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If I could go back a couple of decades.... STARTING TO SKI - Where to go?

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Ski and Ride University Copper Mountain Colorado

A program for adult Skiers or Snowboarders 18 and older who are completely new to the sport! Ski and Ride U includes three ski or snowboard lessons with lift tickets and equipment rental; 3 days of parking in the Union Creek lot, lunch on your 2nd and 3rd day of lessons; and a FREE Copper Mountain Season Pass upon graduation of the program! Only $199. Quantities are limited.

 

 

http://www.coppercolorado.com/winter/ski_and_ride_school/SRSU.html

 

Sorry if this appears to be a blatant ad for Copper Mtn.  Every year I see the question being asked about where should 'I' go to get started in skiing.  This price is hard to beat.  Parking alone could be worth $60+.

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There there many places offering special multi-day deals for never-evers or novice beginners.  Some include a season pass or a frequent skier card or even a pair of skis.  Elan is one of the companies working with more than one ski area to get newbies hooked.

 

As as example, Cataloochee in NC has an offer for $299.  The advantage over a multi-week program is the ski days can be done any time that fits in someone's schedule.  @ithaca got the package last season and did a few lessons (driving from Atlanta to NC) before a trip out west.

 

Slide in 5 is back!  This package includes everything you need: five (5) lift tickets, fIve (5) ski rentals and five (5) 1-3/4 hour lessons, all for only $299.  Complete your 5 lessons and receive a FREE pair of Elan skis with bindings.  You must be twelve years of age or older to participate in the program.  

 

Killington has worked with Elan the last few years.  Bromley had a program for kids ages 5-14 that included 6 lessons, skis with bindings, and a season pass for $599.   Cranmore in NH had a program with 3 lessons that provided Rossi skis once the lessons were completed.

 

Small places often have a beginner package that includes lift ticket, rentals, and a lesson.  Usually in comparison to buying a lift ticket with rentals, the lesson is almost free.  Even so, most people don't bother with the lesson and head out on the slope thinking they'll fall a lot and eventually figure it out. :rolleyes

 

The trend seems to be to offer a beginner package of at least 3 lessons on three separate ski days.  I assume the likelihood of someone learning enough to get hooked is higher than after one lesson.  Although the goal of the consulting company helping ski schools with terrain based instruction is to make sure a newbie has fun on the very first day.

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Thanks for the reminder about this deal for potentially new folks. I've also wondered: what stops experienced skiers from taking advantage of these programs and sitting through beginner lessons, feigning a wedge for a few days, or using it as pseudo-instructor training? For that matter, do the hills actually care if someone were to do so?

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Thanks for the reminder about this deal for potentially new folks. I've also wondered: what stops experienced skiers from taking advantage of these programs and sitting through beginner lessons, feigning a wedge for a few days, or using it as pseudo-instructor training? For that matter, do the hills actually care if someone were to do so?


My guess is that skis used for the program are for beginners.  Meaning the type of skis that can be found for cheap during off-season sales if someone knows that's what they want.  Remember, you have to pay for the lesson package as well as spend time in the lessons.  Note that there is a limited number of the packages available, usually a few hundred.

 

I would think the ski schools would care.  After all, they want to create new ski addicts.  Preferably the type who will go buy boots and start skiing on a regular basis.

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Last year Snowbasin had a Learn to Ski Program where upon completing six lessons you got a season pass for the rest of the season.  It seemed to be a good deal.  Good enough that some people were sandbagging the lessons to get the good deal on the pass!

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Last year Snowbasin had a Learn to Ski Program where upon completing six lessons you got a season pass for the rest of the season.  It seemed to be a good deal.  Good enough that some people were sandbagging the lessons to get the good deal on the pass!


I wonder if people who did that found that they actually ended up learning a little something about technique eventually.  Although if they ended up taking the spot of someone who really wanted to learn, that's too bad.  Wish more people would think a little more about the long term status of their home mountain instead of their own wants.

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