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Adult lessons at Abasin for intermediate?

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Have a ski trip in January and am considering taking a couple half-day lessons at Abasin.  The lessons are very reasonable compared to other resorts.  Thoughts?

 

I've never taken a lesson, but am a level 6/7 skier.  Seeking to get more comfortable on un-groomed blacks and progress to starting to ski double blacks.  This is also a unique opportunity where I will be solo for a couple of days, and I think I would get more out of the mountain skiing with an instructor to take me around.


I've never done Abasin before, but have always heard great things about it and am intrigued to check it out.  I'm a little concerned about getting bad weather and being limited on Abasin, and I'd prefer to purchase lessons/tickets in advance to save money.  On a related note, would be interested on best place to stay that is cheap and convenient.  I'd prefer to do shuttles rather than rental car - not sure how feasible that is at Abasin.   

 

Should I try someplace else? FWIW - I have done several trips to WP/MJ, a few days at Beaver Creek; will hit up Keystone, Copper, and WP/MJ over a couple of trips this season as well.   

 

Also, looks like there might be one day of night skiing at Keystone when I am there.  I know the Keystone lift ticket works at Abasin, but does the Abasin lift ticket work for Keystone night skiing?

 

Thanks!

post #2 of 5

For the lessons, do you want a guide or to spend some time working on fundamentals on less exciting terrain?  How long a lesson are you willing to spring for?  2 hours, 3 hours?  For sure, it sounds like a good opportunity to find out what you could be working on to get more comfortable on harder terrain.

 

Coming from the flatlands, I find it better to ski for a day before having a lesson.  But my trips are a week or more.

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For the lessons, do you want a guide or to spend some time working on fundamentals on less exciting terrain?  How long a lesson are you willing to spring for?  2 hours, 3 hours?  For sure, it sounds like a good opportunity to find out what you could be working on to get more comfortable on harder terrain.

 

Coming from the flatlands, I find it better to ski for a day before having a lesson.  But my trips are a week or more.

 

I think both a guide and some input on fixing things.  I could envision spending time on easier terrain at first and then heading to some challenging stuff for a bit.  The only option I see is 2.5 hour lessons for adults at Abasin, which is actually appealing to me.

 

And I hear you regarding the skiing to get warmed up on the big stuff.  I'll actually be skiing with the family for 4 days at Copper / Keystone the week before.  It turns out I will be traveling for a conference right after we return from the family trip and have a chance to pass through Denver (almost on the way ;) during my travels.  Trying to finagle time on big mountains ever chance I get!

post #4 of 5
No shuttles to A-Basin that I know of.

Looks like their group lessons are 2.5 hours and include lift ticket for $105.00.

4 hour private without lift ticket is $305.00.

Depending on what you want, both of those seem like a good deal. Privates are up to 4 people so if you meet someone in your group class, you could split a private if you wanted a longer lesson.
post #5 of 5

I've done 3 lessons at the Basin and thought there were worth every penny.  I did them in the spring after Copper's season had ended.  2 were the half day and I extended 1 to a full day.  It's not on the website but I was asked if I wanted to continue on with a full day.  Of course I did.  :)  They did a good job of matching abilities up.  They will ask the usual questions about your ability and what you are looking to do.  Then they will put it to the test on the snow and correct the group as necessary.

 

Just an f.y.i.   sometimes the flat light can be less than fun there so make sure you have a couple of lenses with you just in case you happen to catch one of those days.

 

Side note.  I hope you enjoy the family days at Copper.

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