Which medal for which level of skiing: from the little ones ("Pioupiou" level) to the gold star skiers ☆
You've decided to take your child skiing this winter, but you're afraid they'll soon get bored. The ski schools have taken this into consideration and, to keep children motivated throughout the season, they reward the progress of all the children by giving them medals.
From the nursery ski school to the highest level of the sport, here is a presentation of these rewards that tell you the level of ability of your child while encouraging them to persevere from one year to the next!
If you learned to ski in the 80s and 90s, you are going to tell me, "OK, but what are all these new medals? In my day, we got our 'snowflake' medal and then got our first star." Indeed, but this meant that those children who only came skiing occasionally had a hard time getting their first star because the jump from the "Pioupiou" (birdie) and "Ourson" (teddy bear) levels was too big. Now, with the new system, each improvement can be rewarded with a medal which helps to keep the children motivated.
The Pioupiou ("birdie") club teaches the youngest skiers to start going downhill on gentle slopes and have lots of fun trying to touch the different bells on the course. This is an intuitive way of learning how to steer their ski tips. Your child will be very proud to be able to wear their medal bearing the famous chick at the end of their week at the club.
The little rabbit is the reward for those children who know how to move about with skis on a level surface, go downhill facing the (gentle) slope and get on the famous magic carpet to go back uphill after a descent.
The marmot (called "Sifflote") is awarded to those children who can descend in the snowplough position in the nursery ski school and tackle some obstacles.
Watch out for the werewolf. Garolou is the medal for those young skiers who can avoid it! They are therefore able to control their trajectory and their speed, within the confines of the Pioupiou club. They are also able to get their skis on and off unaided – a big step towards independence!
Before getting down to business, there is still the Titourson (little teddy), which is the level at which the children start to follow their parents on the green slopes! At this point, the children know how to take the drag lifts, make turns, control their speed, glide in the snowplough position and stop!
At the end of this cycle of stars, your child has mastered the basics of skiing and more. They can now have fun on all types of pistes in complete safety. If they want to hone their skills, they can continue to take ski lessons to improve their speed. Arrows and Chamois are awarded to the fastest skiers on compulsory courses, whether it is the small turns for the Chamois, or the giant slalom turns for the Arrow. Completing these tests generates a ranking that allows you to compare your performance with those of the most seasoned skiers! But, naturally, this is for skiers who already have a lot training.
SKI INSTRUCTOR AND PRODUCT MANAGER AT WEDZE