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The easiest route to the right ski course

22nd December 2019 | CheckYeti

Ensure you have a stress-free start to your ski trip

Ensure you have a stress-free start to your ski trip

Copyright: CheckYeti/Roland Haschka

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It's finally time for the winter ski trip and there’s nothing you’re looking forward to more than heading for the ski school office first thing in the morning and beginning your ski course on perfectly prepared slopes.

However, there’s no greater disappointment than arriving at the ski school office to find an endless queue and that your intended course is already fully booked. Also, are you really sure that you’ve found the best ski school and course for your level?

CheckYeti has done the research and has created a booking platform specifically for winter sports activities. From the comfort of your own home you can select your chosen ski course, private ski instructor or tour guide in resorts across Europe, making sure you have a stress-free start to your skiing trip. Also, hundreds of customer reviews will help you make the right decision and find the ideal offer for your needs and expectations.

The CheckYeti expert team will be happy to help you find the most suitable ski school for your planned skiing trip and to answer any further questions you may still have before you make your final decision. Here, you’ll find the answers to the most frequently asked questions:

1. From what age can kids learn to ski?

Most kids start skiing at the age of 3 or 4 years  - © CheckYeti/Roland Haschka

Most kids start skiing at the age of 3 or 4 years

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No one knows your child as well as you do. That’s why only you can know whether your child is ready for his or her first ski course. Alongside having the necessary stamina, your child’s personality has to be considered: Has your child been in a group with other children before? Is he or she able to spend time away from the family without problems?

Most children are ready to make their first moves on skis from the age of 3 - 4yrs. Experienced instructors even know the best tricks to get the best out of shy kids and reluctant couch potatoes. The instructors use fun methods to teach little ones the skiing basics. Also, many of the ski schools have friendly mascots who additionally help motivate the youngest skiers.

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2. Do I really need ski lessons?

Skiers at all levels profit from ski lessons  - © CheckYeti/Roland Haschka

Skiers at all levels profit from ski lessons

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No matter how much experience you’ve already had on the slopes, ski lessons will always help you improve your technique and become a better skier. Whether you want to learn a specific skiing style, you haven’t skied in years or you simply want to discover the best pistes within the resort, the certified ski instructors will give you the best help.

Skiers who haven’t skied in a long time or those who have lost their confidence after having had a skiing accident can really profit from group or private ski lessons. The fastest way to find your confidence again on the slopes is to work together with an experienced instructor.

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3. When should I book my ski course?

The earlier the booking, the wider the choice of offers  - © CheckYeti/Roland Haschka

The earlier the booking, the wider the choice of offers

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As with many things in life; if you want to be sure, you have to book early. The demand for ski lessons is particularly high within the holiday season. Therefore, to ensure you aren’t left empty handed, it’s best to book your lessons as early as possible. The main holiday seasons are around Christmas, plus the school holidays in February and at Easter. By autumn, many ski schools already have a large number of bookings for the following January and February.

Early booking is particularly recommended for those with specific requests as early bookings help ski schools to optimally plan their lessons schedule. This means the chances of being able to take part in special courses, such as speed skiing or ski touring, are much higher.

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4. Should I book group lessons or a private instructor

The resort has been chosen, the next step is to choose the lessons  - © CheckYeti/Roland Haschka

The resort has been chosen, the next step is to choose the lessons

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This decision depends mostly on your personal preferences and expectations. If you’re looking to see rapid progress and efficient improvement in your skiing technique, then private lessons are probably the best decision.

If you like being in groups and forming new friendships, then the group ski course is the perfect choice. Group courses not only cost less, they also often have additional extras, such as included ski hire.

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How long should the ski course last?

Longer ski courses generally offer better value for money  - © CheckYeti/Roland Haschka

Longer ski courses generally offer better value for money

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The optimal ski course length depends on the type of course (private or group), the aims of the course (learn how to ski or technical improvement) and the individual learning pace. Beginners of all ages generally learn skiing basics within 3-5 days of taking part in a group course. With private lessons, the one-to-one instruction helps learners progress at a faster rate.

A shorter length ski course is recommended for skiers who want to learn at a more leisurely speed, or for those who aren’t really sure if skiing is right for them or for their family. Despite this, it’s important to keep in mind that ski courses are often booked out months in advance, particularly during the holidays. Therefore, trying to book last-minute or to extend a ski course can also be a problem.

Longer length ski courses usually offer better value for money, particularly in comparison with single day lessons. The general rule is: The longer the booking, the lower the price per day.

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6. Which is better - a morning or afternoon course?

Early riser or late sleeper? There are suitable ski courses for everyone  - © CheckYeti/Roland Haschka

Early riser or late sleeper? There are suitable ski courses for everyone

Copyright: CheckYeti/Roland Haschka

Morning ski courses have the advantage of perfectly prepared, untouched slopes. The early morning course is particularly recommended in the months of March and April, as the warmer temperatures can cause slopes to be more difficult to ski by the afternoon.

Afternoon courses are ideal for anyone who prefers to take it easier in the morning and who enjoys the warmer afternoon temperatures. The afternoon courses offer the additional advantage of generally being less expensive than the morning courses.

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7. Hire equipment or take your own? 

You don't need your own ski equipment to learn to ski  - © CheckYeti/Roland Haschka

You don't need your own ski equipment to learn to ski

Copyright: CheckYeti/Roland Haschka

Passionate skiers who regularly go skiing and who book ski courses to work on their technique will of course take their own equipment with them. However, ski courses with included ski hire are ideal for children, beginners, weekend-skiers and ski-returnees: There are no equipment purchase or service costs and the skier can enjoy the advantages of using modern and perfectly-serviced ski equipment. Additionally, hiring equipment means not having to travel with heavy and bulky ski luggage.

If you have any further questions before you book your ski course, the CheckYeti team will be happy to help!

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Ski and snowboard enthusiasts from around the world:

We have been proud to provide you with free access to snow reports, resort guides and more, and we are beyond grateful for your readership and contributions to our community over the years.

Unfortunately given the changing media landscape, Mountain News Corporation has experienced financial declines in recent years. With additional economic challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic now facing our business, it is not financially viable to continue operating.

Mountain News Corporation and our OnTheSnow and Skiinfo websites will be shutting down. We will explore the possibility of selling, partnering, or contributing assets to another media outlet if there is an opportunity to allow for a consistent or enhanced online experience. For inquiries about Mountain News Corporation, please email Feedback_OTS@mountainnews.com.

We want to thank our loyal employees for their tireless work over the years to bring great information to all of you. We take comfort knowing that our collective passion for the sport of skiing and snowboarding will certainly live on.

We’ll see you on the mountain.


– Mountain News Corporation