Whether you're a complete beginner or would describe yourself as an accomplished skier, there is no doubt that a skiing workshop is the best way to develop new skills for when you head out on the slopes. A way of learning that is both safe and effective, there is no better way of making the most of your time during a family skiing holiday.
For the Kids
Luckily, most of the top family ski resorts offer some great ski classes for the little ones. This is only means that you can be sure they're getting the right tuition to keep them safe and get them having fun on slopes, but it will also give you the time to go off and learn some new skills of your own by booking into a workshop for yourself and your partner while the kids are busy learning the basics from a professional.
Depending on your experience, you may be able to teach your children the fundamentals of skiing; to guarantee they are picking up all the correct habits, however, it's best to book them into a few classes. This ensures that they are being taught by professional instructors who know the resort area well and are used to teaching children of the same age as yours. Skiing workshops are also great places for them to make new friends!
For the Adults
While the kids are off having fun and learning how to ski, you can be taking your own lessons. This could involve gaining knowledge about how to ski off-piste or the techniques of parallel skiing on blue or black runs. Of course, there are adult workshops for beginners but there are also many others that you may not have heard of. Be sure to check with your resort, as workshops can vary from place to place; one thing is for sure, though: they are always worth signing up for.
Workshops can show you the best places to ski in the immediate area, as well as a range of new skills. So, if you are going on holiday in a new place, it is always recommended that you book a workshop upon arrival to ensure you get the most out of your stay, as conditions can vary widely from mountain to mountain.
These workshops can help to develop your understanding of backcountry terrain, as well as teach you vital avalanche information and techniques and tactics that will keep you, and your family, safe.
Want to get some practice in before you go? Many indoor slopes offer workshops that will allow you to hone your skills before you depart for the piste.