Winter is coming – and so are ski lesson offers for you and your family and friends! However, as skiing is a very popular sport, a qualitative ski lesson often comes with a certain price. Find out the best ways to save money when planning your ski trip. The team at CheckYeti has prepared a list of 8 things you should look out for:
Learning to ski in small resorts
Especially for beginners, the ski resort doesn’t necessarily need to have long and numerous slopes. The important thing is that the resort offers enough blue slopes so that beginners can practice their skills. Opting for a smaller resort hence is a great way to not only learn to ski but also to save money.
Small ski resorts also have the advantage of being less crowded and offering more blue slopes. In addition, ski passes are often cheaper in small ski resorts, as there usually aren’t a lot of ski lifts in the area. Usually, even ski lessons are cheaper in small resorts. Therefore: the smaller the ski resort, the higher the probability that you’ll find a nice family-friendly ski resort with a lot of easy slopes.
CheckYeti Tip: The Austrian ski resort Seefeld is a great example of a nice and small resort. It’s located in the state of Tyrol and offers blue slopes on the Gschwandtkopf mountain. From only 27€, kids can learn how to ski in this family-friendly resort.
Choosing the nearest ski resort
One further option to save money is choosing a ski resort that is not too far away from local airports. That way, you won’t have to travel too far by bus or train to your destination. If you choose to travel to another country by car, inform yourself on how to avoid toll fees by maybe opting for alternative routes.
CheckYeti Tip: The airport at Salzburg City (Munich is also an alternative – it’s a bigger airport, so there might be more flights available) is only a 1.5h car ride away from four great ski resorts: Zell am See, Kitzbühel, Saalbach-Hinterglemm and Kaprun!
Going skiing during low season
Hotels and ski passes are a lot cheaper during the low season than during high season (due to the lower demand). There also are noticeably fewer vacationists at ski resorts during the low season, meaning that the slopes are less crowded. This is simply perfect for beginners as they’ll be able to practice without having to worry about bumping into other skiers. There also is a big seasonal difference in ski schools regarding prices. In order to save money, try going skiing before the Christmas holidays or maybe wait until spring. When organising your ski trip, it is recommended to check the different ski resorts’ opening dates and also the ski schools’ season starts as they may differ from one another.
Unfortunately, families with school children often don’t have any other choice but to go skiing during school holidays. However, once again, there is a loophole: try going skiing during holidays in the low season (so either during the Autumn break or the Easter holidays). In this case, you should choose a ski resort in a glacier ski area as you’ll be sure to find snowy slopes then.
CheckYeti Tip: Before organising your ski trip, you should compare your kids’ holidays with the school holidays of the country you’re travelling to. Note that not all states within a country have the same holidays and that there may be local variations. For the next winter holidays, the team at CheckYeti recommends Zermatt, for example. It’s a glacier ski area, and while the UK half term break starts mid-February and ends at the beginning of March, Swiss students only have the first week of March off. Additional bonus: you’ll get to see the famous and beautiful Matterhorn mountain up close!
Booking in advance
In the past, ski lessons were usually booked on site, right at the beginning of one’s winter holidays. However, nowadays, it’s recommended to book a lesson in advance as the demand is quite high. By booking in advance, you’re not only sure to find the perfect lesson, but you’ll also very likely benefit from special offers and cheaper prices.
Another benefit of booking early on is that you’ll have enough time to contact the chosen ski school to ask any questions you might have and discuss other matters you’d like to inform yourself on. Consequently, you won’t only save money but also precious time. Whatismore, early bookings help ski schools prepare the lessons appropriately which results in you getting your money’s worth.
Multiple-day ski lessons
It always pays off to attend a multiple-day ski lesson, as beginners have more time to practice and the learning success thus is greater. Opting for such lessons is also a good way of saving money: the more days you book your lesson for, the cheaper the price per hour gets.
We’d recommend booking such lessons as this especially pays off since you’ll get to discover more and more of the resort’s slopes. While the kids get to slide down all easy slopes, parents can enjoy the diverse intermediate and even difficult slopes. To sum up: the bigger the resort, the greater the slope variety.
CheckYeti Tip: In Sölden, for example, 144km of slopes are waiting for you. Half of those slopes are blue, which makes the resort beginner-friendly. You’ll also find a wide-ranging offer of all kinds of lessons.
Look out for package deals and you’ll be able to save even more money! Package deals usually are lessons that include the ski equipment. Especially beginners who don’t have their own equipment (yet) can greatly benefit from such deals. While the equipment is often included in the price of these package deals, more and more ski schools also offer ski lessons with included ski rental as an option.
All equipment is professionally serviced and adjusted to every skier individually. The equipment can usually be picked up one day prior to the beginning of the ski lesson or on the very first day of it.
CheckYeti Tip: Whether you’re looking for a ski, snowboard, telemark or even snowshoeing lesson, you’ll find what you’re looking for in Morzine! The French ski resort offers all types of lessons for participants of all ages and levels. The best part: the majority of the lessons include the ski hire or at least offer it as an option.
Opting out of lunch-time supervision & meals
Many full-day kids’ ski lessons include lunch-time supervision and a meal. Most of the time, the ski schools take the kids to ski huts for the lunch break. However, you can save money by opting out of lunch-time supervision and instead pick up your kids for the lunch break. You’ll simply take them eating somewhere and spend time with them and bring them back when the afternoon session starts. This option is especially good for those of you staying at a full-board accommodation.
CheckYeti Tip: Note that it’s usually only possible to opt out of lunch-time supervision and meals in beginner groups. In lessons for advanced skiers, the type of lunch-time supervision varies. While many groups go back to the lesson’s initial meeting point to go have lunch in the ski school, some also stop on their skiing route to eat in a traditional ski hut. Be sure to ask the ski school if each child can then choose à la carte or if the lunch is pre-ordered by the school. You can also talk about the lunch situation with the ski instructor who’ll help you find a cheap solution.
Ski instructor sharing
Next tip on our list: share a private ski instructor with your friends and family. When opting for the so-called “ski instructor sharing”, you can share the comparably expensive price of a private instructor with others while benefiting from a private lesson. The instructor will have more time to focus on your skills and help you improve your technique.
This type of lesson is especially popular with families with kids of different ages. In group lessons, kids are often divided into different age categories and therefore cannot learn to ski with their siblings. While this doesn’t happen in shared private lessons, note that it’s important for all participants to have the same level of experience.
CheckYeti Tip: The ski area Zell am See not only offers lessons for kids and teens but also private lessons for families which welcome skiers of every age and level!
Whether I’m describing a beautiful ski area or telling you all about the right skiing techniques, writing articles always makes me want to leave for a new adventure, and I hope reading them has the same effect on you!