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Hi,

 

We (family of 4) will drive up to Stowe this Friday and plan to ski on Saturday and Sunday.  Appreciate recommendations on 2 ski instructors this Sunday (2 or 3 hours), one for my 2 children (11 and 9) and the other for my husband and me.

 

Background:

This will be our first time skiing in Stowe.  We have skied in New England in the past 3-4 years: been to Okemo (3 days), Mount Snow (2 days), Mohawk (6 or 7 day trips), Jiminy (7 days), Wyndham (1 day) and Catamount (2 days)

 

On Saturday, I am planning to have our kids ski with the Adventure program while my husband and I practice drills and techniques.  On Sunday, we will probably take private lessons in the morning.

 

Main Objective:  Looking for overall improvement and breakthrough in terms of form and techniques (this is sort of a warm-up trip before our upcoming trip to Beaver Creek in February :))

 

Ski Levels:

- Daughter:  4th season this year.  A careful Level-4 or 5 skier.  Flexible and have a good sense of balance.  Listen and follow instructions well.  Ski mostly parallel and can do hockey stops.  Skied on green, blue and easy black trails...

- Son:  4th season this year.  A fearless Level-4 or 5 skier.  Behave well in a group lesson setting but may not follow detailed instructions well (being a boy and all...)  Athletic with good hand-eye coordination (good with basketball, soccer and football.)  Lefty. Tend to ski with a minor wedge even he can do turns well (sometimes parallel, sometimes wedge.)  Also skied on green, blue, easy black and more challenging (icy and steep) blacks on the east coast (same ski locations as above)

- Me:  3rd season this year.  Careful and conservative Level 3-4.  Athletic, fit, flexible, exercise daily, but with meniscus tear on my right knee (exterior.)   Ski wedge or parallel depending on terrain, speed, and how my right leg feels.  Have been skiing without poles so far but would like to start using them as I began to feel the turns and can do (quite) smooth s turn shapes on easy greens.  Skied on green and easy blues (same locations)

- My husband:  3rd season this year.  More daring than I, Level 4-5.  Athletic, fit, flexible, exercise daily and have a good sense of balance.  Ski mostly parallel and can do hockey stops.  Skied on green, blue, easy black and challenging blacks on the east coast.

 

Thanks in advance for recommendations (instructors or skiing in general.)

 

Moderator note: timeframe added to the thread title

post #2 of 5
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Originally Posted by NYski4fun View Post
 

Hi,

 

We (family of 4) will drive up to Stowe this Friday and plan to ski on Saturday and Sunday.  Appreciate recommendations on 2 ski instructors this Sunday (2 or 3 hours), one for my 2 children (11 and 9) and the other for my husband and me.

 

Background:

This will be our first time skiing in Stowe.  We have skied in New England in the past 3-4 years: been to Okemo (3 days), Mount Snow (2 days), Mohawk (6 or 7 day trips), Jiminy (7 days), Wyndham (1 day) and Catamount (2 days)

 

On Saturday, I am planning to have our kids ski with the Adventure program while my husband and I practice drills and techniques.  On Sunday, we will probably take private lessons in the morning.

 

Main Objective:  Looking for overall improvement and breakthrough in terms of form and techniques (this is sort of a warm-up trip before our upcoming trip to Beaver Creek in February :))

 

Ski Levels:

- Daughter:  4th season this year.  A careful Level-4 or 5 skier.  Flexible and have a good sense of balance.  Listen and follow instructions well.  Ski mostly parallel and can do hockey stops.  Skied on green, blue and easy black trails...

- Son:  4th season this year.  A fearless Level-4 or 5 skier.  Behave well in a group lesson setting but may not follow detailed instructions well (being a boy and all...)  Athletic with good hand-eye coordination (good with basketball, soccer and football.)  Lefty. Tend to ski with a minor wedge even he can do turns well (sometimes parallel, sometimes wedge.)  Also skied on green, blue, easy black and more challenging (icy and steep) blacks on the east coast (same ski locations as above)

- Me:  3rd season this year.  Careful and conservative Level 3-4.  Athletic, fit, flexible, exercise daily, but with meniscus tear on my right knee (exterior.)   Ski wedge or parallel depending on terrain, speed, and how my right leg feels.  Have been skiing without poles so far but would like to start using them as I began to feel the turns and can do (quite) smooth s turn shapes on easy greens.  Skied on green and easy blues (same locations)

- My husband:  3rd season this year.  More daring than I, Level 4-5.  Athletic, fit, flexible, exercise daily and have a good sense of balance.  Ski mostly parallel and can do hockey stops.  Skied on green, blue, easy black and challenging blacks on the east coast.

 

Thanks in advance for recommendations (instructors or skiing in general.)


Welcome to EpicSki!  It's good that you provided plenty of info about your family's ski history.  Are the kids tweens (8-12) or younger?

 

Note that many of the most experienced instructors will already be booked because this is a holiday weekend.  At some destination resorts, people book private lessons several months in advance.  From your description I would think the kids would do just fine in the regular children's program.  Best to call and make reservations.

 

Paging @epic .  He is a Level 3 instructor at Stowe.

post #3 of 5

Hi, I'd love to be able to help you, but I'm already booked, and probably most of the people I'd recommend are too. I'd just call the Ski School desk and ask for a Level 3 instructor. There will be a lot of people on staff for the weekend, and you should be able to get somebody good.

post #4 of 5
Thread Starter 

Thank you, Epic and Marznc.  I know it is very last-minute.  I will book the school and call the desk today.

 

Looks like I should hurry up and find ski instructors for our Feb trip to Beaver Creek now.  I will post a new thread in the forum.  

 

Best,

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Originally Posted by NYski4fun View Post
 

Thank you, Epic and Marznc.  I know it is very last-minute.  I will book the school and call the desk today.

 

Looks like I should hurry up and find ski instructors for our Feb trip to Beaver Creek now.  I will post a new thread in the forum.  

 

Best,


Yes, asking for recommendations soon for Beaver Creek is a good idea.  Better if you put your dates in the thread title.

 

The advantage of asking for a PSIA Level 3 instructor is that even if one is not available, you are much more likely to get someone with equivalent years of teaching experience.  If you ask for "best available" for a beginner/intermediate private lesson, during a busy time might be assigned an instructor with less than five years of experience.  There are many Level 2 instructors who are very good, have taught for 15+ years, but have a day job so don't have the time it takes to complete Level 3 certification requirements to pass the exams (teaching, skiing).

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