There’s a surprising choice of ski schools in Andalo, given the modest size of the resort – six ski schools in all, employing over 100 instructors. Given that their clientele is overwhelmingly Italian, you should check on your instructor’s English when you book – and insist on switching to another group if you’re not satisfied.
For group ski lessons prices are broadly similar to those in Austria and France, and cheaper than Switzerland. However, as is the case right across Italy, private ski lessons are significantly cheaper – for two people for two hours, they work out at around 2/3rd of the price of private lessons with a British ski school in an A-list French resort.
If your group is four strong, then private lessons here become seriously good value – four or five two-hour sessions won’t cost you much more than a course of group lessons. And there won’t be any danger of finding yourself in a bilingual group, either.
From a family-skiing perspective
For each adult lift pass you buy, you get a free lift pass for children under the age of eight. In most ski resorts, it’s only the under-5s who ski for free – which is further testament to how family-oriented Andalo is. However, there is the lack of long easy blue-rated pistes. There are a few of them, above the treeline, but really, you’ll enjoy it best if everyone in your party is comfortable on a red-rated, upper intermediate piste. Second, it is very Italian. There are no British family-ski specialists offering holidays to the resort – and in fact no British tour operators here at all. So you’ll need to be an adventurous and self-reliant group to get the most from it.