APH Compares Ski School Facilities for Children at Europe’s Best Ski Resorts

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Easter skiing holidays are always a firm favourite with families and a recent report by Club Med (Skiing Together: December 2014*) has found that almost half of all Brits (46%) who have booked a ski holiday will be travelling with their family. Therefore, to help families planning a last minute ski break this Half Term or later during the Easter holidays, Airport Parking and Hotels has created a comprehensive guide highlighting the ski school facilities at Europe’s best ski resorts.

COUNTRY RESORT SKI SCHOOL FACILITIES CHILDREN’S COURSES PRICE STIPULATIONS
Austria Alpbachtal Skischule Alpbachtal
skialpbach.com
  • Designated children only ski area

 

Ski and Smile Children’s  Ski Course

  • Aged 4 and upwards

 

Children’s Ski Course:

  • 3 days: £106
  • 4 days: £121
  • 5 days: £137

Additional day:

  • £23
  • Lessons are from 10am until 3pm with all lunch and supervision included
Ski School Alpbach-Inneralpbach
skischule-alpbach.at
  • Children can be picked up and brought back to meeting place

 

  • Reductions for families with two or more children
  • Ski lift pass is free for beginners

 

  • Designated children only ski area
  • Free children’s ski race every Thursday (if enrolled in children’s courses)
Children’s  Ski Course

  • Aged 4 and upwards
Children’s Ski Course:

  • 1 day: £51
  • 2 days: £90
  • 3 days: £117
  • 4 days: £125
  • 5 days: £133
  • 6 days: £141

Supplements:

  • Lunch: £8 with supervision
  • Races every Friday: £8
  • Allocation of child is determined through ability and not age

 

Snow Sports School
alpbach-aktiv.com
  • Kids Centre for children aged 2-4 years is available for those  that do not ski
  • Trial Course for children 4-6 years runs every Sunday

 

  • Free children’s ski race every Thursday
  • Designated children only ski area

 

Bambini Course (no skiing)

  • Aged 3-4
  • 2 hours per day

Children’s Ski Course

  • Aged 4-12
  • 4 hours per day

Teenagers Ski Course

  • Aged 13-18
  • 4 hours per day

 

 

Bambini Course:

  • £24 per day

Children’s Ski Course:

  • 1 day: £51
  • 2 days: £90
  • 3 days: £122
  • 4 days: £129
  • 5 days: £137
  • 6 days: £145

Teenager’s Ski Course:

  • 1 day: £51
  • 2 days: £90
  • 3 days: £122
  • 4 days: £129
  • 5 days: £137
  • 6 days: £145

Kids Centre:

  • £6 per hour (price does not include lunch)
  • Lunch: £3

Supplements:

  • Trial course: £16
  • Lunch: £8 per day
  • Customers receive 5% off when booked directly through website
  • Helmet hire free of charge for all children

 

Kitzbühel Element3
element3.at
  • Designated children only ski area

 

  • Children’s only conveyer belt
Kitzies Kiddie’s Wonderland

  • Children up to 6 years old

Ski Kids Lesson Race Camp

  • Aged 12 to 16 years
Kitzies Kiddie’s Wonderland:

  • 6 days from £228

Ski Lessons for Kids:

  • 1 day: £66
  • 2 days: £125
  • 3 days: £172
  • 4 days: £203
  • 5 days: £223
  • 6 days: £231

Additional day:

  • £35

Race Camp:

  • £47 per race
  • Free helmet rental for all children under the age of 8

 

  • Beginner lessons start Sunday and Wednesday only
Rote-teufel
rote-teufel.at
  • Designated children only ski area

 

  • Wave run for children
  • Adventure course

 

  • Children’s only lifts
  • Ski Kindergarten

 

  • Child care
  • Specially designated kids restaurant
Ski Lessons

  • Aged 3-15 years

Youth Ski Lessons

  • Aged 15-18 years
Children Ski Lessons:

  • 1 day: £47
  • 2 days: £86
  • 3 days: £118
  • 4 days: £141
  • 5 days: £157
  • 6 days: £172

Youth Ski Lessons:

  • 1 day: £47
  • 2 days: £86
  • 3 days: £118
  • 4 days: £141
  • 5 days: £157
  • 6 days: £172

Supplements:

  • Lunch including supervision: £7 per day
  • N/A
Skischule Skiverleih
skischule-reith.at
  • Daily sampler courses for children up to 3 years
  • Designated area for children who do not ski (indoors and outdoors)

 

  • Designated children only ski area
Bobo Bambini Club

  • Aged 2 and up

Children’s Ski Course

  • Age not specified
Bobo Bambini Club childcare:

  • Half-day: £23
  • Additional half-day: £39

Children’s Ski Course:

  • 1 day: £55
  • 2 days: £94
  • 3 days: £117
  • 4 days: £133
  • 5 days: £145
  • 6 days: £152
  • Additional day: £26

Sampler course:

  • Half-day: £12
  • Each additional half-day: £16
  • Child care available all day from 9:30am until 3pm and includes lunch

 

The Arlberg Ski School
skischool-arlberg.com
  • Designated Adventure Park

 

  • Designated children only ski area
Bambini’s

  • Aged 3 years

Minis

  • Aged 4 years

Children’s Ski Course

  • Aged 5 and upwards
Minis:

  • 1 day: £63
  • 3 days: £141
  • 4 days: £165
  • 5 days: £188
  • 6 days: £212

Children:

  • 1 day: £63
  • 3 days: £141
  • 4 days: £165
  • 5 days: £188
  • 6 days: £212
  • Ski school is not open on Saturdays
Hochgurgl Ski school
tophochgurgl.com
  • All-day care for children
  • N/A
  • N/A
  • N/A
Skischule Obergurgl
skischule-obergurgl.com
  • Kids Centre for children aged 2-4 years is available for children that do not ski

 

  • Free children’s ski race every Thursday
  • Designated children only ski area
Bobo Mini Club Course:

  • Aged 3-4 years

Children’s Ski Course

  • Aged 4 upwards
  • Lessons start at 9:45am – 12pm and 1:30pm – 3:30pm
Children’s Ski Course:

  • 1 day: £55
  • 3 days: £131
  • 4 days: £157
  • 5 days: £177
  • 6 days: £195

Kids Centre:

  • £24
  • 2 hours per day (price does not include lunch)
  • Children beginner groups (never been on skis) require no lift pass on the first day
Skischule Alpin Sport
alpinsport-obergurgl.at
  • Only offers family lessons
N/A
  • N/A
  • Customers receive 5% off when booking online
Ski & Board Skischule
skistanton.com
  • Designated Adventure Park

 

  • Designated children only ski area
Ski Kindergarten

  • Aged 2 ½

Bambini’s

  • Aged 3 years

Minis

  • Aged 4 years

Children’s Ski Course

  • Aged 5 and upwards
Ski Kindergarten:

  • All day: £59
  • Half-day: £37
  • Lunch and drinks per day: £13

Minis:

  • 1 day: £63
  • 3 days: £141
  • 4 days: £165
  • 5 days: £188
  • 6 days: £212

Children’s Ski Course:

  • 1 day: £63
  • 3 days: £141
  • 4 days: £165
  • 5 days: £188
  • 6 days: £212

Power Programme (Advanced skiers only):

  • 1 day: £63
  • 3 days: £141
  • 4 days: £165
  • 5 days: £188
  • 6 days: £212
  • Ski Kindergarten does not include skiing lessons

 

  • This service is not available Saturdays
  • Children must be out of nappies

 

  • Ski school is not open on Saturdays
St. Anton The Arlberg Ski School
skischool-arlberg.com
  • Designated children only ski area

 

  • Designated Adventure Park for children
Bambini’s

  • Aged 3 years

Minis All-day Programme

  • Aged 4 years

Children’s Ski Courses

  • Aged 5 and upwards

Freestyle Juniors (Advanced skiers only)

  • Aged 10 to 16 years
Ski Kindergarten:

  • All day: £59
  • Half-day: £37
  • Lunch and drinks per day: £13

Bambini’s (half-day’s only):

  • 1 day: £48
  • 3 days: £127
  • 4 days: £150
  • 5 days: £174
  • 6 days: £197

Minis:

  • 1 day: £63
  • 3 days: £141
  • 4 days: £165
  • 5 days: £188
  • 6 days: £212

Children’s Ski Course:

  • 1 day: £63
  • 3 days: £141
  • 4 days: £165
  • 5 days: £188
  • 6 days: £212

Freestyle Juniors: (Advanced skiers only)

  • 1 day: £63
  • 3 days: £141
  • 4 days: £165
  • 5 days: £188
  • 6 days: £212
  • N/A
The Arlberg Ski School
skischool-arlberg.com
  • Designated children only ski area
Minis

  • Aged 4 years

Children’s Ski Course

  • Aged 5-16 years
Minis:

  • 3 days: £188
  • £35 per extra day

Children’s Ski Course:

  • 3 days: £188
  • £35 per extra day
  • This location does not have a nursery service

 

  • Ski school is not open on Saturdays
St. Christoph British Alpine Ski and Snowboard School
britishskischool.com
  • No designated children only ski area

 

  • Conveyor belt for extra comfort
  • Blue level up only
  • 4 days: £220
  • 3 hours per day
  • Children must be six years or older

 

  • Children should be able to ski down blue slopes confidently
  • Private lessons are available for all other levels, and all ages
France Chamonix ESF
esfchamonix.com
  • Kids Club available for children who do not ski aged 3-12 years

 

Ski Piou Piou

  • Aged 3-4 years

Ski Sessions

  • Aged 5-12 years

Ski Star

  • Aged 8-13 years

Teens

  • Aged 13-18 years
Kids Club

  • 6 days from £183 to £360

Ski Piou Piou:

  • 12 sessions (morning and afternoon) from £174

All other levels:

  • 6 days from £201 to £278
  • Children over 13 pay adult prices

 

Evolution 2 Ski & Adventure School
evolution2-chamonix.com
  • Designated children only ski area

 

  • Panda Base Camp is their indoor chalet with toilets, DVD player, lounge and eating area
Children

  • Aged 3-12 years

Teenagers

  • Aged 12-14 years
5 half days (all ages):

  • Morning: £184
  • Afternoon: £160
  • 5 full days: £309

6 half days (all ages):

  • Morning: £215
  • Afternoon: £192
  • 6 full days: £367
  • No crèche available, all children must ski

 

ESF Ski School
esf-plagne.com
  • Designated children only ski area
Piou Piou

  • Aged 3-4 years

Ourson

  • Aged 5-6 years

Under 14

  • Aged 6-14 years
Piou Piou

  • High Season: £28
  • Low Season: £23
  • Half-day only

All other courses:

  • 6 days from £186 to £216
  • Free lift pass for children under six years

 

  • Children over 14 years pay adult prices
  La Plagne Lime Snowsports
Limesnowsports
com
  • Only offers private individual lessons or private group lessons to children or adults
  • N/A
  • N/A
  • British ski instructors
Oxygene Ski & Snowboard School
oxygene-ski.com/en/la-plagne
  • Designated children only ski area

 

  • Designated Snowgarden for children
Snowgarden

  • Aged 3 to 5 years

Beginners Pack 

  • Aged 6 to 18 years
Children’s Ski Course*:

  • 5 or 6 mornings: £170
  • 5 or 6 afternoons: £124
  • 5 or 6 full days: £216

Pro-Rider:

  • 1 morning: £43
  • 5 or 6 mornings: £179

Value Pack:

  • 5 or 6 mornings: £290
  • 5 or 6 full days: £317

Supplements:

  • Lunch £23 per day
  • Lunch £109 for 5 days
  • Lunch £124 for 6 days
  • Helmet hire: £12
  • Free lesson on Sunday when booking Monday-Friday lessons (full or half-day included)

 

  • Beginners pack includes group lesson Monday to Friday, lift pass, and equipment hire at discounted rate
  • Helmets are compulsory for all children taking lessons
Ecole de Ski Meribel
ski-school-meribel-mottaret.com
  • Nursery is available

 

Nursery Les Saturnins

  • Aged 18 months to 3 years

Kindergarten Piou Piou

  • Aged 3-5 years

Teen Group Lessons

  • Aged 14-18
Nursery Les Saturnins:

  • 6 days from £196

Kindergarten Piou Piou Course:

  • 6 days from £196

Teen Group Lessons:

  • 6 days from £142
  • N/A
  Les Trois Vallees Ecole de Ski Meribel
ski-school-meribel-mottaret.com
  • Nursery is available

 

Nursery Les Saturnins

  • Aged 18 months to 3 years

Kindergarten Piou Piou

  • Aged 3-5 years

Teen Group Lessons

  • Aged 14-18
Nursery Les Saturnins:

  • 6 days from £196

Kindergarten Piou Piou Course:

  • 6 days from £196

Teen Group Lessons:

  • 6 days from £142
  • N/A
ESF
esf-lesmenuires.com
  • Nursery is available for children from 3 months to 5 years who do not ski
Kindergarden

  • Aged 3 months to 5 years

Piou Piou Course

  • Aged 3 years

Snowball Course

  • Aged 3-5 years

Children Course

  • Aged 6-12 years

Teenagers Course

  • Aged 12-18 years
Kindergarden:

  • 6 days from £194

Piou Piou Course:

  • 6 days from £217

Snowball Course:

  • 6 days from £186

Children Course:

  • 6 days from £229

Teenagers Course:

  • 6 days from £91
  • For children under 20 months, a medical certificate is required stating that the child can be looked after in a nursery environment (with other children) and at an altitude of over 1,800 metres

 

  • All children enrolled in ski lessons can dine in the restaurant. They are supervised by a play assistant from the end of morning lessons to the start of afternoon lessons
  • Restaurant is closed on Saturdays
Magic Meribel
magic-meribel.com
  • Children only conveyer belt

 

  • Designated children only ski area
Little Mice Course

  • Aged 4-5 years

Kids Fun Factory course

  • Aged 6-17 years
Little Mice Course:
Sunday to Friday:

  • Low season: £215
  • High season: £231

Monday to Friday:

  • Low season: £188
  • High season: £204

Kids Fun Factory:
Low season:

  • 5 days: £314
  • 6 days: £349

High Season:

  • 5 days: £353
  • 6 days: £388
  • Provide helmet covers to easily identify children (colour coded by level)

 

  • Merible lift pass is free for children under 5
  Val D’lsere British Alpine Ski and Snowboard School
britishskischool.com
  • All instructors are native or fluent in English

 

  • All instructors carry first aid kits and safety kits
Level 1

  • Beginners and Mini Beginners

Level 2

  • Mini Intermediates

Level 3 & 4

  • The Blue Zone

Level 5 & 6

  • The Red Zone

Level 7 & 8

  • The Black Zone

Whizz Kids

  • Junior experienced children only
Level 1:

  • 5 days, 2 hours per day (3 to 6 in a group):  £265
  • Mini Beginners 2 to 4 in a group: £290

Level 2:

  • 5 days, 2 hours per day: £285

Level 3 & 4:

  • 5 days, 3 hours per day: £285

Level 5 & 6:

  • 5 days, 3 hours per day: £285

Level 7 & 8:

  • 5 days, 3 hours per day: £285

Whizz Kids:

  • N/A
  • Helmets are compulsory

 

  • Children’s minimum age is not specified
New Generation Ski & Snowboard School
skinewgen.com
  • Children under 5 receive a free lift pass
Whippersnappers

  • Aged 4-5 years

Wallabies (beginners)

  • Aged 6-12 years

Arrows

  • Aged 5-7 and 8-12 years

Bomber

  • Aged 6-12 years

Rockets

  • Aged 8-13 years

Freeride

  • Aged 10-13 years

Slide Academy

  • Aged 13-16
Whippersnappers:

  • 5 days: £187
  • 6 days: £218
  • Two hours per day

Slide Academy:

  • 3 days: £195
  • Three hours per day

All Other Children’s Groups:

  • 5 days: £320
  • 6 days: £351
  • Two full days and three, 3 hour lessons

 

 

  • Children are required to wear helmets and bibs

 

  • Operates a secure sign out system to make extra sure that every child is handed over to their parent
  • School requires a mobile contact for all parents whose children are taking lessons with them
Oxygene School
oxygene-ski.com/en/val-disere
  • Lunch club available

 

  • No designated children’s only area
Beginner Section:

  • Snow Bears
  • Brown Bear
  • Polar Bear

Intermediate Section:

  • 1st Ski
  • 2nd Ski
  • 3rd Ski

Advanced Section:

  • Bronze
  • Silver
  • Diamond
Children’s Ski Course:

  • 5 mornings: £268
  • 5 full days: £388

Pro-Rider:

  • 5 mornings: £388

Teen Clinic:

  • 3 afternoons: £131

Supplements:

  • Lunch £23 per day
  • Lunch £114 for 5 days
  • Lunch club is available only for children aged 5 or older

 

  • Children must be 4 years or older in order to be accepted
  • Children can be accepted from 3 – 18 years

 

  • Helmets are compulsory for all children taking lessons
Switzerland St Moritz Ski School St.Moritz
skischool.ch
  • Free children’s ski race

 

  • Designated children only ski area
Snowgarden

  • Aged 3-4 years

Children’s Ski Course

  • Aged 5-18 years
Snowgarden:

  • £36 per day

Children’s Ski Course:

  • 1/2 day: £36
  • 1 day: £56
  • 3 days: £143
  • 6 half days: £190
  • Weekly pass: £215

Supplements:

  • Lunch £13 per day
  • N/A
Suvretta Sports
suvretta-sports.ch
  • Weekly kid’s ski races

 

  • Designated children only ski area
  • N/A
Kid’s Classes:
Six days:

  • Half day: £183
  • Full day: £254

Supplements:

  • Lunch: £13 per day
  • 5% off if booked online
Verbier Altitude Ski and
Snowboard School
altitude-verbier.com
  • Designated children only ski area
Polar Bears

  • Aged 3-5 years

Kids Club

  • Aged 6-15 years

Extreme Kids

  • Aged 6-15 years for children who wish to tackle bumps, steeps and powder
Polar Bears:

  • 5 days from £242
  • 6 days from £284
  • 7 days from £323

Kids Club:

  • 5 days from £235
  • 6 days from £277
  • 7 days from £317

Extreme Kids:

  • Half day group lessons Monday-Friday: £261
  • Full day group lessons run Monday-Friday: £522

Supplements:

  • Kids lunch £20
  • N/A
European Snow Sport
europeansnowsport.com
  • N/A
Penguins

  • Aged 3-6 years

Kids Academy

  • Aged 6-12 years

Freeski Academy

  • Aged 11 upwards
All courses:

  • 1 half day: £62
  • 1 full day (lunch included): £124
  • 5 half days: £241
  • 5 full days (lunch included): £489

Supplements:

  • Lunch: £20 per day
  • N/A
New Generation Ski & Snowboard School
skinewgen.com
  • Whippersnappers and Wallabies receive a reduced price lift pass
Whippersnappers

  • Aged 4-5 years

All Other Children’s Groups

  • Aged 5-14 years
Whippersnappers:

  • 5 days: £280
  • 6 days: £319
  • 3 hours per day

All Other Children’s Groups:

  • 5 days: £391
  • 6 days: £430
  • Two full days and three, 3 hour lessons
  • School requires a mobile contact for all parents whose children are taking lessons with them
  Zermatt European
Snow Sport
europeansnowsport.com
  • N/A
Penguins

  • Aged 3-6 years

Kids Academy

  • Aged 3-12 years
Full days:

  • 1 day: £117
  • 5 days: £457

Half days:

  • 1 day: £59
  • 5 days: £228

Supplements:

  • Lunch £20 per day
  • Children over 13 years pay adult prices

 

  • Lunch is included if customer purchases a full day children’s ski course
Stoked
stoked.ch
  • Ski lessons start on a Monday only

 

  • Crèche facility available for children age 2 ½ upwards
  • Kids Club Race every Friday

 

  • Designated children only ski area
Children Group Lessons

  • Aged 4-12 years
Children Group Lesson:

  • 5 half days: £221
  • 5 full days (including lunch): £358

Crèche:

  • 5 half days: £221
  • 5 full days (including lunch): £358
  • Ski lessons always start on a Monday

 

Summit Ski + Snowboard School
summitskischool.com
  • Children must be able to ski blue slopes minimum
Kids Club

  • Aged 6-12 years

SlopeStyle

  • Aged 12-16 years
Kids Club:

  • £59 per morning session

SlopeStyle:

  • £59 per morning session
  • Groups are only taught in English

 

  • Customers can receive 20% off if booking 3 or more days consecutively

 

*Optional free Sunday class
**Prices shown as of 14th January 2015 with an exchange rate of 1.55241 CHF per British Pound and 1.2921 EUR per British Pound
***Price is based during 16th February 2015 – 22 February 2015

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