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How To Reserve a Private Ski Lesson with bill jones
by Bill Jones, Ski Instructor
Certified Professional Ski Instructor (Registration #110478), Level III
private ski lessons at Vail Resort ski areas of Keystone, Breckenridge, Vail, Beaver Creek, and at other areas

For background on Bill, go to BILL JONES, Ski Instructor. Also, Read what others have said about ski lessons with Bill. Bill teaches alpine skiing (no terrain park, cross-country, telemark, or snowboard) to adults and children age 8 and up (a parent[s] may be present if you prefer).

"Let's ski!"...Bill Jones

To book your private lesson at Keystone, Breckenridge, Vail, or Beaver Creek or other areas--call the Keystone Ski School at 800/255-3715. You may contact Bill with inquiries but do not ask to make arrangements for lessons other than through the ski school. Why? Also note that Bill or any instructor cannot be reserved for group lessons.

Read Bill's 2016-2017 annual ski letter:  updates on skiing, equipment tips, and technique brush-ups.

For lessons at Northstar, Heavenly Valley, or Kirkwood in California: inquire to determine availability.

Information/pricing for private lessons.  Prices shown are based on Vail Resorts websites for advance online reservations; walk-up prices are more. Include up to 6 persons for these prices; extra for more. You are not at a Vail Resorts website.
 (Confirm prices when booking.)
Full-day private lessons are available at all Vail resorts. Start between 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.; end when lifts close at 4 p.m. (at Keystone can start later and stay later when there is night skiing).

  • Advance-purchase prices to book Bill (or any Keystone-based instructor) through Keystone at  800/255-3715 are:
  • $759 for a full-day session at Keystone (about 6 hours).
  • $599 for a 3-hour lesson at Keystone starting only at 9:00 a.m. or 1:00 p.m. (Bill can teach 3-hour lessons only at Keystone).
  • $759 for a full-day session at Breckenridge.  (Price to book a Breckenridge instructor for a session at Breckenridge is $830).
  • $859 for a full-day session at Vail or Beaver Creek. (Price to book a Vail or Beaver Creek instructor for a session there is $965.)

    If renting equipment (not included with lesson), consider renting it at the resort. That way, if an equipment adjustment is needed it can be done with less interruption to your lesson. The company exits has locations near lift bases at most of the Vail Resorts ski areas and you can reserve your gear online--useful as at busy times equipment may be limited in some sizes or types and wait-times for fitting your gear can be less.

    If you will rent equipment at a resort, arrive at the rental shop for fitting at least one hour before your lesson, more on busy days such as holidays, school vacations. Or rent it the afternoon or evening before your lesson--check for shop hours.

    Private lessons can accommodate up to 6 people at the base cost. With Bill, parents may accompany children (8 and older) taking lessons. Bill teaches only alpine skiing, so mixing skiers and snowboarders is not an option.

     Lift tickets are required for all lessons. When booking, check for lift ticket prices for the resort where you will take your lesson; they may cost less if purchased with a lesson. Some lower-priced lift tickets bought with lessons are valid only when skiing with the instructor.

    Lunch may (should) be taken during a private lesson but the cost is not included. Bring cash or credit.

    Priority lift access is provided for private-lesson takers on most upper-level lifts at Vail Resorts ski areas.

    If you cancel a reserved lesson, fees may apply; inquire when booking.

    Special arrangements can also be made for teaching at non-Vail Resorts ski area; surcharges apply.

    At Keystone, free parking is included in your advance-purchase private lesson. If your private lesson is at the River Run base area, park for free in the Hunki Dori or Gold Bug lots. If your private lesson is at the Mountain House base area, park for free in the Marmot lot. To receive your free parking, tell the parking lot attendant the name on your private lesson booking. Confirm arrangements when booking.

    Have available when you book your private lesson (through Keystone Ski School--at 800/255-3715) for any Vail-operated resort

  • name of your preferred instructor--Bill Jones.
  • your address, phone, email, and credit card information
  • names of people to include in lesson, their ages, their skill levels, their goals
  • date and length of session you wish to schedule, plus start time. Available start times may vary according to lift access schedules.
  • where you would like to start your session: at which resort, and which ski school meeting area of resort. If at Keystone, choose River Run or Mountain House. If at Breckenridge, choose Village (Peak 9), Beaver Run (Peak 9), or Peak 8. If at Vail, choose Village or Lions Head. If at Beaver Creek, choose Ritz Carlton or Village. If another location, after booking set up meeting place with Bill directly. If unsure, ask Bill.
  • Rates and deals on lessons, lift tickets and equipment rental are subject to change by the resorts. *Check for final prices and options when you book. And, once a date is set up with Bill, please book yourself; Bill does not have a way to secure your credit card data.

  • Lesson-taking cost-saving strategies to get more value:   (Confirm prices when booking.)  

    The comparisons below show generally that full-day lessons are a better value per hour (about $125) versus half-day lessons (about $200/hour). But a more important reason is that it usually takes longer than a half-day lesson to impart a new skill. Often the first half-day is spent learning a skill, and the next half-day anchors the skill with practice guided by a coach. First-time and beginner skiers in group lessons, for instance, are encouraged to take a full 3 days of lessons for this same reason. While a private lesson has advantages, it does not necessarily reduce the time needed to be spent on learning and practice.

    Book Bill through the Keystone Ski School at 800/255-3715 and take your lesson there or at Breckenridge or Arapahoe Basin (probably): This is expected to cost less than for him to teach at Beaver Creek or Vail.

    Book Bill through the Keystone Ski School at $759/day and have him come to you at Keystone, Breckenridge, or Arapahoe Basin (probably) instead of booking a Breckenridge instructor at $830/day. Or have him come to you at Vail or Beaver Creek for $859 instead of booking an instructor there at $965. This idiosyncrasy is due to the different resorts having different prices at their ski schools and a travel surcharge to go to the distant resorts.

    Book full-day lessons instead of half-day lessons: For instance, at Keystone, total cost ($759) of a full-day lesson is less than two half-day lessons (2 x $599=$1158), saving $399. Bill can only teach half-day lessons at Keystone, but comparing the cost of two half-day lessons from a Breckenridge instructor at Breckenridge (2 x $635=$1270) versus Bill teaching a full day there at ($759) , the savings would be $511. For Vail and Beaver Creek, the same math gives a savings of $551.

    Extend a morning Keystone session: If you start in the morning with a regular-season half-day lesson of 3 hours (at $599) you may extend to a full-day lesson (at $759) for just $160 more (a bit over $50/hour for private ski instruction or guiding). This add-on option can be useful if you are uncertain of your available time or are unsure you will have the stamina for a full-day lesson. The risk is that if an a.m. lesson Bill may get booked by another party in the afternoon before you decide to extend. And if not extended, the lesson must end on time so Bill can report for his afternoon assignment.

    Book up to 6 persons: For multi-person "private" lessons (up to 6 persons for the same price) you may organize your session so that some of your party is being coached while others are skiing or resting and then switch roles. (This can be especially useful in private-lesson groups with mixed skill, age, interest, or stamina levels so that each person is in a comfortable and effective learning environment). Full-day lessons cost less than two half-day lessons. Too, the cost of 6 full-day group lessons is about the same as the cost of a full-day private lesson for 6 people.

    Start early, Stay late: Because the ski slopes sometimes open at 8:30 a.m. we might be able to start then. If we catch our last ride at 4:00 p.m., a full-day lesson can be stretched out, allowing for lunch and rest breaks. (At Keystone when there is night skiing there is even more flexibility on start time if arranged in advance.)

    Run gates and/or race free: Running gates with or without timed results is free at the Vail Resort ski areas for lesson students of skill level 6 and up, when the course is open (usually). There may be a separate registration fee if vying for medals. Itís a great way to tune up skiing skills.

    If private lessons still seem costly, consider The Business Model: The cost of a private lesson has some correlation with the revenue the resort could earn from using the same instructor for a group lesson. Rates have proved compatible with ski school business model requirements within supply and demand parameters and compare with rates charged for many other individualized services available from some other sports professionals such as golf and tennis, as well as accountants, lawyers, plumbers, electricians, auto mechanics, and computer technicians. Like these specialists, a ski instructor is a trained professional, too, and like them is supported by an office, marketing, training, and managerial staff. Demand for instruction is such that the local ski resorts have from 200 to 1200 instructors each.

    For more considerations on private lessons, and for comparing pros and cons of private lessons versus group lessons, go to Why Take a Lesson from a Professional Ski Instructor and scroll down to "Private vs. Group Lesson".

    What you may expect in a Level 1 private ski lesson at River Run, Keystone

    Location maps of some private lesson meeting areas at Breckenridge and Keystone

    Share your personal skiing information with Bill so he can plan the best experience to meet your needs and wishes.

    Get on  a contact list for Bill's annual pre-season letter.

    Contact Bill Jones:
    e-mail Bill Jones                  
    home phone & fax:  970/468-7673 (both phone and fax; phone has answering machine)
    cell phone:              970/390-8821 (when in range, daytimes only; if no answer leave message but also call home phone as cell phone does not work at rural residence.)
    postal mail:             Bill Jones, 637 Blue Ridge Road, Silverthorne, CO 80498

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