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post #1 of 13
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Last season is when I began to ski more than just occasionally w/ the family. I was going out at least once a week or more. To be honest, I never learned to ski. My first trip was with a church group, everyone rented ski's and the older guys took everyone up to the top and "told" us how to ski.

Essentially, we skied parerell (sp) and to turn we would pick up the outside ski just a bit and "push" down bit w/ the inside ski to turn.

I used that for a bit and then someone told me that that was "wrong" and to do it by kind of "sitting" downward to the side I wanted to turn and then use pressure from my toes to turn.

I am not sure how ti "ski" correctly. I have plenty of fun, but see other skiers really tearing it up.

I ski on blue runs mostly, how steep a run is does not really bother me.

Where do I start for lessons? Should I just seek someone out to teach me?

What do lessons usually run?
post #2 of 13

tapes and lessons

I got a lot of value out of instructional tapes by Lito Tejada Flores and then, a few years later, even more value out of the tapes by Harald Harb.

Lessons for sure, but the tapes gave me a lot of overall insight of skiing. That big picture wasn't something I got in lessons, they tend to be more focused on "today's emphasis."
post #3 of 13
this is a good place
post 34 i think it is
post #4 of 13
Go up to Red Lodge this season and check in with Eliza Kuntz at the ski school. She'll set you up with a good instructor. Beginner lessons are very economically priced in Montana and there are great beginner instructors at every ski area in the state. Ski areas are more than happy to sell group packages to church groups as well, considering the carnage possibilities of the usual peer to peer teaching scenarios.

The deals for entry level skiers are great all over the nation.
post #5 of 13
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Nolo - thanks Brother. I will definetly check that out as soon as RL opens (Nov. 25?).

I see your home mountain is Bridger Bowl. I have never skiied there, do they run anythiing like a frequency pass at Big Sky? I really want to get out to
Bridger this year.

I'll have to reccomend the group lessons to the church group someday...though since I am 5 years removed from that church (4 years of college and now 6 months of real life).

Either way, hopefully we will run into each other this season!
post #6 of 13
Bridger has a couple of frequent skier options:

If you visit Bridger, take a lesson from our own Ric B. He'll start you out on the right root, I mean foot! (Little Tai Chi joke--Ric is my Tai Chi instructor...)

P.S. I'm a sister.
post #7 of 13
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whoops=) Thanks sister! Now I feel kind of like an ass!!
post #8 of 13
Not at all. Common mistake.
post #9 of 13
Thread Starter 
Well looks like I will be getting a Bridger frequent card also.

I wonder how many days of work I can truly get out of and still afford to live/ski
post #10 of 13
Originally Posted by MontanaSnow View Post
Well looks like I will be getting a Bridger frequent card also.

I wonder how many days of work I can truly get out of and still afford to live/ski
Welcome to Montana. Work, what's that?

You'll love skiing southwest Montana, especially Bridger. It would be great to hook up with you whether in a lesson or just for a nice tour of the mountain. Ski school knows where I'm at most of the time. Should shape up to be a great winter. Later, RicB.
post #11 of 13
Work is for people that don't know how to ski!
post #12 of 13
Thread Starter 
Ric - I am definetly gonna have to find time to come up to Bridger and take a few lessons. I am really hyped about learning how to ski the correct way.

Kaz - I work as a poker dealer and a poker player. I have the world's chillest job ever.
post #13 of 13
I look forward to our meeting. Later, RicB.
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