Our advice
 For all:
  • Clothing: speed and the wind can surprise you, bringing very low temperatures. Think of wearing ski trousers, a winter jacket, gloves, a scarf and a hat (even stuck in your pocket, it can come in handy!).
  • Protection: the sun and the reverberation are stronger in the mountains. Think of having sun cream and sun glasses (or goggles) to protect yourself from UV rays.
  • Safety: the helmet (even if not compulsory) is strongly recommended.
  • Equipment: parabolic skis, larger and shorter, are easier to manage for every one.

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

For snowboarders: 
  • Specific wrists protections are useful
  • A snowboard with boots fixing

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

Make sure you have: 
  • Your lessons card
  • Your ski-lifts pass
  • An insurance (you can get the "Carte Neige" or "CarrĂ© Neige" depending on the length of your stay)
  • Your good mood!

What you need to know: 
  • Skiing is an outdoor, open nature activity.
  • In winter, the conditions in the mountain can sometimes be difficult. 
  • The changing weather conditions and the technical constraints due to the skiing domain are part of the game and the ESF La Grave-La Meije cannot be held responsible for these, and will not give any refund. 
  • There is no strict rule regarding the classes numbers, however, to maintain quality, at the ESF La Grave-La Meije, we have fixed it at 12 pupils per class. This number can, on occasions, be surpassed. 
  • The homogeneous nature of the lessons is a guarantee of success, it takes over the number. 
  • If, for circumstantial reasons, an instructor cannot teach their class, the pupils will be divided up in other classes of the same level of ability.
  • A 2 hour group lesson cannot last for exactly 2 hours: there is a time to welcome everyone and get to know each other, as well as a time to sum up and conclude.
  • The first day, and often the second one, are necessary for the good harmonisation of the lesson. It is not a waste of time, the success of the class depends on it. For his/her own interest, a pupil may be placed in a different level than the one he/she registered for. Do not get upset over it, trust us.
  • Please be on time for the departure of the class. It is very difficult to find an instructor on the slopes. Make sure you are also here to collect your child at the end of the lesson.

Things to consider: 
  • One week of lessons does not mean you will automatically reach the next level.
  • It may be possible to pass the "Flocon" or the 1st star within a week of lessons, however it is afterwards harder to pass the following stars.
  • As the technical level gets harder, several weeks of lessons are necessary to acquire the required element and obtain the next star.
  • We also advise parent to ski with their children outside of the ski lessons, so that they can put into practice the advice they have received from their instructor. However, skiing must remain a pleasure, so do not over-evaluate the level of your children and, when skiing with them, stay on the slopes that are suited to their abilities.


The 10 good conduct rules

  • 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.