Recomendation for Austrian resort/children's ski school

Recomendation for Austrian resort/children's ski school

Post by mike » Fri, 17 May 2002 01:35:56


Can any one think of an Austrian resort to suit:

daughter, aged nearly 7, has had 3 weeks ski school so not really beginner
but needing the tuition plus consolidation by skiing with parents;

parents - competent, skied for years, enjoy lunch and taking it a bit easier
these days, but still like to cover distance;

son aged 11, wants to ski all the mountain, (and probably can);

Having used British chalet club operators for last 11 seasons, we want to
try Austria, staying in a comfy hotel, booking direct, with own transport.
Would like daughter to attend ski school in morning and collect her for
lunch and ski with us pm - think she is too young for all day school this
time. Son skis with parents, pushing dad hard.

We've been to St Anton 3 times, great ski school but not ideal for picking
up daughter and finding somewhere for lunch and easy skiing in afternoon. No
other experience of Austria but would appear to suit us better than French
resorts, and possibly Swiss - the main criteria is our perception/experience
that Austrian ski school is the best for children.

Essentially, we want our daughter to get out of the beginner rut and be able
to ski with all the family. So ski school important. And for parents to stay
in more atmospheric surroundings. Oh, it's for Feb half term of course...

So, I'll be very grateful for any ideas

Mike

 
 
 

Recomendation for Austrian resort/children's ski school

Post by Ian Spar » Fri, 17 May 2002 16:09:58

On Wed, 15 May 2002 16:35:56 +0000 (UTC), "mike"

Quote:

>Having used British chalet club operators for last 11 seasons, we want to
>try Austria, staying in a comfy hotel, booking direct, with own transport.

Try www.tiscover.com, you should be able to generate a shortlist, I'd
take a look and see if there's any package deals available, these'll
include accomodation and lift-pass and maybe even some lessons.

Quote:
>Would like daughter to attend ski school in morning and collect her for
>lunch and ski with us pm - think she is too young for all day school this
>time. Son skis with parents, pushing dad hard.

>We've been to St Anton 3 times, great ski school but not ideal for picking

How about Lech ? Or maybe it's too close to St Anton if you fancy some
variety. Easy afternoon stuff around Oberlech.
Quote:
>up daughter and finding somewhere for lunch and easy skiing in afternoon. No
>other experience of Austria but would appear to suit us better than French
>resorts, and possibly Swiss - the main criteria is our perception/experience
>that Austrian ski school is the best for children.

>Essentially, we want our daughter to get out of the beginner rut and be able
>to ski with all the family. So ski school important. And for parents to stay
>in more atmospheric surroundings. Oh, it's for Feb half term of course...

>So, I'll be very grateful for any ideas

>Mike


 
 
 

Recomendation for Austrian resort/children's ski school

Post by Florian Anwande » Fri, 17 May 2002 21:21:16

Hi Mike

A colleague of mine was in Serfaus (Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis) with three children
and they were very pleased (no cars in the village, a undergriound
lightrail transports you to the lift). To his opinion Serfaus presents the
perfect service for families with children.

Florian
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Recomendation for Austrian resort/children's ski school

Post by Jim Holla » Fri, 17 May 2002 22:19:56



Quote:

>Can any one think of an Austrian resort to suit:

One of the best family resorts IMHO in Austria is Obergurgl.
 
 
 

Recomendation for Austrian resort/children's ski school

Post by steve rou » Sat, 18 May 2002 16:09:03

I think you will find it rare for a ski school to offer half-day childen's
group lessons, unless it is for very young children. The problems being, of
course, that the rest of the group will progress technically while your
daughter is skiing with you (not suggesting in any way that skiing with you
is bad, btw).

The solution for you may be to consider 2 hour private lessons in the
morning - advantages would be greater progress for your daughter and
fulfilling the conditions that you set out in your post - disadvantage would
be greater cost (and lack of group atmosphere). Watch out also if you are
going at half term - it may not be possible to get private lessons outside
the lunchtime or before lessons start - I would contact any ski school
beforehand.

As far as the resorts that have been suggested so far, I would agree with
both Serfaus and Obergurgl - Serfaus is a big resort for Dutch and Germans
and can get very busy in school holidays. Obergurgl is a favourite with
British upmarket package and independent guests - ski school is excellent
but the resort can be a bit bleak in bad weather. Lech is beautiful and
accommodation is great - can be a problem with the resort running out of ski
instructors at busy periods.

I would recommend the resort in my sig - accommodation, atmosphere and
children's ski school are all excellent - but the ski area may be a bit
limited for the rest of you? It depends on how easy you are taking it these
days...if you have any questions feel free to ask.

--
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Quote:
> Can any one think of an Austrian resort to suit:

> daughter, aged nearly 7, has had 3 weeks ski school so not really beginner
> but needing the tuition plus consolidation by skiing with parents;

> parents - competent, skied for years, enjoy lunch and taking it a bit
easier
> these days, but still like to cover distance;

> son aged 11, wants to ski all the mountain, (and probably can);

> Having used British chalet club operators for last 11 seasons, we want to
> try Austria, staying in a comfy hotel, booking direct, with own transport.
> Would like daughter to attend ski school in morning and collect her for
> lunch and ski with us pm - think she is too young for all day school this
> time. Son skis with parents, pushing dad hard.

> We've been to St Anton 3 times, great ski school but not ideal for picking
> up daughter and finding somewhere for lunch and easy skiing in afternoon.
No
> other experience of Austria but would appear to suit us better than French
> resorts, and possibly Swiss - the main criteria is our

perception/experience

- Show quoted text -

Quote:
> that Austrian ski school is the best for children.

> Essentially, we want our daughter to get out of the beginner rut and be
able
> to ski with all the family. So ski school important. And for parents to
stay
> in more atmospheric surroundings. Oh, it's for Feb half term of course...

> So, I'll be very grateful for any ideas

> Mike

 
 
 

Recomendation for Austrian resort/children's ski school

Post by Ac » Sat, 18 May 2002 16:38:18

On Fri, 17 May 2002 09:09:03 +0200,  "steve rout"

Quote:

>I think you will find it rare for a ski school to offer half-day childen's
>group lessons, unless it is for very young children. The problems being, of
>course, that the rest of the group will progress technically while your
>daughter is skiing with you (not suggesting in any way that skiing with you
>is bad, btw).

I know the thread was about Austrian resorts, so this may be true
there, but in France and Switzerland it's considered perfectly normal
for group lessons to be done on a half-daily basis. One group in the
mornings, a different one on the afternoon.

Kids in all-day lessons would not therefore be in the same lessons as
those in the half-day groups.

--
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Recomendation for Austrian resort/children's ski school

Post by mike » Sat, 18 May 2002 18:35:14

Thanks for reply Steve,


Quote:
> I think you will find it rare for a ski school to offer half-day childen's
> group lessons, unless it is for very young children.

good point, would have to check; certainly IIRC this was an issue with our
son a few years ago; managed to get daughter am school at St.Anton last Xmas
but preference seemed to be all day to 3:30 pm. Hopefully suit her year
after next..

Quote:
> The solution for you may be to consider 2 hour private lessons in the
> morning - advantages would be greater progress for your daughter and
> fulfilling the conditions that you set out in your post - disadvantage
would
> be greater cost (and lack of group atmosphere). Watch out also if you are
> going at half term - it may not be possible to get private lessons outside
> the lunchtime or before lessons start - I would contact any ski school
> beforehand.

yes, at busy times private lessons only lunch time or all afternoon; think
group lesson atmosphere is good for her though and would try for mornings
only.

Quote:
> As far as the resorts that have been suggested so far, I would agree with
> both Serfaus and Obergurgl - Serfaus is a big resort for Dutch and Germans
> and can get very busy in school holidays. Obergurgl is a favourite with
> British upmarket package and independent guests - ski school is excellent
> but the resort can be a bit bleak in bad weather. Lech is beautiful and
> accommodation is great - can be a problem with the resort running out of
ski
> instructors at busy periods.

Don't know Serfaus, heard of Obergurgl and short excursions to Lech/Zurs
from St Anton. So will look further into all these suggestions - thanks

Quote:
> I would recommend the resort in my sig - accommodation, atmosphere and
> children's ski school are all excellent - but the ski area may be a bit
> limited for the rest of you? It depends on how easy you are taking it
these
> days...if you have any questions feel free to ask.

Thanks, not familiar with Seefeld but close to Innsbruck, again will look
further; seems the websites are only for summer at moment

Mike

 
 
 

Recomendation for Austrian resort/children's ski school

Post by mike » Sat, 18 May 2002 18:35:15


Quote:
> Can any one think of an Austrian resort to suit:

> daughter, aged nearly 7, has had 3 weeks ski school so not really beginner
> but needing the tuition plus consolidation by skiing with parents;

> parents - competent, skied for years, enjoy lunch and taking it a bit
easier
> these days, but still like to cover distance;

> son aged 11, wants to ski all the mountain, (and probably can);

> Having used British chalet club operators for last 11 seasons, we want to
> try Austria, staying in a comfy hotel, booking direct, with own transport.
> Would like daughter to attend ski school in morning and collect her for
> lunch and ski with us pm - think she is too young for all day school this
> time. Son skis with parents, pushing dad hard.

> We've been to St Anton 3 times, great ski school but not ideal for picking
> up daughter and finding somewhere for lunch and easy skiing in afternoon.
No
> other experience of Austria but would appear to suit us better than French
> resorts, and possibly Swiss - the main criteria is our

perception/experience

Quote:
> that Austrian ski school is the best for children.

> Essentially, we want our daughter to get out of the beginner rut and be
able
> to ski with all the family. So ski school important. And for parents to
stay
> in more atmospheric surroundings. Oh, it's for Feb half term of course...

> So, I'll be very grateful for any ideas

> Mike

Thanks for all suggestions so far and will be looking into these

any views on Saalbach or Schladming?

Mike

 
 
 

Recomendation for Austrian resort/children's ski school

Post by Paul Kell » Sat, 18 May 2002 19:14:10



Quote:
> Seefeld but close to Innsbruck, again will look
>further; seems the websites are only for summer at moment

Worth pointing out that Seefeld is a fine resort especially for
beginners but anyone who can ski would be fed up with the place in two
days - one if no children to attend to.  If you have a car it is near
the resorts around Innsbruck as you say and also close to Garmish.

Add Hintergelmm/Salbach to your list.   Plenty for you to do and nothing
too fraught if your son is off exploring.

The Italians go in for 1/2 day ski school too.  It is not the Austrian
norm at all but once classes have got going it is not unusual for people
to go off for half a day regularly.

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Recomendation for Austrian resort/children's ski school

Post by Florian Anwande » Wed, 22 May 2002 20:13:42

Hi Steve

Quote:
> Are they allowing skis up in the Karwendelbahn again? I heard they had
> stopped it a while back because of insurance/safety reasons and the areas
> had been left to the tourers

Indeed, the Dammkar now is opened again as "first freeride skiing area" in
Germany. The slope is controlled by the avalanche service and if needed
(and posssible) avalanches are blasted. Usually the ressort is closed if
the "Lawinenwarnstufe" (degree of avalanche risk) is 4 or 5.

Florian
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Recomendation for Austrian resort/children's ski school

Post by Vanne » Sun, 09 Jun 2002 00:16:23

Hi,

Sorry for my late reply, but I just arrived on this newsgroup. We were in
Fulpmes last year (Stubaitall near Innsbruck)
http://www.stubaital.at
A very nice place, not known by the big tourist group like Zillertal, but
the accomoation is top of the bill, and the snow if very secure. There is a
special child care service at the tallstation.

We lodged in Hotel Atzinger (www.atzinger.at) Very good **** hotel, cheap
price (Ski pass included in januari) and the people are very friendly also
and the child care was free. We surely going back next year.

Regards,

Yvan


Quote:
> Can any one think of an Austrian resort to suit:

> daughter, aged nearly 7, has had 3 weeks ski school so not really beginner
> but needing the tuition plus consolidation by skiing with parents;

> parents - competent, skied for years, enjoy lunch and taking it a bit
easier
> these days, but still like to cover distance;

> son aged 11, wants to ski all the mountain, (and probably can);

> Having used British chalet club operators for last 11 seasons, we want to
> try Austria, staying in a comfy hotel, booking direct, with own transport.
> Would like daughter to attend ski school in morning and collect her for
> lunch and ski with us pm - think she is too young for all day school this
> time. Son skis with parents, pushing dad hard.

> We've been to St Anton 3 times, great ski school but not ideal for picking
> up daughter and finding somewhere for lunch and easy skiing in afternoon.
No
> other experience of Austria but would appear to suit us better than French
> resorts, and possibly Swiss - the main criteria is our

perception/experience

- Show quoted text -

Quote:
> that Austrian ski school is the best for children.

> Essentially, we want our daughter to get out of the beginner rut and be
able
> to ski with all the family. So ski school important. And for parents to
stay
> in more atmospheric surroundings. Oh, it's for Feb half term of course...

> So, I'll be very grateful for any ideas

> Mike