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Hoping to get some recommendations for suitable instructors in Steamboat. I will be there for the month of January. I haven't taken a lesson in a while, but always want to - that said one part of my resistance is getting an instructor who isn't well matched. Here is my basic info - if I leave out relevant info let me know and I'll edit this. I'm a 38 y/o male in pretty good shape and I would consider myself an advanced intermediate skier. I have no macho pretense about skiing at all. I am not interested in bumps or trying to huck off a 40' cliff - ok I am interested but I have a realistic expectation and am in touch with my mortality. Blacks are not a problem - double blacks are pretty challenging. What I'd like to learn: I'd like to get some assessment and correction on my form in general, I'd like to become a much better powder skier (the feeling of powder makes me smile and I think about it ALL year). I'd like to get better in the trees. Here's the thing - I am a good student, I want to learn and I know how to listen. I want and will pay for a real professional. I want someone that is intuitive enough to help me break down what I am doing on a level that helps me "get it" . What I don't want is someone who is going through the motions. I'd like to take 3-4 sessions with an instructor and paying cash is all good. If you can help me get in contact with some folks - that's great. Thanks.
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I'd like to take 3-4 sessions with an instructor and paying cash is all good. If you can help me get in contact with some folks - that's great. Thanks.
We go through this every once in a while. Not sure what you mean by "paying cash is all good".

If you are looking for a "coach" not affiliated with the resort ski school you can probably find someone here. You also run the risk of both having your lift ticket pulled and both of you trespassed.

There are many great pros at Steamboat. Contact the ski school director and book a lesson with an examiner or a "trainer accred". This would go a long ways towards making certain you have a good experience.

You can troll around here and I'm certain someone will tell you they'll come give you a lesson. You get what you pay for.
post #3 of 14
Thread Starter 
My apologies for not being clear. I only was looking for a recommendation - I am not looking for any kind of arrangement outside of the auspices of the mountain, I am aware that's how the resort makes money. My "cash" reference is meant to be directed towards gratuity. I understand that instructors relay on that to make a better living. Thanks for the recommendation to contact the ski school director - will do it as soon as I get int town.
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If you are looking for a "coach" not affiliated with the resort ski school you can probably find someone here. You also run the risk of both having your lift ticket pulled and both of you trespassed.
The mountain has a policy that prohibits instruction/coaching from someone other than an affiliated instructor? Is that common? Just curious, not commenting on whether it's right or wrong.
post #5 of 14
Very common for the ski area to control businesses taking place on their property...including property where they have the rights for the business including National Forest land.

Nuny--You have a good idea, and I hope you get suggestions for an instructor you can work with well. Be sure to rent fat, soft skis if you have a powder day.

If you're on the snow before that time, here are a couple of things you can practice on packed snow for power skiing.

--A narrow stance is helpful.
--Equal weight on both feet is essential.
--Equal weight fore & aft is needed. If you have the habit of sitting back on your heels, fix that bad habit now. One great way---skate. You can rent skates and protective equipment and practice skiing movements. If you get back on your heels, you'll be on your butt immediately!
--Practice allowing the sidecut of the skis and the flex of the skis to bring you all the way around the turn. Avoid a strong sudden steering thrust out with your heels to turn the skis.
--Practice patience. In powder snow you ski at the tempo the snow permits, 'cuz you're down in the snow. Let the turn develop and carry you all the way around.
post #6 of 14
Sometimes people put all their hope (and money) into their Instructor and imagine that all can be done with a few hours. Although that depends on the individual, it is just not the case. It would be more beneficial to join a group, take those lessons in the morning hours and then practice what you have learned in the afternoon. Do that for about 5 days, get corrected and re-adjusted and your learning curve is way better. Besides you may get to know a few people.


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Originally Posted by nunya001 View Post
My apologies for not being clear. I only was looking for a recommendation - I am not looking for any kind of arrangement outside of the auspices of the mountain, I am aware that's how the resort makes money. My "cash" reference is meant to be directed towards gratuity. I understand that instructors relay on that to make a better living. Thanks for the recommendation to contact the ski school director - will do it as soon as I get int town.
post #7 of 14
Thread Starter 
SoftSnow - thanks for the tips, familiar with some, but will re-apply efforts. Simplyfast - thanks for your thoughts. I don't really have any illusions re: the time, effort and consistency it takes to learn. I do some motorsports instructing which has helped make some self analysis of my learning style easier. Also, I have engaged in both group and individual instruction in other sports like kiting and find that individual is better for me. That said, I can see your point and thanks.
post #8 of 14
Jamie Haslund.
George Hurley.
Stuart Handloff.
Ollie Ballard.

They're all exceptional instructors.
post #9 of 14
I was an instructor in Steamboat for a few years and sill go back there to lead PSIA clinics every year. Some people who might work well with you there are

Gable Richardella
Dave Moon
Shawn Sullivan
Brendan Doran
Ben Marbach
post #10 of 14
Based on what you've had to say you’re looking for; I've personally had the following instructor for a private day lesson and enjoyed skiing with him.

His name is Jim Houck
post #11 of 14
The best instructor I have ever had at Snowshoe is now at Steamboat (I wish I was too):

Mr. George Hurley
post #12 of 14
I agree with that- George is very knowledgable and so enthusiastic! Look him up at Steamboat.
post #13 of 14
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the rec - will bein the Boat first week in jan - will ping you all then
post #14 of 14
 Fredrik Sjoblom

(just keeping it all on one thread)
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