Ski Level Guide 2017-11-13T15:15:23+00:00

PDS Academy
Ski Level Guide

CHILDREN | ADULT

It is always best to get in touch to discuss levels and the most suitable course for you or your child but to give you a starting point here is a brief guide. If you like the look of our lesson structure but are unsure of where you fit in don’t hesitate to contact us. We will be more than happy to go through the options with you and find out what is best for you.

Alternatively, we offer private lessons for all levels. These can be tailor-made to suit your needs. It might be a one on one or hire an instructor for the day to ski with your whole family – a really fun way to spend your holiday. Ski together, whilst being shown the resort and receiving tips and tricks along the way to make skiing that little bit easier.

CHILDREN’S LESSONS
ADULT LESSONS
PRIVATE LESSONS

what’s your child’s level?

STARTERS

LEVEL

GREEN | Never been skiing before

This is for complete first-timers – those that have not even been on an indoor slope. Whether your child is nervous or excited we understand every child feels differently about their first ski lesson. Our team is made up of fully qualified, British ski instructors who are able to adapt to your child’s needs and create a fun, exciting and memorable first experience on skis.

WHAT WE DO

  • Work on balance and agility
  • Teach your child control
  • Build confidence
  • Advise the dangers of skiing and mountains
  • Have lots of fun
  • Play games
  • Demonstrate how to use the different lifts
  • Start to explore
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SLIDERS

SLIDERS

LEVEL

GREEN | Tried once or twice | Snowlife 1/2

Had a go a couple of times? Can manage a nursery slope whilst holding a snowplough? Maybe make a few snowplough turns? Sliders is designed for those children who have tried skiing a couple of times before but want to go that bit further. By the end of the week, we’ll have your children exploring some of the Portes Du Soleil peaking with a presentation and some cool prizes!

WHAT WE DO

  • Work on balance and agility
  • Teach your child control
  • Build confidence
  • Advise the dangers of skiing and mountains
  • Have lots of fun
  • Play games
  • Demonstrate how to use the different lifts
  • Start to explore
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EXPLORERS

EXPLORERS

LEVEL

BLUE | Rabbit Runs | Snowlife 4/5 | ESF Fleche

Explorers are group ski lessons designed for children to start moving around the mountain and exploring what is on offer. They can adventure over to neighbouring resorts, try the fun parks, race their friends and explore some easy routes through the trees. We have created a program that gives them just that but also teaches them how to be safe in the mountains and take that next step under the tuition and guidance of industry experts.

Your children need to be able to slide, stop and turn on blue terrain comfortably. A slight snowplough at this stage is still ok.

WHAT WE DO

  • Explore new trails and hidden paths
  • Test their balance with some new tricks and terrain
  • Teach them how to use the whole mountain safely
  • Develop their piste skills
  • Create a weekly movie they can show their friends and family
  • Take them to the best snow and terrain
  • End of week presentation
  • Reward them with a cool prize
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adventurers

ADVENTURERS

LEVEL

RED | Rabbit Runs | Snowlife 6 | ESF bronze+

Exactly what it says on the tin! Our aim is to go on a different adventure each day. They will discover new and hidden runs working on techniques to conquer exciting challenges as they go. They will ski on blues and reds throughout the week, as well as discovering hidden gullies, forests’ and jumps!

Skiers should be comfortable on blue runs, skiing mostly parallel, unless the conditions are tricky.

WHAT WE DO

  • Explore new trails and hidden paths
  • Take them all over the mountain on jumps, bumps and a little off piste
  • Develop their off piste skills
  • Create a weekly movie they can show their friends and family
  • Take them to the best snow and terrain
  • End of week presentation
  • Reward them with a cool prize
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The Academy

the academy

LEVEL

BLACK RUNS | Competition level | Snowlife 6+ | Ecole du Ski level Bronze+

The academy is specifically designed for children that are looking for more than just a ski school. If they want to ski fast, try off piste, race their friends, learn some new tricks in the park and have an awesome time, we have created a program that gives them just that. It also teaches them how to be safe in the mountains and take that next step under the tuition and guidance of industry experts.

What level do I need to be?

If skiing parallel down reds is no longer a challenge then it is time for your child to explore more of the mountain. The hot shot academy is second to none when it comes to inspiring future development and accelerating your child’s progress. This is the time to learn steeper slopes, jumps, bumps and how to deal with all kinds of snow conditions.

WHAT WE DO

  • Provide appropriate safety equipment and teach them how to use it (transceivers, probes and shovels)
  • Take them all over the mountain on jumps, bumps and a little off piste
  • Introduce them to gates and racing
  • Develop their piste skills
  • Create a weekly movie they can show their friends and family
  • Teach them how to ski in the snowpark and some new tricks to impress
  • Take them to the best snow and terrain
  • Reward them with a cool prize
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what’s your level?

PDS Academy Ski Schools

FIRST TIME

LEVEL

GREEN | Never been skiing before

This is for complete first-timers – those that have not even been on an indoor slope. Nervous or excited? Everyone feels differently about their first ski lesson. Our team is made up of fully qualified, British ski instructors who are able to adapt to your needs and create a fun, exciting and memorable first experience on skis.

WHAT WE DO

  • Work on balance and agility

  • Teach you control

  • Build your confidence

  • Advise the dangers of skiing and mountains

  • Demonstrate how to use the different lifts

  • Start to explore

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PDS Academy Ski Schools

PROGRESSING

LEVEL

GREEN/BLUE | Tried once or twice 

Returning for your second time? Been to an indoor slope once or twice?

This lesson is designed for people who have skied once or twice before, either in the mountains or on in an indoor or dry ski slope in the UK. It is aimed at people who are comfortable on the small nursery slopes and enjoy time on gentle blues in a snowplough.

WHAT WE DO

  • Work on balance and agility

  • Teach you control

  • Build your confidence

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PDS Academy Ski Schools

IMPROVING

LEVEL

BLUE | Parallel or almost there?

Are you confident on greens and gentle blues? It is time to shake off the snowplough and learn how to control your speed parallel in more situations. We have a variety of courses for novice and intermediate skiers to help you tackle more of the mountain, build your confidence and improve your technique.

WHAT WE DO

  • Explore new trails and hidden paths

  • Test your balance with some new tricks and terrain

  • Develop piste skills

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PDS Academy Ski Schools

DEVELOPING

LEVEL

BLUE/RED | Confident on blues?

Our developing courses are aimed at those skiers who are comfortable on blue slopes and skiing parallel regularly until it gets tough. The aim for these lessons is to take what you do on the blue slopes on to reds. We’ll look at technical, tactical and psychological issues that crop up on the slightly steeper, more challenging slopes.

WHAT WE DO

  • Explore new trails and hidden paths

  • Test your balance with some new tricks and terrain

  • Teach you how to use the whole mountain safely

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PDS Academy Ski Schools

PISTE PERFORMANCE

LEVEL

RED & BLACK RUNS | Maximise your performance

This course is all about maximising your performance on piste and using your equipment to its full potential. We will guide you to use efficient movement patterns enabling you to create more edge angle, increase your power, improve your balance and make your skiing silky smooth.

WHAT WE DO

  • Offer up to date and modern technique

  • Cater for your learning style

  • Give you ample practice time

  • Video feedback

  • Leave you with clear understanding of how to improve further

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