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bigmac
11-23-2005, 09:17 AM
I have a buddy who is an enthusiastic slalom skier. He's not very good, but he enjoys it a lot and skis several times a week in the summer. He'd enjoy it a lot more if he had a clearer idea of what he was doing, I have no doubt. He's a 40 year old orthopedic surgeon, specialist in Sports Medicine - a genius with an arthroscope IMHO. He used to be the team physician for the Philadelphia Eagles and the Philadelphia Flyers.

His wife wants to get him some time at a ski school for some personalized instruction and has asked me for advice. I told her I had access to some of the most enthusiastic water skiers in the country so I come here looking for exactly that info from you guys.

She's looking for something like a 1 week-or-less course of instruction. It could be anwhere in the US and would likely be in the spring or early summer 2006. Travel isn't an issue, nor is cost, particularly. This isn't aimed toward competition necesarily, just a substantial bump in his skills at recreational slalom skiing.

Any suggestions? Good ski schools around the country so I can pass on a list she might be able to choose from?

TIA

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Cary K.
11-23-2005, 09:25 AM
Coble Ski School in NC. 10 private lakes at same location, MC boats, world class instruction. April's name is synonymous with slalom skiing, and her husband Chris is the driver for the current Mens world record. Great instruction, great lakes, great part of the US. Worth a look.

www.cobleskischool.com

SteveO
11-23-2005, 10:59 AM
Mac,

I have not been, but have heard great things both here and elsewhere. I Think Rod may be going, or may have already gone, but it would be hard to beat Mexico in the early spring IMHO. http://www.skiparadise.com/acapulco.html

pilot02
11-23-2005, 11:27 AM
Bennett's in Zachary, LA is good and usually has several of the top collegiate skiers teaching there in the summer. Three lakes, accomodations on site, etc.

http://www.skibennetts.com/

hacker
11-23-2005, 12:59 PM
I have gone to Trophy Lakes (http://www.h2osmosis.com/) the last 3 years in mid April and made out pretty good. Seth is a great coach and the conditions are the best!

rodltg2
11-23-2005, 01:17 PM
i have heard great things about coble ski school from other who have gone. as for myself i havent gone to acapulco yet, ill be there feb-11. i'll post as much info and pics as i can when i get back.

baedriver
11-24-2005, 09:08 PM
I have heard great things about bennetts and coble. I have not been to either but everyone I have spoke to has had a positive thing to say when they came back. I know my wife and another couple are going to go in the spring and it is down to these two. I heard bennetts has a cottage for adults if there is more than one couple. Just my two cents hope this helps.

BrianM
11-25-2005, 10:55 AM
I third Bennetts. I just did one day there but was very happy. Great facility and instruction and of course they use MC.

Brent
11-25-2005, 05:45 PM
All of the choices above are very good . I have never skied with Chet Raley but have been hearing for years that he is the best Coach around. What I've heard is he phrase things in such a way that it connects with each Skier. I know he is booked months in advance , so book soon if you choose to go that way.

http://www.pbtcenter.com/

Another possibility is to have a coach come to him, Steve Schnitz does that & list a few pros that are willing to do so as well (Chris Parrish & a few others)
http://schnitzskis.com

Hope all goes well

Brent :friday:

VTJC
11-25-2005, 11:18 PM
I second H2Osmosi/Trophy Lakes (http://www.h2osmosis.com/) I skied there Monday-Wednesday and bought a new D3 X5! I hope to go back in the spring for a early season tune up! Seth was a good instructor. Jamie

André
11-25-2005, 11:25 PM
I second H2Osmosi/Trophy Lakes (http://www.h2osmosis.com/) I skied there Monday-Wednesday and bought a new D3 X5! I hope to go back in the spring for a early season tune up! Seth was a good instructor. Jamie
Jamie
were you able to demo the D3 before buying ?
Any personnal best on the magic water of Trophy that we should know of?

VTJC
11-25-2005, 11:40 PM
Yeah I skied my first set on my 68” Truth, then a 68” Monza, 68” F1 then D3 X5 68.5”. I finished my fifth set on the X5. No personal best but I skied the best out of the box on the D3 and Seth is defiantly a D3 fan. He was skiing on his new Nomad, had some prototypes I could have skied, but recommended the X5 for me. It was awesome to be able to test three skis and buy at end of the season demo/closeout pricing. Unfortunately it was a bit breeze Monday/Tuesday and cold Wednesday(38 when I headed to the lake). I was also exactly a month from the last time I skied in VT on Monday. I also find it hard to ski well while concentrating on what the coach is suggesting.

André
11-25-2005, 11:46 PM
That`s a hell of demo test you had!!!
Congrats on your new ski.
Wrap it,put it under the tree and forget about it for a month.Twice the fun!
What bindings?

bigmac
11-25-2005, 11:50 PM
I second H2Osmosi/Trophy Lakes (http://www.h2osmosis.com/) I skied there Monday-Wednesday and bought a new D3 X5! I hope to go back in the spring for a early season tune up! Seth was a good instructor. Jamie

Thanks for the tip. I've heard of these guys...unfortunately their web site is down until February 2006. That would make me a little nervous...

VTJC
11-25-2005, 11:51 PM
Yeah it’s a great Christmas present. I was swapping my HO Animals between the three skis. In the end I just needed to buy a $15 rear plate make the HO’s fit the D3 hole pattern. For testing we drilled two temporary holes in the back of the HO plate. If I make it down to Charleston in the spring, I will probably get a Fogman setup form them. My brother lives there so housing is more affordable.

Its now time to Alpine Skiing!

VTJC
11-25-2005, 11:55 PM
Bigmac,

I was just browsing http://www.h2osmosis.com/ and the redirect of www.trophylakes.com also seems to be working. Tadd & Seth are great guys running a small business. Selling gear, lessons, sets and building Fogman Bindings. I know they are both at their families for the holiday weekend but sites should be up. However, Seth is heading to Mexico to coach at http://www.skiparadise.com/ soon. There website is dated, but I was impressed with them in person. I hope to be back there in the spring.

VTJC
11-25-2005, 11:57 PM
Sorry to forget the obvious H2Osmosis @ Trophy Lakes is a MasterCraft only site!

flipper
12-30-2005, 04:18 AM
http://www.williwaterski.com/ This is the one that I went to a couple years ago and told by many people that it is one of the best in the US. I had fun and learned alot. After a week I could decided I need to get in better shape before going again. :popcorn:

X2M
12-30-2005, 03:36 PM
http://www.williwaterski.com/ This is the one that I went to a couple years ago and told by many people that it is one of the best in the US. I had fun and learned alot. After a week I could decided I need to get in better shape before going again. :popcorn:

I have heard good things about Willi's. What time of year did you go? I have been thinking about setting up a couple of sessions. Got any advice?
:)

flipper
12-31-2005, 02:47 AM
yeah, get in, hold on, and shut up! He is great. I went around June or July. I live with in a couple of hours of the lake, but the weather is great and holds the school in a nice cove. He is loud (to the point of being funny), but has a bunch of instruction on any water sport you want to learn. I saw he can walk the walk, and talk the talk after seeing him ski. :woohoo: PM me if you want more detail or info.

Bill
12-31-2005, 08:20 AM
I spent three days with Matt Rini (MattRine.com) this past fall. He was excellent. He has a great site and unlike many schools where you may only work with the lead instructor for a portion of the time, Matt is in the boat for every set. Do go when you're in shape. I was in pretty good shape and still came away pretty beat-up.