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post #31 of 46
 I like skiing with bears and will be happy to ski a few runs with you if my work/training schedule allows.  If you are strong skiers I might even show you some cool stuff, but I must warn you that I have "bent" a few bears in the past.  Sorry Kawo, TOV, and Sleeper.
post #32 of 46
We are skiing February 11th - February 14th with one of the 4 days at Jackson. I think it would be really neat to ski a run with a local(as long as it doesn't involve Corbett's or similar. I think my sons would follow, but not sure I would survive.
post #33 of 46
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TPJ, I'd consider myself a level 8 per the JH website assessment.  There is 1 other skier in my group that is slightly better than me, and 1-2 that are slightly below.  Outside of that, the rest of the group rarely goes off piste (probably level 6) and I typically only ski with them for a few runs each day because I like to explore the whole mountain and improve my off-piste skills.  My personal boundary is runs with mandatory air and cliffs though, that gets me uncomfortable.  I can ski powder but it's not always pretty.  I grew up an east coast skiier and this will only be my 5th trip out west.

I'm also considering a lesson for the first time in a while during this trip.  Do you teach the advanced lessons?  It looks like there is only a full day lesson option at this level, is that accurate?
post #34 of 46
 My "everyday" assignment is Adult Uppers.  This mean I teach groups of level 7-9 skiers, max group size of 4.  There is a half day option for group lessons, but I think there is only a $10 difference between the full and half day rates in group lessons.  This is because the Ski School would rather sell full day lessons.  It is easier managerially and is a more effective lesson format IMO.  I have experience teaching all levels and am available for private bookings.  If you have four people of roughly the same level that would like to ski together, the private option costs about the same and offers more flexibility and the ability to choose your instructor.  You could request me for a group lesson and that request would probably be honored, but it is not assured.  A private lesson also has the option to add an early tram for a small up charge.  This can be absolutely awesome on a powder day.  All day private lessons start at 9:00 when the lifts open.  Group lessons meet at 9:45 and skiing in the groups generally begins, for real, around 10:15.  So private lessons are effectively at least an hour longer than groups.  On a powder day that first hour of skiing and cutting lines is critical.  

BTW level 8 is my favorite lesson to teach and I could show you and your group some things I am quite sure you won't find on your own.  
post #35 of 46
Thread Starter 
Looks like we may sign up for a private lesson after all, think I have 4 people.  I'll find out for sure tomorrow.
post #36 of 46
PSJ32000 -- request TPJ!!! do yourself a huge huge favor ... some of the stuff he might show you might be worth keeping to yourselves :)

Looks like i might get up to Elk this weekend for my first trip on skis (pending DR approval today) since i was out in Jackson. Even though its my most favorite place to ski relatively close to home (Philly) its going to be a sad day!

I miss JH!
post #37 of 46
Second the thought that Apre Vous and Casper are fine places for newer skiers. Casper has a nice restaurant where everyone can meet for lunch.

When leaving the Casper area and going back to the village, newer skiers should  take the traverse to Apres Vous and descend from there. Sundance Gully can be a little unfriendly due to traffic and hard snow.

I miss Jackson. Only 50 weeks till next year.
post #38 of 46
Thread Starter 
The time has finally come!!  I'm off to the airport in less than 12 hours.  We booked a lesson with TPJ, looking forward to that.  Also getting rentals at Teton Village Sports so perhaps we'll meet the one and only Bob Peters there.  Keep the snow coming for us!
post #39 of 46
Give me a shout!
post #40 of 46
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The time has finally come!!  I'm off to the airport in less than 12 hours.  We booked a lesson with TPJ, looking forward to that.  Also getting rentals at Teton Village Sports so perhaps we'll meet the one and only Bob Peters there.  Keep the snow coming for us!
Just to clarify, I don't work at TVS. I'm just the on-mountain rep for Head skis and so I work WITH them quite a bit.

Sunshine and blue skies today.  Looks like fairly cold and clear weather until later in the week and then nothing much on the horizon.  It's great skiing but not looking much like powder turns this week.  Corbet's still closed.

I'll be gone from tomorrow (Tuesday afternoon) until Friday morning.  I'll be on my way to Snowbasin to try out great big fat powder skis on the groomers and tracked-out stuff.
post #41 of 46
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The time has finally come!!  I'm off to the airport in less than 12 hours.  We booked a lesson with TPJ, looking forward to that.  Also getting rentals at Teton Village Sports so perhaps we'll meet the one and only Bob Peters there.  Keep the snow coming for us!
 

Have a great time, and leave a few untracked for me, as I'll be there in two weeks!


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post #42 of 46
At higher elevations, conditions were beautiful. From a first timer point of view: these February days can be springy and beautiful. Don't overdress as it warms quickly in the afternoon.
post #43 of 46
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At higher elevations, conditions were beautiful. From a first timer point of view: these February days can be springy and beautiful. Don't overdress as it warms quickly in the afternoon.
You weren't kidding.  Had to de-layer a bit today due to warmth but the visibility and sunshine were nice.  Picturesque to say the least.  Snow conditions could have been better though, some icy patches and hard snow overall.  Hope it softens up a bit for us over the next 2 days.

Have a full day lesson with TPJ tomorrow, may be able to meet you Tues or in the village tomorrow.  What's the best way to get in touch?
post #44 of 46
 I am just sitting here reading this thread completely daydreaming. Leaving in 4 days!!! Not much work is going to get done this week.
post #45 of 46
will be at JH  12-10 of feb
more than happy to have few turns together
post #46 of 46
Thread Starter 
Another bluebird day today, and it was a great one spent with TPJ.  He managed to find the softer snow for us and we had a great full day lesson.  Only one more day left here and I miss it already.  Small world SimpleMind, my group is from the ATX too.
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