Choosing the Lesson

Let’s skip that part where your friend or significant other tries to teach you to ski or snowboard. You’ll always learn more from a professional instructor. Take a few minutes to search for Learn-to-Ski/Snowboard packages. Each package usually includes a two or three-hour lesson, rental equipment for the day, and if appropriate, a lift ticket. Save time by booking your lesson and downloading release forms ahead of time online. 

Go with a snow pro! Learn what it’s all about from the Professional Ski Instructors of America and The American Association of Snowboard Instructors (PSIA-AASI). Read tips, watch videos and learn how to have fun out there!

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Choose Your Instructor based on Your Goals

Take some time to think about what your skiing or snowboarding goals are.  Are you a beginner looking to learn the basics? Or are you an experienced rider looking to turn your skills up a notch? Whatever your goals may be, professional instructors understand the challenges involved and know the best techniques to help your overcome any obstacle. Ask a few questions before signing up for a lesson session—ski schools try their best to fill special requests.

which lesson is best for you? 

Feeling comfortable is key to the learning process, regardless of ability or age. You can choose what kind of lesson you will feel most comfortable taking. Some lesson types are half day, whole day, group, private, or gender-specific. If you’re looking for a lesson for a child, some resorts start offering lessons to children as young as three-years-old. Many learning programs even have instructors who speak different languages—ask your program or resort for details. Keep in mind, your chances for reserving a specific type of lesson or instructor are better if you book a private lesson well in advance.

Always request a fully certified instructor. "Full-cert instructors are well versed in recognizing and using different learning styles," said veteran Breckenridge Instructor, Alison Hagan. In fact, "Identifying learning styles is one of the major subjects taught in certification training. If you prefer a certain learning style, tell your instructor. They appreciate any information that makes the lesson better for you." 

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