Beginners ski / board schools

Question: I have skied/boarded on snow before, do I qualify?
Answer: No, you will be a lower intermediate
 
Question: Do I need a lift pass?
Answer: You will ski/board on the nursery slope the first day and our aim is to get you up onto easy slopes, accessible by lift. It's cheaper to buy a week's pass so, yes you do need one.
 
Question: How many will be in the group?
Answer: From 4- 8 persons.
 
Question: How will I know where to meet and who?
Answer: You will be sent a map and full details - make sure you give us your mobile number.
 
Question: Will I be the only one who does not know how to ski / board?
Answer: No, it will be everyone's first time on snow - you will love it!
 
For info on prices and duration please go to the Ski School or Board Page

 

Intermediate Lessons

Question: How do you know what group to put me in?
Answer: You choose from either 2, the descriptions are on the ski page.
 
Question: What if I am too good / slow for the group?
Answer: Abilities vary within groups and this is why we split them into 2 levels. Inevitably some people may progress quicker and the instructor will ensure everyone gets equal tuition and attention.
 
Question: When are the lessons and where do I meet?
Answer: Lessons run Mon, Tue & Wed 0900-1130 - you will be given details of the meet point.
 
For all info and prices go to the ski school page

 

Childrens' Ski School / Panda Club

All information and typical questions and answers can be found on the Children Page

Private Lessons

Question: How many people are with an Instructor?
Answer: From 1 - 6
 
Question: Will I be put with strangers / can I find other people to join?
Answer: Private lessons are for friends or family travelling together - its so you have your own instructor and know everyone in the group.
 
Question: Can you mix skiers and boarders in a lesson?
Answer: When you are learning the instructor demonstrates what you should do - he cannot teach 2 diefferent spoprts at once, so you choose whether to ski OR board.
 
Question: Can we mix abilities?
Answer: You can be of similar standard - if your abilities are too varied then your group may be too slow for some people - the instructor will go as fast as the slowest person. To get the most out of your instructor don't vary abilities too wildly.
 
Question: When are the lessons and where do I meet?
Answer: We offer 2 hour, 3 hour, 4 hour and all day private lessons - they work super well and you pay per instructor.
 
Question: Can they take me off piste?
Answer: Yes but please specify when booking if you want an instructor who can.
 
Question: Can we go on a glacier?
Answer: If the instructor thinks you are capable - please specify when booking.
 
Question: Can the instructor pick me up?
Answer: For 9am starts depending on the group size.
 
Question: What is the difference between an instructor and a guide?
Answer:  An instructor will teach you / can take you on and off piste but NOT a glacier. A guide will guide you, but not offer instruction, though he can give you some tips to improve your style. (We also have Instructor Guides - they do it all!)
 
Please make sure you specify what you want from your lesson when booking (confidence  / beginner / off piste / moguls...) so we can hand pick the instructor for you.
 
For further information and prices please visit the Private Lessons page

 

Guides

Question: How many people are with a Guide?
Answer: From 1 - 6
 
Question: Will I be put with strangers / can I find other people to join?
Answer: Guides are for friends or family travelling together - its so you have your own guide and know everyone in the group. If you hook up with people you dont't know and they are not as good, it will spoil the day.
 
Question: Can you mix skiers and boarders with a guide?
Answer: Yes - the guide will ski though and avoid flat areas for boarders.
 
Question: When can I have a guide and where do we go?
Answer: We offer 4 hour and all day private guides - they work super well and you pay per guide. We will advise where and if you have an area in mind, let us know!
 
Question: Can they take me off piste and on Glacier?
Answer: Yes!  Please specify when booking if you want glacier.
 
Question: Can the guide pick me up?
Answer: For 9am starts depending on the group size.
 
Question: What is the difference between an instructor and a guide?
Answer:  An instructor will teach you / can take you on and off piste but NOT a glacier. A guide will guide you, but not offer instruction, though he can give you some tips to improve your style. (We also have Instructor Guides - they do it all!)
 
Question: What else does a guide do?
Answer:  Ice Climbing, Skiing off piste on Glaciers, Ski Touring, Gullies, Security, Avalanche Rescue...
 
Please make sure you specify what you want from your guide when booking (confidence/ off piste / glacier / touring...) so we can hand pick the guide for you.
 
For more information and prices please go to the Guides Page.

Vallée Blanche

Question: What level do I need to be?
Answer: You need to be a good intermeidate skier / boarder - that has off piste experience (if you don't then join an off piste clinic )
 
Question: What is an off piste clinic ?
Answer: It's a 4 hour session where we will take you off piste to teach you / improve your technique / re assure you that you are capable to go to the Valee Blanche - you can do in a group we make or with a private instructor. With a group you can do the clinic and Vallee Blanche combined, at a reduced price.
 
Question: How many people are with a Guide?
Answer: Up to 6 people max. (maybe be lower according to conditions)
 
Question: What is the difference between a group and private?
Answer: A group is filled with max 6 people (seperated into skiers and boarders) that we have put together. You will ski or board the Vallee Blanche together with a guide and when you have descended, the group will then finish for the day.   In private you will know everyone and the guide is yours for the whole day.
 
Question: Can you mix skiers and boarders with a guide?
Answer: Only if you hire a private guide - BUT  the guide will ski  and take a route to avoid flat areas for boarders.
 
Question: When do we start?
Answer: Times will be confirmed but generally we meet at 0815.
 
Question: How long does it take?
Answer: That depends on the group! Generally we say you should be finsihed by 1400 or 1500.
 
Question: Do I need a rucksack?
Answer: Yes - a ruckscak that you can carry your skis or board on (these are super cheap at the local store near the meet point). You need to attach your equipment to this when you walk down the first path to get to the start of the Vallee Blanche.
 
Question:What esle do I need?
Answer: A lift pass, water, suncream, snacks, poles, camera. The guide will have harnesses and transceivers.
 
Question: Why do I need a guide?
Answer: The Vallee Blanche is a fantatsic run open to any good skiers or boarders BUT it is a glacier. You need a guide to negotiate your way down and more importantly, be there if you get into trouble. We guide hundreds of people down every winter, without problem - because we know what we are doing!  It is easy to be fooled into thinking it's ok to do alone as there is a lift thats takes you directly up there - please don't become a statistic!
 
For information on Vallee Blanche descents, groups and courses please see the Vallee Blanche page.