In what’s been a difficult start to the ski season for most, the Warren Smith Ski Academy has managed to continue runnings ski tuition courses throughout December out of its base in the ski resort of Verbier, Switzerland.
Despite the challenges faced by the Covid-19 pandemic, ski resorts in Switzerland have managed to stay open in the run-up to Christmas and this has allowed the academy to continue working with its clients, many of whom have travelled from the UK.
Class sizes have been reduced to a maximum of 4, to ensure social distancing measures are followed. The courses run over 5 days, normally from Sunday to Friday with a day off in between and the hours on the slopes have allowed some of the participating skiers to work remotely and extend their stays for longer than one week.
Further announcements about Swiss ski resorts are expected soon, but Director of the Warren Smith Ski Academy, Warren Smith, said: “Verbier has done a fantastic job of managing the situation here and everyone feels confident that we are safe on the mountain and when we’re inside too.
“There are strict measures in place, but they are working and our clients have been impressed with how well organised everything is. The restaurants are also working hard to ensure people’s safety is their first priority and we have reduced the size of our classes, but to be honest, we are able to work and that is the most important thing”.
The academy courses are now scheduled to run as normal, with smaller class sizes, every week throughout the winter, providing the ski resort remains open and it’s safe to be outside on the slopes.
Course prices start at £349 per person (2 day weekend course). Longer term residential courses are also available this winter, for more information go to warrensmith-skiacademy.com
Accommodation: costs from £550 pp x 7 nights for a single room at the Hotel Rotunde, Verbier) on a B&B basis