Esprit Lesson Guide
Esprit Lesson Guide
The Esprit approach is to work closely with the local ski schools and select the best English-speaking children’s instructors to run ski classes exclusively for Esprit children, with guaranteed small classes.
We have found that over the years ability, as much as age, is a key deciding factor in balancing children’s ski classes. So our stated ages are a guide and there may be a wider age range within the class, but the children’s abilities on the skis will be similar. The ski instructors may, however, move children from class to class during the week to match their ability levels when, in their professional opinion, this is necessary for the safety and well-being of all the children.
The class descriptions are for guidance only and the progress each group makes can depend on resort terrain, the local weather over the course of the holiday, local ski lifts and ability of the group of children as a whole.
The below table shows the Esprit class levels and the corresponding French Ski School's we work with (ESF and Evolution 2 classes). Please note we also operate with local Austrian and Italian Ski Schools that operate under a slightly different format.
Please note this is a guide and varies from resort to resort.
|Esprit classes||ESF class||Evo 2 class||Age Guide (years)|
|Improvers||1ère Etoile (1st star)||Yeti 1||6-10|
|Intermediates||2ème Etoile (2nd star)||Yeti 2||7-12|
|Advanced||3ème Etoile/Etoile d'Or (3rd/Gold star)||Yeti 3/Super yeti||8-12|
Esprit Ski class descriptions:
Please note Improver and the above levels of Intermediates, and Advanced classes do not have an Esprit Snow Ranger accompany them during the lessons duration.
This afternoon class is orientated towards fun and play in the new environment. Whilst taking their first steps on snow the youngsters will learn about balance, discover the sensation of sliding on snow, and get used to wearing ski boots and skis. They will practice moving around on the skis in different ways over varied, but almost flat terrain, with the goal being to ski with skis parallel straight downhill, and stop using a snowplough turn. An Esprit Snow Ranger will accompany this class to help the ski instructor with the youngsters’ non–skiing needs (noses, clothing, cuddles!)
This morning class is for complete beginners who either need to increase their confidence with snowplough turns or cannot yet complete them fully. In this class the children will learn to snap into their skis and bindings, pick themselves up from a sitting position with skis on, side-step up a gentle slope, and start linking snowplough turns. An Esprit Snow Ranger accompanies this class all week to provide additional support and help with non-skiing needs.
This class is for children who can cope easily with all types of ski lift, and execute confident snowplough turns on the more gentle runs. The children practice coming to a sliding stop at the end of a snowplough turn, and start to experiment with a “hockey stop” on the gentle slopes.
This class is for children who are starting to parallel ski but still rely on snowploughing on trickier steeper runs. They can ski directly over hollows and bumps and know how to do basic skating steps. The children will learn controlled skiing across varied terrain, will practice good body positioning, and will focus on building confidence with parallel turning.
This class is aimed at children that can execute parallel turns and are looking for more challenging guidance. The children will practice skiing at a higher speed while implementing controlled braking, they will learn how to use vertical body movement to start turns, making turns quicker and closer together on steeper slopes and the classes may include an introduction to soft snow technique at the side of the piste or the practice of slalom course skills.
Esprit Sprite Beginners ready for their morning lesson.