Based in the family friendly ski resort of Puy St Vincent in France, the childcare facilities are at the heart of Snowbizz and the reason so many families return. If the children are happy then the family are overjoyed!
No nerves – we start them early!
The Toton Ski School is for our youngest skiers aged 3 to 4 years. They start their day in the crèche then are taken by their ski nanny to join their instructor in the snow garden for their lesson in a small group of no more than five. By the end of the week we have even the most reluctant three year old skiing happily and confidently.
We work with the local ski school with a team of hand-picked instructors and were the first company to use the combination of a ski nanny and instructor. We are still one of only a few companies who offer ski lessons to 3 and 4 year olds.
Every aspect of ski school is cared for by Snowbizz director, Michel, who oversees small, friendly classes, exclusively for our British guests.
Outstanding staff who ensure every child’s holiday is a special one
Over thirty years, Snowbizz have become famous for outstanding staff who ensure every child’s holiday is a special one. Snowbizz only employ the very best and look after them. If our staff love working for us we know it will reflect on every child’s ski experience.
Flexible classes with all instructors staying in radio contact
We recognise that all children are very different. We’ve seen a great many little stars pass through our classes, (please check out, for one, Paralympian Jade Etherington!) but we’re also there for wobbly young skiers. And another reason director Michel and our ski instructors are in constant radio contact to ensure everyone is happy in class – if not we react immediately.
Constant monitoring for speedy progress
All the children are assessed on the first morning and totally unobtrusively re-assessed on an ongoing basis. We are constantly told that when the family ski videos come out, friends will remark on the speed in which Snowbizz children have progressed.
The only British run crèche with prestigious DDASS licence
We manage a proper nursery to UK standards and above. We are also the only UK Company to have gained the prestigious French DDASS licence to run a crèche in France, (but exclusively for British children). We have spot unannounced checks, made by the French department doctor in charge, and are proud to say over 30 years we have always passed with flying colours – this is all down to our wonderful staff.
Our crèche isn’t just a converted room in a chalet, as you will often find, it’s a bright and spacious proper nursery with amazing views across the vally. But the best bit is it’s located right on piste, next door to the Sun Vallée Residence. We have two large activity areas, a creative room, tiny-tots bathroom and a dedicated baby room.
The crèche day is structured with a variety of activities including lots of arts and crafts plus time spent outside in our snow garden or maybe a picnic/walk to visit the horses.
The younger ski school children, the Totons, start their day here then are collected by both their instructor and ski nanny and taken to the snow garden for their lesson.
Flexi hours to suit every family
We appreciate that every family has different needs so our crèche hours are made flexi to suit you. Please speak to skiing mums Sarah or Jo, they will find you the perfect combination.
Junior Ski School location
Puy St Vincent is all about doorstep skiing and the so important first weeks on snow. You literally fall out of bed and you’re on the piste opposite the children’s snow garden.
All skiing children start their day in either the crèche or Junior Ski Club with lots of fun activities to break the ice and create friendships. Our ski instructors meet the children here every morning.
Snowbizz were the first British tour operator to start their own children’s ski school and the only UK company to be licensed by the prestigious French DDASS. We offer classes for 3 year olds up to race-training teens. Please call our UK based ski mums, Sarah and Jo, to find out how we can make your child’s ski experience the best one.