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Question Advanced Lessons in Northern California?

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I am a raw beginner snowboarder (been twice ever, loved it but sucked at it), so I really don't know much at all yet. My wife though has been boarding for years and is happy on double-black diamonds, in the trees, and generally going blindingly fast. That said, she has done no jumping really, and is feeling like she has plateaued at her current skill level - like she doesn't get much exercise and gets bored doing the same runs over and over, because it doesn't scare her or get her heart racing anymore.

I really think that she needs lessons to push herself further and love it again, but I have NO idea what to look for. All the resorts in Tahoe claim to have lessons, all their group lessons look way less advanced than she already is, and I don't know how to judge their expensive 'private' lessons. I am looking to buy her some lessons as a present, so I can't ask her (she doesn't know anyway...). Does anyone here have any experience with 'advanced' lessons? Jumping, back-country, double-black diamond, etc? I am not swimming in cash, but my guess is it has to be private lessons, but where? What resort? How much?

My attempts at google searches for 'advanced snowboarding lessons northern california' were woeful, I got nothing I could really judge.

Thanks!!

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Call the resorts ski/board school and ask. Make sure your clear on her level of riding. I know a few instructors tha do advanced lessons and they are the real deal. My son is with a small group every weekend with a very advanced rider that does any terrain on the mtn and any park feature. When you buy lessons get the package that's offered as it's usually cheaper. There's more to riding than bombing the hill. If you line up a private lesson try to find the best instructor they have and request them.
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I think cro_reps is a instructor up in south lake Tahoe area and from pictures looks fairly good. He could at least recommend someone for privates.
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Check out the Burton Academy at Northstar, they offer lessons for any level and have some excellent instructors. Their group lessons are a maximum of four students or you can get a private lesson if your wife wants to work on specific skills. I'm an instructor at Northstar, PM me if you want more info.

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Hi all!

I am a raw beginner snowboarder (been twice ever, loved it but sucked at it), so I really don't know much at all yet. My wife though has been boarding for years and is happy on double-black diamonds, in the trees, and generally going blindingly fast. That said, she has done no jumping really, and is feeling like she has plateaued at her current skill level - like she doesn't get much exercise and gets bored doing the same runs over and over, because it doesn't scare her or get her heart racing anymore.

I really think that she needs lessons to push herself further and love it again, but I have NO idea what to look for. All the resorts in Tahoe claim to have lessons, all their group lessons look way less advanced than she already is, and I don't know how to judge their expensive 'private' lessons. I am looking to buy her some lessons as a present, so I can't ask her (she doesn't know anyway...). Does anyone here have any experience with 'advanced' lessons? Jumping, back-country, double-black diamond, etc? I am not swimming in cash, but my guess is it has to be private lessons, but where? What resort? How much?

My attempts at google searches for 'advanced snowboarding lessons northern california' were woeful, I got nothing I could really judge.

Thanks!!
Where do you ride? Try Google for "Squallywood Big Mountain Camp".
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Hi all!

I am a raw beginner snowboarder (been twice ever, loved it but sucked at it), so I really don't know much at all yet. My wife though has been boarding for years and is happy on double-black diamonds, in the trees, and generally going blindingly fast. That said, she has done no jumping really, and is feeling like she has plateaued at her current skill level - like she doesn't get much exercise and gets bored doing the same runs over and over, because it doesn't scare her or get her heart racing anymore.

I really think that she needs lessons to push herself further and love it again, but I have NO idea what to look for. All the resorts in Tahoe claim to have lessons, all their group lessons look way less advanced than she already is, and I don't know how to judge their expensive 'private' lessons. I am looking to buy her some lessons as a present, so I can't ask her (she doesn't know anyway...). Does anyone here have any experience with 'advanced' lessons? Jumping, back-country, double-black diamond, etc? I am not swimming in cash, but my guess is it has to be private lessons, but where? What resort? How much?

My attempts at google searches for 'advanced snowboarding lessons northern california' were woeful, I got nothing I could really judge.

Thanks!!
Try "Will" errr... Stonestein(? - it's German sounding) at Kirkwood if he's still there (last time we had lessons with him was two years ago... but he's worked at Kirkwood for the last 6-7 years. My wife got me private lessons with him a few years ago for my birthday and he really helped me with my 540s off of jumps (before I could only do them if the jump was "perfectly" setup). After that she started taking freeriding lessons with him and it really helped her to more dynamic carved turns on steep groomers (carved turns are when you board is turning completely on edge without skidding, such that the trail behind the board is just thin trench on the snow). Will regularly competes in the World Freeride Tour which rides some truly gnarly terrain (they ride "The Cirque" when the tour comes to Kirkwood).

I met Chris Hargrave (one of the Burton Academy Managers at Northstar) when I was at Mt. Hood for the summer and he is also a great instructor if you can get him (not sure if he still does personal private lessons at the moment).

Feel free to PM me if you have anymore questions.
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Thumbs up Thanks!

Thanks guys for the awesome advice and recommendations. I am contacting people about it now and hopefully I will find the right instructor soon! Now we just need some more snow in Tahoe.... *praying to the snow god*

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