Ski and Ride Lessons: A Great Thing!

“Lessons are too expensive.”

“I’m not a beginner anymore.”

“I can teach my own kids how to ski.”

There are a myriad of reasons people have for not signing ski or ride lessons, but taking a lesson can be the difference between a good ski vacation and a great ski vacation! Just one lesson might be the key to perfecting your technique or boosting your child’s confidence on the slopes.

Until about a year ago, I had never taken a lesson for snowboarding. I started skiing as a kid and switched to snowboarding when I was in middle school. Snow is no stranger to me. I have considered myself an advanced rider for a few years, so the thought of taking a riding lesson had never crossed my mind. It wasn’t until about a year ago when the opportunity for me to take a snowboard lesson changed my whole view on ski and ride school and personal lessons.

Ski and ride lessons can be expensive but often we forget the value of something with a heavy price tag. One or two lessons can dramatically increase your skill level on the slopes and not only boost your confidence but enable you to hit that double black diamond you’ve been eyeing all season. Ski and ride lessons aren’t just for beginners, either. Are you trying a new mountain for the first time? Take a lesson and you will have a great opportunity to fine tune your abilities AND get a local’s tour of the mountain.

A ski vacation is a great way to bond with your kids but let someone else teach your child how ski or ride so you can enjoy your time on the slopes.  Teaching your kids or friends can be very frustrating for both parties involved.  A half day lesson is a great way to let your child learn AND have the opportunity to hit the slopes with them after lunch. You might even be able to learn tips from your kids as they show you what they worked on that morning with the instructor!

For more information and to book your next ski or ride lesson, check out Keystone’s Ski and Ride School. Arapahoe Basin also offers very affordable lessons, check them out here. You won’t regret your investment!

Written by: Amy Drees

Ski School for Next Year!

Keystone has announced the sale of their Family Freedom Packs for 2010/2011! For only $249.00, your little ski and snowboard cuties can get on the mountain 4 times. Parents, that means you can head to the Outback and avoid the groomers at least 4 times next year! This package is cheaper than hiring a sitter for the day, and your kids will be keeping up with you by the end of the season. Why not send them to a lesson for the day, then enjoy a couple of hours night skiing so they can show you their new skills!