The ski school you choose can make or break your holiday. Children will warm to their instructor very fast if they feel involved and have fun. This can come down to the individual instructor and the size of the group can play a big part, and so it’s worth asking for a recommendation if you know anyone who has already used one of Serre Chevalier’s ski schools.
There are two British-run ski schools in Serre Chevalier. For those staying in Le Monêtier les Bains, one of the Alps’ favourite ski schools New Generation is run by BASI coach and ex-trainer, Gavin Crosby. The team keeps children from six years old and above very happy – their independent feedback system consistently sits at 99% or 100% ‘good or excellent’. Teens too enjoy coaching in the form of freeride clinics and extended courses that take them further afield, such as to the snow park, giving them much to boast about at the chalet table each evening.
All of New Generation’s children’s courses include a Snowlife UK Award (badge) and a personalised certificate. Children’s levels are recorded so they are easily matched to a group the following year (in any one of New Generation’s resorts including Serre Chevalier, Les Arcs/Vallandry, Méribel, Tignes, Courchevel, Morzine, Val Thorens and Verbier).
New Generation will ski out of Villeneuve, Chantemerle or Briançon subject to the availability and schedules of their instructors. Ensure you say where you will be staying if your accommodation is in any of the other sectors such as these. Ecole Ski Connections in Villeneuve is another British-run ski school. Its large and mainly French instructor team runs children’s courses that include lunch and/or hot chocolate breaks. They have their own badge/level system and all children benefit from being in small groups.
Serre Chevalier has a handful of international ski schools (ESI – Ecole Ski Internationale) that must ensure their instructors speak a good level of English. Be aware however that in peak weeks such as New Year week and the February half term, some of these ski schools will double in size with part-time, trainee instructors joining their teams. We recommend requesting a full-time instructor who has been with the school for some time. The ESI schools work hard to compete with the larger ‘ESF’ schools (see below) and many offer some great solutions for young children from four to six years old, for example.
The largest ski schools are ESF schools – Ecole Ski Français. They are particularly well equipped for taking the youngest of children i.e. those who are just two or three years old, and for a minimum of 2.5 hours and sometimes all day with lunch included. Each sector in Serre Chevalier has a dedicated Jardin de Neige run by the ESF schools, making learning to ski fun. The level of English spoken by the instructors who teach and play with the children is sadly very basic so we do advise that you stipulate that an English-spoken instructor is essential.
We will happily organise suitable ski lessons in Serre Chevalier for your children. Contact us with details of their age/s, experience, confidence level and badge/certificate level previously received.