I've never done any off piste skiing. I am comfortable with (easy) groomed Blues in Alta, Snowbird, WB, SSV, LL.
If I go for off piste, I will sign up the off piste lessons (2 days) for sure. But before signing up, I'd like to know with my level, how to gauge if I am ready or not?
1st of all, I enjoyed reading various discussion from this website. As a newbie, I learned a lot from you hardcore skiers.
Last year, I posted a discussion about where to take my 14 yr old (now 15) nephew for a ski trip: WB vs Banff during Chinese New Year. Many of you offered very good advice and shared your experiences. I appreciated it very much. We ended up going to WB, at the end of our 6-day trip, he said to me: "This is the best ski trip I've ever had." (He learned to ski in Verbier at 12, organized by his school during Easter holidays 2 yrs prior.)
When we were at WB, we discussed our next destination. He preferred Europe because it is cheaper (for him to travel from HK), has better food and vertical drop. A wk ago, he Skyped me and proposed we go to Val D'Isere and Tignes next yr., I said yes. So we are going to be in L'Espace Killy during the next Chinese New Year (Jan 27th to Feb 4th) for 8 days.
I started reading thread discussion about European skiing on this website and also started doing some search about L'Espace Killy. I came to realize in L'Espace Killy, majority is off piste, (20% piste and 80% off piste?) is that true?
I came across few ski schools and they all offer off piste skiing lessons.
1) I've never done any off piste skiing. I am comfortable with (easy) groomed Blues in Alta, Snowbird, WB, SSV, LL.
If I go for off piste, I will sign up the off piste lessons (2 days) for sure. But before signing up, I'd like to know with my level, how to gauge if I am ready for off piste or not?
I am from Northern VA, consider myself as a cautious intermediate, learned skiing at an older age, I have been skiing for 5+ years. Despite my Herculean effort, I am progressing at a snail's pace. Last year (after 5 yrs), I finally able to ski on black diamonds in PA hills, and 1 black diamond in WB.
Previous season, I visited AltaBird (skied in Alta, survived in Snowbird), Lake Louise (LL), Sunshine village (SSV). For east coast trips, I visited Stowe, Sugarbush, K'ton, Snowshoe, 7 springs.
2) There are many ski schools offer lessons at L'Espace Killy. ECF offers 5 / 6 half day lessons, or 5 / 6 full-day lessons (similar to Taos' ski week). I am thinking about doing it, but want to know if it is better to take morning 9:30 to 12 noon or afternoon 2:30 to 5 pm lessons? TDC (run by british skiers) also offer regular multi half day lessons and off piste lessons. Also there is Evolution 2 ski school...
For people that have skied and took lessons at L'Espace Killy, do you have any ski school recommendations?
3) Is it possible to put my 15 yr-old nephew to adult lessons, if we want to ski together? (Not sure how European ski schools work).
Thanks in advance for your reply.