With the skiing season in full swing, you\u2019re probably looking forward to your first trip to the slopes. Our advice would always be to have lessons if you want to get the best out of your time on the slopes as a beginner.But you\u2019re undoubtedly wondering what it\u2019s all about. Fortunately there are apps that will serve up tips and tricks, and in the case of the Ski School series from Elate Media, a progressive run of videos to get you started. We\u2019re hitting the slopes as beginners to see what they have in stock for us.Ski School Beginners\nFormat\niPhone\/iPad\/iPod touch\nPrice\n\u00a33.99\nWhere\niTunes\nSki School Beginner is the first of a series, followed by Ski School Intermediate, Ski School Advanced and there is also a Ski School Lite to give you a taste of what to expect from the series. Each instalment costs you \u00a33.99 (Lite is free) so by the time you\u2019ve done them all, you\u2019ve spent a chunk of cash.\u00a0Ski School Beginner is divided into two lessons. The first lesson deals in the very basics, aiming to get you on your skis and introduce you to the snow plough. To do this there are a series of five videos ranging from about a minute up to about 4mins. They are good quality with clear narration and instructions and follow the line of tips and pointers that you\u2019d get in a real ski lesson.Filmed on the slopes you get to watch and listen, but the big flaw in the plan is that you don\u2019t then get to do it,\u00a0and you don\u2019t get the feedback from the instructor that you\u2019d want to learn the techniques. As an introduction and to break things down, it is neat enough, but we would advise you to get real lessons, or at least hit the slopes with a competent skier.\u00a0One of the best parts of lesson one is the final \u201cSolutions\u201d video. This covers some of the major issues that newcomers face like how to put on boots, how to carry skis and how to walk on snow.Moving on to the second lesson, the instructor talks you through some of the more important fundamentals of how this all works. A couple of exercises are introduced to encourage you to shift your weight the right way to make your turns work.It\u2019s a tricky and important aspect of learning to ski and we can understand exactly what the instructor is getting at. We\u2019re not sure that a beginner will however, without having an instructor to shout \u201cstand up! You\u2019re not sitting on the toilet!\u201d and \u201cbend your knees! Weight forward, hands in-front of you!\u201d.\u00a0Again there are a collection of \u201csolutions\u201d videos which include lifts. At least this gives an introduction for beginners who have never seen a ski lift and the basic principles conveyed are sound. In addition both lessons have cue cards, so you can quickly remind yourself of what you are supposed to be doing when you are on the slopes following the guidelines.Overall the Ski School Beginner app is well made and the videos are short enough to keep your attention. They are all shot in glorious weather on the slopes of Tignes, and if nothing else, they\u2019ll have you itching to get to the slopes yourself.Will it save you the cost of an expensive instructor in the resort? No, but it will let you know what to expect.