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post #1 of 9
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First time in Zermatt, did not realize that the ski school situation here is so screwy compared to North America.

 

Assumed I could put my GF into three days of adult group lesson. Tons of different ski schools (none official? wtf) and I can't find any group lessons one can just sign up for. Some require a 3 day course that starts on Monday...

 

Anyone have some pointers? Trying to avoid paying for private for 3 days. Ugh.

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First time in Zermatt, did not realize that the ski school situation here is so screwy compared to North America.

 

Assumed I could put my GF into three days of adult group lesson. Tons of different ski schools (none official? wtf) and I can't find any group lessons one can just sign up for. Some require a 3 day course that starts on Monday...

 

Anyone have some pointers? Trying to avoid paying for private for 3 days. Ugh.

 

All I can suggest is to go to this page to see the full list of ski schools in Zermatt and check their sites http://www.zermatt.ch/en/ski-schools/Ski-schools. You might also want to pop over to the Swiss Ski School office to see what they have to offer, though their website looks like it's one of those programs that starts on a Monday.

 

Generally speaking, European resorts don't have an instruction monopoly, which is why the bigger ones have multiple schools competing for business (and talent).

post #3 of 9

Echoing CBV - that is it, we were there in 2013 and found the official school pretty good, they are : http://www.zermatt.ch/en/ski-schools/Ski-schools/Schweizer-Ski-Snowboardschule-Zermatt

 

Another option - Brit instructors present and are quite nice are : http://www.zermatt.ch/en/ski-schools/Ski-schools/Stoked-Swiss-Ski-Snowboard-School

post #4 of 9

I am writing this in case anyone stumbles across this thread in the future.

 

Zermatt is not a good place for beginners. The nursery slopes tend to require riding lifts to get to them and the resort lacks those long confidence building easy runs.

post #5 of 9

I'm new here, but was in Zermatt last Christmas and loved it, going back next Christmas for two weeks. As far as adult ski schools with group courses, try http://summitskischool.com/adult-groups/. They are all English speaking, although most, if not all, schools have English speaking instructors. I put my son at Stoked, mentioned above, and they were great but they only have private for adults.

 

Not sure I agree totally with the Zermatt is not for beginners meme, which I've heard before also. I went with two nephews, both in their 20s, one who had skied about 5 days and one who had never really skied, and they did fine and had a great time. They took private lessons for 3 half days and then skied on their own. 

post #6 of 9

Zermatt is cool for beginners, lots of easy terrain and the groomed runs are totally fine..for all levels of intermediates, and Cervinia over the top is ripper-mecca for every body - the vistas spectacular...the cost even more spectacular especially now with the SNB shocking the planet and lifting the cap on the Franc!

post #7 of 9
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the ski area is not ideal for beginners and small children, with nursery slopes spread far apart over various parts of the mountain, and only 16 per cent of runs classed as blue.  TELEGRAPH

 

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Beginners are the only losers in Zermatt, though even that's merely in relative terms: there are good slopes on which to learn, including Wolli Park for novices and long gentle runs on the glaciers. Snow is never a problem, but novices and timid intermediates in Zermatt will miss out on a range of ski experiences that require sufficient skills to travel the slopes efficiently.

And though beginners will still get to experience Zermatt's magnificent mountain atmosphere, they have to get up there, and reaching the glaciers by a series of busy cable cars, for instance, is a chore which won't be appreciated without the reward of a huge descent.

Logically, novices should ideally choose to go to another resort, though beginners within a mixed-ability group will be well enough served as long as they accept that there will be whole swathes of the ski area that they won't visit. Sunnegga, Blauherd and Trockener Steg are the main ski school meeting points and, along with the Gornergrat, these are where the best blue slopes can be found

 

ULTIMATE SKI

 

Both times I stayed in Zermatt I had to walk a fair distance circa 250 m from the Hotel to the bus stop. I hate walking in ski boots especially at the end of the day. Almost nothing is ski n ski out.

 

The beginners tended to give up on day 3 too much pain not enough gain.

 

The point I am making is that there are far better resorts for the beginner. Say Cervinia Selva, Courcheval, Avoriaz, Sauze d'Oulx, Flaine, or Kitzbuehel.

post #8 of 9

Tog : Touche - I think I have emphatically stated that in our TR from 2013 and elsewhere, am with you completely, the hikes-to-from lifts in Zermatt are ridiculous and the Europeans think nothing of it clunking around in ski boots and lugging their skis. We imagined we were in Teslas and e-cabbed it..too tiring at the end of the day to go through that...

post #9 of 9

Agree about the walk. Never did find the closest bus stop and the line for the bus in the afternoons was crazy. I ended up taking a taxi. Next time I'll probably get a locker at Kleine Matterhorn or rent from the shop there and have them keep my boots and skis overnight.

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