Things Your Ski Instructor Wishes You Knew Before Your First Lesson

Four ski instructors from across the country share tips for excelling in lessons

Every skier on the slopes today had to learn at some point. Some skiers were taught by their parents as soon as they could walk, while others may have learned later on with some friends shouting tips at them from a distance and still, many others took lessons.

Professional lessons are the safest and arguably the most effective way to learn the fundamentals of skiing and they’re also a great way to expand your knowledge or fix any issues you may have. Ski instructors in the U.S. go through rigorous testing before they are certified and allowed to teach others—taking a lesson is a great idea. These lessons are especially important for beginners, but before you take your first lesson, there are some things instructors think you should know.

We recruited four ski instructors from across the U.S.—from Jackson Hole, montage Mountain, Vail and the Double H Adaptive Ski Program in New York. They each had some unique tips for incoming students, check out their thoughts and be prepared for your first lesson.

#1 Have fun first.

There’s no point in skiing if it's not fun, and that’s our first goal. No matter how much actual progress is made the first time, if you had fun you’re far more likely to come back and get better.
—Ski Instructor from the Double H Adaptive Ski Program

#2 Know the value of taking a lesson.

Whether it’s your very first day out there or you’re a seasoned pro, you will always have something to learn or improve on—always. We see some people come through our toughest programs and they can get down just about anything but without the proper foundation they usually hit a plateau. Taking lessons regularly—from beginner to expert levels —helps ensure you’re not practicing any bad habits that might hurt you later on. Plus it’s always great to be with a guide who knows exactly where the best conditions are on the mountain.
—Ski Instructor from Jackson Hole

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