Colorado Podcasts Skiing & Snowboarding Telluride: Colorado Podcasts Skiing & Snowboarding Telluride
“Our mission is to pass on the passion,” says Noah Sheedy, Director of the Telluride Ski & Snowboard School in a recent Travel Fun interview. Listen to all you ever wanted to know about the Telluride Ski & Snowboard School and ski and snowboard instruction in general by clicking on the play button below. Noah—along with Doug Morrisson, Manager of Adult Programs, and Frank Martinez, Manager of Children’s Programs at Telluride Ski & Snowboard School—provided me with terrific interviews about their highly-acclaimed products and instructors.
Whether it’s your first experience or your one thousandth on the hill, Noah explains why skiers and riders of all levels should take a lesson. “There’s always room to improve,” Noah says. “Especially with the new equipment and terrain,” he adds, referring to the opening of a lot of additional expert runs in Telluride in recent years.
In response to my question regarding the difference between self-taught and professionally taught skiers, Noah explains the many reasons why you shouldn’t pick up your latest techniques from chairlift gawking. (I know there are many of you out there that do this!) “It’s about really becoming efficient and proficient,” Noah explains. “It takes a professional to lead you through it, so that people can conserve energy and have a better time” he continues. Any pro knows that big aches and pains endured throughout a ski vacation are no badge of honor. There is an easier way and it’s called technique.
Doug talks about Telluride Ski & Snowboard School’s most popular product: private lessons. “It’s a very customized kind of product,” he explains. He also tells how lessons are booked and discusses the uniqueness of the instructors, an eclectic staff of over three hundred that distinguish themselves by eleven years of experience on average per person. (That’s high for the industry.) Doug also discusses Adult Group lessons and how most lessons are organized.
If you’ve been thinking about teaching your child how to ski or ride, please listen to what Frank has to say about the importance of children’s ski and snowboard lessons. There’s so much to know and not surprisingly, it is not recommended that you do the teaching yourself, no matter how skilled you are at snowsports. Frank explains how the aspirations and desires of parents don’t necessarily gel with what’s best for the child. There’s much to consider on every level, especially depending on the age of the child. It’s best to let professional instructors take care of your little ones. And as Frank adds, “it’s a learning experience beyond skiing.”
So have I convinced you yet? Yes or no, click on the play button to hear more. In our interview, I also share one of the big reasons I enjoy taking a lesson. Yes, I’m a ski instructor, too, and in addition to training, I love to join in on a lesson, time permitting. You know why? Aside from all the tips and technique I know I’ll learn, it’s because I like to be taken care of. And there’s no doubt in my mind that that’s much of what our beautiful band of Telluride Ski & Snowboard instructors do best.
Happy sliding! Hope to see you on the hill soon!
Click on the play button below to listen to my half-hour Telluride Ski & Snowboard School interview.
For more about why you should choose Telluride, check out my story Why Telluride.