You’re taking your family on a ski trip this winter, and you want to help your children improve their skiing skills. In that perspective, you’re considering signing them up for ski lessons. But how do you choose? Are group lessons a wise choice? If your little one is good in social contexts, ski school can turn into a great and unforgettable experience. Here are a few tips to help you in your decision process.
Ski instructors are trained professionals
First of all, remember that all ski instructors are trained and qualified professionals. Some of them offer their services in ski schools. In France, the ESF (French Ski Schools) are the most widely spread. However, there are other organizations that you can rely on.
You can also get in touch with independent ski instructors. Go to tourist offices and hotel receptions to get their contact information. In that case, you’ll most likely be directed towards individual lessons.
In any case, no matter which type of structure you choose, your children will be supervised by a qualified and generally passionate professional.
How are group lessons organized?
- Lessons last 2 to 3 hours.
- Groups are made of 6 to 12 children, divided by age and ski level.
- Children can sign up from the age of 5 or 6, until 12 years old.
- The lesson schedule is set in advance and is available online or by calling the school.
- They usually recommend to take one class per day, in order to maintain continuous progress without putting too much weight on your kid’s natural pace. It’s up to you to adjust the schedule according to your child’s temper. But keep in mind that ski is a sport, it requires energy.
- At the end of the week, children are asked to pass a test in order to assess their level and even get a snowflake or a star. It is usually the instructor’s responsibility to sign your child up for the test.
The benefits of a group
It is the master argument to promote collective ski lessons for children: they will be able to enjoy the great atmosphere of a group. Your little one will make friends and have fun. Great memories! It’ll also allow your child to be trained by a seasoned professional with recognized teaching skills (if case you were debating teaching your kids yourself). Board sport instructors use games to teach kids, they know how to keep it fun and recreational. Plus, group lessons are more affordable than individual classes.
And drawbacks of collective lessons
Your child will make slower progress than if he/she were alone with the instructor. Lesson hours are fixed and cannot be adjusted according to each kid’s progress. Group can be very busy, especially during holiday periods. They are very popular, so make sure to book in advance!
Depending on your child’s temper, he/she may feel a little lost in the group.
Our advice to make the most of ski group lessons
- If you can, book your ski lessons outside of school holidays, when schedules are less busy. Prices are also cheaper.
- Get to the lessons early. In group lessons, instructors cannot wait for latecomers.
- You can’t decide between individual and group lessons, particularly because you’re worried that there are too many children in a group? Certain ski schools now offer “mini-group” options, with 5 kids. Get more information from the ski school directly.
- Get a Weenect GPS tracker, especially if you’re concerned about leaving your kid, even with a professional instructor. Your child will only need to press the emergency button if there’s a problem.
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