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Howdy!

 

I am a brand new member of this community and wanted to say thanks first for all of the insightful information.  It's going to take me a long time to go back and read the quality posts over the years.

 

I am looking for a recommendation for an instructor at Copper Mountain's ski school.  If the following matters, a little about myself:

 

  • Male, 35 years old
  • Athletic, but certainly not in great shape
  • I've skiied a handful of times in the past 6-7 years, greens and some blues.
  • The above statement is why I'm looking for lessons.  I want to progress from I can ski all greens and may talk myself into a blue here or there to skiing all blues comfortably and may talk myself into a black here or there.
  • I've got 4 boys that are going to start skiing this year as we just moved to Colorado in the last year.  The older and more athletic boys are going to pass me up pretty quickly and I'd like for old dad to be able to hang with them as long as possible.
  • I'm pretty much available any time during the week since I work from home.

 

So if you're an instructor at Copper that can help, have had great experience with instructors at Copper in similar situations, or just know a coach that is great overall, I'd certainly appreciate it.

 

Thanks in advance!

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FWIW, my boyfriend is at a similar spot and will be looking for a half day private lesson or two at Copper later this season. Looking forward to hearing the recommendations!

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At the top of the instruction page there is a link to Epic Ski instructors by state. There are several listed for Copper. I know Mike Martorano on that list as an instructor actively interested in improving both his own and his clients' skiing.
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I have taught several season at Copper and have experience with both adults and kids.  What were you thinking in terms of lessons for the boys?  Copper has several multi-week programs that may suit them-

 

Scooters- 4 to 12 yo. Saturday or Sundays for 3 or 4 weeks Dec through March

http://www.coppercolorado.com/winter/ski_and_ride_school/youth_seasonal_programs/scooters

 

Choppers- 8-18 yo.  Sat or Sundays for 6 weeks starting 2nd week of January http://www.coppercolorado.com/winter/ski_and_ride_school/youth_seasonal_programs/choppers

 

Trailblazers 3-5 yo http://www.coppercolorado.com/winter/ski_and_ride_school/youth_seasonal_programs/trailblazers

 

If the boys have never skied before and are fairly athletic, I would try really hard to get an instructor who does NOT over-emphasize a braking wedge as part of their beginner progression.  This might be easier to accomplish via a private lesson and/or a mid-week or Sunday program as Saturdays tend to be more crowded (making a braking wedge more necessary from a safety standpoint) 

 

PM me for some specific names.

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