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Tips request on Ski resorts for a novice and his family.

Hi English forum members

I'm brand new to the group and its my first post so be gentle!

I'm looking for some top tips for novice family skiing holidays in late January 2016 (21st to 29th roughly). I will be based in Baden and would like some tips for resorts in the surrounding area if practical, I am however open to recommended resorts within a 3 or 4 hour drive.

No budget in mind at this stage so tips first on good resorts and accomodation and I can filter to a suitable price after that.

Look forward to your assistance ;-)

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Re: Tips request on Ski resorts for a novice and his family.

We too are a novice family.
The Klostermatte in Engelberg is quite a nice location with gentle slopes for beginners & it is quite family friendly. It is `30 minutes south of LU city.

http://www.brunni.ch/en/current-info.../klostermatte/

You can tallk to Denise Rohrer in Prime ski if you need lessons at that location.
time@prime-engelberg.ch

Engelberg is nice. The self service restaurant onsite in Klostermatte shocked me with prices though. I was new to CH at the time so maybe it was not so bad in hindsight. You've been warned.
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Re: Tips request on Ski resorts for a novice and his family.

By novice do you mean complete novice?

If so I'd recommend some lessons at a place like Flumserberg or Sattel first, to get the most out of your full week.

What are your language requirements? Smaller resorts are often good for beginners, there's no point in paying a premium for a big area you're not going to use... but if you need English teaching it's less likely.

We like Damüls in Austria, it has decent beginner slopes although it's bigger than you need.

Galtür is also good, smaller and good for beginners.

How old are the kids? Kinder hotels are often near pistes and provide full support for the kids lessons, but they are also very expensive.
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Re: Tips request on Ski resorts for a novice and his family.

Grächen is good when you have kids, so my Swiss colleagues tell me.
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Re: Tips request on Ski resorts for a novice and his family.

Thanks for the tips I'll check them out.

My kids are 12 and 16, and yes novice as in brand new beginners.
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Re: Tips request on Ski resorts for a novice and his family.

The International Ski Club of Zurich does English speaking weekend classes.

http://www.iscz.org/ski-and-snowboard-school-1

Unfortunately it clashes with your proposed week...

I wouldn't really recommend going the last week in January as a complete beginner - the weather is often very cold and quite overcast at that time (I know well, because that's when our SG school sports week is ); although you can get great snow, better to go a few weeks later if possible when you can generally see better.
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Re: Tips request on Ski resorts for a novice and his family.

You are just over an hours drive from Hoch-Ybrig, so you might want to look at doing some lessons there at a weekend before you go on holiday then you'll be able to get the most out of your holiday when you go.

There are 4 native english speaking instructors there this year, and quite a few dutch instructors (so good english speakers), the main beginner area in Oberiberg isn't open yet so you might want to wait until that is open (lift ticket is a lot cheaper for Oberiberg) and much better learner area than the main resort.
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Re: Tips request on Ski resorts for a novice and his family.

The search function will throw up a bunch of threads where folks ask this every year. This is Switzerland and things don't change much, so visit those threads, most have links to the resorts, and you will see a mass of info from people in the same boat.
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Re: Tips request on Ski resorts for a novice and his family.

Hi Bryan and welcome to the forum.

If your looking for a great family holiday you can't go past Lenzerheide in Graubunden. It's around 2 hours drive away from Baden, just up the road from Chur. Lenzerheide and Arosa joined up last year and they now have 225km of ski runs to offer for all abilities. There is plenty of options for accomodation depending on your budget and to make things easier there is even an English ski school there. www.epic-ski.ch

Let me know if you need anymore advice about Lenzerheide.

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Re: Tips request on Ski resorts for a novice and his family.

If you are taking a week off for a ski holiday, choose the 2nd or 3rd week in February. If you are beginners, you spend a lot of time standing about or falling into the snow, and January is just too cold. Get some lessons before your holiday, after 5 or 7 days you should be skiing well.

In some lower resorts, depending on the snowfall & weather, after about 27th February, the snow has been worn away and there is more ice about.

Where to go on holiday? DEFINITEY drive a bit further and stay in Austria. You will get better value, and people that are more interested in giving you a good time, & not just smiling when taking your money.
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Re: Tips request on Ski resorts for a novice and his family.

UK half-term is 11th to 20th of Feb, and prices triple for the event, as well as crowds- so best to avoid (we can't due to grand kids). I imagine that if Horatio's kids are in Swiss school- then won't be able to go outside holiday dates either.
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Re: Tips request on Ski resorts for a novice and his family.

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If your looking for a great family holiday you can't go past Lenzerheide in Graubunden. It's around 2 hours drive away from Baden, just up the road from Chur. Lenzerheide and Arosa joined up last year and they now have 225km of ski runs to offer for all abilities.
We thoroughly enjoyed the couple of days we skied there last season, when we bumped into you in the mountain restaurant. Plenty of varied runs, although it's not the easiest area to navigate round. When are you going to come ski with us in Engelberg anyway?

On which note, for the OP Engelberg is much closer to Baden, just over an hour's drive. Also consider Soerenberg, about the same distance or less, smaller resort without the village charm of Engelberg, but perhaps more in the way of intermediate ski terrain.
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Re: Tips request on Ski resorts for a novice and his family.

Couple of things to consider:
1) If you are completely new - get a few 1/2 days tuition days in before you have your holiday.
2) Work on your fitness. If you're not used to skiing (and/or exercise) you'll find yourself far more tired than you originally thought. Especially if you are up and down more times than the Assyrian empire.
3) Think about what you'll do when you (or anyone else) is too tired to ski - is there a Spa? Sledging? Ice skating? Other?
4) Don't buy a 1 week ticket if you're not going to use it!! If you fancy a day off in the middle of the week 2*3 days will be cheaper.

As for resorts:
Lenzerheide, Arosa, Davos, Engelberg are just a few that will cover most bases for a week's holiday for beginners.
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Re: Tips request on Ski resorts for a novice and his family.

As other posters have mentioned Brunni, Hoch-Ybrig, Engelberg and Flumseberg are all great for beginners/children if you are wanting to go for a day. All great places to practice and within an hour of Zurich. If you are looking for a longer term holiday, within 3-4 hours drive I'd recommend Italy or Austria - most places are geared up for families. Lessons are also A LOT cheaper than in CH.
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Re: Tips request on Ski resorts for a novice and his family.

Agree with all the resorts mentioned so far. I would say Austria is probably a better choice and theres plenty of resorts with 3-4 hours Solden, Warth, Damuls, Lech etc.

Or a left field suggestion RiederAlp / Betmeralp / Fiesch in Wallis stunning glacier views lovely car free mountain top villages and beginner friendly
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Re: Tips request on Ski resorts for a novice and his family.

Thank you everyone for your input and for taking the time out to reply.

Lots to organise and to think about.

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