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which lesson to take?

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 
First time skiing out west, haven't taken a lesson in years. We'll be at Loveland on Sunday and thought it'd be a good idea to brush up and a good way to start off the week. We'll be taking a 2 1/2 hr group class. I'm about a level 7+ (on the east coast), my husband about an 8. At Loveland, a level 7 lesson puts you in the valley, an 8 puts you in the basin. Which level should we lesson at? Should we drop back a level, and fine tune our existing skills on the trails, since it's our first day out west? or should we up a level and challenge/learn new skills on the open bowls, mainly since we've never skiied above treeline before? Keep in mind that this is our first time out west, therefore, the type of snow, terrain and altitude will be different from what we're used to. :
post #2 of 8

The snow will be better here in the west than you ever skied before, and I’m sure you will be more relaxed on it. So get up early the first day and go take a few runs before your lesson starts. Then go to your lesson and take the level that you feel you’re at. Don’t hold back, go for it! [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img] ---------Wigs
post #3 of 8
Marta- Just remember that you will be at considerably higher altitude than back in Joisey- if you are not spending a day in Denver first, you will need some extra time to acclimate, so your first day may be more tiring than you would think. The top of the bowls at Loveland is over 12,000 ft. Drink lots of fluids (without alcohol or caffeine), take it easy on the first day, and have fun!
post #4 of 8
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We will be spending 2 nights in Boulder before heading out. Don't worry, already slogging down tons of water...
post #5 of 8

I think our own Rusty Guy teaches at least one day a week at Loveland. You might PM him and see if he's available that day!

Have fun!
post #6 of 8

I'm a part time instructor at Loveland. I'm glad to hear that you're coming to Loveland for your first western ski experience. At your levels in a group lesson you would definitely be able to go to the Basin. Upper level privates usually originate at the Basin, but all group lessons normally meet at the Valley. Upper level classes can then take the 5 minute shuttle ride to the Basin where there is a greater variety of terrain. If you are lucky, you and your husband might be a group of 2 because there aren't too many students at your level.

Loveland's snow is great, and you will certainly have the opportunity to try out some above timberline skiing on groomed and ungroomed. Maybe even some fresh powder, or at least some not so fresh. If you like bumps, they're nice and soft this time of year. Tell your instructor where you want to go on the mountain and he or she will take you there. I'm working Sunday, so depending upon where I'm assigned, maybe I'll see you at the lesson meeting area. Enjoy your week. Hope you have a great time.

post #7 of 8
Marta, although western mountains may be more challenging in terms of size and steepness, they are usually more skiable than in the east. I actually get placed in a higher group level in the west than I do in NE.
But more important:
HAVE FUN!!!!! [img]smile.gif[/img]
post #8 of 8
Thread Starter 
Wouldn't that be nice if it were just the 2 of us in the class Jim - we'll look out for you - we plan to take the morning class...

[ March 13, 2003, 09:14 AM: Message edited by: marta ]
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