

 

I now plan on making trips back as I am hooked. I think that as long as you have a chance to ski even close to home it is a great investment in how much of a good time you will have out west. 

 

 

Glad to see you both are enjoying yourselves.  It won't be long before you come out west and ski:

 

 

                                                                                                                                                 IMG_0774.JPG

 

Some of the moist beautiful skiing anywhere (just one of my favorite pictures-cat skiing in BC).  Welcome to a great lifestyle.

post #74 of 76
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Originally Posted by vpzlos View Post
 

I am 43 now and started NC skiing 3 yrs ago. I had a similar experience going to UT a few weeks ago and yes. Huge difference in the

skiing. Although I do believe learning on ice has helped a lot. The groomers there were sooo much better and not crowded that

I was able to push myself down much steeper terrain than I would have in NC conditions. Blues there can be much steeper than blacks in NC. I also tried off trail skiing and dabbed a little in the trees. It is a whole new level but was incredible.

 

I now plan on making trips back as I am hooked. I think that as long as you have a chance to ski even close to home it is a great investment in how much of a good time you will have out west. 


Welcome to EpicSki!  Have you found the regional thread yet?  Probably won't be much activity given that few places in the southeast/Mid-Atlantic are open, but keep an eye out next season.

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/129243/the-2014-15-thread-for-nc-va-sc-ga-wv-etc

post #75 of 76
Thank you. Already planning a trip back to Utah next season.
post #76 of 76

Bump . . . for beginners who weren't around last year when this thread was started.  Hope the OP (Opening Poster aka Thread Starter) @ithaca and the other beginner, @vpzlos, are working on plans for their next trip out west, as well as a few ski days locally.

 

To help with planning, here are a couple recent threads that address the hardest part of flying out west once you have boots and skis to transport, along with outer wear and other ski-related clothing and accessories like goggles.

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/142345/plane-travel-how-to-get-my-skis-to-the-mountain

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/115871/traveling-through-the-airport-ski-bag-vs-case

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