We, family of 4, have a ski trip to Beaver Creek coming up in February (President's Day holiday week.) We will be travelling with another family, who are much more experienced skiers than we.
While we will ski with them for most days, I am pondering if it's worthwhile to do group and/or private lessons for a couple of days ourselves. The goal is to improve our skills (and therefore confidence) and maybe pushing the envelope a bit (can we get our kids to ski blacks?)
So, here are my questions related to the lessons (Our ski levels are listed at the bottom.)
1. Should we do private or group lessons (group or Ultimate 4/Max 3) for both days or one each? Would like to get the most out of Beaver Creek and bang for our hard-earned buck.
2. For private lessons, should we do full day or half day?
3. Can someone please recommend a couple of instructors in Beaver Creek for us?
4. If I sign up for a group or private lesson, can I choose to do lesson in either Beaver Creek or Vail? Which is better for us?
Background: 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.)
This year so far, we spent 2 days at Jiminy Peak on January 1 and 2. Condition was not good. My son was turned off by it somewhat. And we will be skiing for 2 days in Stowe during MLK. I have booked two 2-hour private lessons, one for the kids and the other for the adults.
- 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 here.
- 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 at the locations mentioned 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.
- 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 maybe somewhat advanced blacks.
I hope the trip to Beaver Creek will solidify and ingrain good skiing habits upon all of us. Happy skiing for many years to come.
Thanks very much.