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Spring Break trip with beginner Teens and Intermediate Old Man [CO Summit County in early March]

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Hi,

 

I'm new to the forums and have been doing some searching for my situation, but haven't found anything yet so I thought I would go ahead and ask.  I'm an intermediate skier - I've been skiing for 25 years and usually go at least once a year.  This year, I'm bringing my daughters, ages 13 and 15 who have never skied.  We are staying in Frisco from 3/4 - 3/8, so I'm looking for the best resorts in the Summit County area for teen beginner lessons.  I've been looking at Copper and have heard it's a great mountain for beginners (I've never skied there before).  I notice Copper Mountain has a program for 13-17, but half of the lesson is inside (i.e. 'The Barn'), which I'm not crazy about - we only have 4 days at the Mountain and spending time inside to learn to ski seems sacrilegious to me.  

 

At Copper, can teens take lessons that aren't in the Barn?  Can they get in a group adult beginner lesson?  Is a private lesson a better option for the two of them (or all of us)?

 

Thanks in advance!

 

Craig

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Welcome to the forum Craig!

 

My kids are ages 12 and 13 and they end up in regular adult group lessons at every place we've signed up.  Although out here in the mid atlantic it wasn't that much more expensive to put them in private lessons at most basic beginner level.  During spring break the group lesson demographics will represent the resort demographics at that time as well.  Expect lots of college students and more than a few families with kids the same age as yours.  I wouldn't hesitate to put them in beginner group lessons.  Only the smaller kids under 6 or 8 get put in the ski wee day care camp style group lessons.  At the age your kids are they will very likely be the younger people in their group.

 

I suspect "The Barn" is just a resource to have when the weather is terrible.. probably really just a light dome or tarps covering the magic carpet area.  Half of day one for beginners is just learning to walk around, get up from falls, and getting skis back on out on the hill after a fall, etc..  Once they're past that they will be skiing greens.

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Hi,

 

I'm new to the forums and have been doing some searching for my situation, but haven't found anything yet so I thought I would go ahead and ask.  I'm an intermediate skier - I've been skiing for 25 years and usually go at least once a year.  This year, I'm bringing my daughters, ages 13 and 15 who have never skied.  We are staying in Frisco from 3/4 - 3/8, so I'm looking for the best resorts in the Summit County area for teen beginner lessons.  I've been looking at Copper and have heard it's a great mountain for beginners (I've never skied there before).  I notice Copper Mountain has a program for 13-17, but half of the lesson is inside (i.e. 'The Barn'), which I'm not crazy about - we only have 4 days at the Mountain and spending time inside to learn to ski seems sacrilegious to me.  

 

At Copper, can teens take lessons that aren't in the Barn?  Can they get in a group adult beginner lesson?  Is a private lesson a better option for the two of them (or all of us)?

 

Thanks in advance!

 

Craig


Welcome to EpicSki!  From what I've heard about the teen program at Copper, they have set up special terrain in the Barn that can really speed up the learning curve.  The teens are not just sitting around listening to a lecture or watching a video.  Woodward is the facility used for year round training.  Sounds cool to me.

 

From Copper website:

"Woodward Copper is an action sports training facility for all ages and abilities. We offer year round snowboard, ski, skateboard, bike and digital media programs. The Barn, a 19,400 square foot indoor facility is complete with Skatelite jumps into foam pits, skate bowls and mini ramps, spring floor, tumble track, spotting belts, Olympic fly-bed trampolines, and a Super Tramp."

 

For older teens, doing the regular beginner group lessons can be fine.  Usually can find pretty good packages that include lift ticket, rental, and lesson(s).  Are you girls athletic?  Social or shy?  Have they by chance ever ice skated?

 

Might get some sense of why Copper is often recommended for beginners from this thread by a father going there with his 13yo son in March, both beginners.

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/144317/colorado-for-beginners-father-13yo-son-first-time-flying-to-denver-in-march

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^^^Ya, I don't think they will have beginners in "the barn" if that is what is happening.  That looks more like a freestyle camp for advanced and expert teens training for X-Games and USSA Freestyle events.  I think Liberty Snowplx has come camps like that as well and they usually happen during summer months when kids are out of school.  I did one at age 16 up at Lake Minnetonka in Minnesota one summer.  It was a total blast.

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^^^Ya, I don't think they will have beginners in "the barn" if that is what is happening.  That looks more like a freestyle camp for advanced and expert teens training for X-Games and USSA Freestyle events.  I think Liberty Snowplx has come camps like that as well and they usually happen during summer months when kids are out of school.  I did one at age 16 up at Lake Minnetonka in Minnesota one summer.  It was a total blast.


I would think they would set up an area for beginners in the Barn as well.  Doesn't all have to be for park skills.  Terrain based instruction concepts can be applied indoors pretty easily when there is enough space.

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I suspect "The Barn" is just a resource to have when the weather is terrible.. probably really just a light dome or tarps covering the magic carpet area.  Half of day one for beginners is just learning to walk around, get up from falls, and getting skis back on out on the hill after a fall, etc..  Once they're past that they will be skiing greens.
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Woodward is a real indoor teaching facility for all levels. It covers proper mechanics for freestyle / park based skiing and skate boarding in a controlled safe environment. Plenty of foam to land in. smile.gif

You can view what's happening inside on Copper's website. Just select mountain, mountain webcams, scroll down to Woodward barn.

OP you can call Copper and speak with the ski school and tell them what you are looking for.
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[quote name="crgildart" url="/t/145941/spring-break-trip-with-beginner-teens-and-intermediate-old-man-co-summit-county-in-early-march#post_1980463"

I suspect "The Barn" is just a resource to have when the weather is terrible.. probably really just a light dome or tarps covering the magic carpet area.  Half of day one for beginners is just learning to walk around, get up from falls, and getting skis back on out on the hill after a fall, etc..  Once they're past that they will be skiing greens.
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Woodward is a real indoor teaching facility for all levels. It covers proper mechanics for freestyle / park based skiing and skate boarding in a controlled safe environment. Plenty of foam to land in. smile.gif

You can view what's happening inside on Copper's website. Just select mountain, mountain webcams, scroll down to Woodward barn.

OP you can call Copper and speak with the ski school and tell them what you are looking for.


Thanks for everyone's input!  It's great to get so many responses - you guys are great.

 

 I'm leaning towards signing them up to a Learn to Ski group lesson.  I'm sure the indoor facilities are great, but I want them to enjoy the mountain as much as possible.  I'll give Copper a call tomorrow and discuss options for the ski school (and I'll schedule a lesson for me too).

 

Craig

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