For a beginner, ski lessons help avoid injury and get you comfortable on the slopes. Expert instruction also moves a skier with some experience to a new level, and lessons for children are a must. Evaluate a ski instructor before booking lessons so that your goals are met and you get the most from the investment.
Tips & Warnings
Evaluate a ski instructor for children based on experience with young ones and a rapport with your child. New ski instructors often get assigned to children's classes. It takes a special person, though, to both teach the child and bring some fun to the process. The higher the level, the more training the teacher has had. This doesn't necessarily mean, though, that a level one instructor isn't good. It's a combination of personality, teaching ability and experience. Some instructors are better with group lessons than individuals, and vice versa. Ask the head of the ski school. If you prefer a male or female instructor, make sure you inform the ski school before it makes assignments. Remember that ski lessons aren't cheap, and you're paying for a specialized service. If the fit isn't right, say so. Learn about the levels ski instructors achieve by visiting professional association websites.
Article Written By Pam Quinn
Pam Quinn has skiied in Canada, the United States and Europe with her husband, a 15-year volunteer ski patroller.