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Level III instructor(s) in Maine, NH, VT?

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
Planning a ski trip the week of March 14. . .final destinations still being decided, but will probably hit a few places, ending up in Stowe.

Would love recommendations for a great Level III or Examiner Level instructor or instructors for private lesson at any or all of these resorts:
SUNDAY RIVER
SUGARBUSH
STOWE
WILDCAT
BRETON
LOON

I'm a Level 6, on cusp of 7 -- and past few months have had big
breakthroughs on steeps and beginning moguls with some amazing instructors and would love to keep the momentum going.

Utah 49 recently recommended a terrific Level III in Park City,
so I'm hoping other forum members can help me out on the East Coast.

Thanks in advance.
post #2 of 17
Although I'm unable to give you any specific names, I would have to say that Sunday River is going to have the greatest pool of Level III+ instructors on staff.
post #3 of 17
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Originally Posted by Manus
Although I'm unable to give you any specific names, I would have to say that Sunday River is going to have the greatest pool of Level III+ instructors on staff.
I heard that ASC implemeted more strict guidlines about how many days instructors needed to teach and a level III instructor up at Sugarloaf said they keep losing all their upper level instructors because of it.

I'm not sure about Sunday River though.
post #4 of 17
Stowe has many level 3's, I don't even know how many. Maybe twenty? Our own Skiswift is one of them. You could also hire Doug Stewart, a Dev. Team member, and hopefully an examiner in the next day or two.
post #5 of 17
Thread Starter 
Thanks, Epic. I just found another thread about Stowe instructors and Skiswift and Doug are listed there as well. Hope someone will chime in with a Sunday River suggestion, too. Thanks.
post #6 of 17
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Originally Posted by epic
Stowe has many level 3's, I don't even know how many. Maybe twenty? Our own Skiswift is one of them. You could also hire Doug Stewart, a Dev. Team member, and hopefully an examiner in the next day or two.
We bought a multi-day lift package at Stowe. There were options from which to choose but one was a 1.5 hour group lesson everyday. So for $45 per day we had lift tickets and lessons. By coincidence we skied with Skiswift on 3 days. We thought the lessons were just outstanding. We learned a lot and had a great tme skiing with him. I suspect there's a lot of good level IIIs at Stowe, but Kieth is very good.
post #7 of 17
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Originally Posted by Manus
Although I'm unable to give you any specific names, I would have to say that Sunday River is going to have the greatest pool of Level III+ instructors on staff.
Nominated for stupidest comment of the year!
post #8 of 17
Todo is in NH and he's AWESOME! I don't remember where, though so p.m. him for specifics. I'm pretty sure he's PSIA-E Demo team and an examiner. Not hard on the eyes either... :
post #9 of 17
Thread Starter 
Thanks, Everybody. I PM'd Todo and got some names. Fall Line, FYI, he's
at Attitash, but says he's available to teach other places as well.
post #10 of 17
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Originally Posted by Sidecut
Nominated for stupidest comment of the year!
You do not know my reason for posting something so ambiguous. I was simply stating that based on the number of on staff Examiners and higher level instructors that Sunday River would have a larger pool to pick from. Yes I could give names, but I chose not to, for my own reasons. Do not assume that all ambiguous statements are based on ignorance.
post #11 of 17

Stowe instructor

Have skied with several instructors at Stowe.
Managed to get 1 hour early this season with Skiswift ( a local ski shop owner recommended him).
Since then, have not been able to get even 1 hour with him!
Was offered 1 hour last weekend..3-4 on Sunday afternoon, a time when I am on the road home. This weekend, not even 1 hour available.
Evidently, he is already booked for all of Xmas and Prseidents Week next year.
Maybe, I will have to take some midweek time off.
Have also skied with Ed G, Miket and Scott F.
Ed and Miket were good, if conventional, instructors. Scott F was hopeless.
I dont know their certification, I think Ed is a level 3, he is very personable, and fun to ski with.
So, if you can, get Skiswift, he did so much in 1 hour to chnage my thinking about skiing, and communicates a real joy for the sport.
Otherwise, try the other people mentioned in the previous posts.
post #12 of 17
Thread Starter 
Thank you, Skitoday, for the names. I'm actually at Stowe right now, after 3 great days at Sunday River. (They had 19" of snow) It was my first time there and and my friend talked me into skiing what I'm told is the "infamous" White Heat. Well, let's use the word "skiing" loosely. I made it down, to put it another way. But still, a double black diamond -- that's a first for me!

Every Level III instructor at Sunday River they told me was away for Examiner training or tests. There was only one instructor available and he specializes in children. He probably would have been fine, but I decided not to take lessons there.

At Stowe,even though I'd called a week ago, Skiswift and almost all of the other people on your lists and other Forum threads were either booked solid, not working on the days I'm here, or not around.

But I did manage to land a private tomorrow with Stu Campbell -- which I hope will be wonderful, if for no other reason than I always love his demos of "how not to ski" in Ski Magazine.

He's not available Saturday and they only had 2 other choices -- Ed Gill --I figure that's the same Ed G. you're talking about Skitoday.
And Bob DiMario -- not sure of the spelling. I asked the ski school rep if she could tell me perhaps their differences in teaching style and she said they were both Level III and both experienced, but Ed probably was more laid back than Bob.

So, I decided to go with Bob. I'm too corrupted by New York tension to do well with laid back -- unless I've had a few weeks to decompress and get more laid back myself.

I'll report back. Thanks to all.
post #13 of 17
Almost all of the high-level Stowe instructors are tied up in one way or another for a corporate event. AIG, the corporate parent of the Stowe Resort are in town, for some type of annual corporte outing, which I believe began today. There are special race and ski clinics being given as part of this, and almost all of the instructors are involved in some way.
post #14 of 17

Stowe Instruction

Thanks for all the cool comments! Yes, unfortunately, I am booked solid for this weekend, and most of next week. I guess I do have an hour on Monday morning.
Some of the higher level instructors are, indeed, involved with AIG, but I will not be skiing with them this year.
Cryptica, I think you have struck gold by getting time with Stu Campbell, he is the original 'professor'.
Skitoday, I apologize for not being available, drop me an email, and I'll let you know how things look for the rest of the season. After reading your post about next year's holiday weeks, I checked my schedule. I do still have some limited afternoons in Presidents' week. I got an email from one of my regular clients questioning the post, and I had to reassure him!!
post #15 of 17
Thread Starter 
Thank you ElkMountain and Thank you skiswift, too. Unfortunately, we're leaving Sunday morning, so a Monday lesson would be too late.
Another time, I hope!
post #16 of 17
Cryptica - you have struck Gold with Stu, I saw Bob tonight and he mentioned that someone who got his name from EpiucSki had booked him (he's never been on the forum) and he's excited to ski with you.

Skiswift - I'm hoping that having read all of these comments we won't have to get you a new helmet.... an XXL.
post #17 of 17
Thread Starter 
Greetings All & thanks again for your help. Here's my Stowe report:
Decided to go for broke (literally!) and took a Full Day Private lesson with Stu Campbell on Friday and as he wasn't available on Saturday, a day with Bob Dimario on Saturday.

STU CAMPBELL: Skiswift & Epic have said it all. I "struck gold." What a pleasure to be in his presence.

Maybe those of you who know him well can explain it better than I, but to me it felt like I was drinking in some sort of almost romantic "elixir." The Stu Campbell ingredients seem to be common sense, insight, passion, wit, grace and genuine pleasure in seeing you improve.

We started with some medium radius turns. He skied down a ways to demonstrate and then stopped and watched me.

When I reached him, I asked, "How was that?" And he suddenly grabbed my arm and said, "Look in my eyes!" (which ain't easy to do with a guy in goggles!)

"From this moment on, skiing will not be about how I think you did," he said firmly. "You will never be a good skier until YOU know it for yourself. Now how did it feel?"

I don't think an instructor has ever worked that way with me before. Having me do the assessing first. It was a small thing, but it set the tone for the day. All teachers want you to have a good time and improve, but I feel Stu genuinely ROOTS for you. You get all the tech stuff you need,
but there's a whole side to him that sees inside you, so that a throw-away
observation or suggestion takes on double resonance. He's like a ski shrink.

I'm sure I'm not telling many of you anything new, though. You know this man is well-loved, not only by the comments here from others, but wherever we went -- in the lift line, at lunch, you name it -- people were constantly stopping him and calling his name. Yep, I lucked out. No question.

BOB DIMARIO: As we were going into lunch, who does he say hello to but someone who turned out to be Epic Ski's "Epic!" (Is this 6 Degrees of Barking Bear or what?) Very fun.

Bob's intense. Loves skiing. Insists you do it right. His style and explanations are more technical than Stu's. He and Stu skied together before my lesson, so Bob was up to date on what we'd worked and what needed attention.

I don't think I was skiing as well as the day before. And Bob was vocal about what I was doing wrong. I wasn't feeling all that confident, when he moved us to steeper and icier terrain, which frightens me. I'm not used to it and have a very difficult time controllilng my skis when the whole section of a slope is ice).

(I see in another post that someone wrote K2's aren't noted for doing well on ice and my skis are K2's. I'm going to blame my skis!)

Anyway, Stu and Bob differed on the ways they told me how to ski ice, so that was adding to my shakiness. At one point, I confess I pretty much gave up and started to side slip down. I told Bob I wasn't willing to explore my "yikes factor" any more at that point. And I think that kind of pissed him off, frankly. So there were some tense moments.

But then he showed me how to do a side-slip / pivot /change other direction / side-slip ..on ice and by the end of the day, I felt I now had a new tool I could use, even if I wasn't able to do it all that well.

So, I'd say the a.m. was all over the place . . .but then we had a lovely lunch and got into different terrain in the afternoon and he taught me some beginning moguls and we were much more in sych and it was fun.
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