Children’s Ski Lessons

Children’s Ski Lessons

Taking children skiing can be great fun. Yes, 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! The key is ensuring your children’s ski lessons are great fun, so they’re keen to return each morning, to join their group. Then you can take to the slopes, safe in the knowledge they’re in safe hands.

Since 1998 we have taught thousands of children how to ski ski. We’ve watched kids grow into competent skiers who love skiing, and we take that responsibility very seriously. We know how important that first experience on snow is, and how a well-timed hot chocolate can bring a smile every time.

All of our kids’ ski groups are small and friendly. Our lessons are taught in English, by an experienced instructor. And all of our children’s lessons are based around fun, and learning in a play environment. Your child will improve and build confidence without feeling like they’re stuck in ski 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 certificate and badge in an presentation ceremony. We use the Snowlife awards system for our children’s ski groups, as recommended by BASI (British Association of Snowsports Instructors). Our children’s group lessons run during peak weeks, they sometimes run outside of peak weeks but times and prices may vary. Please get in touch for details.

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Small and friendly groups with English speaking instructors

Focus on fun with experienced kids’ instructors

Safety first with thorough child safety procedures

Finish on a high with fun activities

Our children’s ski lessons are split into groups from tiny tots aged 4, right up to all-mountain teens aged 13. We know they get better than you quickly! So whether this is their first time on skis or their fiftieth we’ll help them improve and have fun in a sociable and supportive setting.

For the little ones….

Our youngest group, Whippersnappers runs for just 2hrs a day, as they tire easily at such a young age. Groups are limited to 6 children, with a helper when there are 3 or more. This ensures they get plenty of individual attention.

For full day adventures….

We have an optional upgrade to two full days of lessons for all but the youngest group. This means more ski time for you and your child.

Our Kids’ Groups:

We have a wide range of kids’ groups running, and base our groups on both age and experience.

  • Whippersnappers (4-5yrs)
  • Wallabies (beginners 6-12yrs)
  • Arrows (5-7yrs or 7-12yrs)
  • Bombers (6-12yrs)
  • Rockets (8-13yrs)
  • Freeride (10-13yrs)

For more info on each group see our children’s level guide.

Pro Rider Teen Groups – New for Winter 17/18

Are your teens already out-skiing you? While your teens have probably outgrown kids groups, they might not want to be stuck with adults all week. Which is why we’ve introduced a specialised Pro Rider teen group.

Pro Rider groups will give your teen the opportunity to learn some new aspects of skiing in a fun environment with others their age. The first day will be a warm up day to get back into the groove of skiing. Then over the next three days they will spend a day learning ski racing, off piste skiing and avalanche safety, and freestyle. On the final day, the group can choose to focus on a highlight of the week, or make the most of the current conditions.

Our Pro Rider teen groups are for level 6+ skiers, aged 13-17yrs. They run at the same time as our kids groups, with all the details (times and pricing) below.

Find out more about our Pro Rider teen ski lessons.

Safety

First and foremost we want to ensure that your children are safe during their time with us. All our groups have a fully qualified and experienced children’s instructor, often accompanied by a helper. In all children’s ski lessons kids are required to wear helmets and bibs. 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 extra sure that every child is handed over to their parent. We teach them to ski in a safe manner and on terrain that will stretch but not exceed their ability.


Fun

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. 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.

Improvement

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!

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Christmas and New Year Children’s Group Lessons

Thursday start

  • Christmas & New Year (Thursday start)

  • All levels
  • 6 Day
  • Thurs – Tues*
  • 9.00 start
  • 3hrs a day
  • 2 – 6 per group Whippersnappers
    2 – 8 per group all other levels
  • 399

Sunday start

  • Christmas & New Year (Sunday start)

  • All levels
  • 5 Day
  • Sun – Thurs
  • Sun – Weds 9.00 start, Thurs 13.00 start
  • 3hrs a day
  • 2 – 6 per group Whippersnappers
    2 – 8 per group all other levels
  • 339

*To accommodate children who arrive at the weekend the groups will be reassessed on Sunday, to ensure each child is in the best group for enjoyment and improvement.

Half Term and Easter Children’s Group Lessons

  • Whippersnappers
    5 Day
  • 4 – 5 yrs
  • Mon – Fri (2hrs per day)
  • 9.00/9.15 or 11.30
  • 2 – 6 per group
  • 239
  • Whippersnappers
    6 Day
  • 4 – 5 yrs
  • Sun – Fri (2hrs per day)
  • 9.00/9.15 or 11.30
  • 2 – 6 per group
  • 279
  • All other levels
    5 Day
  • 5 – 13 yrs
  • Mon – Fri (4.5 hrs per day)
  • 9.00 – 13.30 with a break
  • 2 – 8 per group
  • 449
  • All other levels
    6 Day
  • 5 – 13 yrs
  • Sun – Fri (2hrs + 4.5hrs)
  • Sun: 11.30 – 13.30
    Mon – Fri: 9.00 – 13.30
  • 2 – 8 per group
  • 489

The above details apply for children’s lessons during peak weeks in most of our ski schools, but there are some resort variations:

  • In Les Arcs and Vallandry our children’s groups run for 4.25hrs a day and cost 419€ for 5 days and 459€ for 6 days.
  • Times, days and duration vary for children’s lessons in Serre Chevalier, Verbier and Villars. Click on the links for more info in those resorts.

Non-Peak Week Children’s Group Lessons

  • All levels, 4-13 yrs
  • 5 Day
  • Mon – Fri (2hrs per day)
  • 9.00/9.15 or 11.30
  • 2 – 6 per group Whippersnappers
    2 – 8 per group all other levels
  • 250
  • All levels, 4-13 yrs
  • 6 Day
  • Sun – Fri (2hrs per day)
  • 9.00/9.15 or 11.30
  • 2 – 6 per group Whippersnappers
    2 – 8 per group all other levels
  • 290

The above details apply for children’s lessons during non-peak weeks in most of our ski schools, but there are some resort variations:

  • Times, days and duration vary for children’s lessons in Serre Chevalier, Verbier and Villars. Click on the links for more info in those resorts.

Top Tips

  • For lessons longer than 2hrs we will normally stop for a break so please ensure they have 5€ or 5CHF for a hot chocolate, and a snack in case they get hungry.
  • We have a rigid signing in and out procedure for all of our kids’ group lessons, so please ensure you arrive at least 10minutes early on the first day.
  • All children skiing with us must wear a helmet.

Ride Tribe

Did you know you can upgrade to include two full days? After a supervised lunch we’ll head back out for an afternoon of activities. As well as a full day of fun for your child, our Ride Tribe option offers you a full day’s skiing, or a long leisurely lunch.

Bombers, Rockets and Freeride skiers can join Ride Tribe. It runs on Tues/Thurs, or Weds/Fri (resort dependent), and is a continuation of their group lesson, so they’ll finish at 16.30. The cost is a 100€ supplement to the price of their group and includes lunch on both days.

Children’s Ski Course FAQ’s

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 lift pass will my child need?

This is resort dependent and will depend on their levels as some resorts offer free lifts for beginners. For most resorts lift passes are free under 5 so it’s worth getting a pass anyway. Contact us for more info about lift pass requirements – info@skinewgen.com

Will the lesson be in English?

Yes. 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 on 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.

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.

Find your child’s ski level

Not quite sure what level your child is at skiing? Or what group they’d flourish in? Then take a look at the complete set of handy children’s ski levels videos, and read our level guide.

Wondering what they’ll get up to?

Not quite what a week with us will entail in our children’s ski lessons? Take a look at some of our videos below.

Whippersnappers

Ride Tribe

More on Offer from New Generation

Looking for more ski lessons for the rest of your group, or not sure this is the right lesson for you? Then take a closer look at the other options we have on offer.