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Private Ski Lessons Thredbo

Discussion in 'Thredbo' started by Agnieszka, Mar 21, 2021.

  1. Agnieszka

    Agnieszka First Runs

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    How much should I expect to pay for private ski lessons in Thredbo? Any recommendations? I can't seem to find much about lesson pricing online.

    Thanks!
     
  2. telecrag

    telecrag Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Been a while since I had one, and I split it with a friend, I think it was getting towards the $300hr all up.

    @dawooduck ?
     
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    gareth_oau Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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  4. zac150

    zac150 A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    @dawooduck will give exacts but I thought we paid around $360 last year and that was for a few hours, I split it with @DidSurfNowSki and my wife. Point is I think you can have up to three in a lesson at no extra cost.
     
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  5. Sbooker

    Sbooker One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    I'm interested in having a lesson or two but having never had one in my life I'm concerned to pay big $$$$ for the instructor to say (or even privately think) "yikes - there's nothing I can do with that". I'm afraid it would be a big waste of money.
     
  6. zac150

    zac150 A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    I have never had a lesson I haven’t picked something up from, even as a tele skier doing an alpine lesson with the plus 1 and Zacette!

    you will get a lot out of the lesson! Even if you have formed some bad habits a good instructor will be able to provide some correction especially if your open minded.
     
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  7. currawong

    currawong Old but not so Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    I'd have a proviso that I had some say in who the instructor was, but otherwise agree
     
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  8. dawooduck

    dawooduck relaxed and comfortable Ski Pass: Gold

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    @Agnieszka

    2020 prices where:

    Private Lessons* Maximum of 3 People**
    2 Hour at 9:30am $345
    2 Hour at 11:30am $315
    2 Hour at 2:00pm $275
    3 Hour AM $495
    3 Hour PM $459
    6 Hour at 9:30am $835
    7 Hour at 8:30am $945

    2021 prices not yet released but the above gives a good idea of pricing. Individual privates are well worth it across all skill groups. Three hour privates for skiers allow a lot of skill consolidation and enhanced opportunity to explore more of the mountain. Same applies to beginner level where 3 hour privates allow some rest and theory discussion and if all goes well, maybe even a chairlift ride on Friday Flat.

    Any questions send me a PM, only too happy to assist.
     
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  9. zac150

    zac150 A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    2 hours at 2pm was good value
     
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  10. LMB

    LMB Old but definitely not Crusty! Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Won’t happen.

    Let them know at the time of booking what level you’re at and what you are after. It sometimes is worth requesting a higher qualified instructor, just to make sure.

    If you’re a skiGod there is bound to be a tune up or two, or a new skill/trick to be taught and you’ll have a brilliant time spending your 2-3 hrs blasting with a great skier. Whenever I’ve booked an advanced lesson to work on speed or neat carves etc the instructor is so deliriously happy to be charging for charging IYKWIM that the happiness is contagious and everyone has a good time.

    As for “ can’t do anything with that” meaning poor technique...? That’s the daily bread and butter. If they can’t see the issues and offer fairly easy fixes for them that will make massive differences to you the they’re in the wrong job!
     
  11. Billy_Buttons

    Billy_Buttons Que Sera, Sera Ski Pass: Gold

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    Even if you think you don't need a lesson. A private between 2-3 people is so much fun and exploration....AND...you get to legally queue jump! :thumbs:
     
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  12. LMB

    LMB Old but definitely not Crusty! Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    ...I’ve booked with a mate as a queue acceleration device... <hangs head in shame>
     
  13. currawong

    currawong Old but not so Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Telling the instructor what you want to improve is good, but you also need to be open to what they think you need to work on. If a basic flaw will stop you progressing, then you might need to work on that before you can improve the aspect you are most interested in.

    Another aspect is that the instructor needs good communication skills. This isn't such a big deal these days, and if covid doesn't allow international instructors then it's possibly a non issue now. I've had some excellent instructors with poor english, but with the price of private lessons I'd be choosing someone who has fluent english. There are exceptions, like race training
     
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  14. Jonathan_P

    Jonathan_P One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Last year I spent $2.5k for 9 private lessons for an almost 4 year old.

    Came away thinking I got good value:)

    Miss now 4, got to explore the mountain, I have done a fair few private lessons myself.

    You won’t regret it! I never have!

    Only the Bank manager has some concerns about my lesson expenditure.
     
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  15. Sbooker

    Sbooker One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    My wife and kids and myself all are ‘home grown’ skiers. If there is a technique it’s accidental because we’ve never learned any technique.
    I wouldn’t have a clue what level we are. Myself and the kids can get down (and mostly enjoy) most inbounds runs. Maybe my daughter is more stylish than me and my lad. He is certainly a much faster skier than her though.
    My wife is more timid and can ski the single black trails here and overseas but doesn’t enjoy ungroomed steeper runs as much as me and the kids.
    I might have to hit up @dawooduck if he’s at Thredbo this season. I would be sure not to ruin his day by mentioning our revered PM.:D
     
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  16. Sbooker

    Sbooker One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    I know we need lessons. I just don’t know that a two hour lesson will make any difference if we need to start at the start due to no technique.
    I like the idea of getting a tour of the hill and seeing bits we wouldn’t usually see though.
     
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  17. Billy_Buttons

    Billy_Buttons Que Sera, Sera Ski Pass: Gold

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    Book a group lesson if you are that green to start with, then polish off with a private.
     
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    linked_recoveries One of Us

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    In my experience progress tends to come in steps, and those steps are often a state of mind. You learn, you plateau for a while, then you figure something out and you get better.

    For me there were several next steps: working with the hill rather than against it (lesson in Niseko from a Welshman, go figure), using gravity rather than fighting it (lots of reading), making a turn to gain speed rather than shed it (more reading). Technically I've been getting better through all of the above, including adapting my technique to work with my next progressive thought, but I feel I've really progressed in a series of steps rather than a continuous gradient.

    Taking a lesson gives you the maximum chance of making that next step. They're not cheap, and I've paid some very good money for several crap lessons that brought nothing (other than several lovey laps of the hill for the instructor) but if you're intent on improving as a skier they're you're best bet.

    Oh, and some of the very best skiers I know take an annual lesson. The best golfer, tennis player, CEO, chess player, bricklayer (for all I know) and skier has a mentor and a coach. So how is it that we wonder why we're not getting better?

    I definitely need another lesson this year.
     
  19. LMB

    LMB Old but definitely not Crusty! Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    He is.
    And I think he would have you polished up and working on your individual areas of interest over a 2-3hr period. I’m sure he would enjoy a private with a forumite also :thumbs:
    You won’t regret it.
     
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    LMB Old but definitely not Crusty! Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    And your instructors do constant training and skill improvement mentored by their trainers ... there is always something to work on.
     
  21. currawong

    currawong Old but not so Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    If you are self taught, the chances are that you will have some basic flaws that will hold you back until you correct them.
     
  22. Donzah

    Donzah Formerly know as Aldi whorehouse. Ski Pass: Gold

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    You guys would profit from going to Furano and getting a lesson from that school.
    * just cause its affordable
     
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  23. Billy_Buttons

    Billy_Buttons Que Sera, Sera Ski Pass: Gold

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    Skinny skis and moguls were just nigh impossible! :whistle:
     
  24. dawooduck

    dawooduck relaxed and comfortable Ski Pass: Gold

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    @Sbooker send me a PM and I promise you my repartee is varied, interesting and bear pit free. We can do whole family skis together or any mix in between :thumbs::)

    You may be amazed at what can be achieved in two hours, if not a good improvement then certainly a better understanding on how to self improve. Interesting mountain tours a specialty. :cool:
     
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  25. CarveMan

    CarveMan Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    dwd is absolutely the way to go. We haven’t skied together a lot, but we’ve skied in quite a few varied places and whenever we’ve met up it’s been superb.
     
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  26. dawooduck

    dawooduck relaxed and comfortable Ski Pass: Gold

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    Aw shucks .... we met in Chamonix over pizza and finished with Limoncello in Courmayeur with a little skiing in between and I am sorry I poached your hidden tree line that one time in Buller :D:cool:

    We must do some skiing again soon :thumbs:
     
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  27. Donzah

    Donzah Formerly know as Aldi whorehouse. Ski Pass: Gold

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    That's why I love snowboarding and Candide
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    He's a better snowboarder ;)
     
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  28. Donzah

    Donzah Formerly know as Aldi whorehouse. Ski Pass: Gold

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    No Mizuno suit. No want
     
  29. crackson

    crackson Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    Who is Candide's instructor?
     
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    Donzah Formerly know as Aldi whorehouse. Ski Pass: Gold

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    crackson Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    Seriously though, focus your observational skills to empower progression for free.

    As in, deliberately focus on the way patrollers, instructors and advanced people ski by observation and block out watching as many bad ones as possible. It really helps.

    Both your conscious and subconscious will make fundamental leaps in technique if you can let all the tourists become a blur.
     
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    CarveMan Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    And that day in Leatherbarrel is my most liked Insta pic ever.
     
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  33. Donzah

    Donzah Formerly know as Aldi whorehouse. Ski Pass: Gold

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    Thanks Tony Robbins
     
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  34. Billy_Buttons

    Billy_Buttons Que Sera, Sera Ski Pass: Gold

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    Every lift ride, that is what I have done from a child to this very day! Watch and learn.
     
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    dawooduck relaxed and comfortable Ski Pass: Gold

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    That was a very good day :thumbs: .... alpine

    I recall a pow day at Thredbo as well, a bit sharky but nice and fresh
     
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  36. dawooduck

    dawooduck relaxed and comfortable Ski Pass: Gold

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    There is much truth in that but ..... choose your patroller models wisely :D
     
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    linked_recoveries One of Us

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    Follow very good skiers and pay attention to what they're doing, where they ski and their movements. The only trouble is usually to keep up.
     
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    Billy_Buttons Que Sera, Sera Ski Pass: Gold

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    Ramshead was great to watch them cool dudes down Cannonball. If only! LOL
     
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    dawooduck relaxed and comfortable Ski Pass: Gold

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    Go as slow as you can whilst maintaining form, its harderer :eek:
     
  40. crackson

    crackson Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    Your brothers helped me a lot with stuff like that. The power of observation, I was using already, but they taught me to focus on patrollers.
     
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    Billy_Buttons Que Sera, Sera Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yeah, stemming down the Bluff with a banana boat. LOL
     
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    linked_recoveries One of Us

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    True.
     
  43. dawooduck

    dawooduck relaxed and comfortable Ski Pass: Gold

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    Function is functional
    Form is formative
    Form + Function = Moguls
     
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    crackson Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    You could skip lessons and just read bawbawbels comprehensive ski instruction thread.
     
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    "Form + function + moguls" often ends up looking a lot like this.
     
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    currawong Old but not so Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Unless you want to perfect "brutal but effective"
     
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    Billy_Buttons Que Sera, Sera Ski Pass: Gold

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    skull One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    We did similar with our kids due to the programs being canceled. The progress that both showed was impressive.

    The kids are both at different ability levels so we ended up having them in separate lessons.
     
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