The life of a snowflake starts with delicate, atmospheric crystal formation and ends with sudden mangling beneath the snowboards of teenagers. Spare winter crystals an ignominious end with today's Groupon: for $35, you get a private covered ski or snowboard lesson at Adventure Ski & Snowboard School in Encinitas (a $70 value).
Adventure Ski & Snowboard’s experienced instructors do away with the perils of hard-packed snow by rolling out an innovative revolving-carpet ski machine that allows students of all ages and abilities to sharpen their skills year-round. The ski machine’s treadmill-like surface mimics the slippery smoothness of snow, allowing riders of all abilities to get their downhill bearings without crashing into trees or falling victim to booby traps laid by mischievous snowmen.
Each 25-minute lesson entails 8–12 trips down the carpeted slopes, during which novice skiers can practice balancing with the assistance of a horizontal bar, keeping speed under control, and stopping with an individual instructor, while advanced snowboarders can focus on honing their skills for upcoming turf wars with tobogganing gangs.
Adventure Ski & Snowboard School
Adventure Ski & Snowboard School helps skiers and snowboarders hone their mountain-shredding skills far away from snow-capped peaks with a rolling-carpet ski machine. Similar to a treadmill, the machine simulates the smooth, slippery surface of a powder-dusted slope, allowing riders to practice balancing and controlled carving. As guests glide over the endless slope, a padded, waist-high horizontal bar offers them a safety net when they attempt unfamiliar techniques, cheered on by one of the school's seasoned instructors.
Adventure Ski & Snowboard School is a member of both the Professional Ski Instructors of America and the American Association of Snowboard Instructors, a testament to their off-slope training methods, much like the frequent attempts of abominable snowmen to infiltrate their facility.