Advices from the ESF team
 For all:
  • Clothing: speed and wind can surprise us with low temperatures; think of wearing skiing trousers, a snow jacket, gloves or mittens, a scarf and a hat (even in your pocket, it can come in useful). 
  • Protection: the sun and its reverberation are stronger in the mountains; think of sun cream and sun-glasses (or mask) that protect against U.V. rays.
  • Safety: a helmet (not mandatory) is strongly recommended.
  • Equipment: parabolic skis, larger and shorter, are easier to manage for everybody.

For the children: the little "extras" in the pocket 
  • A pack of tissues
  • A telephone number in case of emergency
  • A little snack

For snowboarding: 
  • Wrist guards can be useful
  • A snowboard with fittings for boots

For the kindergarden: 
  • Dress your children like yourself, no more, no less.
  • A cuddly toy in the pocket for the youngest ones can sometimes reassure them
  • No need for ski poles in the kindergarden

Remember to take with you: 
  • Your lesson card
  • Your ski-lifts pass
  • Make sure you are insured (otherwise you can take the "Carte Neige" or "CarrĂ© neige" according to the length of your stay)
  • Your good mood!

What you need to know: 
  • Skiing is an outdoor activity.
  • In winter weather conditions in the mountain can be difficult.
  • The whims of weather, the technical constraints linked with the skiing domain are part of the game and the ESF of Vallorcine cannot be held accountable - and these factors will not be cause for any refund.
  •  There is no rule regarding the number of people per lesson, for qualitative reason, at the ESF of Vallorcine. We have fixed the number at 12, but this number can on occasion be exceeded.
  • The homogeneity of the class is the assurance of success, it is more important than the number of people.
  • For accidental reasons, an instructor may be unable to teach his/her lesson. His/Her students will be split in other classes of the same level.
  • A group lesson of 2 hours cannot last exactly for 2 hours. There is a welcoming time and a time for plenary and conclusion.
  • The first and often the second day are necessary for the harmonisation of the lesson. It is not a waste of time, and the success of the course depends on it. In his/her interest, a child might be affected to a different level than the one he/she registered to. Do not take offense, trust us.
  • Be on time for the departure. It is difficult to join your instructor on the slopes. Be also here at the end of the lesson to collect your child.

Things to consider: 
  • One week lessons does not automatically means you will access to the next level.
  • If it is indeed possible to pass the "Flocon" or 1st star within one week of lessons, it is sometimes harder to pass the next stars. 
  • As the technical level becomes harder, several weeks of lessons are often necessary to acquire all the elements required, and thus obtain the next star.
  • We also advise parents to ski with their children outside their lessons, so that they can put in practice their instructor's advices. Skiing must remain a pleasure, do not overevaluate the level of your children and stay on slopes adapted to their ability.


The 10 good conduct rule

  • Rule #1 
Behave in such a way to not endanger or prejudice others.

  • Rule #2 
Adapt your speed and behaviour to suit your own abilities, the general conditions of the slopes and the weather.

  • Rule #3 
Choose a route in such a way not to endanger skiers or snowboarders ahead.

  • Rule #4 

         Leaves enough space for the overtaken skier or snowboarder to make any voluntary or involuntary movement.

  • Rule #5 
Make sure to be able to enter safely into a slope or an exercise area by examining up and down the slopes. 

  • Rule #6 
In the event of a fall, free the slope as fast as possible. Always stay about on the side of the slopes.

  • Rule #7 
Use the side of the slope to go up or down by foot.

  • Rule #8 
All skiers must respect the sign-posting.

  • Rule #9 
Everyone must assist and help rescue in the event of an accident.

  • Rule #10 If you are involved in an accident or are a mere witness, you must give your identity