Mar 28th – Verbier 5 day Academy (Max 4 per group)
- Academy/6MAX: 5 day
- Verbier, Switzerland
About the Course
With the current regulations in Switzerland groups for sporting activities are limited to a maximum of 5 people. For this reason we’ve adjusted all the Swiss courses to be groups of 4 maximum per instructor to comply with the rules. To allow us to do this we’ve increased the price of the courses. As soon as the regulations change we’ll return the course price and group sizes to normal. Please disregard any information below that says anything to the contrary with regard to group size whilst this text is here.
The winter 5 day group courses run from Sunday to Friday with the Wednesday off (a few courses run to alternate schedules – please always refer to the course title and the pre-course info email). They are designed to build and develop skill and confidence, to enable people to ski all terrains including Moguls, Steeps, Variables, Powder and how to Carve effectively on piste. Skills are developed during the coaching by practicing specific exercises that benefit the main topics. Progressively, the new levels of skill are tested in suitable terrains to build confidence. During the group courses each skier is also looked at from an individual point of view due to the fact that we are all individuals and have different strengths and weaknesses that need identifying and developing.
Please check your ability level using our 1 to 6 Video Levels System before booking the course to make sure you’re at the right standard for the course. Level 1 is basic intermediate. Level 6 is athlete.
We meet together as a group everyday at 10am at Ruinettes on the snow (top of the Medran lift which is the base lift of Verbier, Medran-Ruinettes takes about 15 minutes).
We ski until 3pm and take a lunch break at approximately 12.45pm. Please bring a small or medium size backpack to store your bottle of water and energy bars in. It can also carry your belongings i.e. Ski Jacket, Fleece, Gloves etc if the weather is extra cold or warm. Please note that Wednesday is a rest day from the course and a day for you to freeski.
We will be filming and doing video analysis on the Monday and Thursday and watching the footage and analysing it after skiing those days. Normally this will take place directly after skiing at Ski Service Ruinettes but times and locations may vary depending on group numbers. The coaches will let you know exact plans on the day. It usually makes a big difference the next day with what you’re working on so it’s a good idea to bring a notepad and pen to make notes.
The groups are a maximum of 8 persons for most courses. This is the standard number of people on an Academy course unless you are doing the “6 MAX” academy course or the Supergroup option which are both max. 6 people. 8 people is the perfect number to work through the exercises set, receive good individual feedback and get to move around the mountain to find the ideal terrain.
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Available Group Levels
Please click here to view in depth video and explanations of our levels system.
Able to make basic parallel turns but use an occasional snowplough to help. Confident to tackle red runs but make technical mistakes on them.
Able to make consistent parallel turns on piste. Confident on red runs and able to ski harder terrain (blacks, moguls, powder) but with limited success.
Confident parallel skier on all gradient pistes. Starting to create dynamics in your skiing and challenge yourself in harder non-pisted terrain.
Comfortable and at ease in all terrain. Able to transition from piste to off-piste with no hesitations or issues. Starting to use the terrain and features to be inventive and add an element of style to their runs.
For impeccable service and regular low cost flights from the UK to Geneva or Zurich please visit our partners at SWISS. To get to Verbier book a return flight to Geneva Airport. Once you get to Geneva airport you can get to Verbier by Train (www.sbb.ch). For full details on travel plans to Verbier use the Verbier Tourism website and click on the ‘Access’ tab. Another excellent website for finding information on Verbier is www.verbinet.com. If you click on the ‘Travel/Transport’ tab you will find every solution.
Please click the link below to see information regarding accommodation for Verbier or Cervinia:
Price: £469 (£439 for Academy Members) – (Course Only)
Supergroup and “6 MAX” Price: £619 (£589 for Academy members) – (Course only)
Weekend course price: £269 (course only)
Private Coaching also available
Any member of the Ski Academy team can be hired out on a daily basis (subject to availability). Private tuition is better suited to people who require one to one coaching or who wish to bring a group out to the Alps. Private coaching is available in Verbier upon request from November – April. To check availability please contact us
Full day (5 hours) – £349
Half day (3 hours) – £229
*Maximum 7 extra persons. Extra people charges may apply. Other hrs available on request.
(course fees and private fees are exempt from VAT)
If you need to rent skis or boots or wish to pre-order your lift pass our partners at Ski Service Verbier are offering all Academy course participants a special discounts that you can use towards any type of rental this season and discounts on your lift pass too! To obtain this discount please click the following link:
This gives you a massive discount. Please note this discount has to be used online. Their team is also available to advise you on any queries you may have regarding skis and boots
With regard to which lift pass to get – for all the courses you’ll need a 4 Valley Liftpass to cover the entire area.