Let's make it a great private ski lesson!
March 24, 2011 1:29 AM Subscribe
Ski lessons! Help him take full advantage of a one-hour private lesson with a pro. His previous attempt at skiing went badly... Read on.
posted by Opal to sports, hobbies, & recreation (17 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
The first time my SO tried to ski, he took a group lesson. The snow was very sticky, and his skis weren't sliding properly. When he tried going down the bunny slope, he would halt all the time. This being a group with 15 newbies, the instructor didn't notice anything. The lesson was over and he had no idea what skis were supposed to do -- but he wasn't aware of that. He thought he had learned and practiced. He thought snow was sticky. He couldn't quite understand what the big deal was about learning to stop. He thought that going down the beginner hill was going to be a fun adventure. Well.
By the time we got off the lift, the sticky snow that was keeping his skis from sliding was gone, and he was full-on skiing. He couldn't use anything he had just "learned," because he was simply too terrified at the discovery that he was not going to be able to start and stop whenever he wished. He was sliding down that mountain whether he liked it or not, and he was as scared as I've ever seen him.
tl;dr He fell down/bailed out all.the.way down the hill. Getting up was torturous, he was bruising, sweating, scared and humiliated. I felt so so so bad about not knowing how to help him up and coach him down the hill. It was only my second time skiing, and even though I was doing well (apparently I'm a natural) I do not have enough experience, or understanding of the mechanics of it, to help someone else.
Being the awesome person that he is, he wants to try it again. He wants to learn enough to be able to ride the green-circles with me, and I couldn't ask for anything more. Three weeks have passed, and I booked him a private lesson this weekend.
I know the equipment needs to fit properly, and we'll make sure it does. We got the helmets and the appropriate apparel. What else?
Is there anything specific he should ask (or tell) the instructor? Is there anything I can do to help him be less afraid? When you were a scared newbie, what was the one thing that you mastered that made all the difference? Is there such a thing?
I don't know what kind of advice I'm looking for, to be honest. I think I'm asking about all the things he and I don't know, that could make the lesson better or worse. Help us, skiers!