Pushing the Envelope on Private Lesson Pricing

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  1. Blue Streak

    Blue Streak Life is hard. Skiing is easy! Skier

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    This year’s window price for a private lesson at Vail is ...

    wait for it...

    $1,249
     
  2. AmyPJ

    AmyPJ No longer on the single track. Pugski Ski Tester

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    Wait, for a full day, half day? How about a WEEK?
    Dude, you'll be RICH if they tip accordingly! (Or, people will be so broke from paying for the lesson that they won't tip.)
     
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    Blue Streak

    Blue Streak Life is hard. Skiing is easy! Skier

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    That's the window price. Book now online and save!
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    Is it just me, or does $1,249 seem like a lot :eek:
     
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  4. Jenny

    Jenny Out on the slopes Skier

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    It's not just you.
     
  5. Uncle-A

    Uncle-A In the words of Paul Simon "You can call me Al" Skier

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    I wonder how many will book a lesson at that price. On the surface it seems a bit insane but need some more information about what you get for the money.
     


  6. dbostedo

    dbostedo Asst. Gathermeister-- Jackson Hole 2020 Moderator

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    You get a 6.5 hour private lesson, from 9 to 3:30. It includes lift line cutting privleges, and you can include up to 5 friends/family. That's it. Nothing else included.
     
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    Blue Streak

    Blue Streak Life is hard. Skiing is easy! Skier

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    Whatever you think of them, the suits in Broomfield are not stupid. They have a pretty good idea what the market will bear.
    But it blows my mind.
     
  8. David Chaus

    David Chaus Epic & Ikon because I’m indecisive. Or not. Skier

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    For 6 people that’s more reasonable, but still pricy for what amounts to a one day group lesson.
     
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  9. Ken_R

    Ken_R Living the Dream Skier

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    :eek::eek::eek:
     
  10. Ken_R

    Ken_R Living the Dream Skier

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    For Half of that or less I rather go cat skiing, and get some great pow and pow skiing tips in the process :D:D:D
     
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    Ken_R Living the Dream Skier

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    There IS an "underground" private lesson market in Vail... I dont and havent had ANY part in it but have known about it for the past few years.
     
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  12. Wannabeskibum

    Wannabeskibum Getting on the lift Skier

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    Interesting tidbit that I have picked up from many experiences over the years - the best way to get a private lesson for a group rate price is to be a true level 9 skier and sign up for the all day group. Most times you are a group of one or maybe two. You get a full day of skiing with a great skier who gives you the “local” knowledge of the mountain. The pro loves it because he/she is skiing with someone who really enjoys skiing and the “student” loves it because they are getting a great day of skiing along with some good tips on how to take their skiing to the next level
     
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    Uncle-A In the words of Paul Simon "You can call me Al" Skier

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    That is a little over $200 per person for an all day small group lesson with line cutting privileges and the people in the group are family or friends. I don't think I would do it but it doesn't seem that bad for those that can afford it.
     
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    T-Square Terry Admin Moderator

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    Yes, but look at the deal. If you buy now it’s "only" $1059. :yeah: You save $190. :rolleyes:





    I hate it when they use the word save when they sell you something on "sale." You still end up spending.
     
  15. KingGrump

    KingGrump Most Interesting Man In The World Team Gathermeister

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    Buy more, save more. :nono:
     
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  16. BS Slarver

    BS Slarver Formally known as Catskill Carver Skier

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    cutting the lines on powder day......priceless !!!
     
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  17. Bad Bob

    Bad Bob old n' slow Skier

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    There are places you can get a WEEK of cat skiing for that!

    There are some great L3's on mountains all over the country for under $100/hour.
     
  18. Erik Timmerman

    Erik Timmerman Making fresh tracks Instructor

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    dbostedo Asst. Gathermeister-- Jackson Hole 2020 Moderator

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    Around here, privates are usually $100-$125 an hour. For a 6.5 hour lesson, that would be $650-$812.50 ... though I think some places lower the rate a bit for multiple hours. Of course, the place around here I've taken the most lessons (Whitetail) is now owned by Vail, so we'll see what happens to lift tickets and lesson prices this season. I'm guessing not much change initially - and they had already been raising private lesson prices the last couple of seasons.
     
  20. François Pugh

    François Pugh Making fresh tracks Skier

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    My advice: learn how to ski somewhere else, before you go skiing at Vail.

    I can understand splurging on lift-cutting privileges if you are ON A VACATION. "ON A VACATION" is an attitude as much as a description of an event (kind of like a "load and go" for patrollers); all the little things you splurge on when ON A VACATION add up and make the vacation that much greater, the expensive scotch, the high end ski rentals, the expensive restaurant meals, the Margaritas at the expensive airport chain restaurant, the blueberry pancake breakfast at the expensive hotel....Not being worried about how much you're spending makes a vacation that much happier. Of course, eating what's on sale instead of what you want, driving an inexpensive old 4-cylinder car AT THE SPEED LIMIT:( to save gasoline, and generally living like a popper the rest of the year so you can afford to do that also makes the vacation better by comparison.
     
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