Friday's the deadline for entry into this year's session of the Deseret News Ski School. After that potential skiers will be spectators for the school this year.
The first class will be Saturday on the slopes of Sugarhouse Park. The three remaining classes will be at Alta.This will be the 45th year of the ski school. Thousands of skiers over the years have learned the art of making wedge turns and herringbone walks on skis.
Directing the school for the 45th time will be Alf Engen, director of skiing at Alta and recognized as one of the sport's best ski teachers.
Cost of the school is $10. This includes the four two-hour group lessons and lift rides on the final session during class.
Instruction will cover both alpine and nordic skiing.
After the class on Nov. 21, students and teachers will take a break for the holidays, then return to Alta on Dec. 5 and 12 for the remaining two classes.
Instruction on Saturday will be directed at entry-level skiers. They will learn to walk, make stationary turns and familiarize themselves with their equipment.
Even though this is a dryland class, students will need all of their equipment, including skis, boots, bindings and poles.
Bus transportation will be available for the three Alta classes. Round-trip fare will be $5. Pickup points will be Olympus Hills Shopping Center and Cottonwood Mall (west of ZCMI). Buses will leave those points at 8:30 a.m.
Students should meet at the park on Saturday by 9:30 a.m. They will then be placed with an instructor.
Engen says the dryland class has proven to be very beneficial to new skiers. It allows them to negotiate basic moves on skis without fear of slipping and sliding about.
"This then gives them a sense of confidence when they get on snow," he says.
Students can register at one of the Gart Brothers stores or at the Deseret News, #30 East 1st South. For information call the Deseret News at 237-2135.
Along with the basic instruction, each student will also receive a Ski School T-shirt on the first day.