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Ski instructors usually work for the resort they teach at. The normal process for taking group lessons is to go to the resort and buy a lesson either at the main ticket window or at the ski school "desk" somewhere in the main lodge or rental building. They will tell you where and when lessons meet. When you show up at the meeting area, there will be separate meeting sections for different level lessons. If you don't know which level group you should be in, a supervisor will help you decide. For group lessons, you don't get to choose your instructor.
Private lessons are much more expensive than group lessons. You usually must arrange for a private lesson only through the ski school desk. For a private lesson, you may request a specific instructor. If you don't know which instructor you want, you may request one by describing attributes like age, sex, certification, specialty (e.g. beginners, racing, moguls), language preference, hair color, etc. In Canada, instructor certifications range from 1-4. A higher certification is generally better (especially 3 or 4), but not a guarantee of a great lesson. Many people who book private lessons don't request a specific instructor. If you do have an instructor in mind, it's best to call the resort before you arrive to arrange for that instructor. The most popular instructors may be fully booked for weeks or months in advance at some resorts. Be aware that most resorts will pay their instructors more if they are requested by name for a private lesson.
If you want to make sure that you get a good instructor (especially one that will be good for you), but you don't know any, how do you find them? EpicSki is one way you can do this. We have an instructor listing
for instructors who are also active participants and supporter of EpicSki. We don't have a lot of Canadian instructors on that list, but we do happen to have one who works at Blue. He is jdistefa
on EpicSki or better known as Matt DiStefano (here's his instructor listing entry
) at Blue. Matt specializes in race coaching, so he may not teach the kind of lesson you need. But you can try asking him for a recommendation if he does not. Send him a private message to get the conversation going. One nice part of EpicSki is that you may be able to find an instructor directly on EpicSki and get to know them through their posting history. We also have several regular skiers from Eastern Canada. They may be able to give you a recommendation from personal experience or reputation. It's kind of slow here in the summer, so it may take a while. Check this thread occasionally and you're bound to get a couple of leads that way.
Some people will find their instructors by watching other lessons out on the slopes. Lesson groups are pretty easy to spot on the mountain. Discreetly watch some until you spot an instructor that you like, then catch up with him or her at the lift and ask for their name. Some people will start taking group lessons until they find an instructor they like, then move up to privates to make sure they get their favorite pro every time.
Again, welcome to EpicSki and also welcome to the sport of skiing. We're here to share our life long passion for the sport and we're glad to have your company. At EpicSki, you'll find an avalanche of information to help you enjoy the sport to the fullest.