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Adult Groups

What happens if I choose the wrong level group?

At the start of the week the groups will start in similar areas and so the instructors can check everyone is the correct level. We will try and move you to an appropriate level if you are in the wrong group but if there is no space then this will not be possible.

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What is the maximum group size in Summit groups?

Our adult groups have a maximum of 4 per instructor. This makes sure everyone has huge amounts of individual feedback and the group get the maximum amount of skiing in.

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Where do Summit groups meet?

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday – Top of the Sunnegga Express by the big piste map
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday – At Furi, outside the lift station.
This gives us the chance to show you the whole ski area during the week. Adults and kids’ groups meet in the same place each day so family members don’t end up in different parts of the resort.

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Why are Summit groups so small?

Our groups are designed to maximise improvement. Bigger groups lead to more time waiting for others and less time having the instructor’s focus on you individually. Although very sociable, those traditionally huge ski school groups definitely slow down progression. If you want to improve your skiing and be sociable while you’re in Zermatt, take a Summit group in the daytime and host a cocktail party in the evening!

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Will the group definitely run?

YES. Our groups never get cancelled. If there is only 1 person in the group, it will run for 2 hours instead of 3 hours.

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What languages are Summit groups taught in?

English. We teach the groups only in English so there is no repeating tasks and feedback in lots of languages. The aim is to spend as much time skiing as possible.

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Do you have lift queue priority?

No, none of the ski schools in Zermatt has lift queue priority.

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Beginner skiers

How many lessons will I need as a beginner?

Good question. One lesson will introduce you to the basics of the equipment, controlling speed and turning. You will need more than one lesson before you can safely head out onto the slopes. We’d suggest a minimum of 3 half days to start. That way you get time to practice (or rest) the second part of each day.

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How fast do you learn?

It depends on your stage of learning. You make huge leaps forward as a complete beginner but smaller progressive steps the closer you become to an expert.

This also depends on your physical fitness, your coordination/balance skills and your mental approach to a new sport. A complete beginner can expect to be using blue slopes and maybe easy red slopes after a week of skiing. The progression to parallel skiing, harder red runs and black slopes normally takes another week or two.

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General

Can my instructor take me to Italy?

Yes, if you are a good skier and meet early you can head over there in a half-day lesson, but if you really want to explore the ski area it is better to do it for the full day. Your instructor will then be able to take you to a great Italian lunch spot and ensure you don’t miss the last lifts back to Switzerland.

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Do you have lift queue priority?

No, none of the ski schools in Zermatt has lift queue priority.

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Can my instructor take me off piste?

We do have a instructors qualified to take you off piste. It is really important that you clarify this at booking.

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Are your instructors qualified?

Yes, most of our team are qualified through the British instructor system. All our instructors will have completed a minimum of 5 weeks exams and 2 seasons teaching before being considered for a place on the team.

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What is your cancellation policy?

Cancellation more than a week in advance is free of charge. Cancellation within a week, lessons are charged at 50%. Cancellation within 24 hours results in a 100% charge.

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Should I book in advance?

If you know what you want, then yes. We can’t guarantee availability last minute. The busiest times (when last minute availability is most limited) are Christmas and New Year, mid February school holidays and late March / early April spring holidays.

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Are lessons available all year?

Yes. We offer a full range of lessons through the winter season (mid-December to mid-April) and private lessons through the rest of the year. Even in summer!

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How do I book?

If you know what you’re after, just head to our online booking page and get yourself booked in. If you aren’t sure what you want to book, fill out our contact form and we’ll suggest the best lessons for you or send you some options. If you’d rather chat about your lessons, then give us a call.

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Where do I rent equipment?

There are lots of shops in Zermatt that rent everything you might need. It might make sense to choose a shop close to your accommodation. Bayard Sports opposite the train station (near our office) and at the bottom of the Sunnegga Express offer Summit clients a 20% discount on equipment rental. Just show them your lesson confirmation to get your discount.

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What do I need to rent?

You’ll need skis, boots and poles. You can also rent helmets if you don’t have one (recommended). If you don’t have suitable clothing (warm and wind/waterproof) then you can rent that at Bayard Sports too. As a complete beginner, you don’t need to worry about choosing equipment. Just tell the shop staff you’ve not skied before and they’ll set you up with everything you need.

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How do I get around town?

Zermatt is quite a big village so getting to the lift stations can often be too far to walk. Ask your hotel or chalet staff to explain the bus stops or just book a taxi to get you to the lifts.

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Kids

Do children get an award at the end of the week?

We have our own certificate of achievement that the instructor will fill out and give the child. This gives each child a few goals and tasks through the week, details what they have done and the skills they’ve learned. It also suggests the group the instructor thinks would be the best fit the following season.

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Should my child wear a helmet?

We would recommend that all children wear a helmet. In Italy it is a legal requirement that children under 16 wear helmets

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Kids Groups

Why is the minimum age for kids groups 6 years?

We do not have crèche facilities and so have 6 as the minimum age because we feel they are old enough to be out on the mountain for the duration of the lesson. Also at this age they are strong enough to stand up on their own, ski for the whole lesson and get the most out of it.

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Where do Summit groups meet?

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday – Top of the Sunnegga Express by the big piste map
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday – At Furi, outside the lift station.
This gives us the chance to show you the whole ski area during the week. Adults and kids’ groups meet in the same place each day so family members don’t end up in different parts of the resort.

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Do I need to book kids groups in advance?

We would recommend you book kids groups as early as you can. We have a maximum of 6 in a group and only a few kids groups running.

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What languages are Summit groups taught in?

English. We teach the groups only in English so there is no repeating tasks and feedback in lots of languages. The aim is to spend as much time skiing as possible.

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Do children get an award at the end of the week?

We have our own certificate of achievement that the instructor will fill out and give the child. This gives each child a few goals and tasks through the week, details what they have done and the skills they’ve learned. It also suggests the group the instructor thinks would be the best fit the following season.

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What happens if I choose the wrong level group?

At the start of the week the groups will start in similar areas and so the instructors can check everyone is the correct level. We will try and move you to an appropriate level if you are in the wrong group but if there is no space then this will not be possible.

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Should my child wear a helmet?

We would recommend that all children wear a helmet. In Italy it is a legal requirement that children under 16 wear helmets

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Will the group definitely run?

YES. Our groups never get cancelled. If there is only 1 person in the group, it will run for 2 hours instead of 3 hours.

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Why are Summit groups so small?

Our groups are designed to maximise improvement. Bigger groups lead to more time waiting for others and less time having the instructor’s focus on you individually. Although very sociable, those traditionally huge ski school groups definitely slow down progression. If you want to improve your skiing and be sociable while you’re in Zermatt, take a Summit group in the daytime and host a cocktail party in the evening!

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Do you have lift queue priority?

No, none of the ski schools in Zermatt has lift queue priority.

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Private Lessons

Can I take a private lesson for my kids?

Yes of course. We have instructors who are especially adept at teaching children and will make sure your kids have a ball while they learn.

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You have a maximum of 6 in a group, can I have more in a private lesson?

Yes, you can have as many as you like in a private lesson. Just be aware if there are too many the instructor will be spending the whole lesson counting people to check everyone is there!

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What languages are private lessons taught in?

We have instructors who can teach in English, German, French, Spanish, Italian and Russian

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Where do I meet my instructor for private lessons?

Wherever you like. We would suggest meeting by one of the ski lifts to get the most ski time but if you would like your instructor to meet you at the hotel then that is no problem at all

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Can I share a private lesson with someone who is a different level?

Yes, you can organise the private lesson however you like. If your levels are very different, it may be better for the instructor to spend half of it with one person and half with the other. It is best if you discuss it with the instructor directly.

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What’s the difference between private lessons and guiding?

A private lesson will focus on making you better at skiing/snowboarding. This will normally involve assessing your current level, making a plan of what you’d like to change and then learning/practicing skills to help you develop. This could, in theory, happen while just looping around the same lift all day.

A full day guiding will involve checking the levels of skiers/snowboarders and then showing you the resort and the runs most suited to you and what you want to do. We’ll make sure you stop somewhere nice for lunch and make sure you get home safe at the end of the day. We normally allocate guiding to one of our most experienced instructors who knows the mountains like the back of their hand.

Of course, time with an instructor can be a mixture of both of these. We’re all very adaptable and can make sure you get exactly what you want from your time with a Summit instructor.

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How fast do you learn?

It depends on your stage of learning. You make huge leaps forward as a complete beginner but smaller progressive steps the closer you become to an expert.

This also depends on your physical fitness, your coordination/balance skills and your mental approach to a new sport. A complete beginner can expect to be using blue slopes and maybe easy red slopes after a week of skiing. The progression to parallel skiing, harder red runs and black slopes normally takes another week or two.

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Can my instructor take me to Italy?

Yes, if you are a good skier and meet early you can head over there in a half-day lesson, but if you really want to explore the ski area it is better to do it for the full day. Your instructor will then be able to take you to a great Italian lunch spot and ensure you don’t miss the last lifts back to Switzerland.

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Do you have lift queue priority?

No, none of the ski schools in Zermatt has lift queue priority.

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Can my instructor take me off piste?

We do have a instructors qualified to take you off piste. It is really important that you clarify this at booking.

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