Ski Tuition

  • 23/04/2017.....Farewell 2016-17!

    After a spectacular start to the winter season which effectively guaranteed the whole season ahead, Sierra Nevada will be closing the lifts down for this year as of 3pm this afternoon. The Winter Season of 2016-17 has officially been declared as the most successful campaign in recent years contributed initially by the fantastic snowcover received at the beginning of season, the consistently superior piste maintenance work and a natural influx in ski visitors. With the end of season due to finish next Sunday 30th, the decision to close early has been one of great consideration and due to basic safety concerns with the unusually high temperatures and lack of precipitation for the time of year, the resort management company have assessed the impossibility to maintain the slopes in adequate conditions for another week. We sincerely thank all our clients and anyone else who has benefited from our services this season and wish you all a very happy summer!

Ski Tuition and Rates

The British Ski Center offers professional ski & snowboard tuition with native English instructors guaranteeing maximum levels of progression whether it be your first time on the snow or if you are looking at pushing yourself further to more advanced techniques.

All our instructors are appropriately qualified, contracted and experienced for ski and/or snowboard instruction.

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Our tuition options are explained in greater detail below the following pricing grids:

Our Rates (Euros) 2016-17

Hourly Private Tuition 1 Person 2 People 3 People 4 People
Online In-Resort Online In-Resort Online In-Resort Online In-Resort
1 Hour 48.00 56.00 64.00 71.00
2 Hour Session 84.00 91.00 100.00 106.00 113.00 121.00 124.00 135.00
4 Hours (2x2 hour sessions) 168.00 182.00 200.00 212.00 226.00 242.00 248.00 270.00
6 Hours (3x2 hour sessions) 244.44 273.00 291.00 318.00 328.83 363.00 360.84 405.00
8 Hours (4x2 hour sessions) 322.56 364.00 384.00 424.00 433.92 484.00 479.16 540.00
10 Hours (5x2 hour sessions) 399.00 455.00 475.00 530.00 536.75 605.00 589.00 675.00
Single Hour supplement* 41.00 N/A 50.00 N/A 57.00 N/A 63.00 N/A
Tiny Tot Taster** 39.00 N/A
The "Online" rates apply only for pre-bookings and where a deposit payment has been received at least 3 days in advance prior to the lesson. These rates are charged on a "per person, per instructor" basis.***
"Online" Rates are valid for all periods EXCEPT from the 11th February 2017 until the 26th February 2017 both inclusive.
* "Single Hour Supplement" applies to having 2 or more hours contracted, EXAMPLE 1: 3 hours for 1 person would be calculated as follows: 84.00 EU (for a two hour session) + 41.00 EU Single hour supplement = 125.00 EU: EXAMPLE 2: 13 hours for 2 people would be calculated as follows: 100.00 EU (rate for 2 hours) x 6 = 600.00 EU (giving a base rate for 12 hours). Deduct 5% prebooking discount applied for 10 hours or more = 570.00 EU. Adding on the single hour supplement of 50.00 EU gives a final total of: 620.00 EU.
** The Tiny Tot Taster option is provided as a one-off hour trial session designed to ensure your child is primarily enjoying themselves as they begin learning some basic techniques. This is a single hour rate only for up to 4yrs old incl., first time skiing. A second hour subsequently contracted will be charged at the indcated "Single Hour Supplement" rate only on the first occasion. ALL subsequent hours reserved will be charged at our standard rates as displayed.
***The rates quoted are charged on a "per person, per instructor" basis. Where two or more instructors are required, the hours are divided up and charged per instructor. Example: 2 instructors reserved; 1 person with one instructor and 3 people with another: The first instructor with 1 person does 4 hours and the other instructor, with 3 people, does 6 hours. The rate charged will be 168 EU (4 hours for 1 person) + 328.83 EU (6 hours for 3 people) totalling 496.83 EU, (Online booking rate).
Family Enhancement Sessions Price Per Instructor (Euros)
Half Day with a Private Instructor: (4 hours; 4 - 10 people per instructor) 240.00
Full Day with a Private Instructor: (7 hours; 4 - 10 people per instructor) 380.00
Group Tuition Options Price Per Person (Euros)
1 Day 2 Days 3 Days 4 Days 5 Days 6 Days
Mini Group - Min. 3 people, Max. 6 people, 3 hours per day N/A 99.00 134.00 175.00 214.00 250.00
Holiday Group (Half Term) - Min. 5 people, Max. 10 people, 3 hours per day N/A 150.00 N/A
Intensive Group - Min. 3 people, Max. 6 people, 4 hours per day 68.00 136.00 N/A

All rates are inclusive of 21% IVA.
Updated rates as of 1st September 2016. Subject to alteration.

General Information

Ski TuitionWe not only offer professional ski tuition but are also very much available to assist our clients in getting to grips with the resort; where everything is in the resort; popular haunts; the Spanish tapas bars; restaurants, accommodation etc.

We are based at Intersport Rio Sport with whom we collaborate and recommend for your equipment hire requirements, located in the central Plaza de Andalucia, just 20m from the entrance to the Al-Andalus gondola.

Sierra Nevada is a very Spanish ski resort, which contributes hugely to its laid-back and fun-seeking atmosphere. It does, however, mean that English speaking can be limited. Most of us speak Spanish fluently and we are happy to use this to help everyone enjoy a hassle-free time.

Any English speaking client taking a lesson through British Ski Center will have either a native English speaking instructor or, at the very least, someone who speaks English on a regular basis in both an academic and social environment. See our terms and conditions for more details.

Top Tips:

It is possible to find "English speaking" instructors through the other schools, but usually their knowledge is limited to just technical vocabulary as opposed to confident explanatory conversation.

Good general conversation levels are essential for building up client/instructor relations and, of course, quality of tuition, particularly when the client requires more in-depth explanations relating to the techniques at hand. This is where we always come out on top!

Ski & Snowboard Attainment Levels

As a guide, we have categorised achieved standards into the following groups:

British Ski Center Ski & Snowboard Level Descriptions
SKI
A0 No experience or maybe a basic initiation lesson on dry slope at most but with no real speed control
A1 Control of speed in a straight line, stopping using the snowplough on gentle nursery slopes. Can walk on skis and use the 'magic carpet' lift with assistance.
A2 Can turn in both directions in a snowplough on the 'magic carpet' runs (gentle nursery slopes). Competent use of the magic carpet lifts.
B1 Understands how to use a chairlift, can link snowplough turns on a beginner green run and can get up from a fall.
B2 Competent use of nursery chairlifts. Can link snowplough turns on most green slopes and use the shape of the turn to control speed. Knows basic rules of the mountain concerning stopping and overtaking. Can climb up a gentle slope on skis using herring bone or side stepping.
C1 Uses a mixture of snowplough and parallel (may stem turn, or may parallel on gentle sections and snowplough on steeper sections). Can traverse in Parallel.
C2 Competent stem turns on blue slopes. Self-awareness of rhythm, speed and turning circles. Uses a mixture of stem turns and parallel.
D1 Parallel turns on green and blue slopes. Can change rhythm and control speed using turn shape and skidding.
D2 Can vary turn radius according to terrain. Skis parallel on all slopes and can carve two clean tracks in the snow on a very gentle gradient slope in both directions.
E1 Skis 'grippy' turns. Understands and can vary edge control and pressure for different types of turn and terrain and can smoothly transition between them. Links carving turns on gentle terrain.
E2 Skis all terrain including off piste, moguls and blacks. Can adapt skiing to adjust for changes in speed and terrain while maintaining rhythm.
SNOWBOARD
A0 No experience or maybe a basic initiation lesson on dry slope at most but with no real speed control
A1 Can do a one-footed straight glide and J-turn on both edges.
B1 Can do a 'floating leaf' and 'garland' on both edges. Can stop safely on both edges and has attempted both C-turns.
B2 Can make linked C-turns both ways. Can get on and off a chairlift and ride green runs safely.
C Can ride blues runs safely and can use the shape of turn to control speed.
D Can link turns on red runs. Can vary the size and shape of turns. Can make a basic carved turn. Can ride 'switch' and attempt basic freestyle techniques.
E Can ride black runs and off-piste. Can carve on blue and red runs. Comfortable riding switch and using freestyle techniques.
Whilst requests can be made for specific instructors, it may be necessary, particularly during high season, to allocate a different instructor in order to cater for everybody's requirements as efficiently and professionally as possible. For this reason we prefer not to confirm this until the day of the lesson.
 

Private Tuition

These will cater for a maximum of 4 people in any one group. In a private class, no additional people will be added in as could happen under the Group tuition options. As such, if you book 3 people into a class, there will just be the 3 of you with one instructor.

It is important to note that the standard of skiing must be roughly equal amongst the group members. Failing this, the more advanced skiers will not benefit so much from the class.

We recommend that children and adults are also taught separately due to differences both in teaching technique and general learning capabilities. Children also often require much more personal attention and care, which can take away time spent on others in the class.

The standard minimum time slot allocated for Private Tuition is 2 hours with the exception of our Tiny Tot Tester.

Family/Group Sessions

These sessions are aimed especially at families with children, or groups of friends/family where we work more around you and your specific requirements. Where ski levels may vary these prolonged sessions allow flexibility for the instructor to spend time with each member according to their standards and needs. For example: whilst the parents head off for some free skiing, the instructor sticks with the youngest child to get them going. After a period, the child may get tired and need a break. In the meantime, the parents (or one of them) then goes off with the instructor for a while before switching with the other parent and so on and so forth.

Additional services may include the some of the following:

  • Meeting and finishing at your hotel*
  • Delivery of lift passes if they have been prebooked through us
  • Supervised breaks for refreshment, lunch and rest periods
  • Guided tour of the pistes; on-piste photo shoots;
  • Academic progress analysis;
  • Basic freestyle techniques

Essential focus is spent on combining tuition techniques whilst also building on "Ski Time" according to our basic philosophy that states: "An essential way to improve one's skiing is to ski!". The instructor is reserved solely for your party with no others joining in.

There are essentially no limits to the number of people who may take part in these sessions although our general terms and conditions apply regarding instructing different levels of skier/boarder and the combining of adults with young children which should be considered beforehand to ensure maximum all-round benefits.

Food and drink costs are not included. Full day sessions will include a minimum 45 minute stop for lunch at the client's discretion.

*Where pick up and drop off at the client accommodation is requested, time will be allowed within the allocated session slot so as to allow the instructor time to return to our official meeting point in Borreguiles for any subsequent tuition that may be reserved for him/her.

Group Tuition

Group tuition offers the opportunity for people to learn to ski and board with others of a similar standard, creating a fun environment in the learning process, and introducing people to others with whom to continue skiing throughout their stay or even on future trips.

Group tuition offers a more economical way of learning since, with more people in the class, we can reduce the per capita rate easier to cover our costs.

We currently offer you three types of group tuition as follows:

Holiday Groups ("Ski School")

These will run from Monday to Friday, 3 hours each morning making a total of 15 hours tuition. This particular group scenario will run primarily during the school half term week(s) of February.

For these groups to go ahead we need a minimum of 5 people per group. With this option, you are obliged to start on the Monday. Due to high levels of demand and consequential disruptive issues, we do not accept mid-week starters, and require you to contract the full 5 days' tuition even if you are only able to do 2, 3 or 4 days. 

Please note that due to the high demand levels for tuition that we receive in particular for the main February half term week (and also during other sporadic holiday periods), we are obliged to source additional instructors from other ski schools as well as freelance instructors in order to cater accordingly. This means that not all instructors will be native English speakers. They will, however, have been "vetted" by us and considered to have a higher-than-average level of English speaking, in addition to a friendly and professional attitude, whereby the tuition given will not be limited to purely single line phrases but instead, they will have had plenty of conversational experience to be able to explain things, where necessary, in an alternative manner. Please refer to point No.7 of our booking terms and conditions for more information.

Mini Groups

These are tailor-made groups of up to 6 people running on a flexible basis according to demand. A minimum of 3 people is required to warrant the group running. Class times will run typically as with the "Holiday Groups" but are flexible between morning and afternoon according to demand.

Intensive Groups

The principal behind this option is to offer intensive tuition for people on short breaks to get as much progression as is possible during their limited time on the slopes. For parents, the extra hours of tuition also allow for more personal skiing time.

These groups involve 4 hours of tuition per day. They run typically in 2 sets of 2 hourly sessions, allowing a break in between for lunch, or a straight 4 hours if preferred, requiring a minimum of 3 people and a maximum of 6 people per group and can run on a flexible basis so long as the minimum numbers and even standards are met.

Group Considerations - IMPORTANT!

Due to the number of people in the group (usually 8-10 as a maximum in Holiday Group scenarios), levels of progress are generally slower than with private tuition because the instructor has to spend time with more people.

Bear in mind also that people advance at different rates, often resulting in split levels occurring within the group. When this occurs, the instructor can only essentially teach on terrain suitable for the level of those going slowest (primarily for safety reasons). Where possible, depending on availability of instructors and group space, it is feasible to move people between groups to maintain equilibrium. Alternatively, where other groups are unavailable or space is restricted, the instructor may see scope for splitting the group in order to provide better individual focus as a whole.

Specials Needs / Adaptive Skiing

At the British Ski Center, we have instructors trained for a number of adaptive and special needs requirements. Please let us know the details of the condition at the time of booking to ensure the correct instructor is reserved for you.

Freestyle

Our experienced instructors can offer a range of freestyle training to develop your skills on and off the pisted terrain* including initiation to the Progression Park and Half Pipe. Much of this is focussed on stance and positioning on the skis and hence piste work is also necessary. An advanced standard of skiing/boarding is required where both confidence and competence on all grade of slope is important in order to maximise the benefit out of the training.

*For insurance purposes, we are not covered for any incident that may occur whilst training off the marked and prepared pistes.

Note! FIRST TIME SKIERS & SNOWBOARDERS - READ BELOW!

If you are a first time skier or snowboarder PLEASE take tuition. Do NOT try to learn by yourself or with friends as this is the best way to end up with an injury and/or put you off what is an amazing past-time for good!

Whilst budget concerns are understandable, the sport is not a cheap one and there are plenty of other obligatory costs to take on just to get yourself on the slopes (lift passes, equipment hire, parking etc..). It is always a great shame to see people effectively waste these "obligatory" costs by trying to "save" on tuition costs because at the end of the day, the experience on the slopes is minimal at best. By spending a little extra on tuition, you not only learn to ski the correct way but also in the safest manner and, typically speaking, very quickly will find yourself able to ski away from the nursery slopes using some of the ski lifts too. Once you get off the nursery slopes and onto the green runs, the whole ski experience takes on a completely new concept for you that more than justifies any expenses incurred to get there!!

We recommend that you begin with a 2 hour private class per day over the course of at least 2-3 consecutive days, or else (subject to availability & minimum numbers) 4 or 5 days in Group Tuition.

You will initially spend time on flat terrain in the nursery area where you will get to grips with the basics of putting on and taking off your skis/board, sliding motions and basic speed control theory. Gradually you will move to a very gentle slope to practice the basics of controlling your speed.

As a very rough guide, (and this does vary from person to person as well as being very dependent on the number of people in the class), you can expect the following from a private lesson:

1 Hour To have essential understanding of controlling your speed down a gentle slope in a straight line in the nursery area.
2 Hours You will have touched on the basics of turning from left to right and back again down a gentle slope (better one side than the other, more than likely!!)
3 Hours You will have greater confidence in linking turns & speed control. You will most likely have some limited experience in using a chairlift to access some of the green runs away from the nursery area.

Notes From the Professionals

NEVER rely on friends or family to teach you unless they are qualified and experienced themselves (and even then it not particularly recommended!). A high percentage of ski accidents, (not to mention arguments!), occur in these situations where basic safety procedure and technique are taught incorrectly or not at all!

DO REMEMBER that Sierra Nevada is, perhaps surprisingly, one of the highest ski resorts in Europe. The altitude change can bring on "Altitude Sickness" including such symptoms as dehydration, nausea, dizziness, nose bleeds and weariness.

Very young children on their first skiing holiday should consider a single hour to begin with, to ensure they are enjoying themselves whilst acclimatising.

As the resort of Sierra Nevada becomes increasingly popular with the English speaking skier/boarder, demand has increased significantly for English speaking ski instructors. British Ski Center can guarantee you this in a way that no other ski school in the resort can!

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