As with all North American ski resorts, the lift company also owns the ski school – in this case Canyons’ Ski and Snowboard School. We’ve been impressed by the standard of tuition we’ve found there.
As we’ve said in our Canyons skiing section, the terrain here suits confident intermediates and advanced skiers best – and to get the most from it, visitors should consider the ski school’s Intermediate and Advanced Mountain Experience, which gives them a full day’s tour of the mountain, with tuition – and the chance to get stuck into whatever terrain they fancy. Group sizes are small: “most likely less than 4 participants”.
Children’s tuition is available in all sorts of shapes and sizes: there are normal group classes, as well as private lessons and the “Ultimate 4” programme, which guarantees a maximum group size of four. If you’re worried about your little’un being overlooked in a big class, this is a great option: better, in fact than one-to-one tuition in most cases (because children tend to stay enthusiastic and motivated when they’re with their peers).
By the way, if you’re thinking of taking your children skiing for the first time, check out our feature “How Soon Can My Children Start to Ski”.
The First Tracks programme is a must
The Canyons’ First Tracks programme gives you privileged access to the slopes nearly two hours before the lift system opens to the public – and if that sounds like fun, well, that’s because it is. It’s open to “high intermediate to expert level skiers or snowboarders” only, and you’d better be fit and ready, because the groups ski fast. Welove2ski was ever-so-slightly gobsmacked by the amount of ground covered when we joined a group recently.
At the time of writing, next season’s prices have yet to be announced. But the deal includes a free breakfast, so you can more or less eat your weight in food when you’re finished. In our view, it’s not to be missed.