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About Your Lesson

So, you've decided to have a lesson with us. Great! This is where you can find out all the details you need.

Timings

You need to be at the ski slope at least 20 minutes before the start of your lesson. During peak times queues can be quite long, so we will advise you how much extra time you need to allow for this. Before the lesson your instructor will introduce themselves to you and talk about what you'll be doing in your lesson. Please take this opportunity to advise them of any medical conditions that may be aggravated by your lesson (we don't want to find out that you have a bad knee half way through a session!)

Setup

So that your equipment can be set up correctly, you need to know for each person:

  • Height (ideally in cm as that's the standard ski length measurement)
  • Weight (please don't be tempted to lie about this as it's important to get right for safety)
  • Shoe size
  • Age (we have met a few people who don't know their age; don't worry, we only need to know if you are under 5 or over 50 for setting up skis).

Your instructor will be on hand to help get your equipment set up, but so you know:

  • Your boots may feel strange or a little uncomfortable if you're not used to them. If you are concerned that they do not fit, it's better to try a few different sizes than to put up with the wrong ones for your whole lesson. Don't be afraid to go back to try several different pairs if they don't fit properly. Once your boots fit, it's on to skis!
  • The ski size you need is about eye height. There are wooden skis with measurements on them next to the ski hire counter. If the exact length ski is not available then you round down to the next available length.
  • Once you have the right length ski, you will be asked for one of your boots back so that the skis can be set up.
  • If you're asked what setting you need (or what "DIN setting") the answer is that you don't know - they will work it out for you. Your setting should be recalculated every time you ski as it is based on your weight and your skiing ability, both of which can change between lessons. Your instructor will be happy talking you through how this works later if you want to know more.
  • Don't try to put your skis on in the boot fitting area.

Safety

Your safety is of paramount importance to us, and while we can never guarantee that you will not injure yourself, we can tell you that contrary to popular belief skiing is actually quite a safe sport - far safer than sports like football! For those who like to have facts to quote, data collected in Scotland shows that statistically you'd need to ski for an average of 419 days before injuring yourself (that's about 60 week long ski holidays).

Obviously this is not to say that skiing is a completely risk-free sport:

  • Please make sure you do as your instructor tells you.
  • If your instructor asks you to do something, they won't be upset if you ask them to explain again.
  • Please tell us if you have any medical condition which may be aggravated by skiing as we will tailor our lessons to your individual needs.
  • You need to wear a ski helmet at all times during your lesson.
  • You need to wear gloves at all times during your lesson.
  • Whether you are skiing on artificial slopes or on the real thing, you MUST follow the Federation International du Ski (FIS) rules of conduct on the slope at all times. These are also known as the ski way code:
    1. Respect for others - A skier or snowboarder must behave in such a way that he does not endanger or prejudice others.
    2. Control of speed and skiing or snowboarding - A skier or snowboarder must move in control. He must adapt his speed and manner of skiing or snowboarding to his personal ability and to the prevailing conditions of terrain, snow and weather as well as to the density of traffic.
    3. Choice of route - A skier or snowboarder coming from behind must choose his route in such a way that he does not endanger skiers or snowboarders ahead.
    4. Overtaking - A skier or snowboarder may overtake another skier or snowboarder above or below and to the right or to the left provided that he leaves enough space for the overtaken skier or snowboarder to make any voluntary or involuntary movement.
    5. Entering, starting and moving upwards - A skier or snowboarder entering a marked run, starting again after stopping or moving upwards on the slopes must look up and down the slopes that he can do so without endangering himself or others.
    6. Stopping on the piste - Unless absolutely necessary, a skier or snowboarder must avoid stopping on the piste in narrow places or where visibility is restricted. After a fall in such a place, a skier or snowboarder must move clear of the piste as soon as possible.
    7. Climbing and descending on foot - A skier or snowboarder either climbing or descending on foot must keep to the side of the piste.
    8. Respect for signs and markings - A skier or snowboarder must respect all signs and markings.
    9. Assistance - At accidents, every skier or snowboarder is duty bound to assist.
    10. Identification - Every skier or snowboarder and witness, whether a responsible party or not, must exchange names and addresses following an accident.