Avoriaz – A leisure centre and ski school with a rich history

In 1976, two ski champions Annie FAMOSE (World Champion and Olympic slalom silver medallist) and Isabelle MIR (runner-up, World Championships and Olympic downhill silver medallist) founded the Village des Enfants in AVORIAZ.

The starting point of the project was to free children from traditional teaching methods that were more suitable for adults and that were inappropriate for the “little ones’ ” expectations. Their project of original teaching methods based on role-playing and games in a protected area brought about a revolution in the approach of teaching to children.

In a specially equipped area, the children are given a specific objective. Because of this, they find the movement that allows them to reach the objective. Each difficulty overcome leads them to another problem that they solve without effort until, once they master in a sufficient range of moves, they are able to join the slopes with the older ones.

In almost forty years of existence, the Avoriaz ski school-leisure centre Village des Enfants has become the most renowned centre for teaching skiing and snowboarding to children. While the starting principles are still valid for the youngest skiers, the institution has gradually expanded and today welcomes all levels of progression, from beginners’ classes to competition classes. Snowboarding and new winter sports like freeride and freestyle also have their place.

Today, the institution welcomes up to 900 children and teenagers each day. It has a perfectly equipped children’s garden (moving carpet, rope tow, beginners’ teleski), two beginners’ slopes for the first steps, and an approved slalom stadium equipped with a timing sound system chalet for the competition courses.

Furthermore, the new equipment on the resort allows for a wide range of exercises that the instructors supervise in a fun and relaxed atmosphere (kids’ snow park, halfpipe, slopes reserved for teaching and theme courses, amongst others. This season, 100 instructors and animators are waiting for you to offer your children unforgettable holidays.

The Village des Enfants, the pleasure of learning how to ski differently…