Reasons to Learn to Snowboard or Ski From an Instructor

Taking skiing or snowboarding lessons from friends or spouses may be good fodder for a reality TV show but the drama often makes "plan B" a far better option.

Learn to snowboard or ski?from a professional instructor and you will learn from those who know state-of-the-art techniques. They can provide a myriad of knowledgeable "insider" tips. Here's why:

They Can Help You Identify Your Goals

First, what are your goals? Are you a beginner who needs assistance just getting on and off a pair of skis or a snowboard? Need help with the lifts that will transport you up the slopes? Are you a little nervous with your first slide?

Professional instructors understand the issues encountered by those just starting and those who want to improve. They are prepared to make you feel at ease.

They Know How to Advance Your Skills

More experienced skiers and snowboarders can generally learn new skills faster by seeking out a pro who really knows the ins and outs of the mountain. Professionals can quickly analyze some "bad habits" that may prevent you from progressing.

They Will Meet Your Comfort Level

Feeling comfortable is key regardless of ability or age. Determine your fatigue factor. Do you prefer a two-hour lesson, a half-day or a whole-day program? Do you like "mixed company" or prefer gender specific classes? Crave a private lesson or is a group fine with you? Are kids involved? Some resorts offer lessons starting at age three.

You'll Find a Program to Suit Your Needs and Personality

Many learning programs have instructors who speak different languages. Resorts in the U.S. offers learning programs staffed by trained professionals. Use this site to help you find a program that suits your needs and personality. Programs vary from state to state.

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Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month is an industry initiative organized by numerous state and regional resort associations, the leading snow sports media outlets, snow sports rep associations, retailers and retail buying groups, the Professional Ski Instructors of America, the American Association of Snowboard Instructors, SnowSports Industries America, the National Ski Patrol, the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association and the National Ski Areas Association.

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