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I was hoping maybe some expert Vail Skiers can give me some advice. My hubby & I are going to Vail next month. We are from Florida and have never been skiing before (we tried Snowboarding in New Zealand 2 years ago, but had group instruction and didn't like it).

We want to get private instruction but don't know what to ask for or how to make arrangements for it at the mountain. I think we can start off with a half day and see how it goes. I was told to ask for a certain level of instructor but again..I'm not knowledgable about this stuff.

Also..we are going to rent equipment. Will the instructor help us do so? I don't know if some are better then others and I was told to save time and rent before I got there.


Thanks!

PS We are arriving on a Tuesday and leaving on a Saturday..so we have a good chunk of time!
post #2 of 8
Welcome to EpicSki!! You came to the right place to inquire about Vail instruction as one our own, Vail Snopro (Ric Reiter), is a L3 Instructor/Examiner at Vail. Shoot him a private message and, from experience, I know he'll point you in the right direction.

Good luck and btw, you'll love Vail.
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Thanks..will do!
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Bob Barnes and Martin Bell who are frequent contributors here also teach at Vail.

My step brother David Edwards lurks here every once in a while and he has taught at Vail for a long time.

There are three levels of certification in PSIA. Levels I, II, and III. Bob, Ric, David and Martin are all level III certs. In addition, Ric and Bob are PSIA ed staff members and are examiners. They participate in the certification testing.

You can obtain rentals thru the mountain or thru local ski shops. There will be many choices. You need to have your equipment prior to arriving for your lesson.

Many of the better instructors get booked well in advance so if you want one of those mentioned I would contact the Vail ski school asap.

Half day? Try to do a full day. At noon you'll just start having fun!

Good luck
post #5 of 8
Mark Reagan also works at Vail & teaches here in Oz...... I hear he is quite good.....

Another aussie called steve Mac???? also works only private lessons there - but I think is pretty busy & hard to get....
post #6 of 8
Ask for Joanne Yancovich out of Lionshead.
She rocks with beginners and newbies.
Beautiful smile, laid back Colorado girl
A ski pro with miles n miles n miles of experience.
Perfect for a couple from Florida on a Vail adventure.

Mark regan is true blue Aussie. Great guy, excellent skier, knows his people.
Steve MacCarthy. He is hard to get but thats because his clients never let him go.

Don't ski with Colonel Sanders he just wants lunch and a tip.
Enjoy, Vail is a great place to start you ski adventure.
post #7 of 8
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Originally Posted by Rusty Guy
Bob Barnes and Martin Bell who are frequent contributors here also teach at Vail.

My step brother David Edwards lurks here every once in a while and he has taught at Vail for a long time.

There are three levels of certification in PSIA. Levels I, II, and III. Bob, Ric, David and Martin are all level III certs. In addition, Ric and Bob are PSIA ed staff members and are examiners. They participate in the certification testing.

You can obtain rentals thru the mountain or thru local ski shops. There will be many choices. You need to have your equipment prior to arriving for your lesson.

Many of the better instructors get booked well in advance so if you want one of those mentioned I would contact the Vail ski school asap.

Half day? Try to do a full day. At noon you'll just start having fun!

Good luck
And not forgetting that Martin Bell has raced for Great Britain in the Olympics four times I think! Surely that counts for something!
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Originally Posted by Alliegator
Also..we are going to rent equipment. Will the instructor help us do so? I don't know if some are better then others and I was told to save time and rent before I got there.


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I am pretty sure that Steve MacCarthy would help with equipment selection but he is very difficult to get....

Philay may know more about that?
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