A ski instructor for everyone

Would you consider yourself a good skier? Would you consider yourself a great skier? Even if you are a seasoned pro you know that there is always room for improvement and that there are ski instructors for all standards. You’ve booked a ski holiday, and consider yourself ready to hit the slopes from day one… but how many bad habits have you picked up over the years? The truth is, we can always be better and we can always find new challenges that will excel our capabilities and open up new experiences.

Instruction doesn’t end at being signed off by ski school, saying you’re ready to enjoy your holiday. There are plenty of advanced classes out there, delivered by top-level, professionals. These ski instructors will assess you, go through your technique with a fine-toothed comb, to pick out the bad habits and show you exactly how to take the next step to becoming an exceptional skier. Your speed, style and control will improve significantly and you will thoroughly enjoy the process of becoming one of the stand out skiers on the slopes.

Ongosa find you the perfect ski instructors or mountain guides
Ongosa find you the perfect ski instructors or mountain guides

Perhaps you are already a fantastic piste skier, what about free-style courses? Everyone has seen some impressive people in the park but why not give it a try yourself? You might already be pretty savvy at hitting a kicker and landing with a smile on your face but have you ever pictured yourself doing a backflip and stomping it into the piste. Maybe rails are your thing, you can progress onto a 360 rail slide with the sunshine in the background…pretty fitting for cool photograph wouldn’t you say?

One aspect of skiing which certainly benefits from local instruction is off-piste and backcountry. There’s no better feeling than cutting through an open powder field or slaloming your way down a perfectly poised tree run. It can also be very educational as your ski instructor will teach you about the terrain, snow types and how to spot risky areas. You can also learn how to use life-saving equipment, like a transceiver, properly and what to do in the event of an avalanche. The general thinking is that heading off piste is for the most advanced skiers, but actually that’s not true. As long as you can control your turns and speed you are ready.

One-on-one or a group lesson? The general rule of thumb is the more one on one time you have with an instructor; the more positive impact a lesson will have on your technique. That said if you have a group of skiers or boarders who are at a similar level, then a group lesson can have its benefits too. While your instructor will head home at the end of the day, if you and your buddies have filmed each other during the lesson you can then de-construct each other’s style during après and remind each other of what was taught for the rest of the week. While this may not be the most effective approach, it will likely be good fun and get the banter going.

Let Ongosa take the strain of finding your perfect ski instructors or mountain guide
Let Ongosa take the strain of finding your perfect ski instructors or mountain guide

Whatever your preference is, there is always room for improvement. After all medal winning Olympians have coaches so why can’t you? However, don’t waste your time trawling the web, or leave it to luck once you’re in resort: a service like Ongosa will match you to the perfect instructor, based on your specific requirements and preferences. So let the best instructors observe you, and help turn you into the skier you ought to be!

Ski holiday top tips

Having had a look at the many web cams that are now available to view, early conditions are looking very promising, so much so that many of the higher resorts will open this weekend (22nd Nov) for business. This is an exciting time for one and all in the ski industry and for our many clients who will be heading out to the Alps in the next few months. The following list are some ski holiday top tips from our sales team. Why not bolt on a few of these items to make your holiday truly memorable?

HIRE A PRIVATE INSTRUCTOR OR GUIDE

To really get the most out of your skiing, whether on piste or off! The advantages will far outstrip the cost as you will see immediate improvements. For off-piste skiers having a guide means you will not only be safer you will ski untracked powder all day. Besides, you will not have to wait in any lift queues and finding the best places to have a good lunch wont be a problem either.

For help in booking a private instructor or guide, just give us a call.

Children's Ski School
Children’s Ski School

GET YOUR KIDS ON THE SLOPES

Skiing with your children is one of life’s real treats. Often we get asked what age should my child start skiing, well we say 3 ½ is probably the earliest. The progression is amazingly quick when children start early. There are many excellent ski schools in resorts which are child friendly, so again just call us and we can point you in the right direction.

Children's ski kindergarten
Children’s ski kindergarten

STAY IN A LUXURY CHALET

Having developed a website totally dedicated to the top end of the chalet market, choosing a luxury chalet in your favourite resort could not be easier.  Whether you want a private hot tub, swimming pool, chauffeur, chef, butler, heli-pad, ski guide…, it’s all possible! Simply go to www.alpineluxurychalets.com

Luxury chalet Amazon Creek, Chamonix
Luxury chalet Amazon Creek, Chamonix

STAY IN A BOUTIQUE HOTEL

It is quite staggering the rate at which many hotels have reinvented themselves. Most resorts now have such amazing hotels from the small and luxury, yet traditional style hotel to the modern chic minimalistic, let’s say more urban in style for the young and hip. We have our favourites to suit all styles so why not tap into our knowledge before you next book your Alpine hotel.

DV Chalet Hotel, Madonna di Campiglio
Standard room at the DV Boutique Hotel

TRY A SKI WEEKEND

You can’t beat the Buzz of a quick fix in the Alps. We have been organising ski weekends for over 20 years now and know all the short cuts to finding something quickly and easily for you. Not all resorts are suitable but there are many little gems that we know of that work well. Call us if you are thinking of a ski weekend.

SKI IN THE FOLLOWING RESORTS

Most of our clients like the big ski resorts which tick every possible box, so no surprises there,  however, if you have not tried these resorts we recommend you do –

ITALY – Ski in any of the resorts in the Sella Ronda, we also recommend Madonna di Campiglio.

SWITZERLAND – Engelberg, Laax, Lenzerheide, Grimentz and Zinal.

AUSTRIA – Lech and  Kitzbuhel

FRANCE – St Martin de Belleville, Serre Chevalier, Ste Foy and Valmorel.

 

GRAB YOURSELF A LATE DEAL

If you are looking to book something last minute we have the best search engine on the planet. In fact booking a last minute catered chalet package holiday could not be easier and we guarantee huge savings to some fabulous chalets in some of the best resorts in the world. Simply keep an eye on our “CHALET DEALS” tab. Deals start to roll in about 4 weeks before you want to travel.

Powder skiing in Aspen
Aspen powder skiing

 

So as we look forward to another fun filled ski season we are on hand to find you some exciting ski ideas for your next ski holiday. Simply call us, as we do love to chat all things ski or simply send us an enquiry.

Happy skiing from all of us at Alpine Answers