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Childrens Ski Lessons

Looking for children's ski lessons? Try the family ski way to get your kids skiing and have a great family holiday!



Ski school is extremely important for any family skiing with kids.  We want your children to develop the same passion for skiing that you have.  This is why we have forged very strong relationships with the ski schools in our resorts.  Thanks to these relationships, our Ski School Helpers are uniquely placed in the industry in being welcomed by the instructors to accompany Family Ski Company children during their lessons and fun afternoon adventure ski sessions.

 

Are your children aged 4-6?

Check out our Family Ski Powder Hounds club!

This club is for children who are ready to start skiing but don’t want to spend the whole day on the slopes. This club is designed to give younger skiers lots of fun both in the snow and out of it.

See the Powder Hounds club

 

Are your children aged 7 and above?

Checkout our Family Ski Adventurers club!

This club is for children of all abilities – from beginners to competition level, this club now includes six mornings of ski lessons, six hot lunches and all Adventurers will have three afternoons of fun adventurous skiing with children of a similar ability accompanied by a Ski Instructor.

See the adventurers club

 

Our Ski School Helper

An invaluable part of our childcare and a source of support and encouragement for the youngest children skiing for the first time.

See what makes Family Ski different.

 

Ski School

We use the École du Ski Français (ESF) in our three French resorts and collaborate closely with each resort ESF to ensure the best possible quality for our younger skiers. Each ski school is set up to welcome all children skiing from beginners upwards. The Ski School Helper is based in the Jardin de Neige (beginners’ area) to support and encourage the youngest children skiing.

It is important to reserve the correct lessons for children so they can settle in and enjoy their skiing. If you know your child’s ski level please tell us so we can book them into the right class. If you are unsure of their ski ability give us as much information as possible, for example, the number of weeks they have skied and what they can already do. We share this information with the instructors to place them in the correct lesson. The school will, however, evaluate children’s skiing during the first lesson and move them up or down a group as appropriate.

Skiing with children – What to bring

Before taking your children to meet their instructors in the morning please ensure they have everything they need. For those new to skiing please be aware that getting dressed for skiing, putting on boots and finding skis can take much longer than you think.

  • Make a toilet stop before leaving the chalet
  • Dress in enough layers to keep warm
  • Put on suncream
  • Make sure children skiing have gloves, sunglasses or goggles and helmet
  • Check for lift pass, tissues and the all important snack for break time

ESF (Ski School) Class Guide

The information below is a guide for parents who are unsure which level their young skiers have already attained.

It should be noted that the recommended minimum age for ski classes is there as a guide for children’s safety and well-being. Please also note on occasion the more advanced and competition lessons may not run if there are insufficient children for these classes.

We do not offer snowboard lessons in France as lesson timings do not fit in with our childcare clubs.

ESF Class: Competition Category (Age 10-13 yrs)

Age: 10 – 13 years

Ski level: Etoile D’or (Gold Star Award).

What you’ll do by the end of the week: A series of timed slalom courses on slopes of increasing difficulty.

Ski School Helper Participation: No

ESF Class: Etoile D’or (Gold star) (Age 9+ yrs)

Age: 9 years and above

Ski level: Children should have their 3 Star badge, be able to link parallel turns, perform slalom turns on steep slopes; do small jumps and ski any terrain.

What you’ll do by the end of the week: A timed route through a short giant slalom course, jumps on piste and high-speed turns over varied terrain.

Ski School Helper Participation: No

Note: Children in Bronze, Gold and Competition classes may be taught together but can still be tested for different badges at the end of the week.

ESF Class: Etoile Bronze (Bronze star) (Age 9+ yrs)

Age: 9 years and above

Ski level: Children should have their 3 Star badge, be able to link parallel turns, perform slalom turns on steep slopes; do small jumps and ski any terrain.

What you’ll do by the end of the week: A basic slalom course through gates on a moderate slope, jumps on piste.

Ski School Helper Participation: No

Note: Children in Bronze, Gold and Competition classes may be taught together but can still be tested for different badges at the end of the week.

ESF Class: 3ème Etoile (3 star) (Age 8+ yrs)

Age: 8 years and above

Ski level: Perfecting parallel turns and learning basics of slalom skiing.

What you’ll do by the end of the week: A series of linked parallel turns on a red run, an easy slalom run on an easy slope, skiing in a direct line at speed down a moderate piste finishing with a braking sideslip.

Ski School Helper Participation: No

ESF Class: 2ème Etoile (2 star) (Age 8+ yrs)

Age: 8 years and above

Ski level: This is the class for children who can snowplough turn and sideslip on steepish blue runs and are starting to parallel turn.

What you’ll do by the end of the week: A series of parallel turns on a moderate blue slope, skiing in a straight line over bumps and hollows and a basic skating step.

Ski School Helper Participation: No

ESF Class: 1ère Etoile (1 star) (Age 6+ yrs)

Age: 6 years and above

Ski level: Children who can already snowplough turn and traverse on a green/blue piste.

What you’ll do by the end of the week: A series of sideslip turns on a moderate blue slope and traversing across the piste.

Ski School Helper Participation: No

ESF Class: Piou-piou / Ourson (4-5 yrs)

Age: 4 – 5 years

Ski level: Beginners or younger children starting snowplough.

What you’ll do by the end of the week: A snaking line of snowplough turns; ski in a straight line down an easy slope finishing with a snowplough turn.

Ski School Helper Participation: Yes

Notes: In Les Coches beginners are split by age – 4 and 5 year olds will ski separately. Each group will be in a protected area but this may not be together.

ESF Class: Flocon (5-6 yrs+)

Age: 5 – 6 years and above

Ski level: This class is for beginners aged 5 plus, children who have already done their Piou Piou or Orson badge or children who can perform a basic snowplough.

What you’ll do by the end of the week: A series of snowplough turns bringing the skis parallel in between, traverse straight across the piste, test your balance by skiing on one foot at a time.

Ski School Helper: Participation: Occasionally