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post #1 of 19
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Looking for two recommendations:

We go up usually on weekends, but don't want to deal with classes during the limited time we get together on the weekends. So, we're looking for a lesson or two during the weekdays of spring break (we'll be up mar 16-20).

1. For my girlfriend. She's pretty accomplished, but is still having trouble in the moguls. She's in a ski class at her University this semester (Wyoming), but the hill they ski on doesn't really have any true moguls, the split put her in the "top" group for the class (which is appropriate) but she's the only female in a group of 6 guys and 2 male instructors, and she's not exactly comfortable learning in the environment.

2. For me. I've got some technique issues that I'm hoping a good instructor can identify and help me sort out.

What I don't want is for us to show up looking for a high level lesson, and then both end up in the same small group - I don't think we will learn very well together. I also know that she would really like to have an all female group, or at a minimum, a female instructor. We also don't have nearly enough money to pay for private lessons, nor is buying a lift ticket and lesson at a place where we don't have a pass an option - unless of course the cost of the lesson & lift ticket were comparable to just a lesson where we do have a pass (we have the Colorado Pass - so we're looking for Breck, Keystone or A-Basin). So... does anyone have suggestions as to how we can both take a lesson, not end up in the same group (seeing as we'll both be in the higher level lessons), and ideally get her in an all-female group or at least with a female instructor?

J
post #2 of 19
If you go to Breck, you can split up and one of you go to peak 8 and the other to peak 9. That way you'll be in different groups.

I don't know if Keystone has lesson meeting places at both bases.
post #3 of 19
Tough time of year for conditions. In groups I doubt an all female class, maybee a female coach for your wife. When you go to lessons tell the sup what you want. They will try there best.
post #4 of 19
for her: Copper Mountain Women's Wednesdays is an all-day, women-only lesson (at all levels) ... and it's less expensive than regular group lessons.

Lessons start at 10am.
post #5 of 19
earlier in the year, I heard that Breck had a deal similar to Copper's $199 Unlimited Sunday lessons. I'd call Breck and see if it is still on.
post #6 of 19
exactly 20 years ago, i would have suggested you go right to keystone and request a lesson with vladmir 'val' westenvaeld.
here in the future, however, it's clearly a different story.
post #7 of 19
I'm resurrecting this thread just because the title suits my question, and answers in other threads don't really address what I'm wanting to know.

I'm interested in advanced / all mountain lessons. Something that will explore crud, steeps, off-piste in general, and moguls which I love/hate/am indifferent toward. Probably not private lessons, but I expect an advanced lesson on a weekday might have less enrollment. If you were me and had passes for ABasin, Keystone, Breck, Vail, BC and Copper, where would you take a lesson, and who would you seek out (if that's an option)? I'll probably do a couple early-season to work on technique (I'm not a level 10 like HS) and a few or more mid-season when most terrain is open. Thanks.
post #8 of 19
If I were you, I would get the Breck unlimited lesson pass for $159.00.
Unlimited lessons from Thursday through Sunday with some blackout dates during the holidays and spring break. Go to Ten Mile Station on Peak 9 or Peak 8 and ski the whole mountain with some fabulous instructors.
post #9 of 19
Copper has a similar plan that might be worth considering. But, these programs are the deal, no doubt.
post #10 of 19
The Breck unlimited is probably the most financially feasible. I know that there is a regular group that meets at the level you describe, but I can't recall the instructor's name. However, I can probably find out soon.

If you can afford it the Copper plan would also be just what you are looking for:
http://forums.epicski.com/showthread.php?t=44516
post #11 of 19
Thanks for the responses and PMs everyone. I followed that Copper thread but I can't commit to only sundays, unfortunately. It would be excellent for someone more local or who has a season condo rental though. It is looking like Breck, then? Great deal - how many people are usually in a lesson like this? Lisamarie, if and when you come across the name you mentioned I'd take it.
post #12 of 19
Will do. She's one of my gym buds, so I see her pretty often.
post #13 of 19
Hi trouble,

Another possibility in that area for your early season technique brush up would be an advanced development clinic at Keystone December 8th, 9th & 10th. I'm not 100% sure of all the details yet, but sounds like tech sessions on Friday and Saturday evenings and coaching on Saturday and Sunday with PSIA-RM Ed Staff. I plan to be in the area about that time and looking forward to a registration package being available soon so I can take part in the program before I shoot over to VT for the Stowe ESA.

Maybe I'll see you there! ...or at one of the LGC events!

Good luck ...lots of great coaches in that area, so it shouldn't be too hard!

Chris
post #14 of 19
The clinic at keystone is a possibility, but the Breck unlimited deal is darn good on a mountain with a lot of options. But for everyone's info will you post details on the keystone clinics in this thread when you get them?
And yes I will be at LGC 2.5 (all 3 days) and some of LGC 3 (not sure which days yet). Hope to see you there!
post #15 of 19
I finally caught up with my friend Michelle, who takes the unlimited program at Breck. She says that the level 8, level 9 group gets a few different intstructors, one named Franz and the other named Matt. However, the group is pretty much the same each week. Look for a tall, slim, pretty girl with longish red hair.

Sounds like what you were looking for, unless you were hoping to be the only girl in the group!
post #16 of 19
Thanks LM, I'll keep an eye out for those names. I did sign up for the lesson program and trust it will work out... somehow.
I'm not sure why I'd want to be the lone girl in a group...oh...right... no, actually I'm not out looking for that kind of action.
post #17 of 19
PM sent with everbody's real name !
post #18 of 19
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PM sent with everbody's real name !
Ah, the real names help!

(Can't help but think of a joke my aunts played on my dad when he was little, probably around 7 or so. They told him to go to the shop and say "Spoon", that the clerk would know what he meant, and he'd give my dad something special. So he did. He went to the counter and said, "Spoon." The clerk didn't say anything.
"Spoon?"
"Sorry kid, I don't know what you're....."
"Spoon!!"

His sisters were dying laughing outside. )
post #19 of 19
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Originally Posted by trouble View Post
Ah, the real names help!

(Can't help but think of a joke my aunts played on my dad when he was little, probably around 7 or so. They told him to go to the shop and say "Spoon", that the clerk would know what he meant, and he'd give my dad something special. So he did. He went to the counter and said, "Spoon." The clerk didn't say anything.
"Spoon?"
"Sorry kid, I don't know what you're....."
"Spoon!!"

yeah....but in this case you COULD walk to the counter and ask for Franz....Bomber etc etc....most of those guys have their nicknames on their nametags and have been there long enough to recognized that way.

My Epic handle is a nickname from many many (many) years ago when I worked at Breck....I'd be willing to bet there are more people there who know me as UL vs my real name !
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