It is time to experience the ultimate waterski vacation. At VSR we offer water skiing and coaching on our private world class ski lake in beautiful central California. We are conveniently located just 30 minutes south of the Sacramento International Airport.
We are not your typical cookie-cutter water ski school that simply includes room and board. We are a boutique, one-of-a-kind, waterski vacation experience. We have opened our pristine man-made water ski site for skiers of all abilities to come enjoy our little slice of waterski heaven.
1.What kind of skiing can I do—can it be in the slalom course or free-skiing?
You can do either or both, depending on your ability and preference. We have a competition-level slalom course that’s ideal for folks who want to practice or improve that skill. However, many of our guests have never skied a course before, so free skiing is totally acceptable. (If you think you’d like to try it, our coaches are very good at evaluating whether you are ready for this demanding but thrilling kind of run.) All your runs will be coached either way you decide to ski.
2. What skill levels do you teach?
We teach all skill levels, from beginners who have never skied before to advanced short-line skiers. We’ll evaluate your skill level and plan your lessons according to your specific needs.
3. How many times do I get to ski per day?
Depending on your Stay/Ski package, you will have lessons spread out among your scheduled days. On full days, you will have up to 3 lessons per day, and on half-days (arrival and departure days) you will have 1 lesson per day. We have a schedule with morning and evening sessions. We recommend getting as much rest in between rides as possible—skiing can be exhausting work. Stay and Ski guests can purchase additional rides if desired for $50 each.
4. What constitutes a “lesson”? How do they work?
We tailor your lessons to your fitness level, ability, and goals. In general, each lesson is 15 to 20 minutes long, which gives you several runs with one-on-one coaching. Your time on the water typically includes 6 passes up and down our ski lake. However, your time may be dictated by how long your coach deems that you are productive and not too pooped to follow instructions (believe us, it happens quite often).We do not split lessons into multiple parts (that is, no “half-lesson” sessions).
5. Will other skiers be there too?
In most cases yes, unless you have a very large group and occupy all three accommodations. We deliberately limit the number of skiing guests to 10 during any stay. This max ensures everyone gets plenty of skiing time every day. Chances are good there will be a mix of you and other guests, which gives you lots of opportunities to meet new people, swap ski stories, and ogle each other’s gear.
6. Do you take drop-in skiers for the day or a lesson?
Once each stay is filled to capacity (10) we do not offer drop-in skiers. We want to be sure each guest gets our undivided attention and water time.
7. Can my friends ride in the boat to watch me ski?
We want the best possible skiing conditions and coaching focus for each skier. For this reason we will limit passenger opportunities to a minimum. An occasional video or photo op is certainly allowed but we believe each skier deserves the full attention of the driver and the coach during ski rides.
1. I’m new at this and don’t have equipment. Can I rent?
We offer everything you need. See Question #5 for more details.
2. I’ve got my own equipment—what should I bring?
Bring your ski, bindings, life vest, gloves, (wetsuits or wetsuit top depending on time of season) and your handle.
3. I’d rather not trust my gear to the airline baggage monkeys. Can I rent from you?
We do offer high-end demo bindings and skis. For the best results we strongly recommend bringing at a minimum your own bindings. These can be safely packed in with your luggage. This removes a big variable. You can also buy items at our onsite VSR Pro Shop.
4. What are my rental gear options?
We rent life vests and skis with bindings to use while you are here. We do not rent gloves, but we do sell them and can advise you on which model may be best for you.
5. We offer two rental options:
Important: If you will be renting equipment or intend to buy gloves, please let us know when you book your stay so we can be sure to have your sizes on hand.
* Standard setup:life vest, O’Brien recreational ski or double skis, bindings.- Cost: $15 for each day you use the equipment (no partial-day discounts). 20% Stay discount for 4 day rental.
*Competition-level setup: life vest, D3 competition ski suited to your ability, bindings, Cost: $30 for each day you use the equipment (no partial-day discounts). 20% Stay discount for 4 day rental.
6. I hear you have the coolest new skis around. Can I try before I buy? You are welcome to try out a new ski as a Demo for a few rides at no charge. If you choose to purchase and ride the rest of your stay special guest discounts are available.
7. Why don’t you rent gloves?
Gloves are so vital to a good skiing experience and are so personal to fit, style, and preference that rentals and loaners are not suitable. Our VSR Pro Shop carries a wide variety of sizes, styles and prices. (If you’re a beginner with no equipment, we recommend that you wait to buy gloves until you arrive here—we can advise on ones that work well at special guest discount.
8. Do you have communication helmets?
Yes we do! If you are interested in getting real time instruction during your ski lesson feel free to try our blue-tooth helmets. Your coach can talk to you while you are skiing. This real time communication can speed your progress.
1. What’s so great about a private lake in the middle of Central California?
How about near-perfect skiing conditions from morning to night, nearly all season long, Our lake is built solely for waterskiing and designed to achieve calm, smooth water on every pass. It is about 1/2 mile long, 1/4 mile wide, and 5-1/2 feet deep.
Central California skiing features:
*No boat rollers
*Little to no wind
*Comfortable average water temperatures
*Comfortable air temperatures, low humidity
*No pesky water reptiles
2. How do you avoid boat rollers?
Our boat is the only one that’s ever on the lake, and we created islands on both ends to enable us to turn around without crossing our wake, eliminating boat rollers altogether
3. Are wind and other lake conditions constant throughout the day?
Most days, ski conditions are pretty much perfect from morning to evening. Lake winds and wind chop are extremely rare because rows of 50-foot-tall eucalyptus trees block the prevailing winds. On those rare occasions when an odd weather pattern changes the wind direction and creates less-than-perfect conditions, we will warn you and plan your skiing schedule to get the best possible water.
4. What is the water temperature of the lake?
Our season of March to October typically sees water temps ranging from 70 to 95 degrees F. The actual lake temperature is close to the median air temperature for the current day/week. Because our lake is fairly shallow compared to most natural lakes and reservoirs, our water temperature can change very rapidly during a hot spell or rapid cool-down. That said, it’s rare for our water to drop below 65 degrees during the ski season.
5. What’s best time of the season to come, weather-wise?
It really depends on your preference. What seems too chilly for us sun-drenched Californians can be downright balmy to a snow-loving Canadian. If you’re happy skiing in an insulated top or short wetsuit, our shoulder months of March, April or October are a great choice. If you prefer skiing in only a swimsuit and life vest, book a mid- to late-summer stay.
6. Do you allow tubing or wakeboarding on your lake?
Our lake is designed for slalom skiing and our Mastercraft Pro Star provides the smallest wakes possible. We can offer a wakeboard ride if desired however wakes will remain small as to not adversely affect our sculptured shoreline. There is NO tubing allowed.
7. Can I swim in the lake?
We have a designated swim area that you may use any time the ski boat is out of the water on the lift. For safety reasons, no swimming is allowed any time the boat is in the water.
1. What are the accommodations like?
We have three lovely units—a cottage, loft, and ranch house. All are self-contained and fully furnished, with a varying number of beds to accommodate variable group sizes. You bring and cook your own food, and you have access to an outdoor BBQ and hot tub. We do the housekeeping. We assign you to the accommodation that best suits your group size.
2. Are non-skiers welcome at the lake?
Absolutely, as long as they are accompanied by a paid skiing guest. Each paid skier may bring one guest for a $250 fee. Additional guests are welcome on a space-available basis and will be charged extra.
3. What a fun-looking place! Can I bring my dog?
We wish that could work out but, sorry, no guest-pets are allowed, even if they can ski.
4. Do you have restroom facilities at the dock?
Yes. There is a full bathroom with shower, as well as an outside shower, near the dock specifically for lake guests. These are separate from the facilities in the onsite housing.
Reservations and logistics
1. How do I check availability and sign up?
Send us an email at email@example.com give us a call 916-883-2555. Let us know the dates you are looking for and we can help book your stay!
2. How do I pay?
You pay in two parts: a 50% deposit is due at time of booking, and the balance is due before you check out. We accept all major credit cards, cashier’s checks, U.S. checks, and cash.
3. Do I have to sign an insurance waiver?
Yes. No signed waiver, no skiing, no exceptions. You may not begin ski lessons until we have a signed waiver on file.
4. Are there refunds for bad weather or injury during a visit?
Sorry, no. While our micro-climate provides great skiing for the majority of the season, and we try very hard to flex our schedule so you can enjoy the most awesome conditions possible when things aren’t perfect, every now and again some really crazy weather happens and we have to park the boat for the safety of our guests. It’s just one of the facts of skiing life. Similarly, experiencing a skiing injury that sidelines your lessons can really be a bummer. However, injury is a risk that all skiers take and is a byproduct of sport in general. You can reduce your risk of being sidelined by knowing and respecting your own limits and stopping before you’re too tired for “just one more run,” a situation when most injuries occurs.
5. What if I need to cancel my reservation?
Life happens, and sometimes you may wish to cancel a vacation trip, even one to such a great place as ours. We provide a full refund up to 45 days for cancellations made before your arrival date. However, if you cancel less than 45 days before your arrival date, you forfeit all moneys paid.
Got more Questions?
Call us at 916-883-2555 or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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