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Old 10-25-2014, 05:52 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Lessons or teach myself?

I kind of missed last season, I have my board setup to my stance but my biggest fear is not being totally in control and say being able to turn quick enough or stop.. I'm more inclined to taking lessons but I assume the one-on-one lessons are better but how long are they mostly?
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Old 10-25-2014, 06:33 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Get lessons. A private is typically bought as a half day (3 hours) or full-day session (6 hours). They are quite expensive at the major resorts. Well worth it if you can spare the coin. The other option is to post the area you're in and folks on here may have recommendations to other ski areas that have good instructors at more reasonable prices.

That said, a group lesson will still be better than trying to figure it out on your own. If you get a group lesson outside of peak times you may even get lucky and find out you're the only one signed up.
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Old 10-25-2014, 06:41 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Structured lessons from a professional instructor (especially one on one) are the difference between "getting by" and being on the path to being a good rider when you're starting out.

I still take a lesson every now and again.
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Old 10-25-2014, 06:45 AM   #4 (permalink)
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i can't really speak of how much lessons help or don't help because i never took one so all i can really tell you is that it is possible to learn on your own.
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Old 10-25-2014, 07:01 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I'm self taught and wish that I would have taken a lesson or two. Spending a few bucks to avoid developing bad habits and possible bodily injury is well worth it - in my opinion.
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Old 10-25-2014, 08:05 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I've never taken a lesson, but plan to do a 1 on 1 this year. The instructors are better than me , so i am sure to learn something.

The hard part is figuring out what to ask for help on. I am not interested in becoming more of park rider, but it's my obvious weaker skill. I can hit all size rails, so maybe help on hitting jumps, or more to my liking would be help hitting drop offs in a free ride setting. Can you do that in a lesson?
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Old 10-25-2014, 11:19 AM   #7 (permalink)
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When I first started, I took the group lesson that came with my rental and lift ticket. It was enough to get me started, then the next season I took a private to try and overcome some blocks and bad habits. I think it worked out pretty well.
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Private lesson. Spend the money.
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I taught myself several years ago. Finally last season I decided to take an "advanced" lesson at Jackson Hole. It was eye opening. I didn't realize all of the bad habits I had. And now I have to work on not resort back to those habits. If I had to do it over again I would have started off taking lessons. Every season from now on I plan on taking lessons. It's always good to have someone analyzing your riding and telling you what you could be doing differently.

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I second LuckyRVA. I was self-taught, and thought I was doing quite well. Then had a private lesson and found out I was doing a lot of stuff wrong. Since then I've made a point of taking one private lesson every season. Even if the instructor is mediocre, you still can get some gold out of it.
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