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Do I need to book in advance?

It is better, especially if you come during the holidays (21 december to 5 january, 8 february to 1st of may,…). The earlier you book, more choices you will get.

How to evaluate the level as you subscribe?

You may already possess an official notebook from the Ski School with the actual level of your child written inside.
An online page is available here with videos concerning ski and snowboard’s levels and their international equivalences.
Please feel free to contact us  if needed!

How to choose between collective and private lessons?

Some people feel more motivated in a group while others feel more confident alone with their particular instructor.

It also depends on your budget and the dates of the collective lessons.

How can I book?

Here are the different ways of booking you can use:

  • By phone or directly at our office, last-minute booking possible (subject to availability)
  • By email, at least 24 hours in advance
  • Online, at least 48 hours in advance.

Phone number: +41 24 490 24 34
Email: Info@essgryon.ch – Contact
Online booking

 

 

Do I need a skipass?

  • If you stay in the beginner slope in Frience, located in the “Alpe des Chaux” area, it is free for everybody.
  • If you ski in Gryon or Bretaye, every person will need a skipass except children under 6 years old.

Please note that children under 6 years old can ski for free yet they still need to use a magnetic card for the installations. (5 CHF)
More informations on the  TVGD website

Is the equipment provided?

NO. You should arrive with your own material, according to the lesson you have chosen.  For biathlon, laser rifle are provided.

Does my kid need ski poles?

Ski poles are recommended. For collective lessons, please ask to to the instructor at the first lessons if ski poles are necessary or not.

Will there be snow during my stay?

Of course! The ski domain is widely provided with snow canons and the Ski School Gryon does everything possible to carry on with the courses in any situation.

Is the lesson maintained in case of snowy or rainy weather?

YES! Your instructor is waiting for you in any weather conditions. Weather conditions will never lead to cancel lessons.

Do the prices mentioned include an insurance?

No, every person must have his own accident insurance!

How many hours should I take lessons in order to be able to ski?

It will depend on your evolution, your motivation and your physical condition.

At which age can we start skiing?

From 3 years old for a first contact with the ski, but progresses will be limited. It will depend on the development of the child. There are some days easier than other. Please, don’t force your kid to ski. It may be better to wait until he gets older, he will then be able to progress faster. 

At which age can we start snowboarding?

From 8 years old for a kid that is already used to practice skiing. Under this age, children do not have enough muscles. Learning to snowboard is hard even for an adult. A child that is too young may be driven out of this sport before to progress enough to enjoy it. 

Where do I meet with my instructor?

For private and collective lessons in Gryon, we meet in front of our office, which is across the arrival of the Gryon-Les Chaux gondola.

For courses taking place in Frience, we meet at the bottom of the “covered magic carpet”

How do I get to Gryon Ski School?

You will easily find us across the arrival of  the Gondola Barboleuse-Les Chaux. Once you arrive at the top, cross the slope and walk toward the little chalet.

In case of wind, the Gondola of Gryon-Les Chaux may be closed. Access to the ski school is often maintained thanks to the road leading to the skilift “Les Fracherets”.

Access map

Can I attend my child's lessons?

No. Please trust our amazing instructors! 😉

If you want to ski with your children, we have a “Family special” deal.

 

How can I pay?

Vous avez la possibilité d’effectuer le paiement grâce aux différents moyens cités ci-dessous :

  • By PayPal
  • By card: Visa, Mastercard, Maestro or Postcard
  • Cash
  • Voucher

On request:

  • Payment form for Swiss residents
  • Bank transfer

When do I have to pay for my lessons?

You will have to pay your lessons as you book. Booking is confirmed once payment is done.

Will my children with the same level be in the same group?

Yes, at the beginning of the week. It will then depend on the progression.

When do the evaluations take place?

For the collective lessons: Children which participated in the 5 days lessons will be evaluated throughout the week. Medals will be given on Friday. 

For private lessons: Children will be evaluated when their level is high enough.

 

Is the medal included in the price?

Yes, but only with 5 days collective lessons or more.

With 4 days collective lessons or less and only if your child did enough progresses, the test and the medal will cost you 10 CHF.

 

Can we modifiy or cancel our booking?

Booking is confirmed once payment is validated. Any booking may be cancelled or modified free of charge up to 7 days prior to the start of the lessons. Any modification or cancellation less than 7 days and up to 48 hours prior the start of the lessons is subject to payment of CHF 40.00 fees. Any modification or cancellation less than 48 hours prior to the start of the lessons without medical certificate is subject to 100% payment of the total cost.