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Looking for a lesson @ WP

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
I will be in Winter Park later in the week. I am a level 5 and will be skiing with my girlfriend who is level 4. I live in NYC and work a lot, so I don't get a chance to ski that often (8 days last year). I am serious about improving my skiing, while the gf is serious about having a good time. What would be best? Group lesson? Private?

Also, I have read a little about PMTS on this board and checked out Harb's site. Does anyone know of any PMTS instructors at WP? If anyone has taken a lesson at WP recently and had a really great experience please tell me about it!
post #2 of 13

PMTS at WP

Rusty Guy is the best PMTS teacher around. Book him for a private at WP. You can't go wrong. He will have you lifting and lightening all day.
post #3 of 13
What? Did he give up on his Simple Hip Inclination Technique System?
post #4 of 13
Red,

I've taken 3 lessons at WP this season, and some last season.

You couldn't get a bad lesson at WP if you tried.

I go group. Morning sometimes has fewer people than afternoon.

If you've got the bucks for a private, ask for our own Rusty Guy. Susan, Jeffrey Keane, Michael (the young guy), and Keith from England have also all done great by me.

I'm hoping for a lesson from Jennifer Metz or her husband some day, and there's a sandbagger named Greg that I wouldn't mind a lesson from.

If you have a soft couch where you're staying, let me know!

I was there yesterday, and it was off the freaking hook! Snowed all day, nice soft moguls...... the kind of day where there was a quarter inch of snow on you when you got off the lift. Took a lesson in the morning so I skipped the lift lines, then everybody left after lunch.

My daughter and I took turns saying "let's just make one more run". Ended up leaving late and tired, but totally worth it. Best day of the year so far.

Have fun!

And remember, you can seriously improve your skiing while having a good time!
post #5 of 13
Why not book a private with Rusty Guy and pick up HH in Dumont on the way up?

It doesn't stink if you don't stir it!!!!!!!!!!
post #6 of 13
Rusty Guy. Seriously.
post #7 of 13
You can't go wrong with Rusty (but don't take the PMTS comment seriously, Rusty is affiliated and fully certified with PSIA). If he's not available, there are several others who are. For that level, Donnie Nieders is also superb, altho' he really specializes in children (Donnie is fully certified and is a certified trainer.)
post #8 of 13
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the advice everyone. I called WP to inquire about lessons and they offered me two half group lessons plus lift ticket and rental for the girlfriend for less than $100!: I have a trans four card, which they consider a type of season pass and qualified me for discounts. I hope I'm not on this board this time next week uttering the phrase "you get what you pay for." But, I guess if the instructor can speak english and is any better at skiing than myself there wont be much to complain about. Also, I'm in contact with RustyGuy to try and set up a private for the day after. If he has time, it will be quite interesting to compare a private with an top notch instructor to a group lesson with an instructor drawn from the deck.
post #9 of 13
You won't get any instructors that can't speak engrish. You might get an Aussie or Brit (and they are some of the best instructors at WP). I don't know any bad instructors at WP (doesn't matter if they're on the private book, or in the adult or childrens' ski school).
post #10 of 13
this may sound strange, however, i can name twenty or so instructors at winter park who i feel are twice the instructor that i am.

we have a lot of great examiners, trainer accreds, itc examiners, and long time level III certs.

i'm very, very average.

i do however enjoy a 72% request rate at present and am already booked on the day in question!

i guess 72% of my customers want to come back for more!

find me and we'll have a cold beverage after work.
post #11 of 13
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Originally Posted by cgeib View Post
What? Did he give up on his Simple Hip Inclination Technique System?
yes....it's now the Some How I Turn system.

the book and dvd will be out shortly

btw.....how're the boots......you dog?
post #12 of 13
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Rusty Guy View Post
this may sound strange, however, i can name twenty or so instructors at winter park who i feel are twice the instructor that i am.

we have a lot of great examiners, trainer accreds, itc examiners, and long time level III certs.

i'm very, very average.
Thanks to everyone who recommended Rusty. To all of you who are not familiar with Rusty, pay no attention to his sandbagging. I did a couple of half day privates with him and I can tell you that he is no average instructor. His instruction was clear, coherent and produced results. By our second lesson he had us skiing the whole mountain. I didn't think there was a chance in hell of getting the girlfriend to the top of Parsenn's Bowl, but because she trusted Rusty we made it! Not only is he a great instructor, he's a great guy to have a beer with too. Don't miss the opportunity to ramp up your skiing, go take a private with Rusty.
post #13 of 13
you're nuts.....he sucks.....can't buy a turn due to TTS.

oh wait....he's talking about me!

the reason i could get RedMenace and his girlfriend all over the mountain is that they ain't no level 4 OR 5 skiers. talk about sandbaggers!

teaching the two of them was like a hot knife through warm butter. one little tip here and there and all i had to do was shut up and ski. both were hard workers and hearty folks. the weather last thursday and friday was a little chilly/breezy.

thanks for the business, for your kind words, and remember.....just keep turning those mothers.

just think what would have happened to your skiing had you found a pmts instructor!
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