With the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics in full swing, there’s a pretty good chance that your nippers will feel inspired by the athletic feats they’ll witness on screen and seek to take to the pistes themselves. Those Olympians make winter sports look like a breeze, and while an element of risk is part of the thrill, the truth is that with the right amount of supervision your children can learn to ski safely and with total confidence.
It’s never too early to get your kids off to a healthy start in life– and learning a new sport keeps young minds active, while also keeping them in good physical shape. A skiing holiday brings plenty of health benefits for the family, with the added bonus that you’ll be having so much fun you’ll barely notice the workout you’ll be putting yourself through in a single day on the slopes. Just six hours of skiing can burn as many as 3,000 calories, toning stomach muscles while also keeping the winter blues at bay.
Our seasoned instructors are chosen from many of Europe’s top ski schools. With years of experience under their belts, they’ll expertly guide you and your family around some of the world’s premier ski domains with small group lessons catering for all levels and abilities.
Age need not be a barrier either. On one of Club Med’s all inclusive family holidays, which also covers ski lift passes and basic lessons, children from the age of three upwards can be shown the ropes while on the slopes. Petit Club Med gives little ones a gentle introduction to the winter wonders found in our mountain environments at a number of our French and Swiss Alpine resorts.
For children aged 4 or 5, we have a treat in store. They’ll get to experience the delights of the snow garden, where qualified instructors will take them around specially designed circuits, sliding their way under hoops and past fun figures until they’re proficient enough to don their special Ourson and Flocon achievement badges. Resorts with our special snow gardens include several in France, as well as Cervinia and Pragelato Vialetta in Italy and even as far afield as Sahoro in Japan.
When your kids get to secondary school age things get amped up a little more. Children between the ages of 11 and 17 are invited to join our Special Teenagers Ski Programme, which lets them sample the full range of Alpine skiing experiences and techniques, from freestyle and cross country, to slalom, skicross and even the giddy heights of skijumping.
It’s not just skiing of course. Children as young as 8 can also learn and practice the aerial acrobatics and tricks entailed with snowboarding, while also benefitting from taking part in our European ski schools’ award systems (Etoiles, Chamois and Flèche in France) for a small additional cost, giving you complete peace of mind that they’re on the right track to scaling the peaks with sure-footed success.