Should I learn at home or in resort?
Should we have lessons before we go, or should we wait and learn out in resort?
It’s a question that gets asked a lot, especially when kids are involved. There is no simple one size fits all answer. It depends on your unique circumstances, priorities, personality types and budget.
Here’s a list to help you decide. Weigh up the pros and cons and you should be able to make an informed decision:
Advantages of lessons first
Builds up confidence before trip
Having experience means making the most of being in resort and exploring the ski area
You will know what you need so will be prepared, no surprises
Safe controlled environment and conditions
Great for a taster
Instructors English language skills can vary in resort (it’s a good idea to ask for a strong English speaker when you book)
Summer offers make lessons in UK good value
Disadvantages of lessons first
More expensive than in resort
Can be very busy peak season with high traffic so could put able learners off
Not always very representative of the real thing (having a long cruising empty beginner slope with real snow is much more ideal)
When you are travelling
Those who booked well in advance can take advantage of the local slope being quiet in the summer. Oten there are good value summer promotions.
If you have less time and find yourself looking at booking lessons in UK over the Christmas or Half Term you might find they will be booked up and also not cheap as its peak time. In this case you might prefer to wait until you are in resort.
Group or Private?
Another question often asked is whether you should do group or private ski lessons. Again it depends on the individual and whether they would thrive more learning with peers or if they might benefit from one to one learning. It’s worth remembering that although private ski lessons are more expensive, the learning should be at a quicker and more tailored rate so a group ski lesson may end up being a false economy as time will be spent on the whole group learning.
Out in a ski resort it may be harder to find ski schools and instructors who can tailor your lessons according to your needs and you may also find a language barrier may make it more difficult to communicate your requirements.
To get the best head start it would be worth speaking to Snowbility in the UK for further advice on this topic.