Ok, hopefully this isn’t too confusing, so here goes –
- I’m looking for recommendations for a private instructor at Kirkwood resort, where I hold a pass and ski every weekend. I checked the list on here and didn't find any. A bit of background, I learned to ski this past February, got hooked and was up every weekend and finished the season with ~ 25 days. I would describe myself as an “intermediate” skier, willing to ski aggressively, but need technical work. I can handle black runs, steeps, small jumps and short drops (3 – 5ft) but it’s ugly and I’m certainly more comfortable on blues. I’m personally a “technically” minded person and so am looking for an instructor with a likewise perspective, someone who can really analyze my technique and communicate necessary changes with an explanation of “why” technique should be done as such. I don’t know if it matters from a dynamics standpoint, but I’m 5’9, 155lbs and very fit / active.
- What is tipping etiquette for a private lesson? I’m planning to do 2 hours and wasn’t sure if you tip the instructor at the end, how (on the credit card bill, etc?) and how much.
- Leading up to my lesson, I’m making a mental list of technique areas that need work. My goal is to improve my carving / edging / short-radius turns. One difficulty I’m having with edge release and new-turn initiation (particularly short-radius) is getting my skis to work in unison. In fast switches I’m always crossing tips and tripping myself up. I don’t know if this is a factor, but I am a big pronator and have fairly limited ankle flexion / flexibility. I would be curious to hear anyone’s input on things to try before taking my lesson and if more bootfitting would be in order. I’m wearing Dalbello Proton 12s with a varus wedge already in the heel to alleviate arch pain.