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Hi SnowHeads,
I’m looking at Courchevel 1650 in March. Second week skiier although not hugely confident yet. I’ve looked at a couple on Google, but they were either 5 days or no adult group lessons. I’m travelling solo again so I’d prefer a group for company. I don’t fancy committing to 5 days, would rather book 3 and see how I go (flexibility to ski alone or add on a private.)

Any recommendations please?

Also had quotes for: Chalet Rikiki, Golden Eagle, Eagles Nest, Cascades. Any thoughts on these? Prices are all much of a muchness, with Rikiki slightly higher.

Thanks guys!
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I liked Ski Supreme, when I was there....both for us and our kids. Our Instructor was called Scott Frew (spelling?).
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@MissBambi, I think being close to the escalators that take you to/from the main gondola is a big plus.
Cascades I think is the Ski Total chalethotel. More or less directly opposite those escalators. We stayed there and it was OK. A room on the back, overlooking the valley, is best. Front rooms can be noisy.
Don’t know the others.
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Ski NewGeneration are always very good, used across a few resorts. Never let us down.

https://www.skinewgen.com/ski-schools/courchevel-1650/
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Thanks folks.

I shall check them out Very Happy

I think I’ve ruled out Cascades, I think it will just be too hectic (dining etc) and noisy...
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@MissBambi, the dining room in Cascades we found noisy. Good location though.

+1 for New Gen...do they start lessons out of 1650 though? Or 1850? Worth confirming.
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We used SnowLimits for private lessons and they were fantastic (we had Andy, who was great fun). They also run adult group lessons but there's not much info on the format. Worth dropping them a line though.
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@MissBambi,
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Chalet Rikiki, Golden Eagle, Eagles Nest, Cascades.


IMO, of those Le Ski chalets, Rikiki has a slightly better location. Handier for the piste for skiing back to. A bit off centre, but not too far a walk to Arondiaz gondola. The chalet is fairly standard for French Alps....smallish rooms, cosy. Being the bigger of their 3 chalets, 22 guests, more chance of finding mixed groups and people you'd get on with.
The other 'Eagle' two are down the hill from centre, adjacent each other. Not too far a walk there and back each day. But a stiff uphill walk each morning, or alternatively a level walk then a first long escalator ride, before crossing the road for a second short escalator ride up to the gondola.

Cascades, run by Ski Total, is an altogether larger affair and probably has the best location of the four. It's one minute walk from the front door to the short escalator up to the gondola. It's also very close to the bus stop, for free buses to take yo to, for example, Courchevel 1850 and Aquamotion leisure centre/pool. But I can confirm from staying there it gets noisy and I wouldn't like a room on the 1st floor overlooking the main road. However, the rear rooms are quieter, with good views.

Personally, if there's a single room going in Rikiki at a reasonable price I'd snap it up fast.
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Go for Rikiki. It's a nicer location and if it's still run by LeSki then you're in the best hands.
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PeakyB wrote:
@MissBambi, the dining room in Cascades we found noisy. Good location though.

+1 for New Gen...do they start lessons out of 1650 though? Or 1850? Worth confirming.
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They start lessons in both villages. Back when NewGen first started up they were based in 1650, only expanding to 1850 a few years later.
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Go for Rikiki. It's a nicer location and if it's still run by LeSki then you're in the best hands.
+1 (Le Ski are by far one of the very best ski operators around).
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Thanks again guys, I’ll check out the ski schools in more detail. Rikiki sounds the best in terms of size. Nightmares of being stuck with naughty kids or hooray henry’s for the week in a small chalet! (They’d probably think I’m the nightmare if I overdo it on the schnapps by accident - easily done, but horses for courses!)

Is it +£200 better option though as that’s the price difference and only catered 5/7
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[quote="PeakyB"]@MissBambi, the dining room in Cascades we found noisy. Good location though.

Definitely out then for me. I don’t want to feel like I’m away on a school trip. I like a bit of peace in the evening (until I don’t but that’s another story) Laughing
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@rob@rar, thanks for confirming New Gen start lessons both in 1650 and 1850.

How do you rate them?
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They're a bit more diverse now but New Gen used to be almost entirely BASI 4's and Trainers so ideal for Brits. Ski Supreme in 1650 is/was the Baxter family i.e. Alain and Noel, the world cup racers.
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We used Ski New Gen and Rikiki. Both excellent but it was a long time ago. My OH had the late, great Ali Rainback. I'd go for 5 days lessons at your stage, not swap around. The continuity will be valuable.
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PeakyB wrote:
@rob@rar, thanks for confirming New Gen start lessons both in 1650 and 1850.

How do you rate them?
Generally good. Obviously it depends on the individual instructor you are given, but they should all be good. They have lots of Italian instructors working for them now (previously it was almost exclusively Brits), but all fluent in English and good teachers.
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Ski Supreme in 1650 is/was the Baxter family i.e. Alain and Noel, the world cup racers.
Was. Sue and Kenny sold up about five years ago I think.
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pam w wrote:
My OH had the late, great Ali Rainback. I'd go for 5 days lessons at your stage, not swap around. The continuity will be valuable.


Ali was a gem. Desperately sad he died at such a young age.

Agree about the continuity of five days of group lessons. The instructor will almost certainly have things that he wants to cover across the five individual sessions, and if you skip one or two of these you are likely to miss the opportunity to develop important skills.
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Raceplate wrote:
Ski Supreme in 1650 is/was the Baxter family i.e. Alain and Noel, the world cup racers.
Was. Sue and Kenny sold up about five years ago I think.
Thanks for the info, I wasn't sure they were still there. I think I'm getting old - I was in 1650 as a punter when Alain got his bronze and there were celebratory banners outside the school before they had to come down. Did my L2 with Noel. All seems a long time ago!
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Raceplate wrote:
rob@rar wrote:
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Ski Supreme in 1650 is/was the Baxter family i.e. Alain and Noel, the world cup racers.
Was. Sue and Kenny sold up about five years ago I think.
Thanks for the info, I wasn't sure they were still there. I think I'm getting old - I was in 1650 as a punter when Alain got his bronze and there were celebratory banners outside the school before they had to come down. Did my L2 with Noel. All seems a long time ago!

It was just after that I was there. Our Instructor Scott (who is still there), knew the Baxter family well - this explains why. I knew it was a small Scottish concern, but I didn't know who owned it.
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Raceplate wrote:
rob@rar wrote:
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Ski Supreme in 1650 is/was the Baxter family i.e. Alain and Noel, the world cup racers.
Was. Sue and Kenny sold up about five years ago I think.
Thanks for the info, I wasn't sure they were still there. I think I'm getting old - I was in 1650 as a punter when Alain got his bronze and there were celebratory banners outside the school before they had to come down. Did my L2 with Noel. All seems a long time ago!
I think they both teach still, I saw Kenny last winter, but they decided to sell up to Aaron Tipping and a couple of other ex-GB team guys who were keen to expand to other resorts. I skied with Supreme (when it was called Masterclass) in the mid 90s when Alain was beginning to compete in Europa and World Cup events. That really makes me feel old!
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pam w wrote:
We used Ski New Gen and Rikiki. Both excellent but it was a long time ago. My OH had the late, great Ali Rainback. I'd go for 5 days lessons at your stage, not swap around. The continuity will be valuable.


Thanks Pam, great advice.
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Another school you may want to check out is Marmalade
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Another vote here for New Gen. I think they are based next to the bakery at the top of the escalator in the centre of 1650.

They have taught both my kids and were great. Very well organised and the kids enjoyed the variety.

My wife also had refresher lessons which were in small adult groups. She really progressed and re-gained her confidence.

Finally we had a private lesson through them with a brilliant Italian instructor called Valerie. She was great fun and helped iron out some bad habits!
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