answer to ant's questions....
All of what you say is correct. I was a true never-ever.
The first time I ever clicked into bindings was at the Wildcat side of the transfer tow. My g/f prefers the trees off Wildcat lift and her mom likes the groomers off the top of Collins lift so they followed me about half way on the tow and then peeled off to head back to those lifts.
Once I got to Albion(after the little incident at the end of the tow) and met up with my instructor, he started off with showing me the proper way to carry skis and how to get in and out of bindings(getting the snow off your boots, etc), next was some basic one and two footed straight gliding and showing me how to wedge to a stop. We then moved on to basic wedge turns. Also during that time frame we worked on side steps, both in a straight line and in a circle and skating. By the end of the first hour we were riding Sunnyside and working on getting my wedge smaller. By the end of the 2 hour lesson I was completely comfortable and I could get around the beginners side of the Alta on my own, albeit still pretty much in a wedge. But that was good enough for me, I was hooked.
I am sure there are some things I am forgetting in the time line, but that is the gist of it.
I think if I had it to do over again, I would have only done two things different:
1) I would have passed up my workmates offer to borrow his skis and boots and just rented. While the boots fit moderately well, they were Nordica N75 rear entries and the skis were straight. I think my learning curve would have been better had I been on better equipment.
2) I would have tipped the instructor. I didnt realize that was acceptable until I found this forum. Thanks Bears.
The first was all part of the learning experience I guess and the second I rectified last year. I took a private from the same instructor(not because I felt obligated but because he is a genuinely nice guy and we had a rapport that definitely made my learning easier) and I gave him a nice hefty tip at the end of the lesson.
Hope this answers your questions.
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