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Advice needed Recommend me a Falls instructor as I 'relearn' to ski

Discussion in 'Falls Creek' started by Towie97, Aug 1, 2015.

  1. Towie97

    Towie97 Hard Yards

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    Hi all, heading off for our big first family ski trip shortly. :woohoo:

    First order of business when I arrive is a couple of private lessons (rest of the family in ski school).
    I understand that when I book I can request a preferred instructor, so I'm looking for any advice people can offer.

    Here's my situation:
    I skied fairly regularly as a teenager (early 90's) and then worked the lifts. I reckon I picked up bad habits from working as I had very little free time to ski, and when getting to and from the lifts there was a 'penalty' for falling over in uniform (buying drinks at The Man :)) so the focus was on staying upright rather than good form. Since then I've only been on a handful of ski trips, and probably not skied in more than a decade.

    I am/was a confident intermediate skier, although I always enjoyed tucking and gunning it with a few wide turns more so than technical stuff and certainly hated moguls. With group lessons I got as far as 'stem christies' but never really got the point of them. I understand they are no longer taught much now anyway with the focus on carving...?

    So I want to start the trip with lessons that help me learn the 'new style' of skiing and stop me dropping into the bad habits that would be at the back of my brain.
    Cheers all :cheers:

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  2. Seth

    Seth Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    Ask for rover. They'll know who that is.
     
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    gettingtooold One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    I'd suggest spending an hour or two getting your legs and balance back. It does return quickly. Then go for the lesson.
     
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  4. currawong

    currawong Old but not so Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Maybe just pay for 1 private lesson at first and discuss with the instructor whether to do group or private after that.

    Private is great and I'm quick to recommend in some situations.however, reading what you said about your skill level I'm thinking that daily group lessons may offer you a fair bit still and be good value for you - probably better than just 2 privates. of course if money is no object, then daily private lessons....
     
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    cold wombat Twitter Contributer Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    As a 'once a year' type skier, I still value group lessons. If my fitness was higher and I could devote more time to drills I'd do private for sure. Having said that, the most productive lesson Wombette ever had was a group lesson that turned into a private when she was the only one to turn up.
     
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    Apresski Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    Rover is the guy I always tried to get for my kids.
     
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    gettingtooold One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    You also might get lucky and book a group lesson with with very few in it.
     
  8. Towie97

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    Haha if it wasn't for Apresski making the same recommendation I was sure you were setting me up for an inside joke! I'd better not ask for Fido by mistake. :)
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    I have every confidence that I'll be able to click in and almost immediately go back to how I used to ski. Just like riding a bike.
    What I'm hoping to do is to start afresh as I adjust to shorter skis etc.
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    Definitely was thinking the same thing, thanks.
    Group lessons are still on the cards too.
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  11. Towie97

    Towie97 Hard Yards

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    So it sounds as though Rover is the only known quantity among the congregation here?
    Makes for an easy decision.
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    It's a bit like not giving away the lesser known runs that hide fresh snow. The best instructors are hard to book. Why make it even harder by broadcasting how good they are.
     
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    Conners One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    I think 'best' is subjective, if you hit it off style wise then you can get a lot out of the experience very quickly.
    Jack (English) is pretty popular these days as I understand it (mate of a mate)
    SIL had a private and came away happy FWIW
     
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    What if I promise to stay off Scotty's? :)
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    I think that is the key. I'm looking for a coaching style & I learn in a fairly cerebral manner - I wouldn't be disappointed if the first thing the instructor did was sat down for 10mins to discuss theory and understand my background.
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    Slushii Mostly missing in action... Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yep - Rover (aka Brett). I've booked him for a couple of private lessons this coming weekend :D.