Required equipment: Cross-country skis (classic or skating), cross-country shoes, suitable outdoor wear and gloves. A must are also good sunglasses or ski goggles and sun protection.
The rental fee for the equipment is not included in the course fee. The equipment can be rented in our sports shops Possa Sport or Briand Sport. (Link to the section Partner / Sports Shops)
Which ski resort should I decide for?
Your advantages in the Snowpark Sportarena:
Your advantages in the Torrent ski resort:
Skiing: In general we recommend to all beginners to book a lesson (group or private) in the Snowpark Sportarena. The more difficult slopes on Torrent are of advantage for advanced skiers. Thanks to the new Snowliland, since the 2013/14 winter season, beginners can also book a lesson on Torrent (possibilities are however more limited).
Snowboard: We recommend to all of our guests to book snowboard lessons (group and private courses) in the Torrent ski resort, because the terrain should not be too flat, hence Torrent is more ideal. Upon request and depending on the availability of the instructors, private lessons can also be booked in the Snowpark Sportarena.
|Snowpark Sportarena||Torrent Ski Resort|
|Snow Kindergarten Moskito (3 y.)||-|
|Snowli group ski lessons (4-5 y.)||Snowli group ski lessons (4-5 y.)|
|3-hour group course: Levels Blue Prince to Blue King (from 6 y.)||3-hour group course: Levels Blue Prince to Swiss Snow Academy (from 6 y.)|
|Group lessons for adults: beginners only||Group lessons (children & adults): beginners to advanced skiers|
|Private lessons (children & adults): Beginners to approx. Blue King level||Private lessons (children & adults): beginners to advanced skiers|
|-||3-hour group course: Levels Blue Prince to Swiss Snow Academy|
|Private lessons (children & adults): upon request only||Private lessons (children & adults): beginners to advanced skiers|
|-||Private lessons (children & adults): beginners to advanced skiers|
When do group lessons or private lessons take place?
Group lessons usually take place from Monday to Friday in the mornings. The exact times of the single courses can be found in the Offers (Section Children/Adults).
Private lessons can be booked all day on weekends, and between 1 pm and 4 pm from Monday to Friday (in spring until about 4.30 pm).
We teach based on the "Swiss Snow League" system by the Swiss Snowsport Association. The respective course goals are listed here.
All our snow sports instructors speak several languages (Swiss, German, French, English, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Polish,...). The most important thing in a group lesson is the skill level of the participant, the language is only secondary. Hence, groups are usually mixed.
If you decide to take a private lesson, you can inform us about the desired language during the point of booking. If an instructor is available, we are pleased to book the course in your desired language.
Here you'll find a map with all the assembly points.
Skiing: Snowli House at the Snowpark Sportarena
Skiing: Snowpark Sportarena assembly point
Ski/Snowboard: Torrent assembly point
Ski/Snowboard: Snowliland Torrent assembly point
Cross-country skiing: Sportarena assembly point
Cross-country skiing: Noyer assembly point
Cross-country skiing: Gemmi valley station assembly point
Cross-country skiing: Daubensee assembly point
The assembly points can be reached within a 5-15 minute walk from the village centre. You will find all the information in the Assembly points section.
directly adjacent to Sportarena
easily accessible from the village centre by foot
parking possibilities at the Sportarena limited
Town bus Ring-Jet (bus stop Schulen)
Sportarena assembly point (for cross-country skiing)
directly behind the Sportarena
Torrent Ski Resort
via Grosskabine from the village of Leukerbad or with the cable cars from Flaschen (located between Leukerbad and Albinen).
The Grosskabine valley station can be easily reached by foot from the village centre
Town bus Ring-Jet (bus stop Torrent-Bahnen)
Carpark at the valley station of the Grosskabinen cable cars or in Flaschen
Noyer assembly point (for cross-country skiing)
Entry to the village (shortly before the bridge to the right). The cross-country tracks are to the right of the main street.
Parking possible at the Fischerweiher carpark (near the LLB bus stop Zer Briggu).
Gemmi valley station and Daubensee assembly point (for cross-country skiing)
Carpark at the Gemmi-Bahnen
Town bus Ring-Jet (bus stop Gemmi-Bahnen)
Yes, the booked group and private courses will take place in any weather. Exception: if the ski resort is closed due to storm and/or avalanche danger.
From 8.15 am the information on whether courses take place or not is available on the following channels:
• Website of the Ski School (www.skischule-leukerbad.ch). The winter sports report will also inform you about the open lift facilities.
• Infokanal Leukerbad (local TV station)
• Hotel / Apartment: Reception
In these cases, guests who have booked a private lesson, should be reachable by phone, so the instructor or the Ski School Office can contact you in order to talk about the programme changes
Children from 3 years can participate at group lessons (Snow Kindergarten Moskito for age 3).
No, beginners can start the group lessons on Mondays and Tuesdays, otherwise the rest of the group is already too advanced.
The number of participants varies depending on the group you booked. The exact numbers are available in the Info-Box with the respective course offers.
The minimum group size for all courses is 4 persons (except for adult courses with a minimum number of participants of 3 persons).
We want to keep the group courses with a small number of participants in order to guarantee an intensive learning experience.
If the group size of children is reduced to 2 or 3 participants or to 2 adults, the Snow Sports School reserves the right to put groups together or to reduce the number of lessons.
The first grouping is done based on the information you provided at the point of booking. If you don't want to choose the course level yourself and do not know your last level, we will be pleased to assist you.
After warming up on the first course day, all participants will show their skills to the instructors on a suitable slope. Afterwards, the participants are assigned to groups depending on their skills.
At the start you need some patience until everyone is in the right group. The instructors always try to make the required changes by the break (approx. 2 hours after course start), if somebody should be in the wrong course level. If at the end of the first day, you still have the feeling that you or your child are in the wrong group, please talk to the instructor or the main instructor on the slope. They will help you to find the "right" group for yourself.
The course content does not describe what you can do already, but what you will learn during the course. When booking, you should therefore not choose the level that you meet already, but always the next higher level.
For small children (under the age of 6) or if you are unsure, we recommend not to book too many private lessons (duration and number of days) in advance. Booked lessons will not be refunded. At the start we recommend a course of 55 minutes for small children.
For children from 6 years and adults we recommend to book at least 85 minutes per lesson and day.
Yes, beginners can also book private courses in the Torrent ski resort. Thanks to the new Snowliland and easy blue slopes, you can learn to ski also in the Torrent ski resort.
The lift tickets are included during Moskito and Snowli ski courses. During all 3-hour group courses (Snowpark Sportarena and Torrent), and during private lessons, the lift tickets are not included in the course fee. Children up to 8 years ski for free in the Torrent ski resort. Guests who have the Leukerbad Card Plus ski for free in the Snowpark Sportarena, and get reduced ski pass tickets for the Torrent ski resort.
Sales points for the Torrent-Bahnen:
Torrent-Bahnen (valley station Grosskabine in Leukerbad and valley station of the cable cars in Flaschen).
Office of the Official Swiss Snow Sports School Leukerbad, Kurparkstrasse 5.
Sales points for the Snowpark Sportarena:
directly at the cash point of the Snowpark Sportarena
Hand in your ski pass at the valley station right away and get informed about the prerequisites/conditions of a refund for the remaining days.
If you purchase a one-week package (5 days), you will receive a reduction in comparison to purchasing the single days.
No, there is an accompaniment service for children from Tuesday to Friday. Rate CHF 5.- per day and person. You can find all the details about this offer here.
You also have the possibility to accompany your child in the cable cars at a special rate. In cooperation with the Torrent-Bahnen we offer a special ticket at a rate of CHF 18.- (return ticket). This ticket is only available in the Ski School Office in Kurparkstrasse Road 5 in connection with a ski course booking for your child. Further information is available here.
In the Info-Box with the respective course offers you will find information on the required equipment.
You can rent the equipment in the three sports shops in Leukerbad:
Possa Intersport: Ski, snowboard, cross-country skis, sledge, snow-shoes
RelAction Snow & Bikeshop: Ski, snowboard
If you have any questions the staff in the sports shops will be at your disposal (also for repair works of damaged material).
Due to safety reasons a helmet is obligatory for children.
In the main office and at the Snowpark Sportarena: CHF and Reka in cash, and the following credit cards: EUROCARD/Mastercard, Maestro, Postcard, Visa and Reka Card.
Refund due to injuries or illness is possible by presenting a medical certification of a local doctor (only the amount equalling the unused lessons will be refunded). Course cancellations due to weather conditions (force majeure) will not be refunded or repeated. We therefore recommend purchasing the new insurance PassProtect (Details). Transfer or a credit for the next season is not possible.
It is the responsibility of course participants to avail of accident and liability insurance. The Snow Sports School does not assume any liability for sports accidents occurring before, during or after lessons. In order to insure the booked ski course, the ski pass or the rented equipment we recommend the new insurance PassProtect .
The best is to wear robust, waterproof hiking or trekking boots, ski pants (no jeans), wind jacket, gloves, hat, sun protection, rucksack with snacks and drinks and a shirt/pullover so you have a change of clothes. We will provide the snow-shoes and the ski poles, if you need any.