I pretty much agree with VT on the "kid" part, especially early in the season. Most of the dreamers and searchers who thought they were going to make money and be treated like gods of the snow are gone by the end of the first month.
Who you are is very important. Where you are from counts too. How can anyone make recommendations re. Oregon ..... if they have never been there. Are you a 20'ish to 30'ish gym rat? Can you endure a 1/2 day lesson or, during the first week on skis you may be better off with a series of 1 hour privates. A gym rat may want an "enduro" that is an "Xperience" ...... you may wnat something more relaxed and rational.
All areas have a beginners hill but some have "user friendly" trails where you can experience skiing "the mountain from the" top after only a day or two. My kids loved the Toll Road at Stowe for just that reason. It runs for a few miles over very gentle terrain; you actually have to push and pole in a few spots. I knew that that was a great place where they could build "lots of miles on the snow". BTW, building lots of relaxed miles on the snow in a low pressure environment is critical.
Most importantly, give an accurate assessment to the ski school so they can do a good match. If you and sig/other are of a different set regarding how you learn or, if is there is a high level of competition between you, you may do better in private lessons.
As an "aging" (past 50), L-1,
...... you see some pretty sad and wacky stuff between mates. Many women do better than guys. Mt favorite students are 35 to 45 ish women. They tend to actually listen and do what's asked. Guys tend to "have it all figured out" and know that they are gonna muscle those skis around (
). I have seen a few guys go through melt down when she does OK but he is still struggling after the first hour.
Just a few things to think about..[ November 12, 2002, 07:39 PM: Message edited by: yuki ]