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Should my gf get a private lesson at MRG or Sugarbush

post #1 of 15
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Hey I have given my GF enough of my bad habits in skiing. Which VT mountain do you think would have better instructors. MRG or Sugarbush?
post #2 of 15
Get a personal recommendation for a specific instructor from a source you actually trust.
post #3 of 15
Thread Starter 
sure that sounds good anyone know anyone good at either resort?
post #4 of 15
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Originally Posted by Bingers View Post
Hey I have given my GF enough of my bad habits in skiing. Which VT mountain do you think would have better instructors. MRG or Sugarbush?
You're close enough, go to Stowe Ski School and ask for Erik!
PM epic, here on EpicSki for information. Trust me, you won't be disappointed!
post #5 of 15
Hi

If you are concerned that Sugarbush doesn't groom enough terrain for your GF why are you considering MRG?

Both mountains are great but if you are looking for intermediate type learning terrain SB may be a better choice. (Full disclosure, being an instructor at SB I'm biased.) Tell me what she skis like and what is she looking for from a lesson and I could give you a few names at either area.
post #6 of 15
MRG is not the best choice as your GF probably only enjoys grooming... exactly what Mad River Glen DOESN'T exceed in!
post #7 of 15
Mad River Glen has an exceptional ski school. Birdland is perfect terrain for a lesson. If your gf is a real good skier there is plenty of terrain for that as well.

You never mentioned her skill level or what it is that you/she would like to get from the lesson.

I am not knocking Sugarbush, but I know Mad River has a dynamite program.
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MRG is not the best choice as your GF probably only enjoys grooming... exactly what Mad River Glen DOESN'T exceed in!
I disagree, Birdland is groomed and is perfect for instruction.
post #9 of 15
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Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post
You're close enough, go to Stowe Ski School and ask for Erik!
PM epic, here on EpicSki for information. Trust me, you won't be disappointed!
I would follow this advice, if you want a sure bet than you can't go wrong with Erik. Other than that, it's amost impossible to make a statement that one ski school is better than another, although some ski schools do have better reputations than others. I think that unless you know someone, it all comes down to the luck of the draw, not only in terms of the instructor's ability, but also in terms of compatability, there is no one universal teaching style that is going to work equally well for everyone, IMO.
post #10 of 15
Thread Starter 
well what i want her to get out of her lesson lol...is probably confidence at higher speeds. she gets down alot of double blacks but she turns alot and makes it harder on herself by not letting her skis do alot of the work. i guess i would like to see her have the ability to be aggressive at times.

i am dragging her to MRG as i want her to experience classic new england skiing. (and she has a lift ticket already)

i will see if driving to stowe for a day is a possibility but we are staying really close to sugarbush so she might want to take it easy and go to the mountain thats less than a mile away.
post #11 of 15

Birdland at MRG for Intermediate lessons ..!!

For successful lessons I think that the appropriate terrain is as important as the instructor.

The Birdland lift and trail system at MRG is as close to perfect terrain for intermediate lessons as you'll find in Vermont.

Having skied and taught at Sugarbush and now teaching at MRG I can say that both areas offer the upper level skier terrain that will challenge , requiring for every bit of skill you have in your bag of tricks.

But for intermediate skiers and especially an intermediate lesson , Birdland at MRG offers trails where congestion is never an issue, where the cautious skier can relax and focus on improving their skills and not have to worry about being cut off or run into by another skier or snowboarder [ no snowboards at MRG ]

There are enough trails and options at Birdland that with a 2 hour lesson you can almost ski a different trail combination each run offering the student the chance to get the sense of exploring the mountain and picking their own route down the hill.

Birdland has it's own warming hut with bathrooms and hot chocolate. The Birdland Double rarely has a line and is protected from the wind.

Sugarbush and MRG both offer the very best of New England skiing. Which ever mountain you go with you can't miss, you'll be very pleased.

If you do go to SB, they have a very good ski school and some excellent instructors, ask for Dave Wales or MA { Mary Anne } or Dave Seymor.

Or better yet , come on over to MRG , have an accomplished, fully certified instructor introduce you to your very own corner of the mountain ... Birdland at Mad River Glen.
post #12 of 15
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Originally Posted by Bingers View Post
i am dragging her to MRG as i want her to experience classic new england skiing. (and she has a lift ticket already)
MRG is good but it's not destination friendly if you're traveling there (although you can stay at Sugarbush). If you want good instruction and classic NE skiing, why rule out Smuggs? In addition, like MRG, there are plenty of terrains there that will make you rethink your/her definition of blacks and double-blacks.
post #13 of 15
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i am dragging her to MRG as i want her to experience classic new england skiing. (and she has a lift ticket already)
If you can get her a lesson with Terry Barbour you can't go wrong.

If you do make it up to Stowe, I'd be more than happy to do a lesson with her.
post #14 of 15

Lessons

I agree with Epic...if at all possible, get a lesson from Terry Barbour at MRG. PM me for his email address. He is Ski School Director, but might take a private lesson.
At Sugarbush, you might be able to hook up with one of the best coaches around, Barbara Marshall, all of her 4 kids are past and present members of the U.S. ski team!
Contact her direct (PM again, I'll pass on her email), or speak to Bill McGinty, Ski School Director at Sugarbush.

Good luck...the snow is great, with a foot coming today!!
post #15 of 15
Thread Starter 
You guy's are great thanks so much for the info it probably would have been impossible to get anywhere else. Can't wait to try these mountains out we always had to go to Killington as she got free lift tickets there from working at a shop.
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