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Learning To Ski and Board

Learning to ski or board is an amazing, even life changing experience and what’s more, you’ll love every part of it!

Booking your first ski or snowboard holiday can be complicated enough at the best of times. Which resort do I go to? What extras do I need? What to wear and what will it all cost?

Speak to Our Expert Advisors

We’re here to make your life easier – from helping you choose the best time to travel to selecting the right Ski Extras or the best package and resort for your budget; whilst (hopefully!) saving you time and money along the way and ensuring you enjoy the experience from the moment you pick up the phone to us.

So, let our expert staff lead you through each stage of learning to ski or board this winter…and remember, we’ve all been through it before!

What You Will Need

Like all sports, and especially for skiing and snowboarding, you’ll need the right gear to keep you warm and help you stay on the mountain all day. Speak to our expert ski advisors and they will gladly help you get started. But aside from the gear, you’ll always need these things:

  • A holiday package, with flights and transfers (all our holidays include these essentials)
  • Your Lift pass (Local area) for 6 days
  • Ski or Snowboard hire, with boots for 6 days
  • Lessons: Our five half-day course of lessons (with 1-day free skiing) is recommended

 

Other Things You Will Need:

  • A waterproof jacket, insulated, or as part of a ‘layer system’ with base and mid layer
  • Salopettes or snowboard pants (padded waterproof trousers)
  • Waterproof ski/board gloves
  • Sunglasses or (preferably) goggles
  • Thermals (part of a layer system) so you can take layers off. Wicking material is great
  • Sun cream, chapstick and beanie hat
  • Thick socks or ski socks

Learn to Ski or Board in 3 Days!

This may sound like a bold statement, but with the right care and attention, learning to ski or board is not as hard as you might think and you will have the basics mastered in just a few days!

Using our specially selected English speaking ski and snowboard schools, we have the majority of our guests up and skiing or boarding after only their first or second day, and linking basic turns by their third day.

By the end of the week you will more than likely be exploring much of the local ski area under your own steam and adventuring further afield without the need of an instructor!

Our ‘Tried & Tested’ Schools

The one thing we put a lot of effort into is hand-picking our ski and board schools, because it is not surprising that the standard of tuition can have a big effect on the overall enjoyment of your holiday. We leave nothing to chance and specially select our ski schools according to resort, to ensure you get the best results, the nicest instructors and continue to have fun all the way.

More on ski lessons

Which Resort to Learn in?

You can learn to ski and board in any resort, but some are more suited to beginner ski holidays than others. Each of our resorts have English speaking instructors and networks of easy ski slopes to make the learning easier and lots more fun – as you’re not restricting to the nurseries at the bottom of the hill.

So, to get you started we have hand-picked the best and most friendly resorts for beginner skiers and boarders. 

We recommend these resorts: Meribel, Morzine, La Plagne, Les Arcs 2000

Book Your Ski Extras Early!

To get the best prices and ensure you save time on arrival then we always recommend booking your Extras, with us. Our ski hire prices are the best in town, and we only use the leading shops (closest to your chalet or hotel). 

Try our Ski & Board Bundles and you can save time and money. We will ensure you get the best service and you don’t have to traipse all over resort on arrival to pick up passes and ski hire…. A mistake here could cost you valuable ski-time if you book your skis online at some random shop a long way away from your chalet!

Our ‘On the Snow’ service

If you pre-book your ski Extras with us then our ‘On the Snow’ service will help you get started in resort. Alpine Elements Ski hosts and reps will be on hand from the moment you arrive (and on the transfer coach) to answer any questions you may have. 

Once in resort our reps will collect pre-booked lift passes for you and deliver them to the breakfast table on your first morning. They will also endeavour to fast-track you as best they can through the ski shops and get you on the mountain as quickly and easily as they possibly can.

Our reps will also help with any equipment changes or lift pass problems and assist you with your ski and board lessons when using our specially selected suppliers. Our lessons-support and help in resort can be invaluable, because we know that it’s never as easy as it appears!

Douglas Thompson, 

Chalet des Neiges Les Arcs

“Thank you for providing us with such a wonderful holiday. Your Company and staff have been a joy to deal with, and in resort nothing was too much trouble. Thank you also for addicting my son to skiing and condemning me to a life of penury as I hand over large amounts of cash to Alpine Elements every year!"

Flaine Extras

France

Flaine is a perfect destination for families, with almost all the local runs depositing people back to the same location, while the easy to navigate bowl with a varied pistes work perfectly for mixed ability groups. Set within a snowy bowl, the resort boasts one of the best snow records in France, totaling an average of almost six metres a year. With its runs being predominantly north-facing, the resort is renowned for maintaining fantastic snow throughout the season.and taken together with Samoëns, Sixt, Les Carroz and Morillion, these five resorts comprise the Grand Massif ski area, offering a total of 265kms, 73 lifts and 144 trails. In addition to its suitability for families, there’s a wealth of off-piste terrain to ski both within the bowl and also over the top of the mountain ridges; ranging from tight tree lined runs to wide powder fields and backcountry dropping from 2500m down to 700m.
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La Tania Courchevel Extras

France

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!
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St Anton Extras

Austria

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.
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Tignes Extras

France

Tignes is famous for its excellent high altitude snow, largely due to the Grand Motte which plays host to the highest ski-able Glacier in France. It appeals to all abilities from beginner to expert powder skiers and is famous for its good quality snow and long season on the Grande Motte Glacier which has Summer skiing and snowboarding!

Tignes Le Lac

Our exclusive hotels and chalets in Tignes Le Lac enjoy prime slope-side or ski-to-door locations in this busier part of the resort, where there is an abundance of activites, shops and a vibrant nightlife centred around a pretty mountain lake.

Tignes Les Brevieres

Many of our chalets are in Les Brevieres, which is the original old town of Tignes and oozes alpine charm! It consists of lovingly restored and converted farmhouses and exclusive modern chalet developments. The real beauty of this village is in its' snow sure slopes and high altitude status, allowing guests to enjoy premium skiing of a Glacial 'super resort' without the ugliness that goes with it!
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Les Gets Extras

France

The Après-Ski and nightlife in Les Gets is surprisingly lively, and with about 16 good bars and a nightclub, the resort will keep going into the early hours. There is also a good café culture for the not-so-hedonistic among you and of course great restaurants too. For families there are plenty of off-snow activities. Les Gets is twinned with Morzine and offer fabulous value for money ski holidays in a very pretty chalet style resort. It is suitable for all levels and offers wide motorway style pistes making general skiing and progress very easy for intermediates and families on ski holidays. There are also some steeper more challenging runs and mogul fields up at Pointe de Nyon which happens to be one of the best descents in the whole Portes Du Soleil ski area. Les Gets is a very pretty resort and has an open air ice rink and beautiful snow-lined streets for families and shoppers who enjoy boutique style shopping.
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La Plagne Extras

France

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"
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Les Arcs Extras

France

A long-term favourite amongst skiers and boarders, Les Arcs has increased further in popularity in recent years, due to the addition of the Vanoise Express cable car linking the ski area with neighbouring La Plagne to form the huge Paradiski Area. This is now the fourth largest ski area in Europe, consisting of seventeen alpine villages and over 460 km of pisted runs, ensuring that your ski holiday can be as adventurous (or as gentle) as you want!

Around Les Arcs

Les Arcs offers something for all, with more hedonistic night-life and apres ski venues up at the top end of Arcs 2000, whilst the new Arcs 1950 (accessed by carousel or a 10 min walk from our chalets) offers more chic and trendy restaurants. Les Arcs 2000 is a new ski village with pretty chalet-style buildings, convenience skiing and boarding and afriendly atmosphere. It has been designed for skiers and boarders in mind - rather than having sprouted up from a traditional alpine village, like so many awkward ski resorts. It therefore has everything that you will want, and very close to hand!
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Morzine Extras

France

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.
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Meribel Extras

France

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.
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Val d'Isere Extras

France

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.
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Avoriaz Extras

France

Avoriaz was purpose-built at altitude on a slope and offers a true ski-in/ski-out experience, with pistes and lifts criss-crossing the resort. It's also car-free: visitors coming by car either park at the edge of town or underneath it. And for a major ski resort, it's very compact, with everything you need just a short walk or glide away. Whilst this is wonderfully convenient - it's said that you never have to walk uphill to a ski lift in Avoriaz - there are some drawbacks. For non-skiers, there is less to do than lower down the valley in Morzine, and prices tend to be higher (although Avoriaz is still cheaper than resorts like Val D’Isere).
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Courchevel Extras

France

The Courchevel ski resort is the epitome of alpine chic. Ski holidays in chalets offering great value and central locations. Courchevel is a real ski in – ski out that guarantees excellent skiing on perfectly groomed and safe slopes. The 100 shops, 70 restaurants (7 of which are Michelin-starred), bars and general culture of Courchevel is that of high class and luxury. Courchevel is located in the 3 Valleys and along with La Tania and Meribel offers some of the most extensive skiing and boarding in Europe. A perfect base for a ski week or short ski break from which to explore the largest ski area in France.
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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 on-line 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 extras@alpineelements.co.uk. 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. extras@alpineelements.co.uk   

> 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 & conditions  

 

 

Cancellations

For Ski & Board Hire & Liftpass: 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 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.    

 

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