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Lessons and equipment in Aspen

post #1 of 7
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I'm taking my 13yo daughter to Aspen at the end of the month. I'm an experienced skier with one day of self taught face plants on the snowboard, she is a beginner skier who wants to learn to snowboard. We both wakeboard in the summer.

I'm thinking about going to buttermilk on our first day as they have a deal on a private lesson for the day. So both of us could learn together at our different skill levels?

Does anyone have any thoughts advice on specifics, good instructors, etc. that I should look for?

Also, is there any reason for me to look for rental deals in Aspen? Or is using Four Mountain Sports the best or only option?
post #2 of 7
Buttermilk is perfect for learning. Neshell Bartell is a good snowboard instructor.
Four Mtn. is a good option, they have shops at the base of each mountain.

If you have hockey pads, bring them. I've never been as sore as the day after I learned to Snowboard. I didn't take lessons, but I wished I had.
post #3 of 7
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Thanks for the quick response Shred. I called and asked for Neshell and they didn't know who that was?
post #4 of 7
This is the link to the Aspen Ski School Pro's profiles. http://www.aspensnowmass.com/schools...owboarding.cfm

I recommend either Steve Hay, Marco Olm, or Dee McNenny. They are based out of Snowmass but could probably go over to Buttermilk.

Knee pads are a good idea.
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Thanks for the quick response Shred. I called and asked for Neshell and they didn't know who that was?
Perhaps she doesn't teach anymore?
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Also, is there any reason for me to look for rental deals in Aspen? Or is using Four Mountain Sports the best or only option?
The owner of several condos at Snowmass that ended up handling our reservations for Snowmass Mtn. Chalet recommended Gene Taylor's Sporting Goods (http://www.genetaylors.com/) instead of renting from 4 Mtn. If you book on-line, they offer a 25% discount off their regular prices which are lower than 4 Mtn. For a 5 day rental, it saved a good bit of money. They are located in the Snowmass Village mall. I have no personal experience to compare quality of equipment vs. 4 Mtn., but the owner said the quality is comparable. I know you lose the free ski valet from mountain to mountain if you go this route, but that was not important to us as we plan to ski Snowmass every day except maybe one.

Enjoy your trip!

-Cliff
post #7 of 7
A cheaper, but perhaps more effective, method might be to purchase group lessons. The groups at Aspen tend to be small, so there is a good bit of individual instruction. I've taken two group lessons at Aspen -- the first became a private, and the second had a one other individual in it.

The advantage of group lessons is that the folk will be working on similar things. As there is a diversity in your and your daughter's skill, you both will likely get better, more tailored, instruction -- and you might also both be less frustrated at the end of the day.

Mike
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