A meaningful winter holiday spent skiing is often about kids learning how to ski for the first time. But for parents to ensure that their children get the best instruction and enjoyment possible, it is necessary to invest in a decent ski lesson rather than try to teach your kids yourself.
Parents are often tempted to save money and instead of hiring an expert trainer attempt to guide their children through the snow. The problem with this is that kids are more likely to act up when accompanied by their parents and unhappy kids also mean frustrated parents; thus putting a damper on your holiday.
If you are booking lessons from a Ski School Courchevel or in any other resort in the French Alps, here are expert tips to choose the best ski course for kids.
Select a course structure that fits your kid’s needs
Every ski school have different lesson structures and getting this selection right will ensure that your child not only learns, but also has a good time. What you want to avoid is shoving your child into a class that is too advanced for them or large groups where they will feel left out. Before booking a lesson, look into the size of each course, the age group, and how the classes are structured or taught by the instructor.
Book lessons in advance
If you are bringing your kids on a ski holiday, it is best to book lessons early especially during peak months like January and February as planning and getting lessons booked in advance will ensure a smooth sailing holiday. Last minute scheduling is always discouraged on winter breaks or school holidays where it highly possible for ski schools to decline last minute requests from parents.
At what age should your child learn skiing?
Children are fast learners because they tend to embrace the activity head on and without fear. A child can start to learn skiing at age four but nonetheless, it depends on your child’s emotional and physical preparedness so book a ski lesson for your child only when he or she is expressing interest.
Group lessons vs private lessons
Private lessons are more expensive and probably less fun than group lessons, but there are times when it can be beneficial for the child. If your child is not fond of social interactions, you can limit exposure by booking lessons in small groups. It is also possible to request for the same instructor if it is your second year going to the same ski school and most importantly, do not forget to specify your language preference before booking a ski lesson.
How long do lessons last?
Ski lessons for kids typically last for about two hours, which is plenty enough time for them to learn and have fun. In choosing whether to select afternoon or morning lessons, pay attention to what your child needs and what works best for your schedule.
Lastly, you need a lot of patience if you want your child to join a ski lesson. There may be plenty of drama and tantrums each day before the lesson begins, but all these are part of the experience.