Get the most out of your ski holiday by hiring a ski instructor
You’ve booked your holiday home for this winter, and whether you’re in an apartment or self-catered chalet, from Chamonix to Zermatt, of course, you’ll want to make the most of your trip.
We’ve teamed up with Ongosa, who know a thing or two about ski and snowboard instructors, to bring you a couple of ideas you might not have considered before.
You may already be a competent, confident skier, so instructors and lessons don’t really cross your mind. Nowadays, however, instructors do much more than just snaking down the mountain. Ongosa’s job is to personally match clients with their perfect ski instructor, depending on their exact goals, interests and character. So, over time they’ve noticed how the best instructors offer slight variations in services. Here’s how you can use ski instructors to make your holiday amazing:
1. Get to know the resort in a day with instructor-led guiding
If you and your group are happy with your level of skiing (ie. you can get down from a big mountain lunch in one piece…!) then why not hire an instructor and utilise their local knowledge rather than their tuition. On-piste guiding could transform the way you ski a resort you’ve been going to for years, imagine finding a hidden gem in Zermatt or linking runs in a new way. Or, instructor-led guiding could help you get your bearings when visiting somewhere new, like Davos or Nendaz, and find the best pistes as soon as possible.
2. Break bad habits with a quick skills session
Especially if you’ve been skiing for years, with the same kind of people and in the same kind of resorts, your ‘good’ skiing may be undercut with some bad habits that you’ve never even noticed before. You won’t need to spend much time or money on a short, intense lesson where an instructor will assess your skiing and make suggestions on what to improve. You can then spend your own time, in the rest of your holiday, working on what you’ve learnt. Our tip for practice? Find a big, smooth, quiet piste where you can really push your technique and expect a couple of tumbles!
3. Try something new with a specialist instructor
It’s a gamble dedicating a precious day of your ski holiday to becoming a beginner again, however, if you step outside your comfort zone – it’ll make your trip unforgettable. Skiers, why not have some snowboarding lessons? And vice versa for boarders. If you’ve never been off piste, and the conditions are good, a qualified instructor will open up a whole new world of skiing in fresh powder. Or how about a freestyle lesson, somewhere like Val Thorens – home to Europe’s highest snow park?
Hopefully, you’re feeling inspired to reconsider hiring an instructor on your next ski holiday. Once you’ve booked your accommodation with Interhome, talk to Ongosa about your ideal instructor and how they can make the most of