21 March 2018 from Danielle in 'Ski areas''

© Sport Heugenhauser

© Sport Heugenhauser

There's no denying that beginner skiers and boarders benefit greatly from lessons with a trained instructor. Professional lessons instil confidence and ensure you start out with the right technique from the very beginning. Even experienced skiers and snowboarders can benefit from specialised lessons! But how do you go about narrowing down your ski school and deciding between group vs. private, let alone selecting the specific course or instructor? There are so many choices it can be overwhelming. That’s why we recommend using online platforms to sort through the myriad offers and choose the course best suited to you.

Easily book ski schools and instructors online

Spring is a wonderful time to learn skiing now that the sun is out and the snow is soft and forgiving. Some ski schools can be booked directly through the corresponding ski school’s website. But the catch is that you need to be familiar with the ski school in order to find the website! For skiers who are unfamiliar with the ski resort and still unsure which ski school to go with, broader online platforms can be a useful way to narrow down your options. CheckYeti, for example, compares 2500 ski courses in 350 ski resorts in the Alps. Among them you’ll find a range of choices, from kids’ and beginners’ lessons to advanced courses on freeriding and ski touring.

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Ski lessons aren't just for kids! © Skischule Salober Schröcken

Compare thousands of offers to find the right ski school

The particular ski school you choose will depend on your individual skill level, what kind of lesson you’re looking for and the ski resort you’re visiting. CheckYeti allows skiers and snowboarders a choice of filters including private vs. group, children vs. adults, etc. You can also indicate whether you want to include ski or snowboard rental in your booking. The filters will narrow down the results into a list where you can compare the prices and specifications of each course. Choose the best fit for you and book directly online!

Not sure what their favourite ski resort is? Get them a gift voucher!

CheckYeti also offers the possibility to buy gift vouchers. These make the perfect gift for your loved ones, whether they’re just starting to ski or snowboard or whether they want to improve their skills. Gift vouchers can be redeemed for any offer on the website. All the recipient has to do is select their ski resort and book the course they like the best, and the voucher amount will be credited to the purchase. Vouchers can be personalised and they are instantly available in PDF format, so they make a great last-minute gift.

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It's also possible to book ski touring guides for an off-piste adventure © St. Anton Classics

The best ski resorts for beginners

Skiing is a wonderful sport and the sooner you get started, the better (although it's never too late to learn!). Platforms such as CheckYeti allow you to book ski and snowboard lessons in Austria, Italy, France, Germany and Switzerland. Good ski resorts for beginners in France include La Plagne (in Paradiski), Les Menuires (in Les Trois Vallées) and Les Gets (in Les Portes du Soleil). Over in Austria, consider ski resorts such as Obertauern, Tiroler Zugspitz Arena, Bad Kleinkirchheim and Almenwelt Lofer. Need more inspiration? Check out our favourite ten ski resorts for beginners >

Born and raised in the ski paradise of Vancouver, Canada, I learned to ski before I can remember, balancing precariously on my parents’ skis as they sailed down the hill. I started snowboarding in my teens and am now delighted to be exploring everything Europe’s ski scene has to offer!