Make Your Private Ski Lesson Count

A private ski lesson is a great investment, but it's not cheap. If you're going to pony up, you want to get everything you can out of it. Know what to expect and learn how to make your lesson the best.

By now,hopefully you're convinced that a private ski lesson is worth it, especially for intermediate and advanced skiers. I truly believe that even though more expensive that a group lesson or no lesson at all, it's the most bang for your buck and everyone should take at least one lesson every season

Your Ski Instructor Lost Her Magic Wand

A ski instructor can take many days off the time needed to learn a skill, but she can't wave a magic wand and make you a superstar. It takes a lot more than an hour or two to set or unset a deeply-ingrained hapbit. Bad habits take a long time to unset and good habits take even longer to set. Your goal from a private lesson is not so much to come out of it ready to dominate the World Cup, but to have a laundry list of things to work on, so that you can continue to improve after the lesson is over. I usually have the following goals in a private lesson:

  • identify what's holding the skier back, whether that be ingrained bad habits or missing skills.
  • Get the skier into positions and situations where he can feel the difference between what he's doing habitually and what he would like to be doing habitually.
  • Come up with a small set of drills and tools for self-assessment that will help the skier continue to progress outside of class.

In other words, in the course of the lesson, the skier will be shown the destination, given a roadmap, and take the first few steps towards internalizing those new skills, but the journey will be far from over.

It's Your Ski Lesson

A private lesson is usually brief and costly, so you want to make it count. You should expect your instructor to take some time to put together a lesson. Before you hit the slopes, the instructor might ask:

  • About your skiing