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I Need an Instructor Reccomendation at Wildcat

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I'm looking to get my dad a couple of private lessons for Christmas.

He skis at Wildcat.

He is 58, and he started skiing when my sister and I did, so probably about 20ish years ago.

I'm pretty sure that he has never taken a lesson, or if he has it has probably been about 18 years.

He makes skidded open parallel turns on most terrain. He enjoys steeps if the snow is good (ie. groomed) but gets into trouble if it is choppy/bumpy.

He avoids moguls and trees like the plague, and probably has no desire to ever go there.

He mostly skis by himself for a few hours in the morning 1-3 days a week.

He likes to ski non-stop top to bottom on all the groomers at Wildcat, and I think he prefers the blacks.

Over the past two seasons I have finally convinced him to move on from his rear-entry boots and first generation "parabolic" skis. He is now in boots fit at Stan & Dans, and riding on Volkl S5's. I would like to see him start learning to really work his new skis; put 'em on edge and really bend them. He needs to figure out the whole "carving thing" as he would put it.

I want to get him a few private lessons to space out throughout the coming year, and was looking for an instructor to recommend for him. He was an engineer, and is very technically minded. Maybe a level 3 if there are many there... if he's requesting someone it might as well be the best, right?

I will call the ski school and ask them, but thought I'd check in here first.

post #2 of 6
What does he want out of a lesson?

The skier type you mention may be a candidate for a poling lesson, and not much else -- especially if the skier is not all that interested, and happy with his current skiing.
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What does he want out of a lesson?

The skier type you mention may be a candidate for a poling lesson, and not much else -- especially if the skier is not all that interested, and happy with his current skiing.
Although he is happy with his current skiing he has definitely expressed interest in wanting to improve. I think that he would really enjoy taking a lesson with someone that he saw as competent and skilled, he would just never buy one for himself. I have been working with him a bit to get him out of the back seat and more balanced over his feet, and some of this has involved hands and pole plants. He has noticed an improvement in the ease of turning since he got his new gear and has started using some of the strategies I showed him, and he is eager to learn more. He is just being introduced to modern equipment, and there is a lot to learn about what his skis can do.

To answer the "What does he want out of a lesson" question, I want this to be a surprise so I can't just ask him, but I would think that what he wants to learn the most is how to ski better in / feel more comfortable skiing in choppy snow / crud. I think this translates to learning better balance, and learning how to "drive" the ski through the turn and through the crud rather than letting it get pushed around. I'm sure that a lot of more experienced instructors than myself would have a lot more ideas about what could help him improve his skiing, and I'm confident that once hooked up with the right person he will be able to adequately express his needs/desires. I just need to find that person.
post #4 of 6
Maybe you should look at a series of lessons at Wildcat for the season. He will get a few nuggets of info with 1 or 2 privates but unless he is determined to practice and remember the things he gets from a couple of privates he probably won't improve much. Best bet is to find that one person and make a commitment, it sounds like he has the time if he is skiing at Wildcat 2-3 times per week. See if you can get someone to give him 1/2 day per week lessons for a month or so. He'll improve with your help $$$$ and your enthusiasum to ski with him.
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Although he is happy with his current skiing he has definitely expressed interest in wanting to improve. I think that he would really enjoy taking a lesson with someone that he saw as competent and skilled, he would just never buy one for himself. I have been working with him a bit to get him out of the back seat and more balanced over his feet, and some of this has involved hands and pole plants. He has noticed an improvement in the ease of turning since he got his new gear and has started using some of the strategies I showed him, and he is eager to learn more. He is just being introduced to modern equipment, and there is a lot to learn about what his skis can do.

To answer the "What does he want out of a lesson" question, I want this to be a surprise so I can't just ask him, but I would think that what he wants to learn the most is how to ski better in / feel more comfortable skiing in choppy snow / crud. I think this translates to learning better balance, and learning how to "drive" the ski through the turn and through the crud rather than letting it get pushed around. I'm sure that a lot of more experienced instructors than myself would have a lot more ideas about what could help him improve his skiing, and I'm confident that once hooked up with the right person he will be able to adequately express his needs/desires. I just need to find that person.
JPH,
The instructor you are looking for is John Knight. He has been instructing forever, and knows how to teach, not just how to ski. I know of him because I've taken one lesson from him, but I would have taken an 8-week course from him for the last two years on Sundays if I could have. I got shut out of this course both years in a row because the people who have been taking the course just keep taking it, and there is never an opening. They are your father's age, and range in skills from intermediate to expert-expert. I was a guest in the course once, and saw John in action. I am a teacher myself and hopefully recognize good teaching when I see it, and that's what John is so great at.
If you can't get John, there are plenty of level 3's teaching at Wildcat. The ratio of upper-level instructors to uncertified instructors and level 1-2s is very high there for some reason. Best of luck.
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JPH,
The instructor you are looking for is John Knight. He has been instructing forever, and knows how to teach, not just how to ski. I know of him because I've taken one lesson from him, but I would have taken an 8-week course from him for the last two years on Sundays if I could have. I got shut out of this course both years in a row because the people who have been taking the course just keep taking it, and there is never an opening. They are your father's age, and range in skills from intermediate to expert-expert. I was a guest in the course once, and saw John in action. I am a teacher myself and hopefully recognize good teaching when I see it, and that's what John is so great at.
If you can't get John, there are plenty of level 3's teaching at Wildcat. The ratio of upper-level instructors to uncertified instructors and level 1-2s is very high there for some reason. Best of luck.
Perfect! That's exactly the answer I was looking for! Thanks!
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