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Okemo Instructors?

post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 
Does anyone have recommendations for adult instructors at Okemo? This would be for a Level 5 or so Intermediate skier.
post #2 of 21
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Originally Posted by nyskier
Does anyone have recommendations for adult instructors at Okemo? This would be for a Level 5 or so Intermediate skier.
"Jen" and Crystal are two awesome instuctors there. I am sure Max Cap will chime in, he is a resident at Okemo and knows almost everyone there.
post #3 of 21
I'll second Crystal -- great instructor, spends the "off" season as a race coach down under.
post #4 of 21
Try TCarey, a fellow barking bear. I skiied with her at Killington. She ought to be able to take care of business for you.
post #5 of 21
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Originally Posted by epic
Try TCarey, a fellow barking bear. I skiied with her at Killington. She ought to be able to take care of business for you.
She is a Bear? My wife just had her as an instructor.
post #6 of 21
I happen to know a few instructors at Okemo.
I long time friend Nancy McGrath is real good, she's a high school teacher who's been instructing for over 23 years. She knows how to make it happen for just about anyone. She is good at picking apart what your doing wrong and can make suggestions that will work for you.

I had a great lesson with Crystal Newbound last season on a week day. We had a fun time together.

Terry Carey is also qualified and will give you a good lesson.

If your looking for a male.

Tom Owen and Chip Newman are also ex-race team parents who have been instructing for years.

If your there on a Sunday, Monday, Tim Huff is very good and entertaining. He's a good boot fitter also.

There are a lot of other great instructors but these are the ones I have known 8 or more years. Except for Crystal, but she is good, she used to be a DH'er.

If you'd like to have Nancy, PM me with the dates you plan to be there and I'll check with her. I'll be calling her in a few minutes anyway's.
post #7 of 21

What Max said and an FYI

I followed Mac Capacity's suggestion back in December - my wife and 7yo son each had a lesson with Nancy McGrath. They both said she was very good and enjoyed the time spent on the slopes. My 3yo daughter had a lesson with Ruth Lee, and she was very patient and good with my daughter. You'll be very happy with either. I don't think you can go wrong with any of Max's suggestion.

Just so there is no surprise, if you request a specific instructor, the rate is higher. If you cancel within 24 hours, you lose some as a processing fee, and the rest gets refunded as a voucher, expiring in 12 months. (We had to cancel one lesson due to rain, so I have a $60 voucher that I gotta use up.) Careful about that if you are from far away and can't come back to use it up.
post #8 of 21
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all of your recommendations.

Max, do you know where Tim Huff works as a bootfitter?
post #9 of 21
Tim is at Ken Jones Ski Mart in Manchester NH 603 624-2090.

If you want someone in Ludlow VT, Shon at Northern Ski Works 802 228-3344.
post #10 of 21
Some others to consider

Russ Kauff
Bill Austin
Tim Carbone
post #11 of 21
Yes, those are some more good names. I know Tim Carbone has been around for a while. I have met him a few years ago and see he and his wife Meg out skiing frequently.

I work with Bill's wife, he always seems to be having a good time when he has a lesson.

And lets not forget about tcarey.
post #12 of 21
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Originally Posted by Max Capacity
And lets not forget about tcarey.
Yeah, she pointed out some of my flaws to my wife. I was rotating my upper body a bit on my left turns.

(In my defense, I was trying to accelerate and it was a bit of a double fall line )
post #13 of 21
Excuses excuses, You should step up next year and go to ESA at Stowe. Or spend more time with Terry, she'll wip you into shape.lol
post #14 of 21
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Originally Posted by Max Capacity
Excuses excuses, You should step up next year and go to ESA at Stowe. Or spend more time with Terry, she'll wip you into shape.lol
I shoulda gone to Stowe this year. Lets see what next year brings.
post #15 of 21
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Originally Posted by Phil Pugliese
I shoulda gone to Stowe this year. Lets see what next year brings.
Damn right you shoulda.
post #16 of 21
Thread Starter 
Do any lower level skiers go to ESA? Or, is it just for the experts?

By the way, guys, thanks for all of your suggestions.
post #17 of 21
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Originally Posted by nyskier
Do any lower level skiers go to ESA? Or, is it just for the experts?

By the way, guys, thanks for all of your suggestions.
No there is a great mix, skiers like me and experts too.
post #18 of 21
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Originally Posted by nyskier
Do any lower level skiers go to ESA? Or, is it just for the experts?

By the way, guys, thanks for all of your suggestions.
Lower level skier go, and they learn to NOT be lower level skiers. :
post #19 of 21
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Originally Posted by Bonni
Lower level skier go, and they learn to NOT be lower level skiers. :

Hey Bonni, is that good grammar? or just mispelling? or both?

But yes EPIC events are open to any level skier. That's the hole point. To improve.
post #20 of 21
Thread Starter 
As a follow-up to my question, I wanted to let you know that I had a great lesson with Crystal Newbound at Okemo. She was funny and had some very good tips for improving my skiing. All in all, a great time!
Thanks!
post #21 of 21
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Originally Posted by nyskier
As a follow-up to my question, I wanted to let you know that I had a great lesson with Crystal Newbound at Okemo. She was funny and had some very good tips for improving my skiing. All in all, a great time!
Thanks!
My wife had Crystal lest year as her instructor in the W.A.A.
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