I'll be heading out to Steamboat for the first time next week. We have 5 days of lift tix and I'm very excited. As a bonus, we are going to have a local/mtn employee we know skiing with us a couple days too so I'm sure to see the best SB has to offer.
I'm a lifelong boarder and have skied intermittently. I prefer to ride and can hit any runs with confidence. On skis, I'm comfortable on on east coast blues/most blacks but I'll be the first to admit I probably don't look that great doing it and am not as efficient as i could be. (probably a 5-6 on the ability scale)
I'm bringing both my board and skis and am considering a private ski lesson on one of the first 2 days to work on my skiing especially since I will be with skiers who don't share my desire to do both and may want to ski a full day with them and not hold them back.
All that said I have a few questions.
1) Given my situation can any of you recommend a good private instructor to request?
2) I'm worried that it will dump snow on my lesson day and I'll have wished I was hitting the trees and chutes on my board instead of working on pole plants on a blue run. I'm likely willing to pay the the "day of" premium price to avoid this but my concern is that they may not have instructors if i don't make a reservation. Can anyone offer advice?
3) Lastly, I've never taken lessons before (though some of my friends are instructors). Is there anything I should know/prep for? I don't have/use a helmet (Yes, I know I should...maybe next year.); that won't be a big deal will it?
Thanks and if you have any other tips let me know.
I just saw this post. I hope it's not too late to help you out.
1. We have a lot of great instructors. Many of them are active on this site. Our ticket office can help you book the right pro for your needs.
2. We very, very rarely sell out of lessons. Today was one of our busier days and we still have avaialablity. But more important, I'm sure we can get you into good terrain if it does dump while you're in your lesson.
3. Just be well rested and have an idea of what you are after as far as ski performance. What do you want to be able to make the ski do. We require helmets on students under 17. Adults can make that call for themselves, but we do recommend the use of an approve snowport helmet.