Kids: A good introduction to alpine skiing
“Snow gardens” provide a gentle introduction to snow sports for children from the age of 3. Attentive instructors pamper toddlers with a mixture of easy descents, games and snack breaks.
The French Ski School (ESF) provides introductory ski lessons for kids aged 3 and above. Lessons take place at “Piou Piou” clubs, which are specially designated areas with mini drag lifts, magic carpets and giant cartoon figures. Everything is done to help kids learn in complete safety.
Kids’ clubs organise indoor and outdoor activities for children aged 4 and above: craft workshops, discovery trails, learning about plants and animals, etc. Sometimes these can be organised directly through the ski school.
A star for every level
Piou-piou club: from age 3, I have begun skiing
Bear club: age 4 to 6, I have started snowploughing
Snowflake: I can do snowplough turns and have started parallel skiing
First star: I can do elementary skidded turns and traverses
Second star: I have mastered elementary turns and can side-slip down a slope
Third star: I understand the basics of slaloming as well as schussing in dips and bumps
Bronze star: I can do smooth turns on all slopes
Gold star: I can do a timed giant slalom
Arrows and Chamois: I am improving my giant slalom (Arrow) and slalom (Chamois) times