We know how important it is to put your child into the right ski lesson based on their ability. Find their ski level with our handy guide and videos to help you select the right lesson or adventure for their ability. The levels describe what level you are currently at and what you can already do, not what you will be learning in the lessons.
This is my first time or I’m still skiing on nursery slopes and learning to snowplough turn. Wallabies is for first-time skiers from 6-12 years old.
What we’ll learn: We’ll learn how to plough turn and ski on a nursery, green and beyond. We’ll also figure out how to take lifts safely. Usually, we get to grips with skiing pretty quick and after a week of lessons, it’s not uncommon to see us tackling blue runs with confidence.
The award for Wallabies: If I can glide and stop I will reach the 1* but if I can plough turn and take lifts then I will get a 2*. It has been known for super Wallabies to get a 3* after a week’s work!
*Please note, in Austria our Wallabies groups are for children 9-12 years.
Arrows is when we have already skied a week, can take drag lifts and have covered the basics already. We may be a bit shaky on the first morning but it won’t take us long to get going. We’ll be ploughing around the green runs having fun before moving on to bigger and better things!
What we’ll learn: To be confident in the mountain environment, on lifts and be able to ski in a strong and controlled plough on green runs and move towards getting rid of the plough to allow faster skiing on tougher blue slopes.
The award for Arrows: If I can ski green runs doing plough turns I will get a 2* award but if I can finish the turn and match my skis together all the time then I get a 3*.
Being in Bombers is about loads of fun, bumps, jumps, and bombing around the mountain. We’re quite happy zooming around on blue runs and during the week we’ll aim to get our skis to parallel so that we can start to ski like a real expert.
What we’ll learn: Learn to parallel ski.
The award for Bombers: If I ski well but keep a small wedge when I do my turns, then I’ll get a 4* badge. If I manage to make turns where my skis are totally parallel then I’ve earned my 5* badge.
A Rocket can already do parallel turns. In the Rockets we’re going to test those parallel turns on red runs and maybe have a shot on some blacks. Say goodbye to wobbly skiing as we become confident ski demons able to tackle tough slopes and rougher terrain with ease.
What we’ll learn: Learn to parallel ski on reds, use our poles and ski a whole variety of terrain from reds to blacks to bumps and jumps.
The award for Rockets: If I can ski some great parallels and pole plant then I will achieve a 6* and if I can keep these parallels going no matter what terrain, then I will be a 7*.
Freeride is for kids who are already excellent parallel skiers on all pistes from green to black. Freeride is all about knowing the technique and tactics to tackle any piste expertly mixed in with a good dose of negotiating all sorts of mountain terrain from bumps to powder to steep runs to jumps and gullies!
What we’ll learn: We’ll make solid skiers able to tackle all the mountain has to throw at you.
The award for Freeride: Normally 7-8 on the Snowlife award system but we sometimes swap the badges for something cooler!
Pro rider is for teenagers who are level 6 skiers or above. While they have probably outgrown kids groups, they might not want to be stuck with adults all week. This is why we’ve introduced a specialized Pro Rider teen group. Pro Rider groups will give your teen the opportunity to learn and develop in different areas of skiing in a fun environment with others their age.
What we’ll learn: A taster of what the pros do and learn the basics of ski racing. Another day will be spent in the park focused on freestyle skiing. They’ll be hitting the boxes and learning new jumps – and maybe teaching us a thing or two! A third day will be spent learning avalanche safety basics and then they’ll head off-piste to find some fresh snow.
*Please note, our Pro Rider level guide video is displayed as Adult Level 6 as the standard of skiing is the same. Pro Rider video to come!
Private lessons for both skiing and snowboarding start at age 3. At age 4 your child can join a group ski lesson. We have snowboarding groups available from age 10.
Are all your instructors English?
No. We are really proud of our diverse, fun and friendly international team. Boasting some of the best instructors from around the world. Hailing from England to Edinburgh, Austria to Australia, and everything in between. All of our instructors speak good English, and most importantly, they have extensive experience teaching in English. Many of our instructors are native English speakers but that’s not the only important factor we consider when we recruit our instructor team. Our instructors are carefully selected for their teaching ability, people skills, and passion for the sport, as well as their fluency in English. We think this makes our team a well-rounded bunch and it means that we also have other language skills should you require them.
How many children are in each group?
Our children’s groups have 2 – 8 pupils in each group, except for Whippersnappers – our tiniest learners – who have 2 – 6 per group.
For any children’s lessons run during non-peak weeks, all groups have 2 – 6 pupils each.
What does my child need to bring?
All children taking group lessons with New Gen must be suitably dressed.
Helmets are compulsory for all children.
Layers are advised so they can add or remove them if need be as children can get cold quickly.
The glare from the snow can be strong, even on cloudy days so make sure they are wearing sunglasses or goggles at all times and are wearing high SPF suncream on any exposed skin.
We also suggest you give them a snack and some money for a hot chocolate for lessons longer than 2hrs, as they will usually stop for a break.
Check they have their lift pass in a left-hand pocket before you leave.
Will my child need poles?
This is a tricky one as no two groups are the same and they progress at different rates. Poles normally come free with ski rental so we would advise that you take them even if they don’t use them. Whippersnappers will not need poles, but for all other groups your child’s instructor will be able to tell you if and when they might use them. It is usual that beginners may not use poles in their initial lessons.
Will they stop for a break?
For children’s ski lessons longer than 2hrs long, we will usually stop for a break halfway through. We suggest you give your child some money to get a hot chocolate and pop a snack in their pocket in case they get hungry.
What happens if my child gets tired, cold or feels unwell during the lesson?
Our instructors are very used to teaching children’s ski lessons and realise that they can get tired or cold easily. They will take that into account when planning their lessons and in all lessons longer than 2 hours we incorporate a break for just this reason. If however the child or instructor feels that they are unable to continue with the lesson we will contact you and ask you to collect them. This is why we require a mobile contact for all parents whose children are taking lessons with us. So please make sure you carry your phone during the day.
What if my child finds he/she is in the wrong level group?
We do our best during the booking process to ensure this doesn’t happen but if the instructor feels that your child is in the wrong group we will do our best to move them into a more suitable group for their size and ability. Every group is different and it is part of our instructor’s job to match the groups the best they can on ability. Do not worry if your child ends up in a different group from the one they started.
Will my child receive an award at the end of the week?
All children receive a certificate and badge at the end of week ceremony. We use the Snowlife award system, as recommended by BASI, and your child will be awarded a level based on the instructor’s assessment during the week.
Will my child automatically move up a group from last year?
Not necessarily. Kids naturally learn and progress at different speeds. How ‘physically literate’ kids are also can vary greatly. Adding to this that growth spurts and development may further complicate the process, it is not always the case that kids will move through their badges in a linear fashion. It is quite normal therefore for children to stay in the same group for more than one year, especially with Bombers and Rockets. Our primary aim is to impart a love and enthusiasm for skiing in a safe way. Our instructors are experts and professionals and realise that patience and correct practice are key to progress.
What sort of things will my child do over the week?
The cornerstones of our lessons are ‘Safety, Fun and Improvement’ and so we always look to achieve all three. It is a given that the safety of the kids is of the utmost importance and we look to take all reasonable precautions to ensure that children learn in a safe way appropriate to their abilities. It is important to us that we foster a love for the sport and so we also feel it is important that the week is enjoyable for the child. Challenging activities, activities that demand concentration and coordination and tasks that are fun like learning to jump are peppered throughout the week in order to develop enthusiasm and confidence and enjoyment in each individual. Each group also has specific aims that correspond to particular Snowlife badge levels.
Can my children go in the same group?
If they are the same ability and meet the group level requirements then, of course, they can go in the same group. If they are different ages and levels however then we would advise against it. They would both need to go in the group of the lower level child which would hamper the progression and enjoyment of the more proficient child. Our groups are all friendly and we’re used to managing this kind of situation. Our instructor is there to help your child settle in and ensure they feel comfortable within the group. So after the first morning, this concern normally vanishes and by the end of the week, they’ll have made lots of new friends.
What safety procedures do you have in place?
Your child’s safety is our primary concern and we have strict procedures in place to ensure they stay safe and enjoy their time on the snow with us. All children are given a bib to wear to make them easily identifiable. We also employ a stringent signing in and out procedure. When your child is dropped off on the first day we ask for details of anyone who might be collecting them during the week, so we can ensure they only leave once collected by a nominated adult. We also record details of their clothing and the lift pass number to ensure we are fully prepared should any accident or injury occur.
Do you offer full day children’s group lessons?
We don’t offer any full-day children’s group lessons. We have found that our clients really like the 4.5hrs format, which gives them plenty of time to ski on their own as well as a few hours in the afternoon to ski with their children.
If you’d like your child to be in lessons all day you have the option of adding on a private lesson after the group lesson finishes.