Background: I have been skiing for 5 years and from day one I absolutely love this sport and everything that surrounds it. Unfortunately I don't get much ski time, maybe 10 or less days per year (living in Arizona doesn't help). This year I am working on skiing 12 to 15 plus days (if only I could quit my job for 3 months and ski full time ). I ski mostly in Colorado, mostly blues and would consider myself an intermediate skier. I own my own boots, but not skiis. I have skied down some relatively steep blacks that have been smooth. However, if the terrain becomes bumpy or I get into heavy crud, I have a tendency to get on my heels. I want to be able to ski down all blacks and eventually powder and backcountry. Becoming a better skier with a good foundation is very important to me. My goal is to ski more and to become an advanced skier and I know from these blogs that taking a lesson will help me to acheive my goals and quicker. Note: the last time I skied was in March.
Lessons are available for full day (9-4), half day (9-12 or 1-4) and two hour lessons (9-11 or 2-4). I am going to take a private lesson on either Friday December 18th or Saturday December 19th and I am looking for the most bang for the buck. So here are a few questions:
1) Should I take the lesson first thing Friday morning? First time on skiis this season (rentals) before any bad habits kick in. Or, should I get some turns in and take a lesson in the afternoon or on Saturday?
2) How long of a lesson? I am considering either a two hour or three hour lesson or would it make sense to do a full day lesson? Or maybe two hours on Friday and two hours on Saturday?
3) Are there any key words that I need to tell the instructor so that they understand my goals and how important this is to me?
4) Can you highly recommend an instructor or what questions should I ask to pick one?
5) Any other suggestions?
Thank you in advance!