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Alp D'huez Instructor Recommendations

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We have a group trip for 11 of us planned for March 2016. There are 8 beginners and 3 advanced.

The initial thoughts are to book a private instructor for the 8 beginners so does anyone have any suggestions? 1 of them might snowboard so group snowboard lessons reccomendations would be useful.

As well we would be interested in a guide/instructor for an easy off piste day or two.

We are also looking at an introductory session at hemel prior to going.
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Hi. A small British school, Masterclass, is often recommended on here for Alpe D'Huez ski lessons - run by Mel and Stuart - but I don't think they generally take complete beginners. However, if your group were to learn the basics at Hemel first (which sounds like a good idea anyway), it may be possible to use them, and from what I remember, they can be quite flexible with timings, etc. I had small group lessons with Stuart on my first ever skiing holiday a couple of years ago, but I'd had lessons and quite a bit of practice at Chill Factore before I went, so was OK on greens/easy blues by that point. My lessons with Masterclass were great. Sorry, no idea about snowboard lessons or off piste!
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@wam15, yes Google Masterclass Alpe D'Huez and see if you like the look of their offering. They could probably point you in the direction of a guide as well, which would be good as there's some nice off piste runs in the right conditions.
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+1 for masterclass. We had separate lessons in January one with my fiancée who has lost her confidence and is all be a beginner again, and I had some lessons to improve. I've had lots of tuition since I started skiing and these guys rank among the best from personal experience.

I think as @catclaires, suggested - get the beginners to have few lessons in a snow dome first so at least they get the basics and don't spend there first few days on the nursery slope. At Xscape its about £60 for the first few lessons.

http://www.masterclass.f9.co.uk/
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When my brother comes over he uses this guy;
Sebastien Ballereau
Ecole de ski Stance snow
Alpe d'Huez
Ski-Snowboard-Telemark
www.stance-snow.com
+33 608 108 964

I've joined in for a couple of lessons and all was good so recommended.
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I've used Seb at Stance a few times - he's very good, and I had some of the most useful off-piste advice from him. Nice guy too. I know some beginners who used Stance (not Seb) also, and they were very happy.
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Rather late jumping in on this thread, but another vote for Masterclass, 4 of us (mixed abilities) had a few lessons with Stuart in February this year, I can honestly say it was the best teaching I have known, we all really improved. Very likeable older chap, easy to get on with, and very patient.
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After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
Sorry for the delay in answering we went with masterclass in the end. However one of the beginners would.like to board so does anyone have some snow boarding recommendations?
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Just thought I would update this. We went with lessons from masterclass for the beginners and from all reports they were amazing!
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+1 for Masterclass. I consider myself a very advanced skier* but decided to have a private lesson to brush up on technique. I had a lesson with Jim and he gave me a few points to work on. I felt like I was skiing a lot more smoothly afterwards and was getting a much better bite on my edges so I would recommend them for any level of skier.

(*brag alert Smile )
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+1 for Masterclass too. I know the holiday has passed for the OP but thought I'd put a comment of for anyone searching in future. We also had Jim as our instructor.

We are a family of 4 with varying levels of ability with my daughter on greens in parallel most of the time but very slow and still snowplowing when nervous through to me who's ok on reds but not great technique.

We did a week of private lessons and although slightly more than other schools worth every penny. By the end of the holiday we were all on a level, all going at a good pace, all with much much better technique. By the end of the holiday we probably didn't need the lessons as he said we just need now to put the miles in but the difference in our skiing style was night and day. He explained why we needed to do things a certain way and why it helped. Knowing the reasons behind leaning like this, putting weight here, using your pole like this, arms out there ... etc etc changed so much.

I loved ADH and if I went back I'd book some more with these guys. I'm not affiliated, I didn't get a discount for posting something I'm just really pleased with the results.

Although they say they're not ski guides we also found it really really useful for someone to tell us, just go left here as everyone else goes right. He took us down slightly different routes which moved us from any crowds and onto great virtually free slopes.
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Just another add (in case any was required) for Masterclass... we had Mel for 2x two hour privates (me and my friend, at the time basic blue run skiers) and he got us skiing parallel and doing easy red slopes with confidence pretty easily. Definitely the best tuition I've had anywhere.
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We are currently using Villard Reculas ski school for our 3yo and 5 yo ski lessons. Very friendly instructors and kids seem to be coming on a lot quicker than last seasons Les 2 Alpe lessons. I had an off piste lesson with one of the instructors who used to be a competitive racer. A small and friendly ESF ski school.
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Another recommendation for Masterclass here. We have had private tuition a few times with Stuart for different small groups of beginners and intermediates - he was excellent. A lot of my mental triggers that I use when skiing are what he taught me - great visualisation techniques and phrases that stick in your head even 8 years later! Would not hesitate in using him again if we ever return to AdH.
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