Alpine Elements logo

Do you need help arranging your holiday?

Phone icon
Call one of our experts on 02039498353
Phone icon
Make An Enquiry
Complete our online form
How long are you going for?
Choose Your Departure Date
Where are you going?

Over 12 years old


2 to 12 years old


0 to 23 months old

Ski & Board Lesson levels

Our Trusted Formula

We have found that our five half day packages of lessons provide skiers and boarders with the best combination of value-for-money with tuition-time and free-ski time. We have been offering this trusted formula for the last 20 years and it has been found to have had the most profound improvement and positive feedback from our guests. 

A lesson in the morning, (or afternoon), with time on your own to practice new skills at your own pace is something we know works well. 

Choose your level. Then book!

First things first. Choose your level below so you can make the right selection when booking your Extras online during your initial holiday reservation. You can also book lessons by calling our sales team. Or, if you’ve already booked, simply use your Client Area to add lessons to your booking. 

If, after day one on the snow, you feel that you would like to move up or down a level then we should be able to help you quite easily in resort if you speak with our reps.

(age 14+)

Your Ski Level

Your Snowboard Level


You have never skied before, either on snow or dryslope.

You have never snowboarded before, either on snow or dryslope.

Level 1

You have tried skiing before for a few hours and can ski in a cautious snowplough.

You can side slip on your heel and toe side edges, and link basic turns on green slopes and slopes like the Snowdome

Level 2

You can link snowplough turns with reasonable control and bring skis together parallel at the end of a turn on green and blue slopes.

You can link turns on green and blue runs and carry the speed through turns

Level 3

You are nearly parallel but often still use a small plough to start the turn. I have skied for a few weeks. Aim: To parallel ski more challenging pistes, bumps, red runs and easy blacks.

You are happy riding red runs and fast on easy slopes with basic switch turns

Level 4

You are a competent parallel skier, have done a few, or more, weeks skiing and struggle with bumps or steep icy sections. Aim: To be skiing parallel with more confidence on steeper groomed runs and to start more black runs.

You can ride on all grades of run and do basic carves on easy runs. I’ve done a bit of off piste, but want to do more and to start riding small park jumps and rails.

Level 5 (private lessons)

You are an advanced parallel skier (approx. 8-10 weeks experience), and can ski all reds, and blacks, providing they’re not too steep or bumpy. You would like to start learning off piste. Aim: To improve your wider skill-set in all types of terrain


Level 6 (private lessons)

You can ski most terrain and enjoy off piste runs. More than 16 weeks experience. Aim: To develop skills and adaptability to challenging and varied terrain


These Levels are Just a Guide

These lesson levels are really meant to act as a guide for your ski or board school in resort. The individual ski or board school may use a slightly different grading system, but don’t worry too much. We simply use this as an indication of your standard so we can prepare the ski school. Please contact us if you are unsure about your ability and how to book lessons.

Children & Skiing

Children from the age of 4 or 5 years can learn to ski, and our hand-picked ski schools and benefit from a low-pressure atmosphere in which to learn, and an extensive network of easy, well-kept slopes to help make progress quick and easy. Our specially selected resorts are renowned for their beginner suitability, some even have free beginner lifts or “magic carpet” lifts and excellent ski gardens and ski-crèche facilities for younger children so that learning to ski is fun all the way!

Lesson Levels

Child Levels

Child Ski Level

(age 5-12)

For first time skiers. It is not uncommon to see beginner kids tackling blue runs with ease after just a week! Kids learn snow ploughs on nurseries, green and blue runs and taking lifts safely.

Level 1
(age 6-12)

For children with a week’s experience, and can take drag lifts. An easy start, just snow ploughs and then bigger and better things! Aim: strong and confident plough turns on greens and blues.

Level 2
(age 6-12)

This is all about fun! Taking bumps, varied terrain and going faster around the mountain. The emphasis is on fun all the way. Aim: To start skiing parallel.

Level 3
(8-13 yrs)

For children with a few week’s experience, nearly parallel but often still use a small plough to start the turn. Aim: To parallel ski more challenging pistes, use poles, take bumps, red runs, easy blacks and small jumps

Level 4
(10-13 yrs)

For competent parallel skiers on all pistes: green to black, with a few, (or more), week’s experience. Aim: To be skiing parallel with more confidence on steeper runs, tackling icey sections and to start powder, jumps and more bumps.

These Levels are Just a Guide

These lesson levels are really meant to act as a guide for your ski or board school in resort. The individual ski or board school may use a slightly different grading system, but don’t worry too much. We simply use this as an indication of your standard so we can prepare the ski school. Please contact us if you are unsure about your ability and how to book lessons.

Morzine Extras


Morzine is a very pretty village with excellent facilities, numerous bars and cafes with boutique shopping to keep the non-skiers entertained. A nice day trip away from the ski fields is to Saint Jean D'aulps. This charming, almost cute, little resort is part of the same ski area and connected by the area's shuttle bus. The traditional nature of Morzine is very evident in its facilities, architecture and frendliness, resulting in a very pleasant village to stay in. Being quite a large summer destination as well as winter mountain resort there is lots to offer almost all year round and, it has the right amount of British prescence. Socially it is one of the livelier resorts in France, offering late night venues for partying or relaxed drinking and dining venues for the more sedate and family orientated skiers, as well as pizza and other take aways.

Tignes Extras


Four Ski Villages
Tignes is twinned with Val d’Isere and both benefit from sharing the same ski area. It’s made up of four villages at different altitudes, each with its own atmosphere. In Val Claret and Le Lac, you’ll be in the heart of the action – Val Claret is at the top next to the glacier train and Le Lac is the next one down. Both offer bustling bars and clubs. If you prefer a quieter base, choose Le Lavachet (next to Le Lac), or Les Brévières - the original ‘old town’ of TIgnes. Both offer doorstep access to the best slopes, but are further away from the glacier train - which suits the experts who want to sample the Grande Motte. However the glacier is easily accessed in just one or two lifts from Brev’ and Lavachey. About the Skiing & Boarding
The slopes in Tignes are characteristically wide, long lasting and highly efficient, all served by a modern Express lift system. This allows for some effortless skiing for all abilities, less slope congestion and not so much waiting in lift queues! If you like off piste and snowboarding then you’ll also love the seemingly endless off-piste itineraries in the area, and everyone loves the long descents and excellent snow quality which characterise the resort.

La Tania Extras


La Tania offers expansive skiing for all levels. The resort is not only part of an immense ski area, but a very varied one which suits all levels. Family beginners and Intermediates are well suited to the networks of easy cruising runs that line the resort. La Tania also has some of the finest descents and the longest runs in the whole 3 valleys. La Tania's slope quality brings visiting skiers from all other resorts.

Around La Tania

With a traffic free centre La Tania is very popular with families and the novelty of being able to ski or board through the resort! You can also ski to the shops, the bars and even the ski lift! Quite a rarity in any sprawling ski resort nowadays! There are excellent facilities which include indoor climbing, tenpin bowling, ice karting, dog sledding and ice skating. Live music and late night venues can be found most nights. Ideal for families and skiers as you can ski right through the resort to our hotel! The resort has plenty of inexpensive restaurants and cafes for lunch (most ski-to-door) and some lively apres ski bars and late night venues. Our Hotel Montana offers convenient apres ski and happy hour prices for guests. If you want a livelier bar then head out to the Ski Lodge, Chrome bar or Taiga bar. These late night venues will then get going again after 10pm and run until the early hours!

St Anton Extras


From exclusive areas such as the cruising paradises that are Lech and Zürs to the sunny aspect of Sonnekopf's powder runs, there is enough to challenge any level of skier. Intermediates and Advanced skiers are probably the happiest in St Anton, but the welcome for beginners is warm.

Meribel Extras


The Après-ski in Meribel is one very big plus point for this resort! The large British presence in the resort, ensures some interesting and exciting nights can be had! The shear variety of bars and restaurants ensures that all tastes and appetites are catered for. O'Sullivans, formerly known as Dick's T Bar is known throughout the ski world, and a great place to start (or finish!) the night. Meribel also has two good nightclubs for the party people in your group! There are some quieter venues for those easy going nights where food and wine are more important than packed bars and loud music. The variety in Meribel is very good indeed, try Barometer for a not-so-heavy dose of après-ski and then wind your way up to the village square for more lively entertainment.

La Plagne Extras


The snow sure nature of La Plagne is helped by the glacier skiing at Plagne Bellecôte, which extends up to 3250 metres. From here you will find an up to 2000m vertical drop, with some Black and Red slopes together with a seemingly endless supply of powder, and some of the longest descents in France. Our Chalets in La Plagne are mostly ski to door or very close to the slopes. They are also just a short, easy ski to the ski school meeting points - so convenient skiing is definitely something which you can look forward too.

Around La Plagne

La Plagne Centre (2000m) has fallen foul of the dreaded concrete touch but the huge amounts of snow seem to make it look fresh and pleasant all season round. As you would expect it is the largest of the Villages in La Plagne and is a Mecca for shops, bars and restaurants. 1800 has by and large escaped the planners concrete nightmares, with more of a chalet-style, and a warm and friendly atmosphere, with a handful of good bars and restaurants and some ski shops. Ski buses run up to Plagne centre until midnight, this all helps give skiers the perfect mix: lots of apres ski and very pleasant surroundings"

Val DIsere Extras


Val d'isère is a world renowned resort with extensive shopping, a vibrant cafe culture is one of the best high-altitude resorts offering a range of skiing to suit all abilities. Val d'Isère is teaming with nightlife! The apres ski kicks off with a from about 4pm onwards and offers some very lively establishments, many of which have passed into skiing folklore! Then there are late night bars and bar-cum-clubs which stay open until 4am. This resort has over 50-60 bars and restaurants to choose from.

How to Book Extras

We Always Advise...

We always advise pre-booking your Ski Extras with us so that we can take care of you in resort under our 'On the Snow' programme. This will help us to make things faster and more efficient for you on arrival in resort.

Book Online or Over the Phone

All our Ski Extras can be booked online with your initial holiday reservation or over the phone with our expert sales team, so don’t forget to add them on. If you’re a family or group booker and uncertain about the best deals available for you - then just call us so we can help you work out what the best offers and packages are. 

Call us now on 0844 770 40 70

Your Client Area

If you’ve already booked, then simply go to your Client Area and share the link with your group. Here, you can get prices and add any ski Extras to any passenger. At this stage you will not have to pay anything, all orders are taken and group leaders are sent a fresh invoice to check before agreeing and paying. Simple!

Go to my Client Area

Book by Email

If you’ve already booked then you can also add Extras or get prices by sending an email to After you’ve asked for Extras to be added by email, we will then send you a confirmation invoice to make sure you’re happy. Payment will be due later and normally align with your holiday balance due date. See our terms below.

Payment of Extras

All Ski Extras can be added to your booking without any deposit or pre-payment necessary. We will simply ask that you settle the balance with us by your final holiday balance due date which is normally 10 to 12 weeks before departure, or sooner for bookings made within this period. Some lessons and childcare providers may need a deposit on reservation. See our terms.


For Ski & Board hire & Lift pass

We don’t charge for cancellations or amendments to lift passes or ski and board hire, right up until two weeks prior to departure. So you can change your mind as often as you like! If you wish to completely cancel an order within two weeks prior to departure then there may be an admin fee of £30 per person, (per equipment pack/lift pass). However, if you wish to upgrade the order to a superior equipment pack or lift pass there will be no extra charge.

For Ski Lessons & Childcare

Quite a lot of work has to go into sourcing lessons and childcare for our clients and third-party suppliers often ask for deposits. Therefore we may have to charge for cancellations and amendments made, (at any time), as well applying as our standard admin fee. 

The Detail

Passport Photos

Please bring a passport sized photo to resort. Some ski passes do not require this however lift ticket offices can be unreliable and are known for “changing their minds”! To be safe, be sure to bring one with you and you will not have to look around the resort for a photo booth!

Lift Pass Duration

All passes are arranged to commence the day after arrival so that you can get the standard 6 days on the mountain during any one week and 13 days for two weeks. Should you wish to ski on the day of your arrival or departure then you must arrange the extra day or half day pass separately with our reps on arrival in resort. You can do this quite easily on arrival or the transfer coach with us.

Need help arranging your holiday?

Customer Ratings

Feefo Logo
The Global Feedback Engine
Customer Satisfaction
Alpine Elements provided us with a professional, friendly, and fun experience from the minute we arrived in Austria to the minute we left.See All Reviews

Request a Brochure

Alpine Elements Brochure

View our brochures online or have them delivered to your door.

View Brochures

Groups of 6+ SAVE £££'s

Booking for a group of more than 6 people, get a quote and SAVE.

Recent Blog News

Updated: Tignes Opening Day 2023

Updated: Pics from the Opening Day, & more recently, on Tignes' ski slopes, November 18th 2023

Read More

The future of alpine skiing and snowboarding

A comparison of Morzine and Tignes as they battle into the future to preserve skiing and their status as two of the most popular and yet so different holiday destinations.

Read More

This site uses cookies.

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our Website.
Cookie and Privacy Policy information