First Class Beginner’s Weekend

Struggling with your holiday shopping? Know someone who wants to learn to ski? If you answered yes to either (or both) of those questions, then our First Class Beginner’s Weekend could be the antidote to your holiday angst.

The First Class Beginner’s Weekend is a two-day learn-to-ski experience that includes lessons, use of a private slopeside learning lounge, and a FREE pair of HEAD Skis, boots, and bindings for each participant. The program, which also includes morning coffee, lunch, and a Saturday night après party, is an excellent introduction to the winter sports lifestyle we all love.

But don’t take our word for it. Last winter, fashion photographer Alyssa Greenberg (she’s covered New York Fashion Week and published photos in Vogue and other magazines) enrolled in the program and went from newbie to solid intermediate after just a few lessons. Plus, she brought home a sweet pair of HEAD skis at the end of the program. If you’re interested in finding out how Alyssa made the transition from red carpet to magic carpet, keep on reading.

Was it tough getting started from scratch? Boots, skis, bindings…that sounds like a hassle.

I thought it was really easy. They took all my information to begin with, so that when I got there all my stuff was in a cubby. They sat down, put the boots on me, and they worked perfect. It was less than 10 minutes. You think it’s going to be this huge process.

Trading one pair of boots for another.


What was it like the first time you put on skis?

They split us up into Level 1, 2, 3, and then we all moved to the bottom of the bunny hill. Everyone put their skis up and introduced themselves. Some people had never touched a ski before, and some people had kind of skied before, but had never taken a class. We all grouped together, and the instructor held up a ski and said ‘This is where the toe goes in,’ and explained why the ski curves, and things people don’t really know about. It was very helpful.

Not everyone has the courage to learn a new sport as an adult. Was it tough to have little kids zooming past you on the mountain?

I met friends in the class – it’s not like you’re all alone. There’s a great community aspect to it. In the group you’re all adults, but you’re all in the shallow end. No one knows what they’re doing. A lot of people think it’s awful when you’re a beginner skier, because you think you’re going to spend most of the time on your ass, on the ground and falling. But it’s not like that at all. The instructors do a good job – they watch you ski and see what you’re doing exactly wrong so they can help you fix it right away.


So how’s your technique after a few days of lessons?

I’m a beginning intermediate. I think I do blues pretty comfortably now, which is good. I don’t think I’m anywhere near a black diamond. Once I got the parallel down, we worked more on keeping my body straight, leaning forward, and then using poles to mark my turns instead of having them fly all over the place.

Alyssa making solid turns down Lower Bear Claw.


And you got free HEAD gear through the program?

You should have seen my boyfriend’s face when I got the new skis. He freaked. He’s like, ‘I can’t believe it! Your skis are nicer than mine.’

You get a new pair of skis! And you get a new pair of skis! And you get a new pair of skis!

So do you feel like a skier now?

I’m excited to come back and not feel like a beginner anymore – to feel very comfortable getting on my new skis and then getting right up the mountain to get the most out of my day. Now I can keep all my gear together and come straight to the mountain. It’s one less thing I have to worry about.

Interested in following in Alyssa’s bootsteps? Reserve your spot in an upcoming First Class Beginner’s Weekend by calling 1-800-229-LOON. First Class Beginner’s Weekends run Dec. 12-13; Jan. 9-10; Jan. 30-31; March 5-6; and March 19-20. The First Class Beginner’s Weekend is limited to skiers ages 13 and up.

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