Usually ski schools offer adult lessons to anyone aged 12-14 years old and over, although some ski schools have specific programs for teens (in that case, adult lessons usually start at around 15-17 years old).
Are you too old to learn to ski or snowboard?
One of the great things about skiing and snowboarding is that they can be taken up at almost any age as long as you’re reasonably in shape.
Just make sure you book yourself a lesson, it’s the only way to learn safely and without picking up any bad habits.
Is skiing easier than snowboarding?
Not really, although skiing and snowboarding have very different learning curves:
- skiing is usually easier to learn but harder to master while
- snowboarding is harder to learn but easier to master.
- Skiing is, therefore, faster to pick up. During your first few days skiing, you’ll probably be able to carve turns down easy slopes and have fun while doing it.
- Snowboarding offers a completely different learning experience, though, as you’ll be falling a lot more. However, progress is much quicker when you’re a snowboarder.
After a few lessons, you’ll reach a light bulb moment when snowboarding will just click – once you’ve managed to keep your balance on the board, you’ll be cruising through to harder pistes in no time.
Skiing, on the other hand, is more technical and nailing the perfect turn takes years, that’s why taking lessons is always a good idea even if you consider yourself an expert.
As for which one is more dangerous, they’re more or less on a level playing field. Injuries tend to be different, though, as knees suffer more when skiing while snowboarders usually sustain more damage to the upper body.
How many ski lessons does a beginner need?
Again, this depends on your fitness and skills. You’ll very likely need at least a week of group lessons to get the hang of it but, the more lessons you take, the faster you’ll progress.
You are booking the ski or snowboard instructor’s time, so can then spend the lesson as you wish – intensive learning, confidence building, guided tours and off piste are all options.
See you on the slope !