The ski school is based in the centre of town with the nursery slopes just outside, underneath the Boe gondola. From here, beginners will soon be able to manage the easy slopes back into the resort.
Both of the local schools, Corvara-Ladinia and Colfosco have good reputations, though they’re more used to teaching Italians and Germans/Austrians than Brits. As well as the usual ski and snowboard classes, others include freeride, race technique, ski-touring and heli-skiing on the Marmolada glacier. When you book, make sure you’re not going to be marooned in a class where English is only spoken as an afterthought. One way to make sure the lesson is in English is to book a private lesson – and the great thing about Corvara is that the prices are dirt cheap – a fraction of the cost in an A-list French resort.
Children are catered for – from four years old
The ski school’s Skikinderland cares for children from three years of age. But most Brits with children will be more interested in the programme run in the neighbouring resort of San Cassiano, by the family-holidays specialist, Powder Byrne, for ages four to 14 years. We haven’t come across a creche in the resort.
One of the best places for families to stay is Hotel Posta Zirm. It has a good Attic Suite built on two floors with a generously-sized living area and bathroom below and a double bedroom above.