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Beginner lessons at Whistler

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Thread Starter 
Hello,

I'm taking my wife to Whistler for 2 days (April 9/10) and need to book some beginner lessons for her. She's been on skis twice (with me attempting to give her lessons), so she's pretty much a complete beginner.

I was just wondering if anybody knows someone who has taken Whistler's "learn to ski package" lessons. There are full & half day group lessons as well as "supergroup" semi-private lessons that limit the # of people to 3. I'm thinking of signing her up for the 1 full day supergroup lesson.

Any opinions/comments on these semi-private lessons? Also, I'm assuming that with the bottom halves of the mountains usually being grassy during April that these lessons are done somewhere midmountain.

Thanks!
post #2 of 7
I'd advise signing her up for 2 half-day lift/lesson packages starting at 12:30. The reason being, the odds of having a small group (or even a one-on-one) are pretty good. I think it cost my friend only about $80 for each half day including her lift ticket, and she scored the whole afternoon with what turned out to be a private.
As for the lower mountain being "grassy in mid-April", that would only be the second time in the past 20 years that this has happened. With extensive snowmaking that's been done this season, and all the natural snow we've had (still about 4 feet on my rooftop), there should be skiing to the village easily until the end of April. And you're usually skiing the upper 3500 vertical until mid-late May. Then you'll get 2500 vert. until mid-late June, etc...
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Originally Posted by Beric in Whistler View Post
I'd advise signing her up for 2 half-day lift/lesson packages starting at 12:30. The reason being, the odds of having a small group (or even a one-on-one) are pretty good. I think it cost my friend only about $80 for each half day including her lift ticket, and she scored the whole afternoon with what turned out to be a private.
As for the lower mountain being "grassy in mid-April", that would only be the second time in the past 20 years that this has happened. With extensive snowmaking that's been done this season, and all the natural snow we've had (still about 4 feet on my rooftop), there should be skiing to the village easily until the end of April. And you're usually skiing the upper 3500 vertical until mid-late May. Then you'll get 2500 vert. until mid-late June, etc...
Thanks for the tip, greatly appreciated!
post #4 of 7

Instructor Recommendation

If you opt for a private lesson, ask for Ruth Kjorven. She specializes in teaching women who are beginners. She is great!
post #5 of 7

Additional info

I just wanted to add that I probably would not have learned to ski if it had not been for private lessons. It depends on the person--the classes work for some people, not others. I also had some equipment issues with boots that did not fit, etc., so that probably contributed. I really learned to ski when I booked Ruth for a private lesson.:
post #6 of 7
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the tip nyskier, we'll see. How do you pronounce her last name ("k-yorv-en"?)?
post #7 of 7
Saq,

I think you have pronounced Ruth's name correctly. I usually spell it for the ski desk, as they have 1000+ instructors at WB. Ruth teaches on Whistler, not Blackcomb, and she does have a following, so be sure to reserve early if you do decide to book a private lesson. I believe that the website has a toll-free number you can call from the US.
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