Ski & Snowboard
Ski & Snowboard guiding
From total beginners
From total beginners, some of whom have never seen snow, to young athletes training as part of their school ski or snowboard team Les Elfes offers a lively and enthusiastic approach. We aim to facilitate an environment for students to develop their skills while enjoying their time on the mountain, making new friends from around the world and sharing valuable experiences with their peers.
Throughout our courses we follow a clear structure for progression so students are aware of their current levels of performance and their areas for improvement.
At the end of each trip we like to celebrate the achievements of each of our students with a prize giving evening. It is a chance for them to have a final group photo with their guide, receive their certificates and to hear the much-anticipated ski and snowboard race results from the week. We also show a slideshow .
Meet a Ski Guide
To maintain our position as a leading provider for Outdoor and Adventurous Activities for International clients Les Elfes have introduced an award system for the ‘core’ outdoor activities throughout all of our programmes.
This scheme provides a framework with clear assessment criteria which allows campers to develop their personal and leadership skills in activities including, rock climbing, mountain biking, orienteering, skiing, bushcraft, first aid, paddlesports, snowboarding and many more.
The award scheme provides a clear and logical progression throughout the age-groups where returning students have the opportunity to develop from a beginner to a leader and for us to reward different levels of personal achievement, so that campers have certificates they can be proud of and which can form part of a record of their personal achievements.
The scheme is designed to allow campers to develop their experiences in outdoor activities, to progress beyond the fundamental personal skills and introduce aspects of leadership and independent and safe practices in outdoor and adventurous activities.
The sessions in these ‘core’ activities have been designed to be flexible in their content and structure to suit the session to the requirements of each individual.
Each camper will have the opportunity to be involved in the award scheme, if they choose to, allowing them to develop their existing skills and challenge themselves to achieve beyond their current level.
Our evening programmes are tailored to meet the requirements of our students. Our groups participate in an activities programme from 8pm until 9pm and our older groups from 8pm until 9:45pm, with bedtime at 10pm.
We offer many activities including: ice skating, team challenges, quizes, disco night, games competitions,dine out in a swiss restaurant, cinema night, campfires, torchlight walk, mountain BBQ, nightline, bin bag fashion show, dragons’ den and a final prize-giving celebration to finish each week.
(All equipment can be hired at Les Elfes)
Having the proper ski equipment is essential for skiers and snowboarder of all levels. We optionally propose equipment and clothing rental so you don’t need to worry about that. Here’s information on ski and snowboard equipment needed for a day on the slopes.
Jacket: a good ski jacket must keep warm and dry on the slopes. It must be at once weatherproof, breathable, durable and comfortable.
Pants: Chances are, they are going to be worn sledding, tubing, building snow forts and playing in the snow. Because of that, kids’ ski pants need to be warm and weatherproof enough outlast both a lengthy ski day and a lengthy snow day.
Underwear: Base layers help regulate the body temperature by moving perspiration away from the skin, which will help to keep you dry. Base layers come in many forms from T-shirts to tights to briefs and sports bras. Top and bottom must absorb and transport moisture and perspiration away from the skin and disperse it on the outer surface where it evaporates.
Choosing the right skis depends on a number of factors, such as age/gender and skiing ability.
All manufacturers make junior skis, some make expensive race skis or freeriders, as well as powder skis. You can spend a lot of money on junior skis or you can get good recreational models at moderate prices. Once you determine the right length and style for your child, you can find really good ski deals online.
If you buy skis, be sure to take them to a reputable ski shop to have the bindings mounted. Call ahead to see if the ski shop has techs certified by the manufacturer of the binding you bought. If you received the skis with bindings already mounted take them to the shop to have a binding test done and the correct DIN set for your child’s size and ability.
Having a pair of ski boots that fits and makes feel comfortable is essential. Ski boots transfer the movement, the “instructions” to the skis and are very important for safe and enjoyable skiing. Ski boots are the most important part of the skiing equipment. Aside from the fact that your child definitely will not enjoy his/her time on the slopes if the feets hurt or are cold, it is important to understand that boots are the key of the skiing performance.
In downhill skiing, ski poles are important. In order to be effective, ski poles need to lightweight and flexible, yet strong and sturdy as well. They also need to be sized correctly.
In general, an all-mountain snowboard is the best bet for beginners, rather than a specialty board, which is harder to turn and balance on. Also, the longer a board is, the more difficult it will be to control. Choose a board that is the right length for your child’s size and snowboarding ability.
As the connecting point to the snowboard, boots are a vital piece of equipment. Make sure to get real snowboard boots (not moonboots or hiking boots) that fit correctly to keep the feet comfortable and warm. For most beginner snowboarders, soft snowboard boots are easier to control than hard boots. Boots have to be laced up tight to give your feet and ankles the support they need.
Compulsory. As is the case with many sports, a helmet is the most important piece of equipment when it comes to preventing life-threatening injuries. Our campers must wear one any time they go on the slopes. We will make sure to rent a helmet that fits properly and keep the chin strap fastened to keep it securely in place.
Goggles and sunglasses
The sun’s rays are considerably stronger at high altitudes than they are at sea level, and when they bounce off the gleaming white snow, they can be a serious threat to your eyes. There’s no question that good ski goggles should be an essential on everybody’s skiing checklist, especially in the cold and high wind of mid-winter. Save those cool sunglasses for a little later in the season, and make sure your goggles and lenses are clean and clear.
Gloves or mittens
Many ski or snowboard gloves include pockets for hand warmers to keep fingers nice and toasty.
Be sure to wear rigid wrist guards designed for snowboarding to protect yourself when you fall.