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Ski lessons at Sattel

I found the website for their ski school but it isn't massively clear...

http://www.ssssh.ch/

My wife wants to learn to ski, is a total beginner (never worn skis before) and only speaks English, I guess the school can manage this as they have an English language website, but I was wondering if anyone had experience of them or alternative recommendations.

I'm thinking a private lesson or two and then she should be happy to take on a blue run and get some practice in. I'm not capable of teaching her anything so need someone else to do it.

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Old 20.11.2015, 11:00
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Re: Ski lessons at Sattel

Contact http://www.ski-schule-rothenthurm.ch/angebote/

I know for a fact that they have ski instructors who speak English.
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Re: Ski lessons at Sattel

Hi, Sattel definitely has English speaking ski instructors. Both my husband and I have had lessons there in English and we started as absolute beginners. Sattel is a great resort for beginners, and is now far more user-friendly since it was renovated last year. I would highly recommend it.
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Old 20.11.2015, 11:41
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Re: Ski lessons at Sattel

I'm sure you'll find the Sattel instructors fine, especially if you can speak a little German in case of lost-in-translation issues.

We have found over time in our ski school in Engelberg (Prime Ski School - see sig) that many English-only learners, particularly adults, do get on better with native English speakers, perhaps just because it makes them feel less challenged. The fact that your instructor is of a similar background and possibly (like my wife and me) also learned to ski as an adult can sometimes reduce the pressure on nervous beginners.

So do check if they have any native speakers and try to get them if possible.

Otherwise, of course I'd recommend coming and skiing with us in Engelberg Don't be put off by its reputation as an advanced skiers' resort - yes, it is, but it also has great facilities for beginners, even at the village level. It's really only for intermediate skiers that the terrain can be a little more limiting.
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Re: Ski lessons at Sattel

Nice sales pitch Ace

The benefit of Sattel is it should be open before Christmas, and it's only about 25 minutes drive from home which makes it easier when you have a 2 year old to look after but thanks for the advice and I will look into it in a bit more detail.
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The benefit of Sattel is it should be open before Christmas, and it's only about 25 minutes drive from home which makes it easier when you have a 2 year old to look after but thanks for the advice and I will look into it in a bit more detail.
Oh yes, I quite agree, although you hadn't mentioned the baby, which makes quite a difference to these things.

And to answer your other question - yes, a couple of private lessons should normally be enough to get you skiing around on blue runs.
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The benefit of Sattel is it should be open before Christmas, and it's only about 25 minutes drive from home which makes it easier when you have a 2 year old to look after but thanks for the advice and I will look into it in a bit more detail.
Brunni-Alpthal is another local place to consider. They too have English speaking instructions and a nice blue run slope for beginners.

They also have lots of toys for the toddlers to play with. They also do a morning pass which is great if you've got little children and it's a cold day so you can get home for lunch.

We go there and to Sattel.
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Brunni-Alpthal is another local place to consider. They too have English speaking instructions and a nice blue run slope for beginners.

They also have lots of toys for the toddlers to play with. They also do a morning pass which is great if you've got little children and it's a cold day so you can get home for lunch.

We go there and to Sattel.
Brunni is where I had my lessons, but it won't be open as early as Sattel as it doesn't have the kit to make artificial snow (as far as I know). We went there a few times last year when we had visitors who wanted to see the snow, and to take my son sledging.
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Re: Ski lessons at Sattel

You could also come to Hoch-Ybrig as there will be 4 native english speakers working there this season, and several dutch instructors whose English is almost as good as a native speaker.

As she is a total beginner if she books lessons at Hoch-Ybrig then make sure she books them for the Oberiberg location (Ski lift Roggen) rather than at the Gondola station, as at Oberiberg we have a good progression of lifts starting with magic carpets and moving on to short and then longer T-bars.
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