Forget The Sopranos, here is the Ultimate 4
OK people, the time has come to improve your technique on the mountain. Whether you’re a beginner who just wants to know how to stop without turning into a human snowball, the parent of a little ripper you’re convinced is the next Lindsey Vonn, or an intermediate snowboarder ready to push yourself to the steeps and bumps, Ski & Ride School awaits at Breckenridge Ski Resort.
There are dozens of private and group lessons available to skiers and snowboarders of all ages and ability levels, but let’s talk for a minute about The Ultimate 4.
It might sound like a mobster-themed sitcom, but oh no … it’s better.
The ultimate happy medium between a private lesson and a group class, the Ultimate 4s are limited to a maximum group size of four skiers or snowboarders. Designed to match individuals of the same ability level and children in the same age group, Ultimate 4 presents the ideal arrangement for plenty of one-on-one guidance time with the instructor as well as an opportunity to develop a bond and match skills with others in the small group.
Are you a beginner who feels slightly nervous about learning with a crew of people but still appreciate a little more camaraderie on the slopes than just you and the instructor? The Ultimate 4 is your answer. Do you have a 10-year-old snowboarder who has mastered blue runs and wants to tackle the blacks and maybe start doing a few tricks? The learning curve is especially fast in the Ultimate 4 setup. There’s even Ultimate 4 classes for women-only. Taught by Breckenridge’s top female instructors, the Ladies First Ultimate 4 classes are available from Feb. 14-20 and open to skiers and snowboarders of all ability levels, each quartet comprised of individuals who ski and ride at the same level. It makes for a fun girls day on the hill while ramping up your skills, not to mention possibly setting the stage for lifelong friendships.
“Many of our Ultimate 4 guests return to a private lesson with the same instructor,” says Dan Vasti, head of Breckenridge Ski & Ride School. “With a ratio of 4-1, the instructor gets to know everyone quickly and can provide more individual attention then in traditional class lessons.”
Some more winning characteristics of Ultimate 4 lessons compared to others is that they get a jump on the day, starting at 9 a.m. They finish earlier than other lessons at 3 p.m. and also include lunch on the mountain.
“The earlier start time gets the class on the runs ahead of the crowds when the snow is fresh,” Vasti says. “Since the Ultimate 4 ends earlier than class lessons, there is more time for the parents and kids to get on the mountain together at the end of the day.”
To book an Ultimate 4 lesson or find out more, head on over to Breck’s Ski & Ride School.
– Shauna Farnell