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ski lessons for adults?

Ok ... new kid in town ... I've searched some threads and web sites and am confused. I've looked at Flumserburg (sp?... {as well as other sites mentioned as being close to Zurich} b/c I took a snowboarding lesson there last year. The hubby and I want to do ski lessons Sat but everywhere I look it seems like group lessons on Sat are only for kids- is that true as a rule? Only private lessons for adults on Saturdays? Shame on us for not knowing how to ski!! I feel like I'm going round in circles ... Thanks for any guidance
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Re: ski lessons for adults?

Saturday is peak time, this is peak season and your picking the busiest resort, so many schools are booked out for groups.. that reserve in Nov. You should have been looking in Oct/Nov to stand any real chance of getting something you want, now you'll get what's available... shame on the schools for being so busy eh.

Try places like Amden or Brunni, they are smaller so you might get more luck there.
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Old 26.01.2011, 18:07
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Re: ski lessons for adults?

http://www.atzmaennig.ch/winter_en.cfm

great for beginners - not so posh though......
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Re: ski lessons for adults?

feldberg, DE, group and private lessons for adults....group lesson cost us 40 euros for 4 hours
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Re: ski lessons for adults?

Too late for this year, but the International Ski Club http://sites.google.com/site/isczch/home
organises lessons at Flumserberg every January - for four consecutive Saturdays (or Sundays). It is great value, you meet great people, and it works....3 weeks ago I had never been on a ski, last Sunday I was doing the blue piste quite comfortably....they have groups for advanced skiers too.
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Re: ski lessons for adults?

Thanks for the feedback - just moved here a few weeks ago - skiing was the last thing on my mind with the relocation from the US in progress ... until now
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Re: ski lessons for adults?

I heard about a ski course offered mostly for expats, usually on a beginner level.
There is a time to subscribe once a year. Does someone know where and when it takes place now?

Thanks a lot
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I heard about a ski course offered mostly for expats, usually on a beginner level.
There is a time to subscribe once a year. Does someone know where and when it takes place now?
I don't know the specific one you refer to, but my wife (again) and I (for the first year) will be working at Prime (http://www.prime-engelberg.ch/) in Engelberg this season, mostly at weekends and holidays. They offer a 'ski-academy' concept, details on the website, but effectively one lesson per weekend.

My wife did something like this early last season with a number of staff from one of the International Schools, starting mid-November, and they were then ready to accompany their pupils on a new-year school ski trip. Seemed to work really well for them, and the benefits of a native English-speaker were important for them.

PM me if you want more details, or if anyone else is interested please feel free to post here or PM me as you like.
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Re: ski lessons for adults?

Danika - yes -i attended this year and it is really good value. Details at this website:
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Re: ski lessons for adults?

I took a few lessons last year at Flumserberg on a Monday. Private lessons are worth the extra money.
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Re: ski lessons for adults?

I am a BASI ski instructor and work part-time in Engelberg http://www.prime-engelberg.ch/

If there are a people wanting group lessons in English at the weekend then I can coordinate with the Prime ski school in Engelberg to put these together, although can not make guarantees here as it depends on levels/ dates wherether this is acheivable.
Some points on private vs. group lessons.

Group lessons work well when people are a similar standard and progress at a similar rate. They are less intense than individual lessons and can be more fun. There is usually more practice time as the lessons can be longer. With an experienced group you would expect to ski more of the resort (focusing perhaps a little less intensively on technique).

Private lessons tend to be shorter (as they are more expensive) with the trainee practicing more after the lesson. Private lessons work really well for people who are very nervous. Also for people who have skied for a while and have some bad habits they want to correct or feel like there is something that is not working very well. You would tend to stick on one or two pistes doing drills/exercises and focusing on technique.

For novice skiers - I recommend a small group 2-3 (max 4) people.

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Ok ... new kid in town ... I've searched some threads and web sites and am confused. I've looked at Flumserburg (sp?... {as well as other sites mentioned as being close to Zurich} b/c I took a snowboarding lesson there last year. The hubby and I want to do ski lessons Sat but everywhere I look it seems like group lessons on Sat are only for kids- is that true as a rule? Only private lessons for adults on Saturdays? Shame on us for not knowing how to ski!! I feel like I'm going round in circles ... Thanks for any guidance
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feldberg, DE, group and private lessons for adults....group lesson cost us 40 euros for 4 hours
Thanks for this post.

I have to start from zero with this sport this winter... I have a lot to learn.
I live near Zürich... I will have still to organize how I will start to learn skiing.

Could you please tell me, how many lessons do a normal person need to learn the basics to start skiing?

I could take the lessons in english or german, but I still don't understand swiss german very good...

Thanks
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Thanks for this post.

I have to start from zero with this sport this winter... I have a lot to learn.
I live near Zürich... I will have still to organize how I will start to learn skiing.

Could you please tell me, how many lessons do a normal person need to learn the basics to start skiing?

Thanks
Err, you'll start learning the basics from your very first lesson. The more you take, and the more practice you get, the better you will become, but there's not really any specific point at which one could say the 'basics' were finished.

And even if there were, people vary so much in their fitness, strength and attitude that it wouldn't be possible to put a timescale on it.

But, if it helps, I'd expect most beginners to be able to get around most easy slopes by themselves after perhaps three or four 2-hour lessons.
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It is the most fantastic sport ! Good luck to all you new skiers with your lessons.... and enjoy !
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Great answers!

3-4 Lessons would be good!

It must be very exciting...........!!! :-)
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Great answers!

3-4 Lessons would be good!
Don't hold me to that;-)

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3-4 Lessons would be good
That will be up to you... how comfortable you are to take "risks", and how much practice you put in inbetween lessons. For sure you won't be ready for the winter olympics....but you should be able to start having some fun.....Enjoy!
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Re: ski lessons for adults?

Hi,

I've been looking for group lessons taught in English, but it seems adult group lessons seem to be in German only.

I've missed out on the ISCZ English weekend lessons at Flumserberg, so does anyone know of any others within an hour and a half of Rapperswil/Hinwil area?

I can't stretch to private lessons unfortunately, and if there are other individuals out there trying to get a group together (seems to be minimum of four), perhaps we could create one?

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Re: ski lessons for adults?

This link shows that the Int'l Ski Club still has spots on Saturdays and Sundays. That said, their main page at www.iscz.ch doesn't seem to be up right now, so the original link might be out of date.

I'm a CSIA instructor and CSIA coach, and I agree with just about everything that's been written here, especially Ace1. You never stop learning and lessons are for everyone - witness Interski, where the world's best instructors get together every year to learn from each other.

I'll be dragging these tired old knees up to Flumserberg every Saturday to ski with the ISCZ.

Good luck.
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Re: ski lessons for adults?

Hi,

I took ski lessons in Klosters/Davos last year. Very professional teachers.
See link; www.sss-saas.ch
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