We understand that you’ll have questions, which is why we’ve put these detailed frequently asked questions sections together. If you can’t find what you’re looking for drop us a message, email or give us a call.
You must be competent and have enough ski knowledge and time on snow so that you can ski a red piste run in parallel, with a hip-width stance, demonstrating outside ski balance and little body rotation.
If you don’t think you’re up to this level then you can still join, just get in touch to find out how our beginner and improvement camps can work for you.
It is helpful if skiers wishing to partake in the combined 2-in-1 Course can be more dynamic and confident in all pisted conditions before arriving. We suggest that you have skied at least 10 weeks to join this course.
Snowboarders should be able to turn both heel side and toe side and demonstrate some edging ability on a red piste.
Yes, but you will need to discuss your arrangements with SIA Austria and a tailor made booster Clinic will be suggested to bring you to the minimum level as listed above. Complete beginners need a minimum of 2 extra weeks on snow before joining the standard courses found on our web page. Weak, Blue piste skiers may need as little as one week to bring them to the desired level. This option is currently only available for pre-season courses that start in October or November.
That’s ok, we forgive you! We can simply add an extra week or two onto your course to learn the basics of snowboarding so that you can join the Dual course. The important factor here is that your skiing is strong and you have a good feel for sliding on the snow. If you have good athletic ability and are a confident skier with 10 plus weeks on snow then the Dual course combined with a short Beginner Clinic should be sufficient.
If you’re an accomplished skier and have never snowboarded though, it may be wiser to join our 2-in-1 Course instead, and really concentrate on your skiing which is what most ski school lessons consist of.
Skiing is a far more difficult skill to learn than snowboarding, so it will be essential that you are a strong snowboarder who can do some basic freestyle moves. This would mean that you can concentrate more time on skiing as your snowboarding is at a higher level and with a tailored-made booster camp for your lack of ski knowledge it would be possible to join the Dual course. Snowboarders should be able to turn both heal side and toe side and demonstrate some edging ability on a red piste.
If you are really unsure about your standard we would suggest adding at least a one week booster Clinic before you start your main course. Speak with an SIA trainer and explain your concerns and should you have any video of yourself skiing you may wish to forward this to us. Confidence and physiological factors play a great part in skiing and boarding so the right frame of mind is essential for your improvement. Speed is relevant and as you improve you will have the balance and agility to respond quicker, but a basic level as listed above is necessary.
Obviously, skiing and boarding is an active sport that takes part in an outdoor environment that can be very cold, wet and windy. Mentally a person should be in a good position to be able to handle these weather challenges and also have a character that is open to learning and constructive criticism. You will be training, working and living with others and you should be able to operate as part of a team in a social environment. Physically you need to be fit and prepared for the demands that such a long course will place on your body. We recommend strongly that you are actively involved in sport and fitness before arriving into resort. Strong legs and a good cardio base are very helpful. Advice, videos and training guides are available to all course participants to help you prepare your body. Anyone suffering from pre-existing conditions such as diabetes, asthma etc. are eligible for our courses and need only to inform us so we can better assist you where necessary.
See section on Qualifications for details.