Napa California ski schools?

JetsetrJetsetr Posts: 233 Baller
edited August 2018 in Technique & Theory
Going to be in Sonoma/Napa next week for work...any ski schools in the area, or at least somewhere to watch some skiing???


  • Chef23Chef23 Posts: 5,844 Mega Baller
    I think Sunset Ranch is pretty close to where you are going:
    Mark Shaffer
  • LoopSkiLoopSki Posts: 468 Crazy Baller
    edited August 2018
    Unfortunately you will be in a very smoky area ! Closest ski schools likely Sacramento area. Napa would make a great backdrop for a ski lake. Land likely crazy expensive
  • JetsetrJetsetr Posts: 233 Baller
    edited August 2018
    Thanks for the replies...looks like they’re closed/booked now. Boss might not like me “borrowing” the plane to go skiing...will only be there for 4 days total so only 2 full days for skiing. Will have to wait till fall/winter for our Florida trips to get some coaching...
  • travtitletravtitle Posts: 24 Baller
    The Monticello Ski Club is at Lake Berryessa in Napa. You are welcome to come out and get some skiing in. You can send me a message and I'll give you more info. Don't worry about the smoke-- it's just like a bar in the 70's. It will bring back good memories.
  • eleeskieleeski Posts: 3,791 Infinite Pandas
    It's a quick hop in a plane from Napa to Rio Linda airport. Walk to Bel Aqua from the runway. Maybe not for jets but perfect for Cessnas if that's what you can "borrow".

    Take the amphibian to Berryessa.

  • JetsetrJetsetr Posts: 233 Baller
    We have a Learjet...
  • HockdogHockdog Posts: 167 Baller
    40 minute drive to Berryessa from Napa airport, PM @travtitle for details
  • JetsetrJetsetr Posts: 233 Baller
    Got the scoop from @travtitle hopefully get some pulls in Wed or Thursday....
    Looks like a great place to ski...
  • DirtDirt Posts: 1,574 Open or 55K Rated Skier
    @Jetsetr check out it is a little north of sacramento. Terry Winter is coaching there this week. There is a trainwithterry website if you want to book lessons.
    I learned everything I know not to do from Horton
  • sunvalleylawsunvalleylaw Posts: 1,259 Mega Baller
    I agree with @Dirt . Do this. He is there this week.
  • JetsetrJetsetr Posts: 233 Baller
    edited August 2018
    Would love to train with Terry...only have two days (maybe only one depending on what the boss wants to do) so scooting over to SAC really isn’t an option...I’m planning on getting some water time in at Monticello-that looks like an awesome place to ski...

    Not sure I would want to waste Mr. Winters time being a extreme novice...
    I do plan on subscribing to his on line and video coaching...

    I kinda went into brain freeze when I skied @ Stillwater’s...first time on a course and having a big dawg waiting for me to finish up so he could get some sets in (self implied pressure, no external what so ever) has made me a little gun shy (the award quality OTF didn’t help either). That’s one of the reasons I purchased my own course and set my own boat up.

    I don’t consider failures as failures, just learning experiences...but as a type A-semi control freak (most pilots and pro race car drivers are, and I do both) I don’t like going into something totally unprepared and looking like I have absolutely not clue as to what I’m doing...

    Want to be better prepared if I decide to compete at some point, but in reality I do this for FUN first, the great exercise and personal satisfaction...

  • HallpassHallpass Posts: 132 Solid Baller
    Berryessa is great. Liquid Zone is not much further. I watched Terry coach kids for 4 full days this summer. Beginner (literally, some kids learning to get up on two skis for first time) to 38 off. 6 and 7 years old to 18. This is a very patient instructor, and the rate at which these kids improved was remarkable. I'm sure he works wonders with adults as well. FWIW.
  • sunvalleylawsunvalleylaw Posts: 1,259 Mega Baller
    @Jetsetr , I would not consider it a waste of Terry's time if you did have the opportunity some time. He is very supportive of people learning, expresses genuine interest in the student's success wherever they are on the path, and gives good advice as to what is the best thing to work on right now. So if you do get the chance, do not consider it a waste of anyone's time. @Hallpass has it right.
  • JetsetrJetsetr Posts: 233 Baller
    Thanks for the encouragement...
    Little short on time this trip, but will be back out there in September.
    I’ve watched the video with Allison and I see some of the things I need to work on...
    Going to ski later today and tomorrow and going to concentrate on some of the fundamentals...
    Didn’t realize it was only 62 miles from Napa to Sacramento...
    Will see if I can get in on short notice...
    Thanks again...
  • DirtDirt Posts: 1,574 Open or 55K Rated Skier
    @Jetsetr no pressure but I talked to Terry today and the schedule is light. He has plenty of time available if you decide to do it.
    I learned everything I know not to do from Horton
  • JetsetrJetsetr Posts: 233 Baller
    I will call Terry today and see what’s available....
    It looked like on the web site he was pretty much booked up...
    Thanks @Dirt....
  • JetsetrJetsetr Posts: 233 Baller
    Skied with Terry @ Liquid Zone yesterday...Terry and Kristin are great, got some great fundamentals to work on. Looking forward to skiing with him again at some point soon...

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