Originally Posted by lonewolf210
Originally Posted by habacomike
The secret to Breck? The unlimited lesson pass. Your ticket to lift lines that approximate Copper's.
^^ how does this work? Do you have to be with the lesson group or do u just get a ski school ticket
and then ski on your own and not have to be in lines?
The former. If you have some form of season pass, you can get an unlimited lesson "rider" for it. The unlimited lesson pass costs about the same as two lessons. "Unlimited" is a misnomer - it's Thursday through Sunday excluding blackout days. Once you have all this set up, you pick up a lift ticket in the morning and line up at 9:45 for the lesson. Lessons go all the way from never-ever to some fairly tough terrain, but yes, you will be skiing with a group and an instructor, and you may or may not like the pace or terrain choices of the rest of the group, and you'll be limited by the ability of the weakest skier in the group.
I like it because:
* I still want pointers
* I like skiing with a group of people whose abilities roughly match my own
* I like having a "tour guide" to show me all the best spots on the mountain
Sometimes I do get into a group that's slower than I want to go, or doesn't hit the terrain I want to do, etc. One of the nice things about the pass is that you have the opportunity to get to know the different instructors, students, etc, and can often get a pretty good read on the class ahead of time, and choose accordingly. And since you can attend so many lessons, if any given one isn't as great as you'd like, at least you didn't pay the full price of the lesson.