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Old 01-25-2018, 10:22 PM   #1
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The family and I are heading to Lake Tahoe for spring break and I have never skied. Is ski school worth it or should I just wing it ?
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Old 01-25-2018, 10:26 PM   #2
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I would say it is worth it.
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Old 01-25-2018, 10:28 PM   #3
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I would take at least a 1/2 day class to learn some basics. This will make your the rest of your days on the mountain more fun. My wife and kids all took a class and it made it easier for the rest of the trip.
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Old 01-25-2018, 10:29 PM   #4
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Worth it if u from the south!

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Old 01-25-2018, 10:32 PM   #5
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Sounds good. Looking forward to it
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Old 01-25-2018, 10:42 PM   #6
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Definitely do school. A lot of people cut out after lunch if they're feeling comfortable. Enjoy!
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Old 01-25-2018, 10:42 PM   #7
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Take the lessons. First time we went another couple told us they could show us all we needed to know. Big mistake. We struggled the first 2 days until we finally began to get the hang of it.
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Yes. And take a private lesson if you can afford it.

Grew up on the mountains and I’m a big proponent of lessons. A bad day of skiing with no experience can ruin your whole trip.
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Old 01-25-2018, 10:46 PM   #9
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Absolutely
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Old 01-25-2018, 10:47 PM   #10
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I grew up skiing and was a ski instructor for years. Take me along and I'll teach y'all! but yeah, seriously I was...
And yes, you should take a lesson!
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Old 01-25-2018, 10:48 PM   #11
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I would take a half day private....you should be good to go after that....or take nursejenn

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Old 01-25-2018, 10:48 PM   #12
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Are you athletic? And does anyone in your party have any experience?
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Old 01-25-2018, 10:49 PM   #13
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Me to 14 year old step son who has never been skiing.....you really should take a 1/2 day of lessons. Fourteen year old to me no I don't need lessons. 3 hrs into a five day ski trip....ski patrol to me yep I think the boys wrist is broke :-) take some lessons
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Old 01-25-2018, 11:05 PM   #14
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Are you athletic? And does anyone in your party have any experience?
Athletic so so. Coordinated, yes.
I will be the only one out of 20 who have never been skiing and donít want to bad experience. I think Iím gonna opt for the half day and see where it goes from there
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Old 01-25-2018, 11:13 PM   #15
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Athletic so so. Coordinated, yes.
I will be the only one out of 20 who have never been skiing and donít want to bad experience. I think Iím gonna opt for the half day and see where it goes from there
Wear a helmet!!

Also stretch.

Youíre gona be sore!!!!
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Old 01-25-2018, 11:16 PM   #16
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Wear a helmet!!

Also stretch.

You’re gona be sore!!!!
Start stretching now and exercising. Walking, jogging, uphill climbs.. nothing is worse than taking a week off to enjoy a nice vacation on the mountains and be too sore to tie your shoes on day two.

I am a snowboarder and due to all the core movements, as well as hip, thigh and calf movements, I get in shape (better shape, anyway) before I go.

I like to go to the mountain to hit the slopes not lay around sore complaining, which can be easy to do when you’re out of shape.
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Old 01-25-2018, 11:23 PM   #17
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Yep get you a half of day of ski school at least and better be in decent shape are you will want to just hang out in the bar after a full day on the slopes and Drink your soreness away which isn't a bad thing lol
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Old 01-25-2018, 11:24 PM   #18
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Some places have a 4 person lesson, that's a lot better than a group lesson but not near as expensive as a private lesson. If that's an option you will increase your skiing ability a lot further in a single morning than a group lesson.

I actually recommend a second lesson the next day for most. The first day you are really learning a lot and getting used to how things move and feel. So you aren't getting all that's being taught. When you go back for the second day you are better able to focus on what's being taught and making it work.
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Old 01-25-2018, 11:42 PM   #19
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Some places have a 4 person lesson, that's a lot better than a group lesson but not near as expensive as a private lesson. If that's an option you will increase your skiing ability a lot further in a single morning than a group lesson.

I actually recommend a second lesson the next day for most. The first day you are really learning a lot and getting used to how things move and feel. So you aren't getting all that's being taught. When you go back for the second day you are better able to focus on what's being taught and making it work.
Now this sounds like a plan
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Old 01-26-2018, 12:49 AM   #20
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Some places have a 4 person lesson, that's a lot better than a group lesson but not near as expensive as a private lesson. If that's an option you will increase your skiing ability a lot further in a single morning than a group lesson.

I actually recommend a second lesson the next day for most. The first day you are really learning a lot and getting used to how things move and feel. So you aren't getting all that's being taught. When you go back for the second day you are better able to focus on what's being taught and making it work.
I agree with this (I think). After I started skiing and got to the point where I could at least do a "hockey stop" (ie. both skis perpendicular to the slope, and, preferably, pointing the same direction), I took group intermediate lessons because they were cheaper than private. The great thing was the groups were small because most intermediate skiers don't think they need lessons. Consequently, the instructors could instruct each student at their individual level of need. For me, it was pole planting and keeping my upper body facing downhill while the lower part took care of the turns. Made and continues to make a huge difference.
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Old 01-26-2018, 12:52 AM   #21
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The family and I are heading to Lake Tahoe for spring break and I have never skied. Is ski school worth it or should I just wing it ?
Ski school at least a half day, itís worth it
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Old 01-26-2018, 01:03 AM   #22
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I know you've got it now, but to help make it stick....Half day lesson the first day, and a second half day lesson the second day isn't a bad idea.

I'd try to find any kind of a deal you can for lift tickets now, they aren't cheap up there anymore. Was just up there with some old friends from HS for New Years, and was blown away with what they are charging anymore.
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Old 01-26-2018, 04:22 AM   #23
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Take the lessons

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Old 01-26-2018, 05:22 AM   #24
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Ski school is time well spent for the beginner. Also spend as much time in the gym before you go as you can working on lower body particularly quads. Nothing like trying to learn a ew skill on legs that are painfully sore.
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Old 01-26-2018, 05:32 AM   #25
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Lien, forward... then lien forward some more!

That's about all I learned in the group "school" class but it was a good opportunity to chill on the easy stuff while getting my ski legs. Had a blast, wish we were doing it again soon. I finished our trip off basically rolling down a black slope lol... had to try it though or my boys would have called me chicken.
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