If you are a beginner skier and are setting off on your first ski holiday, or even just to practice on dry or indoor ski slopes, some form of ski lessons are a must. These will make sure that you can learn valuable skills and techniques to help you to enjoy skiing on the slopes as much as possible, but most importantly will make sure that you will keep yourself and others safe when skiing.
At a Glance
Private ski lessons give you more focused teaching, meaning you may be able to improve technique quicker. However, private lessons may be more expensive than small/larger group lessons or family lessons.
Types of Ski Lessons
Lots of people don’t realise, but there is a number of different types of ski lessons which most ski resorts or slopes offer! The same type of lesson may not be ideal and the best learning environment for everyone, and they’re also often not the same price!
You may have to try a different type of lesson if you don’t immediately take to the one you try initially. But that’s ok! This is simply the way to make sure you are progressing and learning as well as you can, as well as having fun and making the most of your trip!
Different lesson packages may also be available at reduced costs. You may be able to book sets of a number of lessons for a lower price for example. Lessons are often also available for an hour or two, half a day or a full day, depending on your preference.
The main types of ski lessons you may be able to book onto are:
- Ski school
- Large group lessons
- Smaller group lessons
- Family lessons
- Private lessons (1-1 lessons)
Lessons for Beginners
If you are a beginner skier, trying skiing for the very first time or being still quite inexperienced on the slopes, lessons with a professional ski instructor are a must!
Professional ski instructors not only know the best way to teach technique to make sure you can progress and ski with more confidence and control, but also make sure you can keep yourself and others safe.
Private lessons can be a great option for both beginners and more advanced skiers. They have the benefit of allowing you 1 on 1 time with a trained ski instructor, meaning that you will have their full focus and the lesson can be completely tailored to your capabilities.
An instructor can easily focus on your strengths and where you can improve, and concentrate practice exercises on those areas specifically without also having to consider to different strengths and weaknesses of the rest of the group.
Small Group Lessons
Small group lessons can include family lessons, or be with a group of friends or even complete strangers. You may be in a group of 3-4 of you and generally all practice the same ski technique exercises during the lesson.
This does not mean that the instructor cannot tailor the lesson to your specific needs. However, they will also be balancing the needs of the other members of the group, so you have not have as much attention given to your specific requirements.
However, ski instructors are usually good at making sure everyone in the group is taught what they need to keep improving.
Large Group Lessons
While group lessons are never likely to get too big, you could still sign up to slightly larger group sessions. There will likely be a maximum number of people one instructor can take out onto the slopes for safety reasons and to make sure everyone can still be taught effectively and safely at all times.
These types of lessons are often the cheapest, so if you’re on a tight budget, you might want to look into group lessons like this. However, this is often because you won’t get the same level of 1:1 time with the instructor, meaning that you may progress slightly slower. However, it isn’t always that way for everyone! Some people really do thrive in a group environment where they can learn from other people too. Lots of these different types of lessons are down to personal choice, so make sure you find the one that’s right for you!
There are lots of different types of ski lessons to choose from which vary in the amount of individual attention a ski instructor can give you as well as the price. However, there isn’t one rule for everyone. Some people may throve in a group lessons or where they can learn with their family and have fun! However, other people might need 1:1 time with an instructor to really improve.
Make sure to weigh up the pros and cons of each, and find the one that’s right for you!