Your children with integrate and enjoy our lessons even more with your help :
- Prepare your child suitably for ESS lessons so that they can enjoy them even more !
- Provide suitable and adjusted equipment: skis, bindings and boots.
- Dress him/her warmly: mittens, helmet, good goggles or glasses, warm dry boots, sunscreen and lipstick.
- He/she must wear the bib and carry the ESS card received during registration.
- Be punctual for the start and end of each lesson.
- Remember the name of your child's Instructor.
- Ask the Instructor where the lesson will end.
- Trust the Instructors and do not interfere in the lessons. If your child is crying, watch him from a distance.
- Remember that your child is on holiday, he will learn to ski while having fun. He is not expected to become a champion in just one week !
- Inform the Instructor of any possible health problems or allergies your child may have.
Frequently asked questions
We accept children from 3 years old in the snow garden provided they are toilet trained.
It is also possible to book private lessons but we advise lessons of not more than 1h00 to begin with.
Our office is located in the premises of the Tourist Office in the centre of the village, near the church.
The snow garden is located next to the Sports Centre which is at the upper part of the village after the bend in the direction of France.
Morgins sports centre for Jardin des neiges/Snow Garden, P’tits Cracks/Young Champions and Blue League lessons. Top of the Foilleuse chairlift for the Red and Black League lessons.
Our meeting places on the village map.
The Red and Black League lessons end at the bottom of the Foilleuse chairlift.
The Jardin des neiges/Snow Garden, P’tits Cracks/Young Champions and Blue League lessons end by the Sports Centre grounds.
Depending on the progress of the groups, the meeting places may vary during the week, check with the Instructor regarding these.
The Snow Garden and Young Champions lessons take place from Sunday to Friday, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
The Blue, Red and Black League lessons take place Sunday and Monday morning from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday all day from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Lunch is included in the price on full day lessons.
In the snow garden, groups are limited to 5 children per instructor.
For group lessons, the maximum is set at 8 in order to guarantee a high level of quality of teaching.
During high season, classes can reach a maximum of 10 children.
If your child has followed the Swiss Snow League and has received the grade "ready for the next level" please register for the next level.
If in doubt, communicate this to our instructors. We will carry out a test at the beginning of the week in order to homogenize the levels as much as possible. If your child has not yet followed the Swiss Snow League, you can see the different levels on our "check my level" page.
The Instructors will do an on-site assessment so that the child is in the group suitable for his/her level.
It is sometimes better to underestimate his/her level for safety reasons and the child's confidence, particularly if they have not skied for a whole year.
Children in group lessons must wear a bib according to their level (green, orange, blue, red or black) during the week of lessons. This bib must be collected from our office the day before the lessons start. Children wear a bib for safety reasons. In high season it can get quite crowded on the slopes. In addition, each bib has a pocket where the contact details of the child and his/her parents are listed in case of emergency.
From 12 hours of group lessons or on request from 6 hours of private lessons, a medal is awarded to each participant according to their technical level of skiing. The level of the medal received is evaluated over the entire week and awarded according to the required criteria. The instructors are always available to talk about the medals and their requirements.
The lesson is then similar to a private lesson and ESS reserves the right to reduce the duration of the lesson per day or offer you an alternative of a semi-private lessons.
A hot, cooked lunch is included and organised on Tuesday and Thursday during our Blue League, Red League and Black League all day group lessons. Children are supervised by our instructors during meal time. It is important to let us know if your child has any allergies or intolerances.
We favour levels. If your children have the same level, inform our secretary and the instructor so that we can put them together.
If the level differs, we advise you to separate them so that they can learn the correct technique for their ability. Otherwise you may book a private Instructor to manage the different levels.
In private lessons, the instructor focuses just on you so you quickly benefit from very precise advice for your individual needs. These lessons can therefore be more intense.
In group lessons, attention is given to the whole class so you benefit from the group spirit and atmosphere.
At the time indicated on your reservation. Your instructor may have another lesson before and will arrive right on time.
An instructor may have another lesson beforehand and be late due to unforeseen circumstances. The Instructor will then lengthen his lesson by the duration of his delay either on the same day or during the following lesson.
For private lessons, you have the possibility of choosing your Instructor (depending on availability).
However, it is not possible to guarantee you a certain instructor for group lessons.
For private lessons, we offer lessons in French, English and German.
Depending on availability, we also offer Instructors speaking Dutch, Spanish, Italian. For group lessons, there are often several languages in a class and the Instructor communicates with each of them, by word or gesture.
The language barrier is not a problem and the children always have fun.
The earlier the better! In high season, group lessons fill up very quickly and we cannot guarantee availability for everyone in the morning.
The lessons will not be refunded due to bad weather unless in the event of total closure of the ski lifts and if an alternative activity is not possible. In the case of accident or illness, the lessons will be reimbursed upon presentation of a medical certificate.
Your reservation can be changed 24 hours before the start of the lesson at the latest.
The lift pass is not included in the price of the lesson and each participant must have a valid ticket.
The lift pass for the snow garden is included in the price of the lesson. A special ski pass is available for the Snowli and Le Géant ski lifts for the P'tits Cracks.
In order to avoid queuing at the ski lift ticket offices, a combined group lesson and 6-day pass can also be purchased at our office.
If you are a family of 2 adults and minimum 2 children under 16, you can benefit from the family reduction of 10 % discount on presentation of identification at the Foilleuse ticket office. Purchasing your lift passes online will also offer you preferential prices.
For the snow garden, the lift is included.
For the P'tits Cracks and Blue League, Prince/cess level, we recommend a pass for the Snowli and Giant ski lifts (beginner sector). This can be purchased at the Giant lift for CHF 10.- a day or CHF 50.- for the entire week.
For the Blue King/Queen and Blue Star, we recommend a PDS Suisse regional pass.
For the Red and Black League, we recommend a Portes du Soleil lift pass to enjoy our extensive Franco-Swiss domain.
PDS Suisse regional pass or Portes du Soleil passes can be purchased online or at the bottom of the Foilleuse chairlift.
More offers and options are available on the lift company website.
The material is not included in the lesson price. Our partner store RS Equipment and their staff will be happy to advise you. They can offer you a discount rate on the daily/weekly rental on presentation of a lesson ticket from the Ski and Snowboard School.
The basic equipment required includes skis, boots and poles. Helmet, appropriate goggles and warm gloves/mittens are mandatory for all children's lessons. Dress your children according to the weather of the day and please don't forget the sun cream and lip balm.
In the Snow Garden and in Blue Prince/cess, children ski without poles. From the Blue King level upwards poles are required for the lessons.
If in doubt, check with the Instructor according to his programme.