An account from Jules, age 7 and (future) Olympic gold medallist in Alpine skiing.
This is the first time that the whole family is going on a winter sports holiday. Jules’s parents chose the Vosges Mountains for its family-friendly resorts and the wide variety of activities on offer for children. Little by little, Jules discovers a paradise of white where he can unleash his (beginner’s) talents as a skier.
“Grandma, just like I promised, I’m writing you letters to tell you about our skiing holiday with Dad, Mom and Augustine. First, I wanted to talk to you about Fred, my favourite instructor at ski school. He’s teaching us how to ski on the bunny slopes for now, but I think one morning soon I’ll be able to ski with the big kids.”
The ESF Piou-Piou Clubs are play areas where little ones can learn skiing skills while getting accustomed to the slopes.
Snowball effect on my snowboard
"Tomorrow I start snowboarding! I’m a little worried that I’ll fall down in front of my friends, but Fred says that falling is how we learn. We’ll see. I also wanted to tell you that Augustine was so annoying today! Mom signed her up for the Piou-Piou Club for the morning and then she wouldn’t stop talking about "Blanchot" and "Titourson".
A word from Jules’s mother
"Mom, this mountain is so great! We get plenty of fresh air and the kids are having a ball. This afternoon, we’re going to the spa as a couple while Jules and Augustine are in ski school. I can’t wait to show you all our photos."
“I got my first snowflake skiing medal, Grandma! Dad took some videos, so you can see me link the turns like a champion and skid just like on TV. As a reward, we’re all going to build an igloo and go yoonering this afternoon. It’s a sort of half-sled, half-ski that slides on the snow. I’m so happy here and I don’t want to go home.”
Today, it’s freestyle
“It’s our last day, and to finish this great week, Dad and I are going to an awesome competition: a freestyle contest. The snowboarders launch in the air and do incredible tricks. I’m so excited to go and I hope that one day it will be me up there.”