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Instructor recommendation for Stratton

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I will be there for a weekey  in February. I would like to find a great instructor for multiple day lessons.

post #2 of 8
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I am sure Stratton has some great instructors
Come on
post #3 of 8
I'm sure they do... I just have never run into anyone who could be described as a Stratton regular. Even when I worked down the road at Okemo.
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I am sure Stratton has some great instructors
Come on


Have you called the ski school to ask who the Level 3 instructors are?  I've always learned a lot from a Level 3 instructor.  Whenever possible, I find out names beforehand, but have been times where the instructor was assigned by the ski school based on my request to have a PSIA Level 3 or someone with equivalent experience (10+ years).

 

For example, if you called Massanutten, you might be surprised that a place with 70 acres in northern VA has >5 Level 3 instructors and a PSIA Examiner, all available for private lessons.  None of those instructors are on EpicSki.  For that matter, I can't think of a single Level 3 instructor from the Southeast on EpicSki.  But I know they exist.

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I am sure Stratton has some great instructors

Come on

Thats a great idea. Thanks

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Have you called the ski school to ask who the Level 3 instructors are?  I've always learned a lot from a Level 3 instructor.  Whenever possible, I find out names beforehand, but have been times where the instructor was assigned by the ski school based on my request to have a PSIA Level 3 or someone with equivalent experience (10+ years).

For example, if you called Massanutten, you might be surprised that a place with 70 acres in northern VA has >5 Level 3 instructors and a PSIA Examiner, all available for private lessons.  None of those instructors are on EpicSki.  For that matter, I can't think of a single Level 3 instructor from the Southeast on EpicSki.  But I know they exist.
post #6 of 8

The mid-week ski school business is pretty thin. Most of the instructors are either retired guys or South Americans kids on temporary visas trying to learn English, and the best instructors are usually committed to various programs.  When I was an instructor, I never showed up on a weekday unless there was a good group I knew I would ski with.  I never did a lesson for a random walk-in guy.

Don't let the ski school bait and switch you by offering a full cert instructor when one might not be available. Talk directly to the instructor you want before you pay for the lesson, and before you get to the mountain.  Tell her what your goals are and be honest about your skill and commitment.  If you are really serious about learning to ski well, it helps to have a relationship with a good coach.

 

BK

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Thank you
post #8 of 8

Brian Whatley is a PSIA Examiner who's home mountain is Stratton.  

 

Bill Beerman is also an Examiner who might still be there.

 

Hard to get a lesson with one of these guys, but if you could somehow contact Brian Whatley and start a dialogue, if he's there that week, who knows?  And if not maybe he can set you up with someone.

 

All Level 3's are not created equally.   Someone who attained Level 3 thirty years ago is going to be a very different skier and teacher than one who achieved it 10 years ago.

 

I'm sure there are Level 2's who are as good or better than some Level 3's.

 

I'd go for a personal recommendation over a Cert level.

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