Whether you’re a complete beginner or a seasoned pro skier, ski lessons are a recommended part of any winter holiday. It doesn’t matter if it’s the first time you’ve put skis on, you want to learn how to make your first linked turns or you’d like to venture off-piste and get the hang of riding powder, you’ll learn more quickly and safely with an instructor, without picking up any bad habits and/or ironing out any bad ones you do have!! Plus, ski and snowboard lessons really are a lot of fun for all ages and especially for children.
There are plenty of options to consider when booking a ski school, from choosing the type of lesson to understanding the different ski and snowboard levels, selecting a ski area and even knowing what to bring to your first lesson. We’re here to help you make best choices so that you can fully enjoy your holiday, even more. These are the main things we think you should consider before you book a ski lesson :
1. Choose between Group or Private lessons
The first thing you need to think about before booking your lessons is whether you want to join a group lesson with other skiers and snowboarders of a similar level, or you prefer one-on-one instruction. When considering group vs private lessons, both have their pros and cons: group lessons are a lot cheaper and more sociable, while private lessons are more personalised, meaning that you’ll get a lot more out of your time with your instructor and improve a lot quicker. All down to any budget though you might have.
2. Know your level
Knowing your skiing or snowboarding level will help you join the most suitable group lesson and give your instructor an indication of what they need to focus on. Worry ye not though as ski schools usually perform a level assessment before you start your first lesson to make sure you’re getting the best instruction possible, and you don’t look like a complete numbly in front of everyone!!
3. Find out where the ski school meets
Knowing the location of the ski school’s meeting point may not seem important at first, but the easier it is to get from your accommodation to your ski lesson, the better. This is especially important if you have kids and several sets of gear to carry… you don’t want to kick off your morning on the slopes with a long trudge before you’ve even started your lesson! You don’t need to stay always at the ski school’s doorstep, though, as many resorts have a great network of fast, free and frequent shuttles that’ll bring you to your ski school’s meeting point in no time.
4. Check if there are beginner ski passes available
Beginners can often benefit from special discounted passes, giving access to the ski area’s nursery slopes. However, before buying your ski pass, we recommend you check with your ski school which is the right for you – you may not even need a pass for your first few lessons!
5. Learn what you need to bring to your first lesson
There are a few basic items that you must bring to your first ski lesson, most of which you can actually rent at the local ski shop, where we offer discounted ski hire and sports retail shops These include ski jacket and trousers, gloves, layers, goggles or sunglasses and your ski or snowboard equipment, including boots and poles. We also recommend you buy or rent a helmet and don’t forget to pack your sunscreen! Unless you have an unlimited budget, take advantage of any ski shop sales, or even check out places such as Lidl who often have some good winter offers on. But make sure that any ski clothing and equipment you buy are actually up to the job ahead!!