Freshers Week 2010 Ski/Board Package (Free equipment, tuition, pass) now available @ Crystal Ski, First Choice Ski, Inghams, Neilson and Thomson Ski - HotUKDeals
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Freshers Week 2010 Ski/Board Package (Free equipment, tuition, pass) now available @ Crystal Ski, First Choice Ski, Inghams, Neilson and Thomson Ski

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CALLING ALL FIRST TIMERS TRY SKIING FOR FREE FOR ONE WEEK IN JANUARY OR MARCH 2010 Ever wanted to have a go at Skiing, but just never got round to it? Have friends who have never dared to try, bu… Read More
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CALLING ALL FIRST TIMERS
TRY SKIING FOR FREE FOR ONE WEEK IN JANUARY OR MARCH 2010

Ever wanted to have a go at Skiing, but just never got round to it? Have friends who have never dared to try, but wish they could join the fun? Well, 2010 is the year to take the leap and hit the slopes for FREE!

For a period of one week, from either the 16th of January or the 20th of March, you can learn to ski for free in one of 30 great resorts in Andorra, Austria, Finland, France, Norway and Switzerland.

Just book your holiday with any of the five participating tour operators, Crystal Ski, First Choice Ski, Inghams, Neilson and Thomson Ski and your tuition, lift passes and equipment hire will be thrown in for free.

This amazing offer has no strings attached and has been brought to you by the Association of SnowSports Countries. So make the most of it, and discover the fun of a holiday in the mountains!

From: http://www.freshersskiweek.com/

*****

I used this deal when it was available last year and it is a fantastic offer and saved hundreds off the price of a normal ski deal.

There are limited places at each resort but it seems that any accomodation is available so you look at the website/brochure then give them a call on the number to book it.

They dont ask if you have been skiing before when you book so make of that what you will ;-)

Edit: You can also use this offer to try boarding if you dont want to ski. Same discounts apply.

Example deal:

Flights:
Sat march 20 @ 06:25 (lands 09:10) from Gatwick
Sat march 27 @ 10:20 (lands 11:10) from Grenoble
Meals on flight included (no extra charge)

Accommodation:
http://www.thomsonski.co.uk/destinations/france/la_plagne/024274/024274.html

Chalet is catered (Breakfast, afternoon tea/cake & dinner + unlimited wine included). Lunch + 1 evening meal (hosts day off) is extra.

Package includes (per person):
Return Flight
Food on plane
Transfers to/from resort
Freshers package (Sunday to Friday):
* 1x AM ski school (6 days)
* 1x Local lift pass (6 days)
* 1x beginner boots (6 days)
* 1x beginner skis (6 days)

Costs:
£638 per person - £75 deposit each, remainder due 10 weeks before.

Offer also valid if you want to learn to snowboard. They ask if you want the ski or board pack when you book.

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#1
Considering a lift passes "all access" cost approx £90+, and tuition for a week is approx £120, and ski rental around the £100 mark aswell, this is an immense offer, it just depends on what resort you go to, Avoriaz is awesome but i have no idea if its in the list of places you can do it at!

Overall thats £310 savings (once again, very approx as prices vary depending on how long/what resort)

Just giving a rough idea for those that are new to skiing though :)

great deal though
#2
so how much roughly total is it for a family of 4?
#3
I would budget around £650 a head for a chalet holiday. Its less if you go for a hotel or self catering.
#4
newbie to skiing , would this be a good offer ????
#5
Looks good to me!!
#6
might have to give this a try! Thanks
#7
looks good :)
#8
desdan;6276756
newbie to skiing , would this be a good offer ????

Yes. As per the first reply, the costs of hiring the kit plus ski school can easily add hundreds to the total. Plus, the resorts that they have chosen are excellent for beginners so if you have ever wanted to try skiing then you are unlikely to be able to get it any cheaper than this.

If you want to see how much you will save then run through a dummy booking at the resort of your choice and add up the cost of a lift pass, ski school and beginners skis and boots.
#9
Ski passes cost a lot more than £90 now, Austria next year will be £170 here I'm going, have been paying £135 plus for last few years in Italy/France.
#10
Where's the best place to go for a novice skier??
#11
will agree on lift-pass - booked a week in Austria for winter and it's 210 Euros (£180) for a weeks pass.

any idea if there's a similar scheme for snowboarders - can't see any mention of boarder on their site? I'm one, sorry to the skiers here, and know of a few mates who are interested getting into it, so something like this could be ideal.
1 Like #12
You can use the same deal to learn to board. When you call up to book they ask if you want the ski or board freshers pack. Either option comes with ski/board hire, boots and tuition. As the stuff is hired you can also switch from ski to board (or vice versa) as often as you want.
#13
cheers m8
#14
For the experiences skiers, is Mont Tremblent in Canada good for beginners?
#15
Link isn't working!
#16
I just clicked on the go to deal button and it worked OK for me.
#17
KTF
I just clicked on the go to deal button and it worked OK for me.


Was definitely down earlier but back now - thanks!
#18
Looks like a good deal for beginners with 'savings of up to £270' available. For those that can ski the savings will be less - the ski pass is described on some sites as a 'beginners pass' which definitely mean a 'limited area' pass possibly not covering the usual 6 days (as the learner tows are usually free), the equipment will be aimed at beginners and obviously the beginners 'lessons' will not be much fun for those who can ski.
#19
In my experience, both times I have been to ski school, the passes were 'local area ones' - i.e. Val Thorens was for that area only, not the whole 3 Valleys as the ski school takes you over all the runs in the resort after you have mastered the basics so you need to have a 'proper' pass. They were not limited access passes just for the nursery slopes only but even if they were you can still upgrade them if needed.

When you get to the ski school they ask you if you have had any experience and put you in to the appropriate group and swap them around as the week goes on if needed.
banned#20
terms and conditions state 18 years and over and lessons will only be aimed at total beginners. so not good for kids or intermediates. still hot deal for adults wanting to learn.

"Please note participants must be first time skiers and at least 18 years of age. Groups of beginners are welcome as long as everyone is a real beginner. By filling up the questionnaire you confirm that you are a total beginner and therefore entitled to benefit from this offer. You agree that once in your resort you will receive tuition, equipment and ski pass adapted to beginners and will not be entitled to any changes."
#21
I went on this package last year and from the reps point of view - this was Crystal - it shows up on their paperwork as having booked a normal package of lessons and kit hire with no mention of you being 'freshers'. The ski school is run by a local company and on the first day they ask what your experience is and put people into the appropriate groups.

This is from experience as I went on the Freshers ski package last year with my girlfriend. She had not been skiing before and I had several years ago. I mentioned this when booking and they were still happy to put me on the 'freshers' deal.

When we arrived at the ski school, I was put in to one of the intermediate groups and my girlfriend was in the beginners. The kit was the 'bronze' which is generally last years stuff rather than this years but I could still have intermediate skis and bindings, etc. as the cost is the same due to them all being last years kit.

If you dont want the lessons then there is no obligation to go either as some people in my group only went for a few days then dropped off.
#22
thanks very much booked week in Jan to le plagne from Edinburgh £360 each . cheap deal brill.Thanks again:)
#23
hi kev, when and where did u book that hol?
#24
booked with thompson Ski ,got the price from the web site, gave them a ring and they iincluded all discounts e.g web £53 and £50 per person. price was for week 16/01/09.Includes all ski ,boots,lift pass(local) and ski school .Kev
#25
Just booked Val thorens half board for £675 each inc everything with crystal ski
website quoted £750 just for the holiday alone not including anything!

Bargain!
#26
We went to Val Thorens last year (stayed in the Chalet Le Sequoia) under this deal with Crystal. They use Prosneige for the ski instruction and they are very good and this gives you an idea of what you will cover based on your ability:

http://www.prosneige.fr/en/ski-school/ski-adult-group-lesson.php

The resort itself can be pricey but the majority of the bars have 2 for 1 offers until 8pm or so which brings the drinks prices down to UK levels. There is a large supermarket on the right as you head up the hill towards The Frog and Roastbeef (allegedly the highest pub in europe) and there is a fantastic bakery in the small shopping centre on the left on the same hill if you wanted to get stuff for lunch before heading out without paying the crazy prices out on the slopes.

You will need a photo to get the lift pass and almost every bar has free wi-fi if you wanted to get your 'fix' whilst you are away :) There is also a free bus that runs round the resort to get to/from the ski school area if you didnt want to ski down (which you can do from most areas).
#27
I have just phone up Thomson & Crystal Ski got a few quotations there said I was not eligible for the online discounts, is this the same for any everyone else? Therefore the total holiday price was £148 more then quoted online.
#28
I am not sure if the online discounts apply if you book over the phone but its still an impressive saving all the same. You might be able to get the discounts if you push as you can only book this online so its worth an ask.
#29
can you tell me, do you need to be a "real" student to qualify? and can i take kids?
#30
If you mean student as in someone that goes to Uni then no, as this offer is open to anyone. You can take kids as well but the dates are outside of the school holidays.
#31
Has anyone gone through with this, just seen it today, it looks to good to be true lol ?
#32
Yes, I have which is why I posted it. Fly out March 20. No idea what the availability is like now though.
#33
Where about's did you find availability? I've been on the phone today but at 10p/min to Thomas Cook and First Choice, they seem to keep me on hold whilst the check resort by resort one bring back one result per ten minutes, I eventually gave up. Is there no way to check availability beyond the phone?
#34
I had a look through their brochure first to narrow down the choice of locations but the only way to check for sure is on the phone. To cut the time down it helps if you can say you want to stay at this hotel/whatever in this resort, etc otherwise they have to do a system wide search which takes a while like you say.

If you look on saynoto870.com I believe there is a non premium rate number you can call as well.
#35
Did anyone go on the January booking of this? What were the lessons like? Did everyone turn up (i.e. was everyone a beginner?)
1 Like #36
When I went on this deal last year the lessons were with the same ski school as people who had paid for them as park of any other ski package.

On the first day the instructors ask you how much skiing you have done and split you into the appropriate groups and off you go. They dont care if you have been skiing before and that isnt reported back to the operator as you are just down on their lists as having booked lessons - not as part of a freshers package or anything.

The lessons are each morning then after lunch you are free to do what you like/put into practice what you covered in the morning.

Even if you have been skiing before then its well worth going along for the lessons as the instructors are always well trained/very friendly and you get a lot more out of it than just going down runs yourself. The drop out rate on the group I was with was low as well.
#37
KTF
When I went on this deal last year the lessons were with the same ski school as people who had paid for them as park of any other ski package.

On the first day the instructors ask you how much skiing you have done and split you into the appropriate groups and off you go. They dont care if you have been skiing before and that isnt reported back to the operator as you are just down on their lists as having booked lessons - not as part of a freshers package or anything.

The lessons are each morning then after lunch you are free to do what you like/put into practice what you covered in the morning.

Even if you have been skiing before then its well worth going along for the lessons as the instructors are always well trained/very friendly and you get a lot more out of it than just going down runs yourself. The drop out rate on the group I was with was low as well.


Thanks KTF! That info is much appreciated!

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