Pre Season

About the course

Resort Information

Which route should I take if I am driving?

If you are lucky enough to have a car or are hitching a ride with the parents then our first piece of advice is only to use the sat nav (if you have one) if you get really lost. Relying on that Tom Tom or Garmin can sometimes get you in a spot of bother or end up adding unnecessary time to your journey.

In the past we have found that due to the motorways in Europe being so good. The best way to get from A to B is to have a list of cities in front of you, follow the roadsigns to the city at the top of the list, as soon as you see a sign for the next city on the list simply disregard any further signs for the last one. Then continue until you reach your destination, us!

Here is a list of cities to look out for along the route that we would recommend. Next to each city is the relevant translation. It is the translation that you will be looking for on the road signs in Europe:

  • Dunkirk / Dunkerque
  • Ghent / Ghent
  • Brussels / Bruxelles
  • Liège / Luik
  • Aachen / Aachen
  • Cologne / Köln
  • Frankfurt / Frankfurt
  • Würzburg / Würzburg
  • Nuremburg / Nürnburg
  • Munich / München
  • Salzburg / Salzburg
  • Villach / Villach
  • Hüttau / Hüttau

What other things should I bring with me?

Yes! We would always advise bringing a few creature comforts from home to make your stay that extra bit more comfortable, especially if it’s your first time away from home. Whilst all our apartments are fully furnished and provide bed linen etc feel free to bring your own. Please ensure this doesn’t interfere with your baggage allowance or space in mum’s boot.

Below is a list of some items we have seen in the past:

  • Tea mug
  • Pillow
  • Blanket or duvet
  • Tea bags (no PG tips in Austria i’m afraid)
  • European plug adapters
  • Portable music speakers
  • Other electronic equipment you may want
  • Don’t forget your tooth brush!

How do I get there?

There are two options –

1. Drive – which we always recommend! The journey to Austria is a very simple one and having your car in Austria will give you much more freedom both in your free time and in travelling to different resorts. If you do decide to drive please be aware that it is law in Austria between November and April to have winter tyres fitted to your vehicle. These can be easily obtained from tyre dealerships in the UK before travel. Any assistance needed regarding travel plans, advice or auto-mobile preparation is readily available… just give us a call!

2. Fly – If you choose to fly then Salzburg is the best option as the transfer from Salzburg is a nominal €20 per person as opposed to larger fees from Innsbruck and Vienna.

How good at Skiing/Snowboarding do I need to be?

People get unnecessarily concerned with the length of time spent on skis. If you feel both confident and competent on snow, we have the ability to ensure that your progression as a skier is swift, satisfying and successful… that is our job!

How long have you been in business?

SnowStyle Academy has been in business for 5 years and we are very much looking forward to our 6th winter.

Do I need a passport?

Yes, you always require a Passport when entering a different country.

What equipment should I bring?

As well as winter sports clothing we recommend that you bring items of clothing which are appropriate for a colder climate. We are more than happy to discuss specific requirements should you need more information. Please remember that your gear will need to last a season long so bear this in mind and find a fair compromise between quality & price. Below is a list of recommended items:

  • Ski boots
  • Skis
  • Helmet & warm hat
  • Goggles and sunglasses
  • Plenty of ski socks
  • Ski pants
  • Jacket which is waterproof & breathable
  • Suncream & lipbalm with a high SPF
  • Winter boots or shoes which are waterproof

Do I need special insurance?

We recommend that you travel with insurance that provides comprehensive winter sports activities cover for the duration of your stay. Whilst we have no affiliation with any insurance companies or brokers, many of our academy members have used Jade Stanley Ltd. www.jsinsurance.co.uk 0844 848 1500

Is there a contract between us?

Yes, following your initial enquiry we will send you a booking form along with a copy of our booking conditions. Once a signed version has been received and the deposit paid we will confirm your place on the course.

When is full payment due?

Full payment is due 4 weeks before your arrival in Austria.

Is a deposit required?

Yes, a non-refundable deposit of £995 is required to secure your place on the long course.

For our short courses the full balance is payable upon booking.

Managing my finances – What do I need money for?

Each of our courses is based on self-catering accommodation. This means that you will need to factor in the cost of eating to your calculations. Each of our spacious apartments is fully equipped with everything you will need to cook a great meal such as an electric hob, fridge, saucepans, frying pans, cutlery & crockery, glasses & mugs. We also provide that all important piece of kit: Washing up liquid & sponge.

If you are a self confessed kitchen disaster then do not fear. Our Academy Director is also a trained chef and will be on hand to offer his expert advice should you need it.

Other than the cost of eating please consider what you may want to do in your free time. There are many facilities and additional activities available during the winter months nearby such as swimming, snowbiking, snowshoe tours, ski touring and of course the great nightlife in our nearest town of Flachau. All of these things cost money so please consider this when looking at your budget.

For further information relating to exact activity costings please refer to your Academy Director on arrival, we will be more than happy to discuss plans or answer questions.

How long is the intial Anwärter course?

The initial Anwärter instructor course lasts 10 days.

Will I receive a refund if, for any reason I have to finish the course early?

Any refunds would be handled by your insurance company, check with them for conditions.

Will I be paid for the instruction weeks?

Yes, this will be paid directly from the ski school.

If I bring my own ski equipment is there a place to store it?

Yes, there is a designated area for equipment storage.

Is there anything I should bring for the apartment?

All of our apartments are fully furnished with the necessary essentials including:

  • Crockery
  • Cutlery
  • Kettle
  • Toaster
  • Saucepans & frying pan
  • Knives
  • Fridge
  • Bed Linen, duvets & pillows
  • Extra blankets
  • Cleaning equipment

Is internet available?

Yes, wifi is available throughout the building.

Are there shops locally?

Yes, there is a supermarket directly opposite our guesthouse within walking distance.

If I decide to drive are there parking facilities?

Yes, of street parking is available on-site.

Where can I wash my clothes?

There is a facility to wash and dry your clothes at a cost of €2 per load.

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