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South Central ON instructor reccomendations

post #1 of 8
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Title explains it all pretty much.

I'm hoping to improve my odds in the lessons crap shoot, and am looking for reccommendations for good instructors teaching within a few hours driving of ....say Toronto. The clients pretty much run the gammut from level 2 to 9. The local shouldn't be more than a couple hundred miles from Toronto.
post #2 of 8
This is easy: go for certification, if the skier is level 4 down, request a CSIA Level 2 Cert as a minimum. If the skier is Level 5 and up, request CSIA Level 3 minimum....start there and your odds will improve dramatically.
post #3 of 8
This is a group our taking somewhere, Ghost? For how long? You willing to cross the border?
post #4 of 8
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Originally Posted by Rick
This is a group our taking somewhere, Ghost? For how long? You willing to cross the border?
No group. Just for reference for me, my family and friends.

I will be sure to ask for the certification. I also think instructors get a bigger cut if they are requested by name. I think they deserve a bigger piece of the fee.

I hope to some day be chasing my kids down the mountain, trying to catch up. My daughter, who has shown signs of possibly having the speed demon gene is far too sensible ; she thinks I ski too fast (lets not talk about my driving). The double black diamonds on Blue Mountain Ontario are too steep for her, she can manage the steeper blues though. My son has only been skiing twice. I'm thinking maybe I should let the pros teach them a bit before I mess it up too badly.

As far as boarder crossings, I probably won't have time to go too far afield. I once spent an hour waiting (with lifts open and snow calling) for a customs agent to satisfy himself that my Peruvian friend wasn't bringing any contraband into the country. I think he must have been getting a kick-back from the speed trap (which I slowed down for) a few miles down the road (between Quebec and Jay Peak). I guess it's even worse now.
post #5 of 8
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Originally Posted by Uncle Louie
Easy answer....the ski teaching arena is a pretty small place. Pros know Pros all over the place, and there are lots of satisified and unsatisfied customers .........right here at Epic.



Ask (for a specific area) and you shall find.
Blue Mountain Ontario, Talisman Ont.
post #6 of 8
I'm coming from the snowboard side, so my advice might not be 100% applicable to skiing. If your kids are under 10 years old or so, one of the best ways for them to learn is to do a weekly camp (or weekly private) where they might spend 1.5-2 hrs with a group (or even 1 hr private lesson), and then free ski for the rest of the day. Unlike adults, who can take the advice from a short lesson and work on it themselves, kids learn more effectively through repetitive practice. Thus the benefit of 6 or 8 weekly sessions.

One place that had a great morale at both the ski school and hill was Devil's Elbow (near Peterborough). Their instructors were largely a younger highschool crowd, but several more experienced folks as well. I'm sure if you discuss your needs with the director, Brent, he'll make sure you're satisfied. The resort and school are small with a real family/community atmosphere, which I personally found much more comfortable for learning then the crushing crowds of Blue Mountain/Talisman/Mt St Louis, etc.

I haven't been there in a few years, but I can't imagine it would have changed for the worse.

FP
CASI 3, Freestyle 1, Evaluator 1
post #7 of 8
Ghost, just a thought, but might some of those smaller areas be willing to have you on-staff in their ski school, even if it's just to help with the kids? I think that there's no better instruction than what instructors get. And then you could hire trainers you liked to work with your kids. Just a thought...
post #8 of 8
ssh,

Blue mountain wants their part-time instructors to commit to two days per week. That's the standard around here. That doesn't leave much time for your own family.

Ghost,

What I would do, is enroll the kids in the Nancy Greene Development program -- that's once per week for 8 weeks. You'd get them the other day. If they want to, then later, they could go for the full 2 day league program.

You get the same coach each day, they should be at least CSCF level 1, but that can vary from hill to hill. I can think of no better way than for them to join a team.
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