[quote]Originally posted by teledave:
|Originally posted by Si:
[qb] If I KNEW that I would have another experience like these I would say sign me up, but I can't afford a 4 hr private either. I will say given the right time, place, and other circumstances I would sign up for another "Mountain Experience" type class.
Sounds like the kind of lesson every instructor dreams of teaching. In my own experience, most lessons were an hour or two with, if a group, usually including a student or two who didn't belong at that level thrown in by the supervisor so the SS would not have to add another instructor. If a private, there was usually the guy's 14 year old son, and maybe his friend, included because the SS had given them a great deal and convinced them that this would be a better value. Lots of fun trying to adrress the issues of level 4 while somehow giving shrift to an impatient arrogant, typical teenager, probably level 7, in an hour.
Seriously, what instructor doesn't want to ski, ski,ski with his students and see to it that they improve their skiing and have a great time? Usually you have a class of varying skill levels and interests and preferred learning styles that you somehow have to provide value to in a time frame that is barely sufficient to learn their names and get down the hill, nevermind accomplish anything significant.
Odds are that, at the average resort, if you sign up for an upper level lesson, you might get a virtual private since so few people take upper level lessons. Beware of the ski school trick of throwing say the person standing at the level 6 sign in with your level 9 class so they can save themselves the cost of an additional instructor. Some schools sell books of lesson tickets that you can use when you choose. Sometimes canny folks who have learned this game will purchase a book of tickets and show up at the meeting place at the appropriate time and look around at the other students, if any, and the imstructor and decide for themselves whether to use a lesson ticket for that particular lesson. This is probably the best approach I have heard of. For some reason fewer people take lessons in the afternoon, so probably the afternoon lesson is your best bet but you never can tell. One thing I could suggest is to be out going to your instructor in trying to express your enthusiasm for skiing. Most instructors do what they do for the love of it and you stand a good chance of engaging their passion for what they do and getting your best value from them if you can get across to them your own interest and receptivity early in the game.