There are several major differences between private lessons and group lessons.
This is mostly down to what you prefer. Are you more of a morning person? If so you would probably be best with a morning session. If you like to party during your holidays and enjoy a lie-in, we recommend you take lessons in the afternoon. Since the majority of people prefer to take classes in the morning, the prices for afternoon classes are more attractive.
In terms of snow, the slopes are groomed overnight and therefore if you like pristine corduroy slopes then you'll want to get out early.
The slopes tend to quieten down between 1pm and 2.30pm whilst people stop for lunch, so this is a great time to ski!
Depending on the altitude, the orientation of the slope and the time of the year, the snow can remain almost unchanged (north & north west facing) or it can also change completely (east & south facing) during the day. In general, the more we advance towards spring, the more the snow changes (transforms) during the day. Once of the nice things about skiing with a First Tracks instructor is that we know the mountain well, where and when the good snow can be found.
Travel insurance which covers you for winter sports is recommended, our prices do not include the ski pass or winter sport insurance.
Yes, outside of school holidays, the slopes and ski lifts are quieter. On the other hand our instructors know good slopes which are less well known and therefore less frequented even during the holidays. Between 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. since many people are having lunch, it's a great opportunity to enjoy quiet slopes.
We carefully recruit our Team but sometimes characters just don't gel. There is always a solution! If you are not happy with the instructor or guide whom we allocate, we will do our best to replace him or her. Our overall aim is to ensure that you have a fabulous holiday and that you thoroughly enjoy your time on the slopes.
For private lessons around 3 years old is the minimum age but it depends on the child. A dynamic active child may be happy to ski at two and a half years old while a more reserved child will not really be ready for skiing before the age of 3 and a half years. You can always try one or two sessions to see if they like it. The main thing is that they see skiing as a game, it has to be fun and varied. Our instructors are trained to work in a safe and fun way with children. On the whole kids love skiing with us!
Not really but during peak periods we only offer series of lessons (minimum 5 mornings, 5 full days or 3 afternoons). At the last minute we will propose whatever availability we have with perhaps single sessions courses. With several sessions you will improve gradually and much more.