HOW TO SKI SCHOOL…
13th December 2019
Last modified on December 27th, 2019
You may have many questions about taking lessons. Here are a few answers from our friends at Maison Sport.
The key questions to ask yourself are:
- What do you want to get out of the lessons?
- How’s your fitness and balance?
- Are you a bit of a daredevil?
- What’s your budget?
Maison Sports suggests a few different sets of lesson programs to cater for you, depending on how you answer the questions above you should find one that fits you.
Monday, Wednesday, Friday (Private lessons – 3 x 2 hours)
This is perfect if you don’t want to spend too much money or if you’re worried your fitness isn’t brilliant, which might require you to take a day or two off.
If you’re away for a week, book 3 lessons and spread them out throughout the week – Monday, Wednesday and Friday works really well.
This gives you time to practise or take a day off in between the lessons.
If you want to save money why not invite a friend or two and split the cost between you.
Approx Cost: €450 for 6 hours
Instructor Recommended (Private lessons – 2 hours every day)
This is our personal recommendation, which gives you a great balance between guided learning and practice.
Having a lesson each day allows the instructor to keep you going on the right track, allowing you to be pushed to the next level when the time is right.
If you are strong and confident you could be skiing reds by the end of the week.
Approx Cost: €750 for 10 hours
All out (Private lessons – All day every day)
Try taking an instructor all day each day for the week, this is for those that have a larger budget.
It will allow you to fully experience the wonders of skiing, you will improve quickly with guidance from the instructor who will also be able to show you all the best lunch and coffee stops – without you worrying about getting stranded on the mountain.
Approx Cost: €2250 for 5 full days
Top Tip: Remember you can have more than one person in a private lesson, if you have a friend of a similar ability level, you can split the bill with them, massively reducing the cost of your lessons.
Read all about the company here: The New Way to Book Your Ski Teacher
And if you want to save some money in general…
5 tips to save you money this winter season:
1. Pick a resort near an airport.
Ski and snowboard resorts located near an airport can save you lots of money and time travelling (and let’s face it, no one enjoys wasting time travelling when you can be on the slopes)
Ski resorts in France such as Chamonix, Morzine, Les Gets and Avoriaz are all located close to airports.
Also in Italy, resorts such as Sauze d’Oulx, Courmayeur and Cervinia are all based close to airports.
2. Speak to your instructor.
Your ski or snowboard instructor lives and works in the Alps, they often have a wealth of information, tap into this knowledge and get their recommendations for local (and often cheaper) cafes, restaurants, accommodation and activities in the area.
3. Use public transport or shared private transfers.
Most towns across the Alps have great transport links, these include; private transfer companies, trains, buses, coaches and even boats to get you from the airport to your ski resort.
Public transport systems are often much cheaper than hiring a car, so make sure you have a look for alternative ways to travel.
4. Pick your dates carefully.
You can make huge savings by choosing your holiday dates wisely. The middle of January, early March, or mid-March, all tend to be far cheaper.
5. Buying your ski gear.
Buying your ski clothing, goggles and helmet can save you lots of money if you plan to ski or snowboard every season.
Good quality gear can last a lifetime, so see it as a small investment that saves you money and the hassle of renting each year.
Companies such as Sportpursuit offer great deals on clothing, goggles and helmets.
We have been sharing a number of articles written by the guys and girls over at Maison Sport and will continue to do so across the winter:
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