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ski instructor recommendation in the Twin Cities (Minnesota)

post #1 of 10
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I checked out the list on EpicSki, but the there were only two and not really convenient ski locations for me. I'm 49 years old and an advanced, but not an expert skier. I'd really like to learn today's carving technique better. My old straight ski days style still really influences my skiing. I'm willing to pay more for a level 2 or 3 PSIA instructor. Buck Hill, Afton or Welch Village would be handy locations. I might consider a trip up to Lutsen or Giant's Ridge, as well. Thanks.

post #2 of 10
Welch if you're looking to carve. I'll get you some names.
post #3 of 10

Afton has many Level 3 instructors that can help you with carving, I'm only an L1.

John Humenansky is a 73 YO L3 who lives to carve.

Larry Taft and Tom McCartey are both L3's who are clinicians for instructor training, so their really good.

Joe Kagan was the youngest L3 in PSIA Central Division who spent his summer teaching in New Zealand.

Lastly, Karin Spencer is training director and an excellent instructor.

These five can hold their own with instructors just about anywhere.

 

Just so I don't play favorites.

Angela Stark and Ed Atwood at Buck are also excellent. Ed also happens to be a boot fitter at Pierce.

 

These aren't the only ones who are great instructors just some of the Level 3's I have skied with.

Where ever you decide to go just ask for a Level 3 instructor and you will be good. You might want to call ahead to be sure there will be a Level 3 available for you because they tend to get busy.

post #4 of 10
For carving, definitely Welch. Their ski school specializes in teaching movement patterns that lead to effective carving. Instead of 1, 2, and 3 their ski school labels instructor levels with colors. Mention your carving focus, give your background, and ask for a blue instructor who matches your needs.
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Originally Posted by RCC55125 View Post
 

Afton has many Level 3 instructors that can help you with carving, I'm only an L1.

John Humenansky is a 73 YO L3 who lives to carve.

Larry Taft and Tom McCartey are both L3's who are clinicians for instructor training, so their really good.

Joe Kagan was the youngest L3 in PSIA Central Division who spent his summer teaching in New Zealand.

Lastly, Karin Spencer is training director and an excellent instructor.

These five can hold their own with instructors just about anywhere.

 

Just so I don't play favorites.

Angela Stark and Ed Atwood at Buck are also excellent. Ed also happens to be a boot fitter at Pierce.

 

These aren't the only ones who are great instructors just some of the Level 3's I have skied with.

Where ever you decide to go just ask for a Level 3 instructor and you will be good. You might want to call ahead to be sure there will be a Level 3 available for you because they tend to get busy.

 

I've had lessons at Afton with two different L3's.   John H. was one of them.  Both of them were great.    Carving was what I wanted to work on as well.  They did a very good job of figuring out what needed fixing (lots of stuff), what would be a good first step, and setting up some drills to help with it.  I haven't had a lesson at Afton since they were bought by VR, so don't know how that might have changed things.

 

No experience with instructors at the other local hills.

post #6 of 10

@quattro_S4

Yep, after gathering some information from he who would know best, the person you should talk to at Welch is Peter Zotalis. He is the ski school director and will be able to best align you with the appropriate blue-level instructor or coach to put you on a path to learn to carve properly. The programs at Welch are very-much cutting-edge. 

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@quattro_S4

Yep, after gathering some information from he who would know best, the person you should talk to at Welch is Peter Zotalis. He is the ski school director and will be able to best align you with the appropriate blue-level instructor or coach to put you on a path to learn to carve properly. The programs at Welch are very-much cutting-edge. 


Noted without comment or agenda: Welch has recently switched over (completely, as far as I can tell) to PMTS.   Not saying good, not saying bad, but as far as I know, that's what "cutting-edge" would mean.

post #8 of 10

  I work at Wild Mountain and would tend to think we have some of the best prices in the area.  Not only that if you are serious about carving we have some amazing instructors.  We have a former us ski team Anna Levins.  She mostly teaches racing though, but at a very high level.  I am going to a class with her next week.

  As far as other coaches we have quite a few level 3 instructors.  I know exactly what your going through as I also had a lot of bad habits myself to get past.  I am only a level 1 coach myself but know several and could get names if you are interested.  I really don't see that it would take a level 2 or 3 though.  It would seem like you could talk to Mark our ski school director and he can set you up with an instructor.  I know quite a few amazing instructors that never get certified at all.  The biggest issue is to get on the right equipment.  Once you do a lot of those habits tend to change quite a bit on their own.


Edited by utahsaint - 12/28/15 at 2:09pm
post #9 of 10
I've taken a camp at Welch and felt they were pretty good. Dick and Boomer ran the camp and have extensive skiing background. If you can get either one you'll do well. They have a couple folks that are highly certified in their ski school.

Ski instruction can get fairly political and you'll see that on this forum. I've also taken lessons at Hyland but that will be too low level for you.
post #10 of 10
Thread Starter 

Thanks for all the replies! I'll look these over.

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