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Nice Turns ski improvement program

Gary Carlson and Ursula Graef, certified ski instructors at Schweitzer, are offering their adult-oriented Nice Turns ski improvement program again this year. This program has been extremely popular with active seniors who enjoy the social aspect of meeting each week with fellow skiers and benefit from the physical activity. Graef stated, “With Nice Turns you ski with people in your own age group and of comparable ability.” She added, “We felt that adults should have fun too!” Sessions are offered for skiers from entry level to expert.

The Nice Turns program allows skiers to develop at their own pace in small sessions with six or less skiers. This is accomplished by utilizing the “Simple to Complex” skills improvement method. The skier builds a foundation of basic skills and then builds in more complex skills over the duration of the course. The result is a natural progression to new levels that the skier is comfortable with. Graef said, “We never ask a student to do anything that they are uncomfortable with.”

Nice Turns utilizes the latest in computer and video technology to help the skier improve. Carlson said, “The ability to see yourself in action, plus the ability to break down each turn into its components, is a tremendous teaching tool.”

“Learn to take full advantage of the new ski equipment. Learn to ski the mountain. And mix with lots of great people who want to improve their skiing while having fun,” exclaimed Graef.

The full season Nice Turns program begins the first week in January with weekly half-day lessons until the end of the season. The half season program follows the same schedule, but is completed at the end of February. A weekly full day lesson is also offered that focuses on practicing drills and skills in the morning with guided free skiing in the afternoon. The sessions meet weekly, either weekdays or weekends.  All classes include a lunch session for video review and technical discussion. The cost is $325 for the full season half-day, $225 for the half season, and $325 for the half season, full day program. Discounts are available for couples.

Gary Carlson said, “If it has been a while since your last ski lesson and you are not sure about committing to a full season, take advantage of our “test run. Try an early session at no cost and see if our program is for you.” For more information go to the Nice Turns web site, email: info(at)niceturns.net or call 208-263-5207.

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