As a competitive wrestler and coach in high school and college I was banned from snowsports during the winter seasons. At age 40 I was forced to learn skiing by my wife as a pre-nuptial of sorts. It was not a pleasant experience. I was a decent skier but was never truly satisfied. So at age 48, my then 8 year old daughter and I took a snowboarding lesson. She did very well...but I was frustrated. The teaching method was geared toward someone who was less than 100 pounds standing only 4 feet from the ground. I knew there was more and refused to give up.
I finally took lessons from a series of instructors who each had a teaching tip that was relevant to a 6'2" 270 pound beginner.
Thanks to each of these instructors on various mountains, I was able to become proficient at the sport in a relatively short period of time. Now 8 years later I have taken these various teaching tips and techniques and incorporated them into the Grays on Trays Method®. I now teach this course on Stratton Mountain, Vermont or if the occasion arises on contract on other mountains large and small.
The method is designed to be sensitive to the various "gravitational" and self confidence issues that are common among middle age and senior beginners. They are also applicable to beginners of all ages.
More than 99% of my students have the physical ability to snowboard regardless of age. The Grays on Trays method works on the "inner game of snowboarding" which when melded with the physical skills results in a rapid learning curve.
The large majority of our students are linking simple turns on a beginner slope after two sessions of one hour forty five minutes each. Their exhilaration is impossible to describe.
We keep the sessions fun and lively. Corporate and family groups can be assured of a fantastic team building experience as well as a sense of incredible accomplishment on an individual basis.