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Recommendations for beginner ski lessons

post #1 of 24
Thread Starter 
Looking for recommendations for beginner ski lessons - where are the best places to go? Wish to go over Christmas / New Year's for about 1 week.
post #2 of 24
where is your location? are looking for east / west?

what ever the case, pick a small mountain. why paid big bucks if you are not skiing the whole mountain. take the money you save and get a private lesson, ask for a pro who is atleast a level 2 or higher. if they don't have a level 2 or higher, ask an older level 1 to avoid a kid there just for free skiing.

good luck
post #3 of 24
Welcome to epicski, Suzannah! [img]smile.gif[/img] If you can hold out to late January, consider joining us for the Epicski Academy! The difference between the academy and most beginner ski lessons, is the fact that most mountains use their least experienced instructors to leach beginners. The pros are top notch, highly experienced...but I'll let you read for yourself
http://www.epicski.com/cgi-bin/ultim...?ubb=forum&f=9

if you cannot make it, tell us what area you are thinking about, and I'm sure you will get some great advice!
post #4 of 24
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 ]
post #5 of 24
i'd say breckenridge on both good instuctors and good green + blues to learn on in comparison to other places i have taken lessons.
post #6 of 24
As stated by Lisamarie hold out and come to the Epicski camp. If you can't wait I guess I would come to Colorado and start a series of lessons. You will have a blast.
post #7 of 24
The best place to go for early season lessons is Vail Colorado. Vail has early season deals, an certified International SS and 6ft+ of snow. Remember Christmas\New Year is peak season everywhere in snow world USA.

Excellent Deal

Oz

[ November 12, 2002, 11:52 PM: Message edited by: man from oz ]
post #8 of 24
I am assuming at this time that price is not a consideration.

Therefore based on previous experiences I or memebers of my family have had very positive experiences at Snowmass, Snowbird, Breckenridge, and Keystone.

Happy Holidays
post #9 of 24
Thread Starter 
Thanks to all who replied! Good info. To answer some of your questions.... I am an early 40, fairly active, beginner. My mate is an experienced skier, and my kids are much further along than I am. I would be taking the lessons on my own, as they would be in higher level classes if they decide to take lessons. I am hoping to find a place that has good instructors (obviously!), and more relaxed slopes / atmosphere in order to really practice my techniques. I have a bit of anxiety about this..... so I don't want to get scared off right from the start! I really want to learn how to ski, so I can join my family in a fun activity!

We are interested in going out West or into Canada. I have heard that the Canadian Ski Schools are very good. I have not heard much about USA ski schools. I have had "the young kid, beginning instructor" at local places (MN), and it has been a total waste of my time. That is part of why we wish to go to a better resort.

Thanks, again, for any assistance you can give.

S.
post #10 of 24
Thread Starter 
P.S. - I mentioned that we are thinking of Western USA, and Canada, but we could also consider out East, if that would be better for our situation. We are open to suggestions!
post #11 of 24
go west young lady, better snow and more terrains to choose.

since you have been skiing before, a private lesson will help you get up to speed with the family much quicker.

don't forget to ask for a certified instructor.

have fun
post #12 of 24
Welcome to EpicSki Suzanna. I'll mostly echo what's already been said. The snow is more reliable out west, but you could have a great experience in New England too. Most large resorts will have a well-conceived beginner program and good user-friendly terrain. People all have their favorites, but really, they're all good. All will have ski schools with some great instructors too, but as a beginner, you are VERY unlikely to ski with any of the great ones unless you request one for a private lesson. You MIGHT luck out. You might win the lottery too.

I can't emphasize enough the value of the EpicSki Academy. As others have said, we will have TOP instructors here, some of the best of the best. I don't believe we have any first-timers signed up yet--there just aren't that many never-ever skiers hanging out here at EpicSki. But we would LOVE to form a beginner group. We will keep the groups very small--5 students to an instructor. This ratio is unheard of for group lessons, especially for beginners where 10 to 15 students in a group is typical, and 30-40 is not out of the question.

A small group with an elite instructor--you will NOT find this anywhere else, except for private lessons (and you'll have to know who to ask for). A four-day private lesson at a major resort will cost you in the neighborhood of $1500.

If you can't wait until the end of January, take a couple lessons anywhere to get you started--THEN come to the Academy in January. Don't be afraid of little local hills either--they often do a great job with first-timers. What they may lack in manicured terrain and up-to-the-minute rental equipment, they make up for in friendly attitude, low prices, and genuine passion for the sport of the skiing.

Don't be afraid of a four day "total immersion" introduction to skiing. It may seem like a lot, but as a 25-year instructor (about average for the EpicSki Academy team), I can tell you that there is no better way to get into this sport, and to build a good solid foundation. In these four days, you will feel like--and become--a real skier! And you'll have the company and support of the EpicSki community. We'll take great care of you!

Please join us!

Best regards,
Bob Barnes
post #13 of 24
Hey Man From Oz, You sure you aren't just tryin to drum up some business for your self? However, I don't know how you could do any teaching with as much time as you spend at Jafa's eating meat pies.
post #14 of 24
If you go to Whistler I can recommend a couple of good instructors.
post #15 of 24
Lamont.

I speak the truth about Vail based on my endless quest to find the best place to work and ski.

As for meat pies at Jaffas ... well at $8 a pie forget it. The "chips & gravy" a schooner of "real" beer and a week old SMH are a much better deal.

Now I just read your profile and it says NC\CO, Software nerd\Ski tech ..... could Lamont be "once was a lifty" ???? mmm Bandits (probably bent ones) Technica Carbons ... mmmm so we gonna bend some more skis together this year ...

Oz [img]smile.gif[/img]

[ November 13, 2002, 02:20 PM: Message edited by: man from oz ]
post #16 of 24
Suzannah, I started just 3 years ago, in my 40s. Much of what i learned in the beginning needed to be unlearned. Lots of 20 something level 1s teaching class. Even being, in all due modesty, considerably fit, fitter than some people half my age, there are issues that people have in their 40s that can not be understood by a 20 something, inexperienced instructor.

If you cannot join us for the academy where you will be assured the highest quality instruction, consider taking a 3 day prgram elsewhere. These often get higher caliber instructors than the average level 1 group lesson.
Good luck, and please keep us posted!
post #17 of 24
Suzannah, I started just 3 years ago, in my 40s. Much of what i learned in the beginning needed to be unlearned. Lots of 20 something level 1s teaching class. Even being, in all due modesty, considerably fit, fitter than some people half my age, there are issues that people have in their 40s that can not be understood by a 20 something, inexperienced instructor.

If you cannot join us for the academy where you will be assured the highest quality instruction, consider taking a 3 day prgram elsewhere. These often get higher caliber instructors than the average level 1 group lesson.
Good luck, and please keep us posted!
post #18 of 24
Suzanna Danna, good instruction AND good learning terrain is important. Look for someplace with an ample amount of relatively flat terrain so your first experience isn't too full of anxiety. Whistler is not user friendly to beginners as far as terrain goes. skidoc
post #19 of 24
Quote:
Originally posted by skidoc:
Whistler is not user friendly to beginners as far as terrain goes. skidoc
: Didn't think it was that bad?

Have a frend who teaches kids - like 3-4 year olds - she never said she had a problem with terrain there....
post #20 of 24
Disski, perhaps you weren't there when it was raining. Unfortunately, the beginner runs are all lower mountain and it's often too warm for decent conditions. That, along with the long lift lines, easily found at this resort can be frustrating to a novice.

Keep skiing faster!
post #21 of 24
no - it snowed for 2 weeks straight when I was there in March last year....
post #22 of 24
Well Oz,

If you can't break 'em Bend em. I'm stuck on the East Coast this year. But I will be soliciting your expert instruction at some point. Cord's got an empty fold out and a cone waiting.

Glad to see you made it back.
post #23 of 24
Ha my man Cord

So you coming to wisit wail ?

Oz
post #24 of 24
Lamont hit the chat room we are messing up this thread
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