Was up at Alpental today, and saw an Instructor try to take a private lesson up chair 2 (to the top) by skipping up to the front of the line via the Ski Patrol lane. The lifties refused to let him on, said that lane was for Ski Patrol only, said he would have to go back to the back of the line. Alpental today was *ridiculously* crowded, and people were waiting a long time to get on that chair, I don't know if that had any bearing on the decision or if they do that all the time. I know they let private lessons cut the line on the armstrong chair at the bottom, 'cause I rode up with an instructor and his pupil earlier in the day. So apparently it's just Chair 2 that they don't allow it. As someone who had to wait in that line, I'm glad they didn't get to cut up front. However, this made me realize that I'd *never* take a private lesson at Alpental. If you can't skip the line on the chair that takes you to the best terrain on the mountain, you'll spend your whole lesson in the lift line.
P.S. The skiing was fantastic despite the crowds. Didn't bother with a TR 'cause I don't have any pics.