Old 19-10-09, 03:23 PM   #1
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Affording Kids Ski Lessons

I have three kids taking ski lessons this year. Last year we had two in very basic lessons, but those two are older and more advanced now. The cost has ski rocketed for us and we are in a bit of a panic as to how to come up with the money. I sent a letter off to the resort begging for a discount, but if that does not come through, does anyone know of any programs the help kids with the cost of lessons?
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Old 21-10-09, 01:49 AM   #2
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gitch. When my older son switched from skiing to snowboarding he was 8. He ended up getting private lessons or almost private (sometimes 1 or 2 other kids in the group) for the price of the group lesson. If there are enough instructors at the mountain you may get lucky and they will break the older kids or kids with more ability into a very small class. Look to do this on Fridays as is seems they have a couple more instructors on hand than in the middle of the week and a lot less kids than on the weekend. How good are your kids now? Are they taking lessons to become racers? I ask because I am not sure I understand why the cost is that much more this year than last?
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Old 27-10-09, 03:13 PM   #3
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our 7 year old has been skiing since he was 3 and has surpassed the program intended for kids. he will be doing into something called the technical team. the 8 year old will be bumping up to the older kids program. in both cases, the lessons go from half day to all day. that is where the big jump in price comes in. we are also adding a third child this year.

i thought about just having the older two in semi-private lessons together every other week, but my wife wants our 7 year old to be able to keep skiing as the one thing he excells at without being kept back for our 8 year old to catch up.

i did find a good deal on used skis for the boys. not the best skis, but they are better then the rentals provided by the hill, and the cost is less then the rentals with the lessons, so i was able to save some there.
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Old 27-10-09, 11:45 PM   #4
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My older one switched to snowboarding at 8. I kept my younger on (10) now from switching because I told him he would have to start all over again in beginner lessons. It worked.

How about this? Post something in the wanted list for your area on Craigslist. You might find a real accomplished skier that doesn't work for the ski resort to be looking for some extra cash or some local kid. Who isn't these days? Background checks are pretty cheap and you could even ski a day or two with them to make sure it will work out before coming to terms. Worth a shot.
My wife and I gave a kid at Tremblant like 20 bucks to hangout with my son in the terrain park for a couple hours one time. We had just met his parents and were drinking with them in the bar. It worked out well.

Any nearby places have a private school like this?Burke Mountain ski resort. Home to Burke Mountain Acedemy
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