If you are planning a ski holiday to Whistler Blackcomb, you may be keen to brush up on your skills. If so, you will have plenty of opportunities to improve your technique through the various programs provided by the official ski school. Here is a guide to the ski school and what they have on offer so you can start planning your instruction when you arrive.
Whistler Blackcomb Ski and Snowboard School
There is only one school in Whistler, but it provides a huge range of classes and lessons including everything from getting started for kids to taking your technique to the next level, so arrange a class when you stay in Whistler vacation homes and you will get even more from your time in the resort.
When you take a lesson, you also get lift line priority for the day, which is an extra bonus. Your instructor may also take you to places you would not otherwise see so you can discover hidden runs and other secrets of the mountains. They may also provide you with advice about other activities, places to go, restaurants, and more.
Adult Ski & Snowboard Lessons
The adult lessons for both skiing and snowboarding are some of the most popular provided by the school. During these lessons you will be able to either learn from scratch or improve your technique no matter what your level. Expert instructors provide private, semi-private, or group classes and you can choose from half-day, full-day, 3-day, and 4-day courses. Women’s only courses are also available.
The experienced instructors know how to develop your skills no matter what your level. They can help to build your confidence through the various programs they provide, so that you can hit the slopes feeling better about your skills.
The MAX4 Group ski and snowboard lessons for levels 1 to 6 limit the group sizes to four people so you get even more attention from the instructors.
Or you can choose private lessons for the most personal experience. Go exploring with your guide and no one else to get their undivided attention, or go with a group of friends. These are particularly popular and sell out quickly during the holidays, so book early.
Lessons for Kids and Teens
Kids and teens can also enjoy lessons provided by expert instructors. The instructors are specially trained to teach kids of all ages the fun of skiing and snowboarding so the adults can relax in the full knowledge that the kids are having a great time.
Private lessons and group lessons are available, as well as camps, all of which are focused on the most important thing of all: having fun! Classes can be daily, weekend, 3-day, or 5-day, and they are available for kids aged from 3 to 12.
Teens from 13 to 18 can also take lessons and learn new skills while meeting people and making new friends. The instructors know how to have fun while providing a real learning experience, and private, semi-private, and group lessons are available.
Venture into the Backcountry
Extremely Canadian runs backcountry courses where you can develop your skills and learn about mountain awareness and avalanche safety. The fun days out can focus on skiing, snowboarding, and telemarking, and they are available every day from December to April with a maximum of three people in each group, or you can go in a private group with up to six people.
Ski with an Olympian
If you want to enjoy a really unique experience, you can arrange to go for a private lesson with an Olympian. Copy their technique, listen to their stories, and even choose a Gold Medalist Olympian for a really special day out.
Boost Your Skills in Whistler
Whether you want to work on your skiing or snowboarding skills, arrange a lesson in Whistler and take your skills to the next level. Courses are fun and friendly, and they are ideal for all ages. So have a think about the lessons that you would like to take and book them early to avoid disappointment.
Patrick Bonham runs a ski resort. He likes to share his experiences online. His articles are available mostly on winter sports and vacation sites.