Originally Posted by DirtViking http://www.arc2arc.com/
I'm exploring some options for me this winter. I've got some time off and can fit about a week of "training" in sometime in Jan. or Feb. I stumbled upon these guys. I'd like to participate in one of their camps, but it would have to be watered down to my ability. The one-on-one training seems ideal, but I'm not sure I want to spend that amount. I'd like to do 4 or 5 days all at once.
Anyone have any experience with this group? Good, bad, indifferent?
Would an aspiring intermediate be better off at a local hill with instructor X
The website mentions that you will not find better value anywhere. What do you guys think?
Yes I have skied with Arc2Arc and I agree, you would be hard pressed to find a better value. I skied with Matt though Arc2Arc about a year ago and it was one of my best learning days. It was an all day private at Cannon and we spent the entire day on getting me to ski better. He also gave me things to work on, on my own when I got back to my own turf. When I left my thoughts were that I wished I could ski with him for a week, so your plan sounds spot on.
I have had the fortune of skiing with Matt twice before in clinics for race coaches. I don't really follow who's who in PSIA, but along with everyone on Arc2Arc's staff being PSIA examiners, I believe Matt, Jeb, and Eric are on the development team. I have also skied with Sue and Eric at different clinics. All incredible skiers, and great people. I know Matt the best of them all and he is also one of the nicest people you can meet.
To make sure we got off on the right foot at training, I told him that I didn't want to be treated like a customer and didn't care for the "Cannon experience". I wanted to train and when I left I wanted to be a better skier. I told him not to worry about hurting my feelings with feedback. I told him to treat me like someone on his staff that he was paying and he needed to ski better. Because he's a professional and a nice guy, he was direct but always respectful. We joked around a bit but we were both there on a mission and stuck to it. I can't imagine anyone not liking him or not learning from him.
If you have a way to make this happen, you should go for it, send them an email or call them and talk it out with them.