After flying in on Alaska Airlines from Seattle to Hailey, ID I noticed that there was a pert with my Alaska ticket of a ½ day ski pass for my day of arrival and a group lesson the next day. I told the rest of the family that I was going to take the lesson the next morning and they looked at me like I was crazy. Hey the black runs at my home mountain are about the same pitch as the green runs on Baldy so heck yeah I am taking all of the advice I can get. I showed up for the group lesson with about a dozen other people of all abilities and they did the normal ski off to find out which instructor should take which guests by skiing from the top of a short chair back down to the base of the gondola. The lead instructor took off and I took off right behind him while the other instructors watched the group so we could be arranged by ability. When I arrived at the bottom on the tails of the lead instructor and we turned to look up hill there was no one else in sight. He then turned to me and said my name is Aaron and I will be your instructor today I knew I had lucked into a private lesson with one of the supervisors of one of the best ski schools in the country. Score. He asked me a few questions and I told him I really wasn’t feeling like black diamonds and bumps so if he could just help me with a few problems I have as a result of a back injury I would be very grateful. After about 4 runs we stopped midway down this fairly steep pitch to make a little correction and I asked what run we were on …. Lime Light was his response. Hum as I recall that is a black diamond run and I said no black diamonds. His response was “are you having fun?” Well, yes … then shut up and ski. This was one of the best lessons I have ever had and I will take another one when I return next year even though I am a past level 2 ski instructor and a current member of the National Ski Patrol active about 30 days a year on Mt Hood in Oregon. I would recommend taking a lesson in Sun Valley or any destination resort to anyone because you can always learn something new or just find the hidden secret runs that only the locals know about.
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