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Best Ski schools for absolute beginners?

So we have finally decided to learn skiing. However I am on the lookuot for good ski schools who can bear with 30 year old beginners

We would ideally like to startoff with a full day lesson early Jan (after the peak holiday season is over) and stay overnight (do some night sledding as well )

The one I found was http://www.skischule-engelberg.ch/02...main_0_eng.htm

However it is hard to find an apartment ot hotel for less than an week

Does anyone have an opinion on this school or can recommend one for beginners? or can recommend a place where it would be possible to find a hotel for early jan if I book now

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Re: Best Ski schools for absolute beginners?

Last year I saw a grown man learning next to the little kids at the Vreni Schneider Ski School (former Olympic champion) in Elm, so maybe try there? I recall them being very friendly.

There is a hotel walking distance from there that we stayed at during the sportferien last year, and it wasn't fully booked. It's nothing overly-special but has clean rooms and the food was pretty good! Oh, and small pool.

http://www.vrenischneider.ch/
http://www.sardona.ch/sardona/web/index/index2.asp
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Re: Best Ski schools for absolute beginners?

Flumserberg also meant to good. www.flumserberg.ch


Also-check out my post on Ski-virgin's. Search Ski-Virgin. I'm organising a group together ( I'm 26, and never set foot on a piste,so don't be too freaked out!)
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Re: Best Ski schools for absolute beginners?

Oddly enough I've had three ski lessons in the UK - in Tamworth Snowdome (for a full day) and Castleford SNO!zone.

I mixed it with visiting relatives so it worked out much cheaper than having to fork out for ski passes and in-resort lessons and equipment hire, and I thought the indoor setting was more suited to learning. The fact that I was being taught by a native English speaker (and northerners at that) also helped with some things.

I'd previously had private lessons in a ski resort in France but the instructor seemed more interested in posing for the ladies, and I leaned nothing. In fact it discouraged me from trying again. If my uncle hadn't suggested Tamworth then I would have just given it up as a bad job.

I'm off to Les Deux Alpes with family next week over New Year and I'm looking forward to skiing now.
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Re: Best Ski schools for absolute beginners?

I'm just learning and have had a few private lessons in different resorts in Switzerland and Germany. The best instructor I have had by far is a guy named Beat with www.active-snow-team.com in Engelberg.
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Re: Best Ski schools for absolute beginners?

i skied in engelberg this week and found the ski school at the bottom of the lift really good(that's the office in the Intersport shop). Did a course in Austria in Feb and was rubbish, groups were so big no way instructor could teach so many of various levels.

In engelburg groups are small and levels are split to competency. Highly recommend it. Im an old guy with two left feet!!
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Re: Best Ski schools for absolute beginners?

I skied mostly in Davos where i also took my first Ski lesson there
It was with SSD Ski School (ssd.ch).
Paid CHF 200 for 4 hours. The place called BŁnda (near Davos Dorf Bhf.)
It was kind of private lesson, since i am the only one who learn skiing there at that time lol.
CHF 50 per hour is fair i think
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i skied in engelberg this week and found the ski school at the bottom of the lift really good(that's the office in the Intersport shop). Did a course in Austria in Feb and was rubbish, groups were so big no way instructor could teach so many of various levels.

In engelburg groups are small and levels are split to competency. Highly recommend it. Im an old guy with two left feet!!
Cool, glad you enjoyed it. On the group size thing though, the Swiss Ski School, who you were with, do often have larger groups in busy periods, which would include February.

So on that score, Prime Ski School, who I work for part-time, are much better, as we do actually guarantee group sizes of no more than six, so we can give enough individual attention to all the guests. We like to actually teach something, rather than the 'follow-me' approach you'll often see elsewhere.

Of course, we also believe we're better overall, with a great team who are all passionate about actual teaching.

But then I would say that, wouldn't I?
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