Verbier’s Kids Manager Kate tells us more about what European Snowsport has on offer for our youngest skiers.
Here at European Snowsport we pride ourselves with teaching children of all ages and all abilities. We have a designated team of instructors who have a wealth of experience and knowledge with teaching children. Each one of our Instructors have separate training with myself Kate, the Kids Manager and their passion is shown in the lessons they deliver with brilliant outcomes. Not only do the kids we teach come away from a lesson with more knowledge and understanding of the sport, they come away with memories, friends and wanting more.
With group lessons we have our Penguins, the youngest of our kids ranging from 3-5 years old. We then have our Kids Academy ranging from 6-12 years old and then Freeski for our teenagers. With in the groups we work on achieving different levels. The levels we have are: Penguin and Magic Penguin, then Level 1-9. From learning to put on your skis, to mastering a button lift, to skiing the many Itineraries we have to offer and skiing in the park with confidence.
Our instructors will go through different activities and techniques to get the best from the children, working on individual tasks and as a group and to make it even more worthwhile we have a maximum of 4 kids in our Penguin groups and 6 in our Kids Academy and Freeski groups. We find by having these small size groups we really get to know each child individually and give them their own personal goals to work on as well as having great fun in a learning environment.
So, I hear you ask what do these levels involve? What do my kids have to do to achieve each level? There is a big jump from starting on the Beginners slope to heading up the Mountain, so we like to make sure the kids are fully capable of making this jump. It can be quite a scary place once you have moved from the safety blanket of the beginners slope but luckily our instructors are fully aware of this and will only make the move up the mountain if they feel the kids are more than capable and safe to do so. Not only as an individual but also as a group.
We love seeing our kids progress through the levels and the excitement when they move up to the next level. We will always have a ski test on the first day to make sure that they are in the right group so they can get the most out of it. If the instructor feels someone is progressing faster and would be better suited in another group, we can make the change. I will always have a look at groups and have daily chats with the instructors to see how everything is working. This I feel makes a happy teaching and learning environment for both the children and the Instructors.
If you have been skiing with us before but would still like a recap, or if you are new to us then please follow the link to see what each level involves and what has to be reached to achieve that level. If you are even new to the sport and would like some more information, then please feel free to gives us a call and we will happily explain things even more.
The ES Team and I look forward to skiing with you soon!
Kate St Clair Tisdall, Kids Director Verbier
Video by Lucy Croft