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How to Choose a Ski Lesson Program


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What type of ski lesson program should you look for? There was a time in the ski industry when there were rival schools of thought on how to teach the art and skill of skiing. Today, with the introduction of the shaped ski, there is an inherent turning capability engineered into the ski. The biomechanics needed to turn and steer the skis down the mountain are uniformly taught throughout the ski industry, and can be quickly learned and implemented.
Difficulty: Average
Time Required: Varies

Here's How:

  1. Choose a learn-to-ski package that will incorporate teaching techniques designed to have you stopping, turning, and skiing in control of your speed.
  2. When evaluating lesson programs for young children, make sure they are geared to the appropriate age group, as well as ability of the child. The ski area should have a bunny slope for beginning skiers.
  3. If you are comfortable learning with others, choose a group lesson. Otherwise, consider private lessons, at least to get started.
  4. Weigh the costs. Private lessons are more expensive than group lessons. A package of several lessons, will be cheaper than paying for one lesson at a time.
  5. Find out what is included in the lesson. Do the lessons include rental equipment (skis, boots, poles, and helmet)? Or will you have to pay extra to rent equipment?
  6. How long are the lessons? Consider your day's schedule and allow time to practice and simply enjoy your day of skiing.
  7. Schedule lessons according to your skills and ability.
  8. Choose a ski school where the instructors are certified by an organization such as the Professional Ski Instructors of America.
  9. As with any type of teacher, there are different teaching styles. You may connect better with one type of instructor than another, so, select a ski instructor with whom you feel comfortable.
  10. Also choose a program where you are able to voice any concerns about your confidence to the instructor. You don't want to be afraid to speak up.
  11. Ski lessons are offered for all ages and abilities - from beginners to advanced skiers. Never consider yourself too old, or too good a skier, for a lesson. All skiers should learn from a certified instructor, while advanced skiers can pick up new tips and techniques from a good instructor.


  1. Mid-week skiers, and those who go early or late in the day, may be lucky enough to find an under-enrolled class. If that's the case, you may be able to get a private or semi-private lesson for the price of a group lesson.
  2. Ski lessons can fill up fast. During prime ski season, sign up for lessons online. That way you will be sure to get into the class that works best for you.
  3. Fun is important! You will want to enjoy your lessons and work with an instructor who makes learning fun, as well as work. This is especially important for children learning to ski.
  4. Check with your child's school to see if they offer an after school learn-to-ski program. Many schools do, and they will provide transportation, ski equipment, a lesson, and ski time for a reasonable fee.
  5. Don't overestimate your ability and sign up for advanced skier lessons if you aren't ready for them.

What You Need

  • Ski Equipment.
  • Warm clothing including a ski jacket and snow pants.
  • Ski gloves.
  • Ski goggles.
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