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Complete ski novice needs to book ski school - Any tips???

I need to book ski school for myself, my husband and my 5 year old boy.

We live in Langnau near Zurich and have no idea where to go to do this or how it works (is it residential? is it simply an hour lesson? would there be child care for our 1 year old available? do they provide all the equipment?)

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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Re: Complete ski novice needs to book ski school - Any tips???

This is not as daunting as it seems. First suggestion is to find a ski resort that has nice gentle beginner slopes which are accessible without having to go up multiple lifts. When you are starting out even knowing how to walk in ski boots, carry skis and poles at the same time feels a bit alien.
We used Arosa for our children to learn but this is 2 hours from Zurich ( there are closer resorts) but is accessible by rail.
Your best best is to hire skis, boots, poles and helmet at the resort : you really only need to walk in ( with ID and a credit card) and 30 minutes later you walk out with the right equipment for your ability.

Arosa has a creche ( and most bigger resorts will as well) as often children seem to start skiing when then reach 2.5- 3 years. I guess these need to be booked but this is often attached to the ski school and at Arosa it is situated next to the beginner slopes so allows you to meet up for lunch if you want.

There are many ski schools but perhaps use the Swiss Ski School to start with. You can pre book lessons by contacting them by email . These lessons can be private ( up to 3-4 people) that can be quite expensive or join a group of people of your ability which is cheaper.
Lessons are usually 2 hours long and you can choose to do mornings/afternoons only or 2 lessons in one day.

After 1 day you should be able to get down a small incline after 3-4 you will feel much more confident.

Don't forget to ensure you have the right insurance cover ( essential) and we have always paid our family donation to REGA ( the emergency helicopter people) just in case.

It really is great to be able to get into the mountains and see the sun in the winter, and sliding down a mountain to the restaurants etc is so much easier than walking in snow.
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Re: Complete ski novice needs to book ski school - Any tips???

I had to do a double take and look at the date. Are you wanting to book lessons for this Summer- or for next winter. There are some areas open for skiing in Summer, but your choice would be very limited. Please indicate what your intentions are.

Your location says you are still in UK - if so, why not go to Snowdome in Tamworth, or to Snowzone in Milton Keynes and book yourself a series of lessons- I'd advise 5, as a family, and then continue to practice 1 a month until you come to Switzerland. I used to do this with my students, both skiing and snowboarding, which means that by the time we went on the ski trip they didn't waste 2 days learning to put the equipment on properly and then on the bums or knees- and most of them made incredibly fast progress. Edit- re-reading it seems you are in Langnau (which is not in UK - please kindly adjust your location info).

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Re: Complete ski novice needs to book ski school - Any tips???

Hello all,
I just stumbled upon this post but was inquiring about something very similar.

My husband and I just moved to Switzerland (Zurich) and want to try to arrange ski lessons for the winter. Someone recommended http://sites.google.com/site/isczch/home/skischool to us. I like the idea of doing 4 classes, all day long, for four consecutive Saturdays (or Sundays).

I had a few questions. Has anyone used this and can it be recommended? If not, are there others that you can recommend? We would be traveling (by train) to the lessons. We do not own any equipment or clothing, so would need to rent. Is it best to rent for the whole season? Or each time? Is there a place to rent in Zurich or do we do that at the resort? What is less expensive? Should we try to find some used ski clothes (we have nothing...) If so, where should we look?

We would stay overnight one or two nights per weekend. I see a lot of options in the group accomodation. We would like to spend the least amount of money on the lodging, if possible. However there are only two of us. Are there hostels close to ski lodges or a ski school?

Oh, and we are VERY MUCH beginners. We are from Florida in the US and have both barely seen snow. I skiied once in Australia but it was only for a day and I was not good. So something relatively beginner but fun, would be great.

And again, we will not have a car so will be getting around by public transportation. Any advice is appreciated. I am trying to plan for this now to try to get everything in order. Thank you!
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Re: Complete ski novice needs to book ski school - Any tips???

step one you need to decide where you are having lessons - that is which resort...a quick google should show you the nearest resorts to you - when assessing resorts pick one that is said to be good for beginners or has a high number of green slopes. The website for that resort should have a link to the local ski school which will give you lesson options.

There are essentially two choices for lessons: Group or private - group is where you join in with other people at your level private is where you have an instructor to yourself (some ski schools will teach a family together so you, your husband and your child can have the same lesson together - however, some won't mix children and adults in the same group).

As a general rule ski lessons aren't residential.

As for time - as long as you book really - group lessons can be 2 or 3 hours a day everyday for a week or could be for a whole day - it depends. Private lessons tend to be booked by the hour - discuss this with the ski school you choose.

Not many ski schools also provide equipment - all ski resort have a plethora of ski hire shops for you to hire skis, boots and poles from. You need to provide the clothing (including socks and gloves).
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You could ask around at your local athletics clubs and sport shops. Many organize a ski course with weekend day trips to nearby ski areas.

For very little money you get a coach ride from your village direct to a ski resort and usually the instructors come with you on the bus. They obviously only go where the snow is good for that weekend.

It is very convenient and for a beginner you can pick up lots of information. Take some sandwiches and a drink with you.

Your local sports shop will often rent you out good equipment for the ski season. It can usually be adjusted to your needs, and you don't have to queue up each morning.
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Re: Complete ski novice needs to book ski school - Any tips???

If you're in Zurich, go to the Ocshner sport in Regensdorf and rent your ski's/boots/poles for the season. It will be cheaper than renting in resort each time, and you won't have the queues to battle at the start and end of the day. Do but your own helmet/goggles/suit/gloves.

Join the ISCZ using the link in the previous post as the school is at Flumserberg which is both easy to get to from ZH, and it has good facilities for beginners. The 4 consecutive Sat/Sun course is good value for money, and you will also get vouchers which get you 10% off ski passes iirc. Sunday tends to be the busiest day for lessons and gets booked quickly, so I'd suggest Saturday, and that also gives you an option to practice on Sunday to if you get the ski bug.
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Re: Complete ski novice needs to book ski school - Any tips???

I am looking to start skiing too.
When do shops start taking bookings if you want to hire for the season?
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If you're in Zurich, go to the Ocshner sport in Regensdorf and rent your ski's/boots/poles for the season. It will be cheaper than renting in resort each time, and you won't have the queues to battle at the start and end of the day. Do but your own helmet/goggles/suit/gloves.

Join the ISCZ using the link in the previous post as the school is at Flumserberg which is both easy to get to from ZH, and it has good facilities for beginners. The 4 consecutive Sat/Sun course is good value for money, and you will also get vouchers which get you 10% off ski passes iirc. Sunday tends to be the busiest day for lessons and gets booked quickly, so I'd suggest Saturday, and that also gives you an option to practice on Sunday to if you get the ski bug.
what he said flums is excellent for beginners and the instructors have all been excellent in previous years, if you want to learn faster and have a bit more money, then have private lessons rather then the ski school, you can do 1 on 1 or have a few to 1 teacher, its always worked for our visitors and they have been up and skiing / boarding within the weekend (it can be really tiring though, especially if your not the fittest )
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Re: Complete ski novice needs to book ski school - Any tips???

Great. Thanks everyone for the advice. I think then we will do that course at Flums...We will do it on Saturday so then yes, we can practice on the Sundays if we like.

We will rent our skis and boots in Zurich... good idea. Thanks for that suggestion.

As for the Flumserber, are there relatively inexpensive places to stay there for just one or two nights? Can anyone recommend? We will not have a car and will rely on public transportation. And there are only two of us. Any advice in that regard?

Thanks everyone.
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Great. Thanks everyone for the advice. I think then we will do that course at Flums...We will do it on Saturday so then yes, we can practice on the Sundays if we like.

We will rent our skis and boots in Zurich... good idea. Thanks for that suggestion.

As for the Flumserber, are there relatively inexpensive places to stay there for just one or two nights? Can anyone recommend? We will not have a car and will rely on public transportation. And there are only two of us. Any advice in that regard?

Thanks everyone.

there is a hostel there that is quite cheap*, some friends stayed there a few years ago and said it was ok

*for switzerland
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there is a hostel there that is quite cheap*, some friends stayed there a few years ago and said it was ok

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Do you the name by chance? I tried searching google but am only finding hotels?
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Do you the name by chance? I tried searching google but am only finding hotels?

sorry, no idea

http://www.google.co.uk/#sclient=psy...w=1121&bih=636

gets a few hits
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If you're in Zurich, go to the Ocshner sport in Regensdorf and rent your ski's/boots/poles for the season. It will be cheaper than renting in resort each time, and you won't have the queues to battle at the start and end of the day. Do but your own helmet/goggles/suit/gloves.

Join the ISCZ using the link in the previous post as the school is at Flumserberg which is both easy to get to from ZH, and it has good facilities for beginners. The 4 consecutive Sat/Sun course is good value for money, and you will also get vouchers which get you 10% off ski passes iirc. Sunday tends to be the busiest day for lessons and gets booked quickly, so I'd suggest Saturday, and that also gives you an option to practice on Sunday to if you get the ski bug.
Hi,

I too am very interested in learning to ski this winter. I live in Zurich. Do I have to become a member of ISCZ for joining a skiing course? How much are (approximately are the renting charges for the whole season?
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Hello all,
I just stumbled upon this post but was inquiring about something very similar.

My husband and I just moved to Switzerland (Zurich) and want to try to arrange ski lessons for the winter. Someone recommended http://sites.google.com/site/isczch/home/skischool to us. I like the idea of doing 4 classes, all day long, for four consecutive Saturdays (or Sundays).

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Your legs may not like the idea!

Generally, it's better to have lessons in the morning and then practise what you have learnt in the afternoon - at your own pace.
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Re: Complete ski novice needs to book ski school - Any tips???

There is also a difference between being fit - and being ski fit. It does take it out of you!

If you are a first time skier - you'll make incredible progress with a couple of well planned private lessons. I have had 1/2 days tuition (snowboard) in my life - and now have no problems going down any piste, in any condition.

A private lesson allows you far more instructor time - and the teaching is far more focussed on your individual issues!!

But don't overdo it - your biggest turn off will be pushing yourself too hard. 2 hours teaching in the morning - lunch - and then some easy practice - and you'll soon get it.

If you have some skilled (and patient) friends - getting them to go with you in the afternoon helps. Being on the slopes with better (and patient) skiers (snowboarders) really helps.
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Great. Thanks, all, for the advice! I'm excited.
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Re: Complete ski novice needs to book ski school - Any tips???

I completely understand how you feel. The first time I went skiing, I was taught by my (future) father in law who is a ski teacher but I ended up having cross-ligament injuries. As my husband is a big skiing fan, I gave it another go and then I enjoyed it.

Try going to Saas Fe because their slopes are perfect for beginners and it is not at all icy. I had a private tutor for 3 days (just in the mornings) and on the third day I get to go up into the slopes. I also suggest going during winter when you have nice fresh powder snow because its softer if you fall.... even though I once left a funny shape on a 1ft high snow when I crashed into it
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I completely understand how you feel. The first time I went skiing, I was taught by my (future) father in law who is a ski teacher but I ended up having cross-ligament injuries. As my husband is a big skiing fan, I gave it another go and then I enjoyed it.

Try going to Saas Fe because their slopes are perfect for beginners and it is not at all icy. I had a private tutor for 3 days (just in the mornings) and on the third day I get to go up into the slopes. I also suggest going during winter when you have nice fresh powder snow because its softer if you fall.... even though I once left a funny shape on a 1ft high snow when I crashed into it

Saas Fee from Zurich is a long way, and as a beginners looking for lesson doesn't make as much sense as Flums.... if your a Zurcher


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Do you the name by chance? I tried searching google but am only finding hotels?
http://www.flumserberg.ch/winter/en/hotels/ lists all types of accomodation, but everything gets booked solid over the weekends
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Re: Complete ski novice needs to book ski school - Any tips???

I would offer my services as instructor, however treading on the toes of the local ski schools is also not a good idea and whilst I hold a current certification unless I'm employed by a school I don't think I have liability coverage.

If I don't end up in US working with an adaptive school then I may be around and will happily offer some informal coaching (because I enjoy it).

In the meantime I'll offer a couple of key insights:

The main thing is get good boots, if you buy them spend the time to get them fitted properly, these are the key to having a good base, remember you are going to have them on your feet for several hours at a time. If you find a good shop they will look at the shape of your foot and recommend the boot that best matches your foot shape, any shop that just gives you the one you like the look off is a shop you should run away from, also they will tell you to come back after a few days so that they can do any tweaks that are required.

For beginners the key thing to remember is that when you turn don't stop turning until you are pointing slightly uphill this will help you keep your speed under control with very little effort and is also the easiest way to stop

And finally if you have a lesson and say you want to learn to ski expert trails don't be surprised if they take you to a beginner or intermediate slope as you need to learn the techniques somewhere where you are comfortable and at ease rather than worrying about being on a steep slope, once you've grasped the techniques then they'll take you to the more expert terrain
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