Here’s the next chapter in my series about ski lessons in France and the alternatives on offer. If learning to ski already seems like a challenge, then you don’t need to add the language barrier to the package! Choosing ski lessons with an English-speaking ski school based in your chosen ski resort is the best option for you. Oxygène is an English-speaking, family-run ski school with over 20 years of experience offering ski lessons in La Plagne, Val d'Isere and Courchevel. With more than 80 ski instructors in these resorts they are able to offer tailor-made ski lessons without compromising friendly, efficient service.
If you’re a skiing parent and have maybe not always made the best choice of ski school on your family ski holiday, I’m sure you’ve experienced that horrible feeling of guilt as you drop your kids off for their ski lessons in the morning. As the rather stern ski instructor, who speaks a bit of English but with a VERY strong accent, greets you and your child (if you’re lucky they might remember his or her name), you’re overwhelmed with a feeling of dread that you budding little skier is not going to have as much as fun as you hoped up on the slopes!
When you see the number of kids in the group, you start to wonder whether your child is actually in safe hands and how the ski instructor can possibly manage so many little skiers on the slopes alone. By choosing ski lessons with Oxygène, you are sure of small groups and the kind, patient ski instructors really understand how to create a fun learning environment for your children so they want to come back for more! You can also take a look at their detailed level finder to work out which group is adapted for your child rather than being told by someone else!
Whether you are a complete first-time skier, you haven’t skied for a few years and need a refresher course or you’re ready for a new challenge, Oxygène have ski lessons to fit your needs. First-time skiers will be gently guided through the basics, while intermediate skiers will be offered the chance to perfect their skills and experts can try the Steep and Deep off-piste ski lessons in small groups, making safety the No. 1 priority.
The Oxygène team have understood that there is so much more to a ski holiday than simply skiing! Alongside their ski lessons, they offer a selection of original apres-ski activities adapted for the ski resort you have chosen. For example, moonlight ski evenings in La Plagne is one activity I will just have to try. After enjoying a beautiful sunset at the Chalet de la Grande Rochette, you tuck into a traditional 2-course Savoyarde meal before skiing down a gentle blue run back to resort centre. If you have any non-skiers in your group, this is a great way to give them a taste of being up on the mountain without having to ski – they are brought back down by Oxygène’s special taxi ski service!
Take a look at the many other activities and details about ski lessons on the official Oxygène website.
Looks like a super alternative to stuffy ESF teachers - they really look like they hate their jobs!
Being lucky enough to have parents who were crazy about skiing, my love for the mountains started when I was 4 years old on our first family ski holiday to Austrian ski resort of Obergurl. One ski holiday a year was never enough and tears rolled down my face as I looked out the back window of the car on the drive down the valley on the way home!
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