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Old 11-25-2012, 11:04 PM   #11 (permalink)
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So is a black diamond mean anything? Apparently my friends thought it would be best if i tried learning on that my first time ever going.
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Ya they tried getting me to go down a double black diamond as well, I didnt know what that was but we had a girl skier with us and she told me to not do it. So i didnt. So you'd say group over private for first time. i guess really the lessons are more a push in the right direction, its all about practice though
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Old 11-26-2012, 10:08 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Ya they tried getting me to go down a double black diamond as well, I didnt know what that was but we had a girl skier with us and she told me to not do it. So i didnt. So you'd say group over private for first time. i guess really the lessons are more a push in the right direction, its all about practice though
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Old 11-26-2012, 10:20 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Ya they tried getting me to go down a double black diamond as well, I didnt know what that was but we had a girl skier with us and she told me to not do it. So i didnt. So you'd say group over private for first time. i guess really the lessons are more a push in the right direction, its all about practice though
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Ya they tried getting me to go down a double black diamond as well, I didnt know what that was but we had a girl skier with us and she told me to not do it. So i didnt. So you'd say group over private for first time. i guess really the lessons are more a push in the right direction, its all about practice though

Group lessons can sometimes be the best bang for your buck. It really comes down to group size and instructor. When the group size isn't to large a new rider can get the most input by being a mix where they can see the successes and difficulties of other students. When the group size gets larger this input can be decreased by the amount of time the student gets moving, waiting, and or individual input. A Private lesson might not necessarily change how fast one progresses initially. It will typically not flunctuated in lesson quality since there is only one student to one instructor.


By the sounds of it you have already been up the hill and able to slide. I would probably go private in your case if this is true. A Group beginner lesson for someone that can already ride a little might not be the best use of your time.
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Old 11-26-2012, 10:44 AM   #16 (permalink)
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Ya they tried getting me to go down a double black diamond as well, I didnt know what that was but we had a girl skier with us and she told me to not do it. So i didnt. So you'd say group over private for first time. i guess really the lessons are more a push in the right direction, its all about practice though
Sounds like your "friends" were trying to kill you.

edit: here's an example of a famous double black in Jackson Hole called Corbet's Couloir


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Old 11-26-2012, 01:17 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Im dead serious! Ya theyre a bunch of idiots. Once they went down the double black diamond they were like woah were not doing that again! Im like you're stupid for trying to get me to go. Ya most of my day was spent on the black diamond I could go straight ok but most of the time i would catch an edge somewhere and turning was pretty tough specially toeside. Either i'd stop or stop by catching an edge and onto my tailbone
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I'd suggest a 2-4hr lesson to get the basics down. You'll get some input from an instructor which will help prevent you from forming some really bad habits that WILL be hard if not impossible to break later on.

Once you get the basics down, it's up to you to decide if you think another lesson will help you advance faster, or if you want to spend a day or 2 practicing what you've learned.
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I was able to learn from a group lesson at Mt. Charleston. I was a quick learner, though, and once I'd listened to what the guy said and tried it a few times, I was able to teach the rest myself. That said, I bet a private lesson would help you progress even quicker because the instructor will keep up with your rate of learning. You'll constantly be learning and perfecting new things the whole time.
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I was able to learn from a group lesson at Mt. Charleston. I was a quick learner, though, and once I'd listened to what the guy said and tried it a few times, I was able to teach the rest myself. That said, I bet a private lesson would help you progress even quicker because the instructor will keep up with your rate of learning. You'll constantly be learning and perfecting new things the whole time.
Was the instructor pretty good at Mt. Charleston? Have you gone this year?
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