ALL GROUP COURSES take place over five days for three and a half hours minimum per day starting in the morning - giving you time later on in the afternoons to practise at your own pace. Group courses begin on Mondays.
PRIVATE LESSONS (Personal Performance Clinics - PPC) are booked by separate arrangement and consist of half days in the mornings, usually two and a half hours. Please enquire for PPC details and prices.
PRICES for all courses other than private lessons (ppc) are £420.
Group Ski Courses Overview
The group courses are a training programme, progressing from Level I, our introductory ski course, through Level 2 to the Advanced courses. For newcomers, we should point out that it is not an absolute rule that you have to do Level 1 first and we do consider requests to join directly at Level 2 or (more rarely) Advanced . This applies particularly if you already have the DVD and want to try the real experience on snow. Please contact us for advice if you would like to discuss your skiing level further as it is important for you- as it for us - that our expectations are matched. All group courses have a maximum of eight skiers. Linking all of this is the unique advantage of our ski courses- they are all taught by Ali himself, guaranteeing consistency of information and feedback.
Timetable and Price
The courses take place over five half days, from Monday to Friday, extending from 09.00/09.30 (depending on conditions) to early afternoon,around 13.00-13.30. The fee for all group ski courses is £450.
These courses are for intermediate to advanced recreational skiers with several years' experience and generally for those joining our ski courses for the first time (however, see the comment above).
The MIMIMUM technical standard is to have skiing skills to at least an intermediate level and can ski using open parallels on a red run in the Tignes/Val d'Isere area. We take this seriously for everyones's sake, so please do ask if you are at all uncertain. The other requirement is to be open to new ideas and to be prepared to change ingrained habits. This is probably the more difficult part.
There is an overlap between the ski courses at different stages,so that Level 2 aims to develop techniques learned at Level 1 and to apply them to a variety of skiing situations, whilst also building up mileage on skis. We introduce off-piste skiing, if conditions allow.
Generally, you will have already attended a Clinic previously, at Level 1 or 2. Again, please enquire if you need further advice. The aim is to give some flexibilty of choice of ski course to those who feel they are between level 2 and Advanced or who simply want more practice with those in a similar situation.
Advanced ski courses
Having been well versed in technique from earlier courses,the aim for our Advanced skiers to refine technique further for more difficult terrain and conditions, including the development of mountain awareness. Off-piste skiing when safely possible, but please remember Advanced Clinics are not intended to be exclusively, or even mostly, off piste. The decision is taken by Ali, with due regard for all the factors involved,and with advice from the piste patrol. We provide transceivers for those who do not have their own and training is given in their use.
Combined Level 2 and Advanced ski course, running in early December . Great for remembering what you should be doing for the rest of the season. Many regular clients also book private lessons with us to serve as refreshers and these are available after the Season Refresher course up to New Year and throughout the season on Saturdays.
Personal Performance Clinic (PPC)
Increasingly popular as a prelude to any of the mainstream courses, a PPC offers private ski lessons, half days, four skiers maximum. Excellent for personalised analysis/reminders if you are a current client or to introduce you to our system if you are a newcomer. The Christmas period up to New Year is available daily for PPCs and Saturday mornings throughout the season. For more information, prices and booking, please contact us directly.
This is held on Sunday evening in the ground floor brasserie at the Hotel Arbina at 5.30, unless advised otherwise. This gives everyone the opportunity to meet the other members of the group, find out about how the ski courses work, where we meet and so on.
If you are going to be late, please let us know by text on 0788 0551360.
Buy an area Tignes/ Val d'Isere lift pass. You can book online at www.skipass-tignes.com. Or buy one from the STGM office in person on arrival; it is situated in the Maison de Tignes in le Lac.
Ski Hire and other equipment
Ski Fast has merged with Sport 2000, just down Rue de La Poste,still owned and run by the Clarey family, so nothing else changes. (Ski Fast is now Cafe Flo, run by Flo Clarey and is a very good lunch stop). Telephone Sport 2000 (0033)(0) 47906 3404. Ask for Jean Charles as usual, who knows Ali's recommendations regarding skis. We are now using Volkl equipment, by the way, which Jean Charles knows.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. for the attention of Jean Charles
This is the only ski shop recommended by us because they understand how we work.
*** Latest September updates. The first Level 1 group ski course with availability is January 14. February 11th Level 2 has space and is also suitable for anyone already familiar with the concepts taught in our system but is a newcomer to the Clinics. The next availability is on March 18th at Advanced level.
Ski Course Programme 2019/2020
All Group Courses commence Mondays.
Personal Performance Clinics (PPC) are by individual arrangement
December 9-13 Season Refresher *
December 16-20. Personal Performance Clinics
December 23-27. Personal Performance Clinics
Dec 30-January 3 Level 1
January 6-10 Level 1
January 13-17 Level 1
January 20-24 Advanced
January 27-31 Advanced
February 3-7 Advanced
February 10-14 Level 2
Feb17 - March 1 NO COURSES
March 2-6 Level 2/Advanced
March 9-13 Level 2
March 16-20 Advanced
March 23-27 Level 2/Advanced
Mar 30-Apr 4 Dernière Neige *
* These courses are for Level 2 upwards
Saturday mornings throughout the season are available for Personal Performance Clinics