Individual mentoring, the perfect pace and teaching adapted to your skills and preferences – private ski lessons are well worth investing in. Almost every ski school offers private ski lessons, but which ski resorts are particularly suitable for exploring them with a private ski instructor?
The team of CheckYeti has compiled a list of Europe’s best ski resorts where you will get the most out of your ski lessons:
- Private ski lessons in Val Thorens: world’s largest ski area
- Private ski lessons in Zermatt: skiing on top of the Alps
- Private ski lessons in St Anton: a hotspot for freerider
- Private ski lessons in Obergurgl-Hochgurgl: the Diamond of the Alps
- Private ski lessons in Courchevel: a touch of luxury on the top of the mountain
Private ski lessons in Val Thorens; the world’s largest ski area
Val Thorens lies at 2300m and is therefore not only the highest ski resort in the world-famous Trois Vallées ski area but also in the whole of Europe. This altitude ensures that Val Thorens can count on snow from November to May. With more than 600km of pistes, Trois Vallées is the largest continuous ski area in the world, interconnecting the ski resorts of Val Thorens, Courchevel, Méribel and Les Menuires.
You will find English-speaking ski instructors in almost every ski school in Val Thorens, as the ski resort is very popular with the British. Due to the size of the area, it’s especially advisable for beginners to explore the resort with a private ski instructor. 50 out of 90 slopes are suitable for your first skiing experience, which means that up to 85km of slopes can be covered by novices. With the help of an experienced private ski instructor, you can enjoy skiing on more than half of the slopes in the resort.
CheckYeti Tip: One of the benefits of private lessons is that up to 6 people can share 1 private ski lesson, which means you can bring your friends or family and share the cost. Make sure all group members are on the same skill level to get the most out of your lesson.
Private ski lessons in Zermatt; skiing on top of the Alps
In Zermatt, you will find Switzerland’s highest ski resort, the Matterhorn ski paradise. At almost 4000m, the ski area lies between Switzerland and Italy and can be accessed from both sides. 360km of blue, red and black pistes, as well as yellow marked slopes for freeriders promise the highest skiing enjoyment in the Alps. A particular highlight is the longest descent in Europe, which leads with 25km from the top of the Klein Matterhorn (3883m) to the village of Zermatt (1620m).
The Matterhorn ski paradise is one of the most extensive ski resorts in the world. It is therefore recommendable to explore the huge area with a private ski instructor who can show you the best areas and views over the Matterhorn.
CheckYeti Tip: Another way to get the most out of your day is the early bird program in Zermatt: Thanks to this special First Track offer, you will be the first in the morning to glide over freshly groomed slopes, while other skiers are still slumbering in their beds.
Private ski lessons in St Anton; a hotspot for freeriders
St Anton is located in Austria’s famous Arlberg region and well known for its high snow guarantee. 305km of pistes and a total of 88 modern lifts ensure plenty of fun and variety when skiing in this resort. The ski season in St Anton traditionally starts with the ski opening event on the first weekend in December, which has numerous highlights – from concerts and special races to free ski and snowboard testing.
200 off-piste kilometres and various snowboard and carving areas make sure that freeriders and snowboarders feel particularly at home in St Anton. Advanced skiers can experience new piste adventures with a private freeride instructor and improve their powder skiing skills. Only private ski instructors with profound knowledge of the ski resort know which slopes offer the best freeride experience and have the necessary expertise to select the best skiing area for the respective weather conditions.
CheckYeti Tip: The ultimate winter experience is heliskiing: Together with an experienced guide, you will fly to the peak of a mountain by helicopter where you will be dropped off and can enjoy a descent on miles of untouched slopes. The Arlberg region is the only ski resort in Austria that offers this unique adventure.
Private ski lessons in Obergurgl-Hochgurgl; the Diamond of the Alps
The ski resort Obergurgl-Hochgurgl is located at the end of the Ötztal Valley in Tyrol, close to Innsbruck and the Italian border. Due to its geographical location and the high snow guarantee, the ski resort provides ideal skiing conditions from mid-November until early May. The charming mountain village received its name “the Diamond of the Alps” from the sunny slopes and the glittering Alpine panorama.
Obergurgl-Hochgurgl is especially popular with British families, who cherish the charm of the mountain village and tend to come back every winter. The ski resort is particularly suitable for first timers and intermediate skiers, as over 55 % of the 112km of slopes are marked for beginners. Children will make their first skiing moves on the magic carpet, which is located right next to several hotels in Hochgurgl. English-speaking ski instructors offer private lessons not only for children and adults but also for whole groups of families and friends.
CheckYeti Tip: With the purchase of a 3-day Ötztal valley ski pass, you can experience unlimited skiing pleasure in 6 ski areas in the Ötztal valley, including Obergurgl-Hochgurgl, Sölden and various other family-friendly ski areas.
Private ski lessons in Courchevel; a touch of luxury on the top of the mountain
The ski resort Courchevel is part of the Trois Vallées area. Courchevel consists of four main villages which are connected by road and pistes. A free bus service takes ski holidaymakers from Courchevel Le Praz (1300m) up to Courchevel Village (1550m), Courchevel Moriond (1650m) and Courchevel 1850, the highest and largest of the four villages.
Courchevel 1850 attracts the Alps’ most exclusive clientele and is the place to be for those who want to spend a luxurious skiing holiday. A large number of extravagant hotels and luxury chalets as well as various pricey restaurants and shops make sure that there is nothing missing in Courchevel.
Courchevel is known for its exciting nightlife and the finest après-ski locations in the Alps. Local ski instructors not only have great knowledge of the best slopes and huts, but they will also reveal the coolest party locations.
CheckYeti Tip: The exclusive nightclub Les Caves is the place to go in Courchevel 1850. International DJs, shows, dancing and fun await you until the dawn. The club is located near the entrance of the village and thanks to its pink door, it’s very easy to spot!
I grew up in the green heart of Austria, which turns into a white winter wonderland in the cold season. Skiing and snowboarding have always been my favourite pastimes.