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Blue Cow $99 8:30AM Private Lesson (2 hour) - what's the catch?

Discussion in 'Perisher' started by Pete Holden, Aug 18, 2019.

  1. parkmonkey

    parkmonkey Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    I only ever took 1 snowboard lesson when i was a kid then ended up teaching it, my little brother same and he ended up with a board sponsor. I went from snowboarding back to skiing as there was a lot more work skiing because skiers take lessons snowboarders don't. I would think there would be 4 ski instructors to every 1 snowboard instructor in ski school
     
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  2. Tonester

    Tonester Lift Line Nazi Ski Pass: Gold

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    To me, skiing is as much about aspiring to technical precision and improvement as it is to have fun. I think that's what keeps me hungry to ski....knowing there is always something to work on or improve. I always have a little something to work on while I'm skiing. Never gets boring
     
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  3. cold wombat

    cold wombat Twitter Contributer Social Media Mod Ski Pass: Gold

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    So much this.
     
  4. Pete Holden

    Pete Holden Early Days

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    Just an update Perisher agreed to change to the Blue Cow special and waived the fee as a gesture of goodwill.
     
  5. southpaw

    southpaw One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Pleased to hear that. I’ve had to make a few changes this season and found Perisher very accomodating, it’s easy to complain about the resort but it’s good also to give them credit when it’s due.
    Look forward to hearing how the discount lessons go.
     
  6. cold wombat

    cold wombat Twitter Contributer Social Media Mod Ski Pass: Gold

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    In my experience Perisher are usually pretty good at earning good will when it counts.
     
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  7. Pete Holden

    Pete Holden Early Days

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    Happy to report that I've gone from a snow plougher at the start of the ski lessons to carving gentle sloping, wide areas like Pleasant Valley.

    Parallel/carving (or at least I think I'm carving lol) kind of clicked on the afternoon of the second day.

    Booked 4 lessons, but had to cancel the last one as I was heavily fatigued and didn't want to risk injury. I didn't ski at all on the last day of the 4 day ski trip. Was fully knackered. I did ski pretty much 8:30 to 4ish on days 1 to 3.

    The instructors didn't teach parallels per se, but gave me drills and tools to get there. Particularly foot lifting exercises of the supporting leg really helped me go from pizza to french fries. From there I just picked up more speed on long hills and sort of worked out carving.

    Still have a lot to learn obviously. Particularly on the afternoon of the last day, i was working on doing more parallels on narrower corridors.

    The instructors right off the bat will take you from carpet to early starter to guthega to pleasant valley to roller coaster, etc after initially asking you what you did the prior day and showing them what you already can do. They will really push you and take you out of your comfort zone, which gives you confidence for the next day of lessons.
     
  8. silva

    silva One of Us

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    Sounds like it all worked out. Great news on your huge improvement. Its a shame you had to miss the last day - next time you know to make day 3 a half day.
     
  9. Annabuzzy

    Annabuzzy Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    Sorry I just need to say people reading this, they should ignore this post. It’s bad advice. The best and quickest way for the vast majority of people to get better more quickly is to do lessons.
     
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  10. cold wombat

    cold wombat Twitter Contributer Social Media Mod Ski Pass: Gold

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    It has to be one of the worst pieces of advice I have seen posted to these forums. Ever.
     
  11. southpaw

    southpaw One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Good to hear it worked out so well. We had a couple of absolute beginners with us this trip and who after two days of lessons were thrilled with the progress they’ve made. It goes to show it’s possible to get reasonably competent on easy runs quite quickly as long as you invest a bit in lessons. Personally I like to get at least one or two lessons each season as find i regress between the end of one season and the start of the next.
     
  12. Pete Holden

    Pete Holden Early Days

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    I think 2 days on and 1 day off should work for me.

    I've contemplated going back this weekend or sneaking in a weekend in September, but I've decided I'll save the money on Perisher lifts and accommodation for a Japanese trip next year instead.

    I only have 4 days collective ski days so far. But at my age (I'm just about to turn 40), I think rest is essential.

    My plan is to book a 2 week ski holiday to Rusutsu or Niseko in January. I know I'm only a beginner, but **** it, there's more to Japan than skiing if my knees don't cooperate.

    2 weeks ski holiday is about 10 days of skiing and 4 days rest if I stick to my plan of 2 days on, 1 day off. In days, that's 2ski,1rest,2ski,1rest,2ski,1rest,2ski,1rest,2ski=14 days.

    Hopefully I learn to ski POW at some point in my planned January trip. If I don't, that's ok. I'm patient and give myself 2 decades to learn it :).

    My priority right now is to get stronger. I'll give myself from today til end of December to get fit. I really feel lucky I didn't get injured in Perisher given my bad knees and ankles.

    Anyway, my "skiing life" plan at the moment is to ski a week in Perisher during the winter and a week or two in Japan during the summer for the next few years. And maybe US or Europe instead of Japan in some years, if finances permit. Hopefully, my body cooperates.
     
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  13. cold wombat

    cold wombat Twitter Contributer Social Media Mod Ski Pass: Gold

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    Hooked, good and proper!

    :)
     
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  14. Skiing Gus

    Skiing Gus Hard Yards

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    I reckon I got your cancellation! I had a good morning working on improving my turns in my first lesson in 6-7 years!
     
  15. MarzNC

    MarzNC One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    You might give the Bumps for Boomers fitness self-evaluation a try. Their series of videos about ski conditioning can be a good place to start.

    https://www.bumpsforboomers.com/ski-fitness/self-test-fitness-screening/



    How is your 1-leg balance?
     
  16. DidSurfNowSki

    DidSurfNowSki One of them Ski Pass: Gold

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    I'm late to this thread.

    What's the difference between a snowboarder and their instructor ?

    :evil:
     
  17. Marty_McSly

    Marty_McSly Backwards to the future! Ski Pass: Gold

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    What time is it?