If you are a beginner, a private lesson may be a much better way to go. Then again, lots of beginners like to stay with their groups and the lesson can be a big party. But if you are with a group of strangers it can be embarrassing and uncomfortable for some. All you students out there, listen up! Here's how you get a "private lesson" for the cost of a group lesson. Most ski areas want to accomodate individual needs even in group lessons, so instead of asking for a specific instructor, ask for an instructor or lesson that applies to your specific needs. For example, if you are a beginner, take a lesson on ski blades. Show up at the lesson counter with your ski blades and request a group lesson. While some areas may try to stick you in with longer ski groups, most will give you your own 'group' with an instructor on ski blades. This works best if you have one or two others along with you. While a group of three may not be considered as a 'private', you'll still get plenty of individual attention in such a small group. If you haven't skied before, start off on the shorties, you will love 'em! If you are a more advanced skier, go to the group lesson counter and request a group lesson skiing moguls. If you don't want that , request a group lesson learning to make carved turns. Make a request that you only want to ski black diamonds, ask for an instructor that works well with teenagers, ask for a female instructor, just be specific about what you want. Advanced groups are split up into smaller groups and if it is known already what you want, chances are good that your group will be very small and maybe just you and the instructor. It happens a lot. By the way , if you do manage to get a private for the cost of a group lesson ( and you are pleased with the instruction ) tip your instructor! Instructors get paid a low hourly wage and tips really help pay the bills in those long winter months. Thank you.
FYI- those of you who do want a private...Don't just go up to the counter and ask for a private. Instead, look around the ski school area and talk to a few of the instructors standing around. Tell them what you are wanting in your lesson and ask who they recommend. ( and chances are it will be them
: ) If you click with this person, go in to the ticket office and request that person. That way, the instructor gets a commission ! Most areas do not pay commissions for assigned privates, so the instructor just gets the low hourly wage. In either case , please tip if the lesson was good. As a paying guest, you deserve to get a great lesson whether it's a group or a private so make sure you always request an experienced PSIA certified instructor !