#SkiChat Q&A with Breck Ski and Ride School’s Kelly Coffey
Kelly Coffey, one of our intrepid instructors at the Breckenridge Ski and Ride School took a break from the slopes to answer a few questions on twitter about learning to ski and snowboard.
@SkiChat: Q1: How old were you when you learned to ski/snowboard?
@KellyRCoffey: A1: My parents had me on skis when I was 3. I remember my dad holding me between his legs as we both skied down the slope.
@SkiChat: Q2: Who taught you to ski and/or snowboard?
@SkiChat: Q3: What are the advantages to attending ski/snowboard school vs. a private lesson?
@KellyRCoffey: A3: Class lesson is great for the social aspect. Private is more custom made: it’s only your goals and pace that drive the day.
@SkiChat: Q4: What piece of advice did you receive as a beginner that has stuck with you?
@KellyRCoffey: A4: “Use your turns to control your speed, not the pizza wedge.” Once I figured that out I progressed dramatically
@SkiChat: Q5: Which type of mountain is best for learning to ski/snowboard: large resort or smaller ski area?
@SkiChat: Q6: Did you have any embarrassing moments while learning to ski/snowboard?=
@KellyRCoffey: A6: Also face-planting directly under the busy lift while in uniform my first year as an instructor.
@SkiChat: This one is for all of your skiers who have tried boarding and vice versa… Q7: Which is easier to learn: Ski or snowboard?
@KellyRCoffey: Different learning curves: Day 1-3 skiing is easier. After linking turns through mid-level: snowboarding is easier. Advanced: equal
@SkiChat: We’ve got two more we HAVE to get in so here we go, Q8: How do you continue to learn new techniques or tricks?
@KellyRCoffey: I go out with other pros and get feedback on my turns. Always something to work on. Always a new trick in the park to learn.
@SkiChat: Q9: What tips do you have for safely getting off the chairlift with a beginner?
@KellyRCoffey: Q9: Tell them “At the yellow line, stand up, get forward, and go straight.” Easy instructions. And you give them plenty of room.
Thanks to Kelly for taking the time to share his love of learning to ski, and to @SkiChat for hosting this twitter Q&A!