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Utah Area Instructors?

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Thread Starter 
Hello. I'm going to be skiing the Wasatch area from 1/8 to 1/13 and was wondering if there was a particular place to go that is best for lessons or if anyone here can refer me to a reputable instructor. My skiing ability is intermediate - becoming much more comfortable on most blues and seeking to learn how to properly use my edges to turn instead of try to muscle through and skid as much as I do. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!
post #2 of 16
Welcome VASKI! If you check out the Epicski Instructor Listing scroll down to Utah and check out Ydnar. He was my husband's instructor at last year's academy,and he is quite awesome.
post #3 of 16
I'm sure you'll get alot of advice from the SLC locals but I'll chime in with my recommendation. I'd seek out Ydnar, who posts on this forum and instructs at Deer Valley. Shoot him a pm and I'm sure he'll take good care of you and you will not be disappointed you did. If you do a search under his name in the instruction forum you'll see what I mean. His knowledge and passion for teaching is, in my opinion, hard to beat. I know when I finally get out there, I'll be looking him up.
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Coach, great minds think alike and at the same time! [img]smile.gif[/img]
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Originally posted by Lisamarie:
Coach, great minds think alike and at the same time! [img]smile.gif[/img]
You're too funny, I was just going to post the same thing....again.
post #6 of 16
Thread Starter 
Thank you Lisamarie and Coach! I will definitely look Ydnar up. Seeing as this will likely be the first place I hit the slopes, might be a great start to a week of skiing!
post #7 of 16
At Brighton, look for Carolyn (also posts here and Part of this year's ESA)
At Alta look up Mark Quaintance or Scott Mathers,

At Snowbird, look for Rob Sogard (SP?)

At the Canyons, look for Lyle Stewart
post #8 of 16
Thread Starter 
Thank you dchan, good stuff. I know I'll visit several of those areas.
post #9 of 16

I work in Alta's Ski School. My Schedule is pretty full for the days you are going to be here. Shoot me an e-mail and I'll see if I can make some recomendations based on what you want to do/learning style/how hard you want to be pushed etc.


post #10 of 16

My fiancee and I are still raving about the great lessons we had at Alta just before the holidays. Out of all the places we could've gone, we chose Alta for the instruction and our only regret was getting on the plane to come home. I'm sure Lonnie will have good recommendations for you based on your goals out there - but for what it's worth - I had two days of great intermediate lessons from Steve Butterworth at Alta - and had the pleasure to ski with Arthur Haskell at Alta as well, another instructor there who worked with my fiancee. Both very highly recommended. If you make it out there, say hi from Steve and Vava. Good luck, and make sure you post on how it went!

[ January 06, 2004, 01:20 PM: Message edited by: Tigerpaw ]
post #11 of 16
Randy at Deer Valley is really good. I personaly like his teaching style. He gets right to the problem and in his relaxed easy teaching manor, has you skiing better at the end of the day.
Another Instrutor that I really like is Gene Guitery ( i think I spelled his last name right.) At Park City Mountain Resort has has been named two times as one of the Top 100 Ski Instrutors in The US.
post #12 of 16
Robert "Bob" Radke at Deer Valley is also good. But having heard such glowing reports on Randy (Ydnar), and given the quality of his posts here, look him up first.

[ January 06, 2004, 02:23 PM: Message edited by: ryan ]
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I was out at Snowbird last month, and found Grayson to be one the best instructors I've ever had the pleasure of learning from. He analyzed each skier, and gave specific drills to each skier to help with their weaknesses. It was a race training clinic, but I'm sure he'd be awesome for any level. Check with the mountain for his availability.
post #14 of 16
CM is also a great instructor
post #15 of 16
A quick note - there are (at least) two Randys at Deer Valley - make sure that you specify which one (not to denigrate one or the other of course).
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Rockgrunt , Thanks for the good word - I would like to say that the NBS group I had the pleasure of coaching had to be some of most energetic people I have skied with in a long time. I too had a great week of skiing and racing. Rockgrunt what is your alias ? Peace and Powder Grayson
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