Having skiied Lake Louise a few times - albeit around 15+ years ago was keen to take my 6 year daughter and wife for our holiday last week from Florida and well, needed some private lessons to get them started - only second time skiing for both. Arranged private lessons 3 hrs a day for 3 days with Ski Lake Louise in advance and arrived to check in effortlessly with very efficient and friendly staff....who informed us we would have Tom Bazley as instructor for the three days.
Honestly, not sure what standard the rest of the ski instructors are but have to say, Tom was in my opinion one of the most patient, skilled and had an excellent rapport with all of us, but our 6 yr old daughter in particular. And to think we had requested female instructor!!! In this regard thankful Ski School at Lake Louise could not fulfill our request!
My daughter immediately took immediately to Tom's fun, but challenging and gradually increasingly difficult lessons. Truly a professional that every ski instructor should measure themselves up to...not sure what more I can say...other than after two days on the "magic carpet" beginner slopes he had both my 6 yr and wife fearlessly and in total controi and form racing down the blue slopes at what is, one of the most incredible ski areas in the world. He was at the meeting point ready to go in advance of our even early arrival for the lesson each day so no time wasted and off we went.
I hope that the ski school at Ski Lake Louise take time to recognize Tom's absolute patience, professionalism and handling of the learning process in every aspect. And hopefully Tom is still available when we return next time - as we surely will - to move on with our training.
Overall the rental experience, ski lessons, locker rental and facilities are first rate at the mountain. Only slight negative is be prepared for busy area to find seating for eating lunch and suggest some more efficient ways to minimize lines for getting food from concessions (and varied options) -- granted it was weekend and lot of locals I could see brought their own which was clever and we learned to time outside peak 11 - 1 PM times following days and weekdays was not a problem.
Having said that, there were virtually no lines on slopes where it matters most and the conditions of the runs was excellent for early season skiing.
To Tom, and all the great staff at the Lake Louise ski school....HUGE thanks for making this incredibly memorable ski trip of a lifetime for us....see you again for certain!
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