Downhill ski and snowboard classes

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  • The subscription fee comprises the ski or snowboarding class, transport by bus and the ski pass.
  • Equipment is not included. If you don’t have it, either buy it or rent for the season (offers here). It will not be possible (or economic) to rent for a single day at the locations we go to.
  • The classes consist of 5 lesson days taking place from beginning of January to beginning of February, on 5 consecutive Saturdays or Sundays
  • Upon subscription to the ski or snowboarding classes, you have to estimate your level of competence
    – in downhill skiing on a scale from 0.0 to 3.5; or
    – in snowboarding on a scale from 0.0 to 3.0.
    If it turns out that the selected level is not appropriate, your ski/snowboard instructor will assign you to a group that fits better with your competences.
  • The lessons are held in groups of 8 participants on average, of the same level.
  • The lessons are taught by certified ski/snowboard instructors who receive initial and recurrent training provided by the FFS. All instructors are volunteers.
  • The Carte Neige is mandatory for participation in ski or snowboard classes.
  • If you have signed up to take lessons on a Saturday, then you cannot swap to Sundays (and vice versa).
    However, you may subscribe to both Saturday and Sunday classes.
  • Absences (even if pre-announced) are neither compensated nor reimbursed.

Dates and destinations in 2020

11 + 12 January Le Grand Bornand
18 + 19 January Les Gets
25 + 26 January St. Gervais
1 + 2 February Les Contamines
8 + 9 February Avoriaz

Coach departure time and points

7:15 h CERN, SM18
The gate will be open during course outings – parking available.
7:20 h CERN Globe
Bus parking close to the Globe and the tram stop CERN of tram 18 – no car parking available.
7:20 h Procter & Gamble private parking lot
Very limited parking available inside P&G site. Use public transport or carpool as a priority.
7:30 h Archamps, parking lot
Public parking available.

A typical ski class day – step by step

  1. Get your ski/snowboard equipment ready in advance: skis/snowboard, poles, ski boots, hat or helmet, sunglasses and/or ski goggles, gloves, and for off-piste ski class only, a small backpack
  2. Arrive at one of the coach departure points by public transport or car (if parking is available). Please be sure to arrive at least 20 minutes before the scheduled departure time in order to put your equipment into the coach and find a seat.
  3. After having put your skis/snowboard and boots in the coach lockers (outside, underneath), get on the bus with your “Carte Neige” (insurance card) ready to show a member of the club who will be taking a register.
  4. Listen to the instructions which will be given (in English and in French) shortly before arriving at the ski resort.
  5. When you arrive in the ski resort you will be given your lift pass before you get off the coach, keep it in a safe place.
  6. Collect your equipment from under the coach and quickly put on your ski boots. You can leave your stuff on the bus (will be locked until the end of the lesson, no access before) and/or in the coach lockers (will stay open).
  7. Then join your group beside the numbered sign for each of the levels 0.0 to 3.5, which will be clearly displayed nearby the coaches.
  8. The instructor will take a register to be sure that everyone is in the correct group.
  9. Follow your instructor who will train you and your fellow participants during the whole day.
  10. At lunchtime the group will have a break at a restaurant (meal at your own expense), more or less long depending on the mood of your group.
  11. The lessons continue until 16:45 h.
  12. After having put your material in the coach lockers, get on the same bus and take the same seat you had in the morning. Don’t change bus!
  13. The bus trip lasts on average 1h30 depending on the traffic.