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Lesson Guide

Find The Lesson That's Just Right For You
September 19, 2016   •   Megan Wilson

Choosing a lesson online can sometimes feel a bit like online dating. You get a picture and description to help guide you, but knowing that you’ve made the right choice can feel like a bit of a gamble. To help you out, I’m here to play matchmaker with a rundown of options that are just right for you.

BEGINNER

High five for trying something new! If you’re relatively new to skiing or snowboarding you can relax knowing you’re in good hands. We’ve been here to help countless people just like you hit the slopes for the first time. Here are a couple of options to help get you started.

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MAX4 LESSONS

The majority of people that start with us go through a MAX4 lesson (the 4 is the number of students in your group). The small group size means you will get lots of instruction time while still getting to meet some new like-minded people.

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PRIVATE LESSONS

Having someone whose only job all day is to make you feel better on the slopes can be amazing for beginners. The lesson runs at your pace while the instructor helps you balance through your first turns. A private lesson doesn't mean you have to be by yourself all day. If you have friends or family looking to learn you can book a private lesson for up to 4 people for the same price.

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INTERMEDIATE

You can link turns and you're fairly confident getting around. People like you generally fall into two categories: 1. You've skied for a while and your skills have plateaued (or you've picked up some bad habits). 2. You're not from Whistler and you want to maximize your vacation, while also getting a few tips. While, MAX4 and Private Lessons would also be great for you, here are some other programs that you may not have heard of.

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THE CAMP

If you're here Monday to Thursday I strongly recommend checking out the CAMP. This program is absolutely stacked with some of our best instructors. You get to be in the same group for the whole session so they will get to know your skills, style and goals. The CAMP instructors are experts at nudging you out of your skiing comfort zone.

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THE NORTH FACE WOMEN'S CAMP | SHOWCASE WOMEN'S SNOWBOARD CAMP

Sorry guys, these camps are just for the ladies. These women specific camps are perfect for helping you progress your skills.  Groups get split up by skill level and personal goals, with lessons ranging from beginner, to park and big mountain. Throw in an amazing après with the whole group and you’ve got yourself an amazing weekend in the mountains.

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ADVANCED

You hit the slopes pretty regularly and may not necessary think of yourself as someone that would benefit from lessons. Here are some options to help you expand your terrain and sharpen your skills. 

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PRIVATE LESSON/GUIDE

If it’s your first time here and you don’t know any locals to guide you around, a Private Guide would be a great fit for you. Whistler Blackcomb’s terrain is huge with secret stashes everywhere. Our guides take the guesswork out of the day so you can get the best lines all day (in addition to shorter lift lines). You may not even care about improving your technique, but you’ll pick up something along the way regardless.

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EXTREMELY CANADIAN STEEPS CLINIC

Do you thrive on the thrill of dropping into a steep line? Or have you always envied the other skiers you see that appear to do it so effortlessly? This clinic is what you are looking for.  You’ll soak in two days of exploring all the best lines Whistler and Blackcomb have to offer with the confidence of our best pros showing you the way.

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With our Early Booking Offer on till November 15th now is the best time to take advantage of deep discounts. Looking for more information? Our vacation experts are here to help you plan the perfect vacation. Give them a call at 1.800.766.0449.

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