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private ski school instruction mary jane coPrivate Ski School Winter Park, CO

Looking to improve your skiing technique and get better on those bumps?  How about ski school for the kids or a little instruction for the misses?  Well, the privates (as they are called  here in WP) just got better.  Guests and locals alike that take a private lesson at Winter Park Resort will get extra pampering this winter. There is a new Winter Park Private Lesson Center  at the base area in the Village at Winter Park, just a few feet from the Zephyr Express lift. It is set to open in mid-December.  This is formerly the Discovery Real Estate Center and is in prime location to serve the as the private lesson facility.

You do get rewarded for taking a private. A complimentary locker is provided for those with a full-day private. A concierge service is available for local dining and entertainment options. Arrange your rental equipment from Winter Park Base Rentals in advance and it will be delivered each morning. You’ll zip up the Zephyr Express a lot faster with your own private lift line. Beginner skiers and riders will be shuttled via snowmobile to the Sorensen Park area. Boots hurt? You can get customized boot fitting on-site.

A private lesson is the way to go if you are thinking of any ski instruction at all. This is true for both adults and kids. With a private lesson you receive much more hands on time (hands on time in a private, that sounds fun) and you will have the same instructor for as many lessons as you are willing to take.  Yes, a private is a bit more expensive but you will be spending your dollars wisely and you will see the difference on the slopes.  Rates are determined by the Winter Park Private Lesson desk and will vary depending on the number of students and the duration of the lessons.

Winter Park Lodging Company recommends four great private instructors, Sandy Schmidt, Nigel Conners Pam Conners and Bart Smith. All four are certified alpine instructors at Winter Park Resort Ski School with years of experience in private and family private lessons. Family private lessons are a great deal for families who want a guided mountain experience, with a pro in charge of their kids while still all enjoying quality family time. Bart and Nigel are Aussies and Sandy and Pam are Colorado locals.  You can not go wrong with any of these four and your skiing will be all the better for it.

Contact Sandy at She has been instructing since 1975 and teaches all ages and abilities, from first-timers to beginning moguls.

You can contact Bart at The kids will love his Australian accent.

Nigel has taught skiing for 15 seasons in Australia, Canada and USA (this is his 10th at Winter Park)
Fully certified instructor, race coach and accredited trainer (one of about six on staff at Winter Park)
Available for all varieties of private lessons- Family (4 or more people), Regular (1 – 3 people), 1/2 day, full day and multiple days.
Contact Nigel in his cell- 970 531 3871 or email;
Nigel can also arrange discounted lessons if you book directly through him and can also assist with equipment needs and boot fitting.

Pam, Nigel’s wife if you are wondering, is great with kids and women and is a fully certified instructor.  Pam can be reached at

So if you are headed up to Winter Park or Mary Jane make sure to take a private, oh that sounds much more fun than “going to ski school” doesn’t it?

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