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Recommendations for "Never Ever" skiier's first season at Snowbasin

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My wife is learning to ski this season and has a season pass at Snowbasin. I'm a fairly advanced skier myself, but I'm not even contemplating teaching my wife to ski for all the obvious reasons. So my question is, what lesson program would you recommend for her? She is in her early 30s and moderately athletic. Initially I recommended that she start out with one or two 1/2 day private lessons and then switch to group lessons, but the cost of private lessons are making us think twice about that idea.

 

Are there lesson packages or the like in the area that she could take advantage of? Or at least never-ever group lessons that are run by highly qualified instructors? I'm well aware most ski schools assign their less experienced instructors to the beginner groups (nothing against them of course - these instructors mean well and try their best), so I'm thinking she might not get a lot out of those lessons.

 

PS: To anticipate the question - yes she has properly fitted boots, as well as the appropriate beginner/intermediate skis.

post #2 of 8

I think half-day group lessons work well.  You can chat with the instructor at the end of the lesson and get a list of things to work on.  The first day consider an all day lesson--with her athleticism she will do well.  After that first day, I like part of the day for instruction and part for practicing what was taught.  Maybe hold a tenner in your hand to give to the instructor as they're giving you that list of things to work on and things to avoid.  No list, no tip.

 

For other beginners reading this thread...always the most important equipment for beginners are boots that fit as well as possible and warm & dry gloves and hat/helmet.  The boots are critical for every skier.  They must be as small as possible without discomfort and buckled as tightly as possible without discomfort.  One pair of medium thickness socks only!  No long underwear or jeans tucked into the boots!  And the gloves and warm head--if you're cold nothing works right.  Intermediate and advanced skiers need boots that are more supportive than beginner boots, and the Ask the Boot Guys forum is your place to ask boot questions.

post #3 of 8

If you go up during off peak times on a weekday, there is a pretty good chance that a group lesson will be a private lesson or pretty close to it.  They used to offer a "never ever" program and probably still do.  If a weekday is not an option, a private lesson would probably do her some good for the second day and go from there. 

post #4 of 8

Perhaps 4ster will chime in here as he works at the Snowbasin Ski School.  I personally don't think that you get enough instruction in a group 1/2 day and the price is usually minimally more for an all day lesson.  As she gets more advanced then I think 1/2 days can be more effective.  Good call on not trying to teach her yourself!

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Did I hear my name?  Here is a great deal that Snowbasin is doing this year for new skiers.  I don't know if it is up on the Website yet, but here is the scoop:

 

Great deal for new Skiers at Snowbasin !!!
1st lesson $39 includes Little Cat chair lift pass and rentals
2nd lesson $49 includes Becker lift pass and rentals
3rd lesson $59 includes All area pass and rentals
4th lesson $150 ($200 for adults) 5 days of skiing
...After that A Free Seasons Pass !!!!! (after Feb, 1st)
All Lift Passes are for all day and have a 2 hour Lesson !!!!!!
More info at Snowbasin.com

 

JF

 

All our instructors are well trained wink.gif.

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Did I hear my name?  Here is a great deal that Snowbasin is doing this year for new skiers.  I don't know if it is up on the Website yet, but here is the scoop:

 

Great deal for new Skiers at Snowbasin !!!
1st lesson $39 includes Little Cat chair lift pass and rentals
2nd lesson $49 includes Becker lift pass and rentals
3rd lesson $59 includes All area pass and rentals
4th lesson $150 ($200 for adults) 5 days of skiing
...After that A Free Seasons Pass !!!!! (after Feb, 1st)
All Lift Passes are for all day and have a 2 hour Lesson !!!!!!
More info at Snowbasin.com

 

JF

 

All our instructors are well trained wink.gif.



I would just sign up just to get the season pass.

post #7 of 8

Awesome deal-go for it.   Most of us learned how to ski without private lessons and most of us turned out pretty well (skiers that is).

post #8 of 8

This is my first post here, but this thread caught my eye.  Wondering how your wife's lessons are going?  I learned (and am still learning) to ski at Snowbasin, and it holds a very special place in my heart.  Mine was a circuitous route - tried downhill, failed utterly, moved to XC, mastered that, and came back to downhill - and am loving it.  Phenomenal instructors at Snowbasin have taken me from a person who was terrified of the hill to one who is now eager and determined to get down a black run in decent form.

 

And the wonderful food on the mountain is icing on the cake!

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