There are so many wonderful things about being in the mountains but let’s be honest, when the slopes are crowded it’s hard not to be frustrated by:
People who clatter into lift lines at breakneck pace – literally! Scaring other people or using them as a crash barrier is NOT funny, it’s downright dangerous. If you want to look cool make your spray stop well off to one side where there is plenty of margin for error.
People who make their way to the front of the queue ….. and then wait for their mates to catch up before mounting the lift. Meanwhile 4 man & 6 man chairs are going up half full!! If you want to go up with your friends, then pleeeeease, get together before going through the lift ticket barriers. But honestly, most uplift in Les Gets takes 5-10 minutes, can you bare to be separated that long?
Similarly we all like a nice clear landing area when we dismount at the top. So why do some people think this is the ideal place to start fiddling with goggles & hats, or stand poring over a piste map? Just move off a couple of metres to the left or right and give the next guy off a break!
People who stop half way down a piste in the middle. You would never just stop your car in the middle of the road (would you?) Or park on a blind bend? So use the same common sense on the piste and make sure you pull in to the side and where you can see and be seen by oncoming skiers.
Large classes being traversed all the way across and back as they descend a steep run. This does not allow anyone else room to negotiate their way down and makes the students sitting ducks for out of control skiers. I reckon if the class need more than half the slope width to work their way down, they are probably on too steep a slope for them. OK there can be mitigating circumstances – unexpectedly poor conditions, one student has a confidence crisis half way down or the instructor has an exceptionally large class to monitor. But I reckon with a bit of thought there are much better ways to manage all of these situations than inconveniencing everyone else and making the class unnecessarily vulnerable.
Phew! I feel so much better now I’ve got that off my chest! What makes your blood boil when really all you want to do is chill out on the slopes?
Joe returned from the BASI Trainers conference as always ebullient with everything that had been discussed, had a weekend of downtime here in Essex and the drove back to Les Gets yesterday.
He’s got a few days in Les Gets getting the house organised for winter before flying back to the UK to help me pack up here and we drive over to France for the season next weekend. Only had a brief telephone conversation but he says the recent snow sadly does not appear to have lasted – actually not so sad there is always a frenzy of activity that has to be endured at the start of every season before we can relax and enjoy the white stuff guilt free!
On that note gotta go but Joe has promised some blogging on some interesting topics after the Trainer’s Conference so watch this space!!
It is a month until Les Gets closes for this winter season, and yet last week we had powder skiing yet again. Saturday (with Andrea) and Tuesday (with Joe) I enjoyed two of my best powder mornings of the season. And Friday (with Jo H) may not have been powder but the morning conditions were yet again excellent!
So don’t write off a ski trip in one of the lower resorts in the Alps yet it isn’t just that the snow quality is good, we have great cover on all the slopes too.
Don’t take my word for it, come and check it out for yourself!
Joe is back in the saddle today, only 4 hours which is probably a good thing because his boot heaters have finally gone phut and the temperatures have plummeted into double minus figures.
So anyone skiing in Les Gets or Morzine this week, I hope you have brought your long johns because we are definitely not into spring skiing yet! In fact we still have superb winter snow and lots of it!
Although the ski school planner is far from empty it is looking a lot more – well, normal after the two peak half term weeks. We’ve space to offer private lessons or set up a group most afternoons in the best classroom ever!
So how about booking a couple of hours with Joe or Ed to show you how to make the most of it? Go on, you’re worth it!
Group Lessons are by far the most economical way for most people to learn to ski. Here are some of the pros & cons of group lessons to help you decide if it is the way forward for you:
less expensive than private lessons, group ski lessons can represent excellent value for money
group ski lessons can be very sociable. it can be a welcome relief to ski with other folk going through the same learning curve, instead of being dragged around by(or dragging around) your mates!
you could even pal up with another class member who turns out to be your perfect ski buddy
if you are the weakest in a group of very similar ability it can be great motivation to up your game. Or, if you are a timid skier and you discover you are the best in the group it can give your confidence a huge boost
If the group is too large it will be difficult for the instructor to provide individual feedback
Poorly organised groups can have a huge spread of ability and attitude. Either the whole process becomes dominated by one section of the group, or the poor instructor is spread so thin it is impossible to give everyone due attention
There have to be a minimum number of clients for the ski school to benefit from organising group lessons. Unfortunately some ski schools promise lessons then cancel or shrink courses which are undersubscribed at the last minute, leaving clients high & dry. Even worse, they might amalgamate two different levels to make up the numbers, creating the problem previously mentioned.
Some ski schools will only set up groups at times that they can guarantee will fill – which are not necessarily when you require the lessons
Alpine Learning Curves offer group lessons to a maximum of 6 clients per course. We do not mix adults with children because they learn very differently and at a different pace (12yrs+ can be deemed adults at our discretion). Feedback is requested on all clients to ensure compatibility in lessons as far as possible. We never cancel or shrink undersubscribed courses and we never amalgamate courses to make up numbers. Lessons are set up according to demand.
The half term holidays are historically the busiest two weeks of the ski season and all the ski schools are choc-a-bloc, frustrating for anyone who has made a last minute holiday booking!
FYI this week we have a couple of spaces available at the end of this week for private lessons on Thursday & Friday afternoons. Next week the instructors have wall to wall bookings BUT if any Absolute Beginner Adults staying in Les Gets are looking for lessons, we have a course running with space. Give us a call if you want to know more!
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Well the Christmas holidays are drawing to a close and we are waving goodbye to all the clients who have taken lessons with us with in Les Gets & Morzine this week. They’ve been a mixed bunch, skiers of all levels, snowboarders, and telemarkers. The most inspirational of all, Boo Heinz Jackson, I’m sure he knows why!
Sorry we couldn’t do anything about the rain yesterday guys, but I’m sure you’ll agree that for the most part the snow has been fantastic, you’ve all been great company and we hope to see you back next year!!
Let’s hope this weekend was the shape of things to come this season. Kicked off with a dinner invitation courtesy of Morgan Jupe in Morzine on Friday. Chalet Chef Brad cooked us a delicious meal, served up by the gorgeous … Continue reading →