Cayene - Beginner to advanced in 3 weeks isn't a huge stretch as Bob said.
So long as what you mean by 'advanced' is what the ski schools and rental shops mean in the marketing blurb
- and not what a seasoned "20 years on the slopes" professional who thinks he's not an expert 'cos only mambers of the Pantheon are expert, means
(did I get the grammar right? - close enough)
The Whistler ski school has six levels - 4-6 is "intermediate to advanced" - here's level 5 (1 below the top!)
|I can make strong parallel turns with a pole plant on all blue runs and easy black runs. I'm consistent on blue runs. I would like to learn short turns, off piste, moguls, powder, and more difficult terrain.
It may also be worth getting some books and DVDs to undertstand just how much she has to learn - I'm enjoying Bob's encyclopedia at the minute (though he still hasn't told me how to pay him - I suspect I'll just have to go the ESA in 2006 and pay in person!
I note you said she takes '1 or 2 lessons a year' - not a total newbie then
Can she do a parallel turn? I think that level's a minimum for things like the Whistler Supercamp:
|For intermediate to advanced skiers. Learn to ski with power and confidence. Supercamp is a comprehensive instructional program taught by the Ski School's Demonstration Team members, all of whom are top CSIA certified Level IV instructors. Supercamp is the ultimate in technical instruction. Our Level 4 instructors will coach you for two intensive days. In depth video analysis and an indoor presentation on ski technique will round out the two day camp.
JohnH is also right that throwing *huge* amounts of cash helps - but frankly, given what you've said I think you're looking for things like the things mentioned above which cost a lot less! - although I'm surprised no-one mentioned the ESA which is a 4 day intensive coaching/tutoring thing run by people on this very site that seems to be rather well regarded (it's seriously on my aspirational agenda!)
Here's a quote from their blurb:
2. Do I have to be an excellent skier to attend the ESA?
Come as you are! The ESA is specifically created for dedicated skiers, and attendees have ranged from very new skiers to those with many years under their skis. The ESA is designed to help you improve in those areas specifically of interest to you. In fact, we’ll ask you to fill out a pre-event questionnaire so that we can be certain to connect you with like-minded fellows for your joint benefit.
- no, really, go and look!
Finally - a lot of it depends on motivation - my wife is coming skiing but she just isn't motivated to learn - frustrating at times - but she does enjoy herself. (and I leave the occasional book open at strategic places every now and again). Without that there's no hope (even with it there's no guarantee!)
Does she *really* want to do this?