Adult Ski Lesson Guide

New to the Slopes?

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Chill Factore lessons start at Level 1 with an introduction to skiing. As you progress through each level your instructors will guide you through the basic skiing moves until our skills development lessons when you will be able to confidently ski parallel through a whole turn - not sure what that means? Don’t worry we’ll teach you the jargon too!

In summary, Levels 1 to 4 have been designed for beginners. Levels 5 to 6 are for Intermediate skiers and our Skills Development Coaching lessons are for more advanced skiers. See the tool below to find what level is for you and for an overview of what you’ll learn on the snow at each stage.

At Chill Factore you can take one level at a time in a 2-hour lesson, or you can spread the lesson over a single day or 2 consecutive days.

You will be given a record to take home of your Skiing ability in a Progress Card so you can keep track of your development.

Beginner Levels

Level 1 - I have never skied before or have done a Level 1 at Chill Factore, but not within the last 6 months

Beginner/First Timer

Learn how to handle (and put on) your ski equipment, move around on the flat on your skis, learn to sidestep and straight run on your skis. You’ll develop your balance and posture and will be introduced to the snowplough.

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Level 2 - I have passed Level 1 at Chill Factore or I am able to perform a controlled gliding Snowplough

Snowplough Skier​

In this level you will work on developing your snowplough skills and becoming more versatile with the shape of the snowplough. You will be introduced to changing direction/steering using the snowplough and introduced to the beginner slope lift.

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Level 3 - I have passed Level 2 at Chill Factore or I have been introduced to steering/turning using Snowplough elsewhere


Work towards linking your snowplough turns. You’ll be guided on how to vary the radius of your turns to encourage the control of your speed. Learn how to control your speed and direction from the top of the Beginner Slope and stop using snowplough turns.

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Level 4 - I have passed Level 3 at Chill Factore or I am in control of my speed and direction, can confidently snowplough turn and have been introduced to a button lift

Introduction to the Main Slope

You will be introduced to the main slope lift and work towards confidently skiing on the lower half of the main slope. You will also work on adjusting for varying terrain. Starting to match your skis towards the end of the turn (Parallel)

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Main Slope Lessons

After Level 4, the next stage is our Main Slope lessons. After Level 5 you may feel you are ready to go it alone on the main slope using the Chill Factore Lift Pass, or if you would like to gain more confidence you can move onto Level 6.

Level 5 - I have passed Level 4 at Chill Factore or I can confidently vary the size of my snowplough turns and can match my skis at the end of the turn (parallel)

Main Slope Confidence

You will learn to be confident on the button lift. You will continue to work towards developing your plough turns into parallel turns, matching your skis earlier in the turn. By the end of the session, you should be able to control your speed & direction, performing controlled linked turns and stopping when required.

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Level 6 - I have done Level 5 at Chill Factore or I have been introduced to Top of the Main Slope, confident using the button lift and I can ski parallel towards the middle/end of the turn. I can also control my speed and direction and perform linked turns, stopping when required

Advancing to coaching

Learn to ski making shorter turns and skiing parallel through the majority of the turn. You will become more comfortable with speed and flow and start using being introduced to using poles.

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Skills Development Coaching

After Level 6 either practise your new skills on the main slope with the Chill Factore Lift Pass or book onto the Skills Development Coaching Lessons to develop your abilities further.

Skills Development Coaching - I have done Level 6 at Chill Factore or I can ski parallel through the majority of the turn and are confident skiing on steeper terrain/from the top of the main slope

If you’re ready to develop your skiing even more, you will be guided over multiple sessions to develop ongoing performance including technique to varied terrain, refining posture or improving steering skills. You’re starting to experiment varying your turn shapes, and enjoying the exhilaration of speed.

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Lesson to suit your needs

There are many different ways you can take lessons to suit your needs and schedule:

Lesson Type Levels Overview
1 Day Course If you can’t commit to multiple 2-hour lessons, you can look to spread the lessons over a shorter duration. 5 hours of tuition on and off the slope with an additional hour break in a single day.
Individual Levels Take each level individually as a 2-hour group lesson
Private Lessons Either a 1-Hour or 2-hour lesson for 1 to 6 people

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If you don’t have your own, we also have a range of clothes available for hire. Don’t forget to check out our You Tube channel for a quick guide to Safety on the slope

Things you need to know:

  • We have changing cubicles available & Lockers are available to store your belongings, which take a £1 coin or a locker token. These are returnable.
  • We offer accessible changing facilities for those who require them.
  • Aim to arrive 45 minutes to an hour before the start time of your lesson, to give ample time to get prepared.
  • Price of your lesson still includes boots, skis, poles, or a snowboard and a helmet
  • Gloves are compulsory - you can bring your own or purchase a pair on-site.
  • Helmets are mandatory - you can bring your own if you have one, or you can rent a borrow when you get here at no extra charge. You can also purchase a helmet on site.
  • Age restrictions still apply.
  • Please note, we are only taking card payments at this time and no cash will be able to be accepted.
  • On arrival please have your booking reference to hand (you can find this on your booking confirmation email). You can collect your tickets from the Guest Services desk, or from the Self-Service ticket machines situated near Reception. If your booking confirmation has a QR code, you can scan this at the self-service machines to check-in.

You can find answers to many other queries on our frequently asked questions page.

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