Since 1998 we have taught thousands of children in our ski lessons and it’s one of our favourite things to do. We’ve watched children develop from scratch into all-mountain shredders, ski racers, and sometimes members of our own instructor team. We know how important that first experience on snow is, and how well-timed hot chocolate can bring a smile every time.
Taking children skiing is great fun. The first day can be a challenge, getting through that morning faff. But when you see your child make their first turns on skis with a big grin on their face, it’s worth every lost glove and dropped ski pole! The key is ensuring your children’s ski lessons are great fun, so they’re keen to return each morning. Then you can focus on your own skiing, safe in the knowledge they’re in great hands.
Our group lessons are taught by instructors who speak fluently in English. All of our children’s lessons are based around safety, fun and learning in a play environment. Your child will improve and build confidence without feeling like they’re stuck in “school”. Plus, we always try to finish on a high with a challenge or activity on the last day, such as a mountain-based treasure hunt or a trip to the fun park. Then, at the end of the week, each child will receive a ski passport and badge to document their success!
We use the Snowlife awards system for our children’s ski groups, as recommended by BASI (British Association of Snowsports Instructors). Our children’s ski lessons run all season long in most resorts, although times and duration may vary, as detailed below.
This is my first time or I’m still skiing on nursery slopes and learning to snowplough turn. *In Austria our Whippersnappers are 4-8yrs.
First and foremost we want to ensure that your children are safe during their time with us. All our groups have an experienced and friendly children’s instructor, often accompanied by a helper. All kids are required to wear helmets and bibs. And we check that they have everything they need from sun cream and protective eyewear to money for a snack stop. We also operate a secure sign out system to make sure that every child is handed over to their parent. Please arrive early to give us time to securely sign everyone in on the first day. Then we ensure we teach them to ski in a safe manner, on terrain that will stretch but not exceed their ability.
We love skiing and being in the mountains, and we love to share our enthusiasm with your kids so they want to come back year after year. We realise the importance of a great first experience on skis for kids. Children learn differently from adults and so we put a high emphasis on games, challenge, and adventure so that they learn whilst having fun. This might involve activities such as a mountain-wide treasure hunt, trip to the fun park or mini Olympics. The week always finishes on a high, leaving your kids keen to return next year.
Children’s ski lessons are an investment that we take very seriously. Behind the fun, we know that you want your kids to progress and develop into competent skiers. Each course has specific aims and goals to prepare them for the next stage and we keep a record of your child’s success to help their progression each year. Our carefully thought out pathway will help your child progress into a competent and confident skier. And they may soon give Mum and Dad a run for their money!
Our youngest group, Whippersnappers runs for just 2hrs a day during peak weeks, as they tire easily at such a young age. Groups are limited to 6 children, with a helper when there are more than 3. This ensures they get plenty of individual attention.
In Les Arcs and Vallandry, our children’s groups above Whippersnappers start at 9:15 and run for 4.25hrs.
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.
Will the lesson be in English?
Yes. All of our instructors speak good English, and all of our group lessons are delivered solely in English. If you have any other language requirements we can offer private lessons.
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 jobs to match the groups the best they can on ability. Do not worry if your child ends up in a different group to 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.