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Looking for ski school near Basel

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I want to take my 6 year old for a ski school. Is there an option near Basel ? She is an absolute beginner.

I would prefer a place where we can make a day trip as well if possible I be with her during the course.

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Re: Looking for ski school near Basel

we travel to feldberg in germany, this would definitely be within an hours drive to you. they have a really good ski school for children and the instructors speak english. another advantage is that its cheaper than Ch too. do a google search for THOMA ski school............
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I'm not sure if you mean you want to be at the class with the child. Having given lessons with children in a different 'area' I'd say it is quite difficult for the child to concentrate on what the teacher is saying if Mum or Dad is hovering in the background.
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Re: Looking for ski school near Basel

What Longbyt says is true. You really shouldn't be around during the lesson.

Engelberg and Klewenalp are within 90 minutes of Basel. Engelberg has a beginners' park - Klostermatte - which is where I learned to ski. Klewenalp has similar, is slightly nearer to Basel, and higher up. If you're using the beginners' park, you don't need a ski pass - just the cable car up and down.

Once your kid has gained a bit of confidence, Belchen is a great place to practice. It's just before Feldberg. www.belchen-seilbahn.de
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Re: Looking for ski school near Basel

Maybe this is very old fashioned and completely unnecessary, but our youngest was going to be quite young when she first went to ski school and before she first went out onto the snow at all we practiced 'standing up with the skis on when you have sat down' at home on a carpet! The technique of getting the skis parallel before you try etc. doesn't take long to learn, but doing it in the warm with only Mum around beats trying to get to your feet in the snow with all the other kids perhaps laughing (it DOES look funny when someone else falls over ) and the teacher waiting. We chalk-marked the angle of the skis needed to walk uphill on the carpet and let her try it out and made a tiny slope for her to practice keeping her weight over the feet and not lean back all the time. (In those days, the first class ski school classes walked up and skied down. None of this modern, short, flattish piste with a tow-lift for the youngsters! (nor the beginner adults for that matter). It made her first class week where she was quite a bit smaller and younger than most of the others much easier.

Of course, being me, I also kept an eye on the beginning of the first lesson to make sure everything was OK, but WELL out of the way and neither teacher nor child knew I was watching. Ah, those were the days...
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Maybe this is very old fashioned and completely unnecessary, but our youngest was going to be quite young when she first went to ski school and before she first went out onto the snow at all we practiced 'standing up with the skis on when you have sat down' at home on a carpet! The technique of getting the skis parallel before you try etc. doesn't take long to learn, but doing it in the warm with only Mum around beats trying to get to your feet in the snow with all the other kids perhaps laughing (it DOES look funny when someone else falls over ) and the teacher waiting. We chalk-marked the angle of the skis needed to walk uphill on the carpet and let her try it out and made a tiny slope for her to practice keeping her weight over the feet and not lean back all the time. (In those days, the first class ski school classes walked up and skied down. None of this modern, short, flattish piste with a tow-lift for the youngsters! (nor the beginner adults for that matter). It made her first class week where she was quite a bit smaller and younger than most of the others much easier.

Of course, being me, I also kept an eye on the beginning of the first lesson to make sure everything was OK, but WELL out of the way and neither teacher nor child knew I was watching. Ah, those were the days...
I totally agree with your approach. I want to do something exactly like this.
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