Great Value, Great Instruction, Close
Needs a cross country trail
1) For $85 , you get 8 hours of instruction spaced over a month. At Vail or Aspen, $85 might buy you directions to the ski lift.
2) Spring Mountain is a really great deal for cross country skiers. In rolling terrain, you need downhill technique and Spring Mountain is the place to learn it. Because they are OLD SCHOOL. While some ski resorts now rush their students to parallel skiing based on the deeply curved trick skis, Spring Mountain still teaches the traditional technique developed in Europe: snowplow, wedge turn, stem christie, then parallel. The technique used by the US Army and Marine Corps because it works for real skiing on real skis. The trick hourglass alpine skis are worthless for covering terrain -- to cover 40 miles in a day, you need the straight-sided skiis made by Asnes in Norway. And to ski downhill on those, you need the traditional techniques. Plus the really expert alpine skiers -- those who ski in the backcountry wilderness out west -- value the old methods. See Paul Parker's "Free-Heel Skiing", 3rd Edition, p. 66.
3) With Spring Mountain's lifts, A cross country skier can get more downhill practice in a day
than he would get in a month if he had to climb every hill in order to ski down. The instructors are good --mine showed me a subtle move that really helped me. (As an indicator of expertise and/or mental instability, he was going to upstate New York after the class to do "Glade Skiing" with friends --Wiki that. "Be Good or Eat Wood", heh heh. )
4) Safety seems good. I saw one skier take a fall and hurt her knee. Our instructor called on his walkie talkie and the medical staff soon came roaring up the slope on a snowmobile
towing a stretcher on a sled.