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Best instructors for private lessons, or 2 day clinic or weekend clinic for adult skiers in NY, VT, NH or ME

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Hello! My husband and I are 26 and 30, respectively, newcomers to skiing (last winter was our first season,) but progressing fast. We currently ski black diamonds comfortably and some double blacks, interested in learning how to get better at moguls and start skiing glades and jumps. 

 

We really want to improve our technique this coming season and are interested in finding good instructors at resorts in NY or VT (preferably) or possibly NH or ME, although that is more of a haul for us, since we are based in NYC, but could be a possibility as a special trip for a 2 day adult camp or something like that.

 

My husband took some semi-private "advanced" lessons with a buddy last season at Hunter and was disappointed with the level of instruction. The lesson was poorly structured and he said that it seemed like the instructor was more interested in just hanging out and chatting about sports rather than showing them techniques or exercises to work on to improve. 

 

Can anyone recommend great, experienced instructors for shared private lessons for the two of us, or short (1 or 2 day) adult ski camps/clinics in our area? We want whatever instructor or program will give us the best bang for our buck. 

 

Thanks!

 

-Holly

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If 4.5 - 5 hours drive is within range, Killington has a few top flight instructors.  It has a range of terrain to learn on, and it's only a minute or two of skiing to go from black to blue to very flat learning terrain, so you can work on a movement on the flats and follow it up on progressively more challenging terrain.

 

I'd suggest Killington's Jon Lamb, who is something of a legend in the Northeast.  He's an examiner, which means that he certifies ski instructors throughout the Northeast as they progress through the professional ranks (member, level 1, level 2, level 3), and he is a former member of the eastern division's professional ski instructors of america demo team, which means he's one of the East's top teachers and top skiers.  He also has a great sense of humor and composes zany verse on the fly.  Tell him your learning styles, desired outcomes, and what a good lesson means to you, and he'll aim to please.

 

There are a couple of instructors on EpicSki from Stowe, if you've got another hour or two in your driving comfort zone.  Ping user Epic here to find out more about those options.

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Thread Starter 
Thank you!! Exactly what I was looking for. When it gets a little closer to the season, I'll contact Jon Lamb and ask about his rates.
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Originally Posted by hollyberry88 View Post

Thank you!! Exactly what I was looking for. When it gets a little closer to the season, I'll contact Jon Lamb and ask about his rates.


Note that at American ski resorts, you have to book lessons through the ski school.  You can have direct contact with an instructor but you pay the ski school the set rate.  You are free to tip the instructor as you see fit.  Not required but always appreciated.

 

Take a look at this thread about how intermediates can improve even if they don't get to ski that much.  Includes comments about how to request a ski instructor for private or semi-private lessons.  

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/137287/how-does-an-intermediate-adult-skier-in-the-flatlands-get-to-the-next-level-a-beginner-zone-thread

 

Small or medium size ski areas can have very good ski schools, with lower rates.  For example, have heard the ski school at Mad River Glen is top notch.  I work with a PSIA Level 3 instructor at a small area in northern VA.  Does not require much terrain to teach fundamentals that can be ingrained with proper practice.  I also take a few lessons on trips out west, but the lessons "locally" made my progress handling bumps and trees faster.

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Probably not exactly what the OP is looking for, but may include useful info for intermediates who are learning as adults thinking about lessons in VT.

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/132598/ski-instructor-recommendations-okemo-killington-or-another-vt-resort

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Holly,

 

I hope your husband talked to the ski school director at Hunter if he was disappointed in the lesson. I know they run a good ski school and would like to respond to your husbands concerns rather than have him go away disappointed. This applies to any ski schools lesson that you take that you are not satisfied with.

 

Another option is to look into a season long program at an area. This allows you to ski with the same instructor and group multiple times during the season.  Many resorts have them ranging from small informal groups to the premiere "Powerlearn Program" at Windham.

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Holly,

 

I can also highly recommend Keith Hopkins at Killington (aka Hoser). Keith is also an examiner. Other options to consider would include Terry Barbour at Mad River Glen (Terry is an ex-PSIA demonstration team member - that's higher than examiner status - you did ask for the "best"), Bart Hayes at Whiteface (Bart is IMHO the highest skilled teacher among the PSIA-E examiners),  the arc to arc program (run by the Boyd bros who are current PSIA demo team members) and adventures with John Egan at Sugarbush.

 

Choosing from these should be half the fun.

post #8 of 8

If skiing at Hunter consider Frank Cartwright.  Or at neighboring Windham Mountain Mermer Blakeslee would be worth seeking out.  They are both examiners, fantastic instructors and a lot of fun to ski with.

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