Children's Ski School in Verbier
Most ski instructors wouldn’t recommend your child starts skiing before the age of three or four at the earliest. The right age will vary from child to child, and depends upon the child’s strength, co-ordination and attitude. For this age group skiing should remain a play activity, so don't expect a young child to ski all day - a couple of hours is ample.
Ski school is generally a much less strenuous affair for the children with the emphasis being very much on fun and a varied range of games aimed at their particular age and level of ability. Class sizes are kept small and many ski schools award certificates or stars that children can achieve throughout the course to mark their progress. For older children there may be the opportunity to take part in organised races, or sample their first taste of safe off-piste. For the younger ones there is more of a ‘kindergarten’ approach with easy activities and games.
Most of the local ski schools will offer childrens ski lessons, and snowboarding lessons usually start at around age of five. It is strongly recommended to pre-book ski school for the busy New Year and February school holiday period. Classes are often fully booked many weeks in advance.
Les Elfes offer kindergarten where children from the age of 3 can practice their skills in a supervised area. Under the guidance of specially trained instructors and away from the daunting pistes little skiers can master mini-versions of ski lifts and practice their snow plough in safety.