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To say that Taylor is an amazing ski instructor would not do justice to what he has been for me. Since my first contact with him by WhatsApp (following a friend’s recommendation), through each of our lessons, he has exceeded all of my expectations. By way of context, when I arrived in Gudauri, I could not ski. My stretch goal for the end of the 4 days here was to learn to parallel turn (though I was keeping my ambitions in check!). With Taylor’s help, I was making parallel turns by the end of day 1, skiing blue runs by the morning of day 3 and doing the red runs on my fourth day! Of course there were falls (all part of the fun) moments of panic (largely from overthinking things), but what stands out the most is the laughter, the feeling of accomplishment, the incredible Georgian food that Taylor introduced me to and even a night out sampling some local Chacha (dangerous stuff...). I have a long way to go with skiing (body positioning, speed, spins, jumps, black runs off piste...) and I cannot wait to continue my lessons with Taylor when I return to Gudauri.
Melody, thank you once again! Today is an awesome day! Thank you!
Ok I came to Gudauri not really for skiing but actually for my first snow experience!!! But really theres nothing to do in Gudauri in winter except from skiing and snowboarding otherwise you can just hang around and watch everybody ski and snowboard while having mulled wine, hot chocolate or tea. So I booked myself for my first ski lesson and my first ever ski instructor was Taylor. Taylor is American so it was pretty easy to communicate and comprehend everything he's trying to teach me. He was kind and gentleman enough to carry my ski for me a couple times which was really helpful as it is pretty heavy, plus i wasn't eating properly in my first few days in Gudauri so I didn't really have that much energy to carry stuff! So he taught me all the basic stuff I have to know about skiing.. how to wear skis specially when your ski boots are covered with snow, how to stop forming your ski like a pizza or pie (he calls it pizza), how to turn right and left. Turning was pretty hard specially when its steep and I get pretty scared... It was so frustrating coz I kept falling and crashing to him! haha But I was at ease and comfortable with Taylor that I wasn't embarrassed at all no matter how many times I fell on my face. But the best thing about Taylor is he encouraged me to try and try again till I get it right and get over my fear.. so with what he's telling me, it was pretty clear that my instructor thinks that I can do it so I never gave up. Taylor had to leave for a trip but I was lucky enough to have had probably 3 to 4 lessons with him. Enough to get me started and make me love to ski. So I had a few more lessons while he was away and I'm really happy that I kept on coz I knew I could be better coz my instructor believed so! Skiing is so much fun! Not to mention the beautiful mountain view while you ski downhill! Now, Ill always want to ski every winter season. So if you wanna try skiing.. This guy right here is absolutely fun to ski with and will make you believe that you can be a good skier. Oh and he communicates a lot! That kinda built the instructor-student relationship. And the friendship too!!! 🙂 I highly recommend Taylor as your first ever Ski Instructor! You wont regret it I promise!!!
Had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed the ski lessons with Dan and Melody. Thanks and hopefully see you soon.
I've learned more these two days than I have in the last two years. I really enjoyed this.
Thank you so much. You have made my vacation so much better and more fun.
Melody and Taylor, it was a pleasure to meet you both and thank you for everything...I am very happy that Jacqui and the kids have you to help make the most of the rest of our holiday. We will absolutely be recommending you guys to everyone we know.
If you are looking for a fluent English speaking Ski instructor with a friendly attitude look no further than Taylor Beckwith-Ferguson. At 50 years of age I have little ski experience, so my wife and I booked Taylor during our trip to Gudauri. Taylor is a great instructor, patient, friendly, and extremely experienced. He had me skiing down the green slopes in no time and after two days’ instruction I was heading out on my own. Not only can he help older folk like me he is great with children of all ages and more experienced skier. Taylor was a font of knowledge helping with ski hire and advice on the village life. He provided a 5-star service, I would definitely recommend you book Taylor for your ski instruction.
My friend and I had two days lessons with Taylor during our trip to Gudauri and it was definitely the best decision! Taylor is perfect for us. He is exceptionally patient, skillful, chill,and did I mention the part that he is native English speaker which made the difference? My first ski experience was amazing thanks to Taylor and I would highly recommend him if you are looking for an English speaking ski coach with great patient, and you are all set to have a lot of fun skiing!
Taylor is great. Very patient and knows skiing inside and out. He packed a lot of helpful instruction into a relatively short amount of time. It's rare to find someone who knows as much as he does and also is really into teaching.