This skier's going from "blah" to "badass." Jo Piazza talks about learning to ski better.
I’m cold and I’m tired. Through puffs of a cigarette, my very French ski instructor is rattling off commands, but I can’t hear him through my hat and helmet. I nod anyway, and chunks of snow fall from my hair, matted there after a particularly rough spill on the last run.
I remember my first ski trip vividly: being bundled up like the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, the sting of snow in my face the first time I fell doing a snowplow, the warmth of my dad’s arm wrapped protectively around me on my very first chairlift ride.
Terrain-based instruction recruits the slope itself as a teacher.
There never has been a truly easy way to learn how to ski—there just are too many moving parts, both gear and human. And that’s part of the sweet satisfaction of becoming an expert rider: It takes a bunch of time and hard work. But there’s an innovative new terrain-focused instruction method catching on at resorts nationwide that strives to shorten the skiing learning curve.
Camp Keystone aims to introduce the youngest skiers to the sport sans tears and tantrums.
Parents often worry about the ski school drop-off. Will there be pouting, crying, clinging? Puhleeeze. Send them to Camp Keystone. They won’t be able to get away from you fast enough.
Maybe it’s the mini snowmobile in the registration area, or the grooming machine a few feet away that acts as a defacto playground, with a half-dozen snowbooted groms scampering around the cockpit. Maybe the instructors stash Skittles and Gummi Bears in their pockets and apply liberally. Either way, drop-off worries will be a thing of the past.
One Call-One Click Reservations, New Kid’s Park and 69 Ski Free
Monarch, CO. Monarch Mountain has been making improvements this summer that all skiers and riders will enjoy this winter. A new reservations system has been installed to make it easier for guests to purchase everything they need. Lift tickets, rental equipment, ski lessons, children’s programs and even Snowcat trips can all be reserved with one call to 888.996.7669.
What do you do when you almost have it all? Loon Mountain, with its velvety smooth grooming, popular family programs and ideal location (two hours from Boston yet at a high enough elevation to get real snow) has asked itself just that. The answer this year is finesse.
The snow may be fluffier and more reliable in February, but the fun runs deeper come spring. Starting in late March and stretching well into April, the sun shines brightly on corn snow, and resorts entice skiers with great deals.