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Advice about Ski schools for kids with pick up-ZH

Hello, My 4 year old has declared that this year he really wants to try skiing - unfortunately me and hubby have never tried skiing. I have heard that there are ski schools for children that organize pick up from central locations in Zurich, take the kids, instruct them and drop them back, snacks etc are provided or not depending on the school or package. Is this right? and if so does anybody have any recommendations for such schools.

Also what gear should I rent for him if we go through such a school.

Are there such schools for adults who just want the once in a lifetime experience

(P.S- tried the search function but did not find anything relevant or posted lately.) I would really appreciate a nudge in the right direction.
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Re: Advice about Ski schools for kids with pick up-ZH

I would suggest that you pick a ski resort and take an overnight trip. Just about any resort will have beginner lessons. Normally it's weekend (Saturday Sunday) or 5 days (monday-friday) for a beginner course. And yes, you can do beginner classes whilst your child does a kids beginner class.

You can hire all the equipment you need at the slopes.... maybe ask around friends or school contacts where the recommend. Better to hire the equipment on the slopes as then you do not need to carry it very far, and try out before you consider buying anything too serious.

For a 4 year old, I would imagine just a couple of half-day or 2 hour lessons would be enough to get an idea of whether he likes it or not.

It might also be possible to organise a private lesson for the whole family, as a group, but usually they have a special 'kids' zone so if he's happy to go with a stranger, that may be the best option.

Personally, for a 4 year old I wouldn't let them go alone, just in case there's an accident or he's not coping in the cold/wet etc...
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Re: Advice about Ski schools for kids with pick up-ZH

PS. we went here last winter and it was pretty good. We didn't ski - we went tobogganing...but the ski area looked pretty good for beginners for a first visit (and the guest house 'hostel' accommodation was very reasonably priced).
http://www.klewenalp.ch/de/winter/familien-spar-paket

You would need to check if they do lessons for kids as young as 4. I think 6 might be a more realistic starting age for lessons...
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Re: Advice about Ski schools for kids with pick up-ZH

Hi, why not try Flumseberg.? Your little boy can have a lesson and you can either enjoy the cafe and the views or take a walk on one of the well prepared winter trails. Or even take the bubble up to the top and enjoy the view.
Then if he has problems/hates it/ gets cold you are close by.
It is easy to access by car or public transport. By car the car park is practically on the slope, by public transport it's a minutes or so walk to ski
IMO 4 is a little young to be sent off for a days skiing lesson without a parent. 2 hours will be more then enough and often the non skiing logistics are harder for the kids than skiing. E.g. Getting out of ski clothes in time to go to the toilet, keeping track of gloves, helmet, goggles, getting cold and tired.
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Re: Advice about Ski schools for kids with pick up-ZH

The ski school in Ybrig offers the kind of service you are looking for link not sure what the age limit is though, but give them a call, all of the office staff speak English.

There are I believe three native English speaking instructors and a lot of the instructors speak English and they allow you to specify an English speaking lesson.

As for gear, you need boots, skis, proper snow pants and jacket because they will fall down at some point and you don't want them getting wet, and last but most importantly a helmet.

All ski schools do adult beginners class either on a private basis or a group basis.
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Re: Advice about Ski schools for kids with pick up-ZH

Lenzerheide has plenty of options for families. We have a beginners area that is free to use with 3 lifts and a carousel. There are also bunch of other facilities here to keep everyone happy for a weekend.

I would reccomend taking a family private lesson for 2-3 hours on to start of with. If you've never skied before 2 hours is generally enough, plus the little one might not be able to concerntrate for much longer. Private lessons are a bit more exspensive but you get the value of having the instructor concertrate 100% on you and your family.

There are some good packages in January up here. Have a look at www.epic-ski.ch for more details.

And yes, i am the guy who runs the ski school.

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I would reccomend taking a family private lesson for 2-3 hours on to start of with.
Please no. If you are going to learn have a separate instructor to your child. It is really hard to teach children and parents together, you learn differently and want to do different things!
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Please no. If you are going to learn have a separate instructor to your child. It is really hard to teach children and parents together, you learn differently and want to do different things!
Your totaly correct. It is better to have 2 instructors as adults and kids learn differently and yes different teaching techniques are needed, but in my experience it can work very well if you have an experienced instructor. I have taught countless families together in a private situation and the majority of the time it works very well.
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Re: Advice about Ski schools for kids with pick up-ZH

Thank you all so much for the invaluable advice and sorting me out. I will soon be booking something for the lil one and hopefully me too.
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Re: Advice about Ski schools for kids with pick up-ZH

Did you find a good place to ski with your 4 year old? We would like to do a weekend trip with our 3 and 6 year old. Looking for a mountain close to Zurich that has great kids lesson (in English). Just a few hours would probably be best for our 3 year old.
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Did you find a good place to ski with your 4 year old? We would like to do a weekend trip with our 3 and 6 year old. Looking for a mountain close to Zurich that has great kids lesson (in English). Just a few hours would probably be best for our 3 year old.
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Flumserberg is quite popular, they organise Schnupperlektion for beginners. I don't really like the station myself, but almost everyone I know had their kids going there at the beginning and they are happy with the school.

We preferred going for weekends the first winter, because once Trollefar and the Troll were tired of skiing, I could do proper skiing by myself while they chilled at the hotel. We were really happy with the ski school in Flims for our then 4 year old. He didn't speak German, but they always found an instructor who could speak French, they also have English speaking instructors. They offer private lessons, and outside of Sportferien season they also have group courses for kids during the weekends. We keep going to Flims at least once every winter.
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Did you find a good place to ski with your 4 year old? We would like to do a weekend trip with our 3 and 6 year old. Looking for a mountain close to Zurich that has great kids lesson (in English). Just a few hours would probably be best for our 3 year old.
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I wouldn't worry too much about the language. Every instructor I have met here has spoken at least a few words of English and to be honest, it's not as if a three year old is going to understand any technical phrases anyway.

Most of the instruction is by example, physical guidance, and lots of clapping - even if your child is totally incompetent.

Make sure your three year old can say "WC" or "pee pee" and you'll be fine.
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I wouldn't worry too much about the language... it's not as if a three year old is going to understand any technical phrases anyway.
You mean your three-year old actually listened to what anyone said to him/her on the piste. Mine didn't. They always seemed to be gazing in another direction too... They became good skiers though...
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Re: Advice about Ski schools for kids with pick up-ZH

The other good advice is don't expect too much - especially for the younger children.

Our four year old is starting this year. I'll let you know how he gets on.
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I wouldn't worry too much about the language. Every instructor I have met here has spoken at least a few words of English and to be honest, it's not as if a three year old is going to understand any technical phrases anyway.

Most of the instruction is by example, physical guidance, and lots of clapping - even if your child is totally incompetent.

Make sure your three year old can say "WC" or "pee pee" and you'll be fine.
That depends on the kids. While it's true for most of the kids, some aren't comfortable when they can't communicate. Ours was in the latter group, he would just clam up and do his Rain Man routine, refusing to interact with people who didn't speak French or Norwegian. We even had one private lessons in bad French which resulted in him not wanting to ski for a while.

Hence, the first 2 winters we were very careful about finding getting ski teachers he could communicate with. 4 years on, however, he chats happily in 4 languages with anyone he meets, and I don't even ask about the available languages before enrolling him in ski school.

Bottom-line is, know your kids. Some (most) learn the language (and skiing) faster by being immersed from day one. For some it's a bit more complicated.
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The other good advice is don't expect too much - especially for the younger children.

Our four year old is starting this year. I'll let you know how he gets on.
That's true. Once the kids are 10 years old, it's pretty difficult to tell who started at 3 and who started at 6, apart from the kids who are born in the mountain and ski a lot during a winter.
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