I’ll start this review at the end of the week! We have a “New Generation” of skiers in the family! The last run on the last day, we all went down a red run together and it was a very lumpy bumpy red run after a week of glorious sunshine making snow conditions less than perfect! This happy final family descent is all thanks to New Generation Ski School in Morzine.
This was our first skiing holiday as a family. Hannah is 10 years old and Sofia is 6 and we pondered for many years when the “ideal” time was to start them off learning to ski. Turns out for us it’s when our half term doesn’t coincide with the rest of the country and flights and hotels are half price!
That said, Ski holidays aren’t cheap, even out of the school holidays. On top of the flights and accommodation there is the kit, ski hire, ski lift passes (all times 4) plus lessons on top. That’s a lot of money to throw away if your kids decide on day one that skiing isn’t for them. No one wants a holiday where you are battling to get the kids to do an activity they don’t like. Especially when that’s all you have planned for the next 7 days!
The first experience for the girls, and the make or break for the holiday, would be on day one, on top of the mountain with an instructor they had never met, in a place they had never been. We would be asking them to ski off with this stranger and a group of children like the pied piper whilst we cheerily waved them goodbye! The choice of ski school was therefore a very big deal for us.
We discussed with friends whether we could email various ski schools and ask if they had a young pretty adventurous ski instructor, someone the girls would admire and be happy to follow up a mountain! From a more serious parent’s perspective… the reality is you are entrusting the instructor to look after your children who they have just met, in what could be all elements, up a mountain on skis and ,oh can you make sure they have a fun time please as we would like to do it again.
I learnt to ski when I was in my mid-twenties. I went with the French and Italian traditional ski schools, as there wasn’t really a choice at the time. Language barriers came into play at times and whilst the instructors taught me to ski, I wanted something different for the girls. When I was learning I remember mention of a “new generation” of ski schools being established- A British ski school whose approach to teaching was more modern than the traditional French or Italian based ski school.
The choice for our first family holiday in Morzine was therefore do we go with the traditional French ski school or opt for New Generation Ski School in Morzine. After a phone call with New Generation and discussions with friends and experienced skiers we booked with New Generation Ski School in Morzine.
For us New Generation Ski School in Morzine was the right decision for these reasons:-
Whilst the kids are always keen to try and speak and learn the language when we go on holiday, it’s the basics. Hello, goodbye, please and thank you. The instructors all have brilliant English of course, but part of the enjoyment is the other kids they are skiing with. To be able to laugh and talk and have the general ski banter of a small group where you all speak the same common language. I felt the girls would be a lot more reserved and find the language barrier more of an issue if they were in the traditional school, with a lot of children whose native tongue was French.
The New Generation lessons all started from the same place and all the lessons I saw tended to be smaller groups with British children. I think this helped settle the kid’s nerves a little on the first day. They knew two of the other children in the class and this helped enormously. The fifth little girl fitted in really well and it was a lovely little happy group of children every morning. First hurdle over. The kids got on and liked the others in the group.
This was my first ski trip in over 10 years so I wanted to find my ski legs again and enjoy some time on the slopes. I didn’t want to put the girls into ski school all day, which is an option with some schools. I was hoping to enjoy some afternoon ski time with them too. The French school offered ski lessons for 2 hours with child care for an hour or so before and after. New Generation offered lessons for 4.5 hours. The New Generation timings worked for us, it allowed us time to get the girls up and out on the slopes and to have a good few hours exploring before we had to meet them again at 1.30pm when the lesson finished.
New Generation offered the best of both worlds for us, the girls got almost twice the time in lessons and we had our time as well. I spoke to the New Generation team before we booked. I didn’t want to overtire the kids with long lessons, but they re-assured me that this length of lesson was ideal for children. (They did say adults lessons were shorter as they couldn’t cope or concentrate for the same length of time as kids !!)
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