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Zell am See Ski School and ski hire advice

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Hi All.

I realise this is similar to some of the other threads posted (that i've read), but I wanted to ask some for advice pertinent to our trip.

We are a family of 3. 2 adults and 1 10 year old girl.


Soooo....
Which ski school would you recommend? there seems to be 2 prominent ones. Zell am See ski school and Sport Alpin. Any others to look at?


I am/was an ok Snowboarder who hasn't ridden in a while, and I have finally manage to persuade the family to go on a Skiing holiday. They have only done a 1hr lesson at Castleford skiing and loved it. Happy days!!
To put us all in the same boat and make it a family experience, I decided I am going to learn to ski with them.
I duly booked a reasonable deal to Zell (on the advice from a mate at work) and started looking around for ski schools.

I realise the daughter will be on her own in ski school but i thought about only doing 3 days of am/pm lessons then exploring the blues by ourselves. She is fine with this. Do you this this will be enough?
I know i will advance faster than the wife but I don't want to be in a different grade/class (i skied a couple of times 20 years ago and pick things up ok).
Will the ski schools force me into a different class or will they understand i'm on my family holiday and want to learn with the wife, even if its to the detriment of my learning?
Its a shame we cant afford private lessons as a family but having seen groups of kids in lessons previously they seem to having a ball.

Where would you recommend to hire skis and boots etc.
Intersport seem to be on the upper end of the price range but they do seem to have a good reputation and I want the holiday to be a success they want to again!

Sorry for the long rambling post!!

Cheers in advance.
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I've used both schools and had a good experoence with both. I'd say that the meeting point for Zell Am See ski school was easier to find (by the Arietbahn 1 station, first stop from the valley) and they seem a bit bigger.
We've had excellent quality kit and service from Intersport, and their free ski storage facility at the base stations (arietbahn at least) is very handy. Last year we used Hervis for my wife's skis - which was much cheaper in price and quality. She made me promise to go back to Intersport this year (but has let me off now I bought her some skis).
The ski school pricing (if I remember correctly) works out so the first few days are more expensive and if you carry on to Thursday the last day or two are only a tenner or so. So almost worth booking it and dropping out if you feel like skiing alone. I don't think they offer group lessons on Fridays anyway.
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And there is also a smaller independent operation called Outdo. Used them about six years ago and came away very satisfied. All staff seemed to be putting in 110% - possibly because they were/are trying to get established. Might be worth a look. Set up in village by a Dutch guy called Michael which i don’t think is so common in Austria. Shows a certain steely determination if nothing else!
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We used discount rental in Zell last week for my daughter and were very impressed. We booked online the night before from the hotel and got it considerably cheaper than the tour operator and intersport. If we stay in the town centre again we will certainly use them.
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Some good advice given. Thank you for taking the time to answer my queries.

A week today and my family will be on the real slopes for the first time!!!

I can’t wait.
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@Poindexter, have a great time but don't overestimate what the family will be able to do in the afternoons. After 3 morning only lessons i would expect they can lap the runs they have been on in the morning and not much more
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@holidayloverxx,
I was going to do am and pm as that’s all they seem to do.
But I hear you on not expecting too much. I don’t want to discourage them when it’s taken this long to get them to go! Smile
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I used SPIZ Sports in Kaprun for hiring skis and recommend. It’s not the cheapest but definitely less than intersport.

I have my own boots but my OH had a boot fitting service that I’ve never seen in a rental shop.
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