Learning to Ski

While there’s no problem with learning to ski from a friend, both parties probably would find it easier if the novice skier learned from a certified instructor. There’s nothing worse than beating your head on a non beginner course and nothing worse than trying to learn without the basics that your friend may neglect to tell you. Most ski resorts have training programs which are usually around a hundred dollars a day. Loveland has a 3 day learning program, one full day and two half days and includes a season pass for the remainder of the year. Keystone has a buy 2 get 1 free deal which is 3 full days for a little over 200 dollars and includes a lift ticket for 5 days for another 30.

One thing I learned at the beginning is that altitude will kick your butt. I’ve been fine in the morning, but by the afternoon time my legs are jello. I plan on going back up with one of those canned oxygen devices to see if that helps, but I’m slowly getting used to the altitude. Not bad for a Texan who lived at 400 feet most of his life. Living at 6800ft has given me a good boost to my high altitude stamina, but most resort mountains put you up another 4-6000 feet. So take it easy!

One thing I did learn is that if you’re going to decide between Breckenridge and Keystone ski schools, do breck first. Keystone’s green runs are pretty steep and the beginner full run is 3.5 miles long. Breck has many shorter runs you can go on to build up your skills with less intimidating angles and less draining trails.

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