Group or Private Ski Lessons?
Making an informed choice
It’s a long-running debate: is it better to spend your money on group or private ski lessons?
While private ski lessons may cost more, do they offer proportionately better value as you learn faster with one-to-one tuition? Or might you have more fun progressing with a group of your peers; paying less and having a laugh, but perhaps needing more lessons?
It can be worth factoring the ski school options at each resort before you choose where you want to ski.
There are a multitude of reasons why people pick a particular resort for their ski holiday. Usually, this is all organised before you even start looking into the kinds of ski lessons that are offered.
Look at each ski school’s website for any offers and also pay particular attention to their partner page. Many rental accommodation sites will offer discounted lessons if booked with a particular ski school. Many ski schools offer a discount on rental equipment when booking ski lessons. As with all things these days, early booking can bring cost savings too.
Talk to the ski schools first
When making your choice, don’t be afraid to discuss your needs and concerns with the ski school prior to booking lessons. The ski school wants to help you make the most informed choice possible.
Benefits of a group lesson
The key benefit of a group lesson is that it should promote camaraderie; helping each other to progress as you learn with those of a similar ability and have more fun. It will also be the cheapest option, especially during peak times such as school holidays. Set against this, you have less control over which instructor will lead the lesson, or how many share the lesson. (Obviously the more people there are, the less one-to-one time you get).
Unlike a private ski lesson, in a group lesson there is no flexibility on lesson timing, length or meeting point. You should definitely pay attention to where the meeting point is when booking; as it may require a long walk in ski boots, or even a bus journey!
Benefits of a Private Ski Lesson
In a private ski lesson, the instructor can hone in on the individual’s learning style. Therefore progression normally happens at a much quicker rate.
You also have much more input in how you want the private ski lesson to progress. You can choose to see a specific view, or visit a particular area as part of the lesson; this can include impromptu coffee stops!
Private ski lessons can be any length: perhaps two hours if you aren’t sure whether or not you’ll like it. AlpineMojo ski school recently introduced a four-hour lesson, which is perfect for an intermediate to really make improvements.
In private ski lessons, instructors can use private lift queue queues to reduce waiting times during peak season. This then increases the time actually spent skiing.
All lessons should be fun and enjoyable. However, choosing which school or type of lesson can really influence other parts of the holiday. Therefore it is worth researching the options in each resort before booking.