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What are the tests for?

Created by esf, the tests allow everyone to progress step by step in the practice of snow sports
Based on precise technical criteria, our esf instructors validate with you or your child the skills acquired and the improvements to be made in the practice of alpine skiing.

The Piou-Piou club

Piou-Piou

The main objective of the Piou-Piou Club is to introduce children to skiing and to playing in the snow by entering their "imaginary" world. This pedagogical concept specific to esf is based on the notions of pleasure, freedom and games through the implementation of an adapted and stress-free learning process.
There are three objectives for the Piou-Piou club:
  • Initiation to autonomy: children must be able to move freely and safely from one workshop to another, choosing their own path. 
  • Progressive acquisition of motor skills through the discovery of the key characters of the Piou-Piou Club: Piou-Piou, Blanchot, Sifflote, Garolou and Titourson.
  • Discovery of the mountain environment and the first notions of safety.

All the activities are done through animations linked to the discovery of the 5 key characters in the history of the adventures of Piou-Piou.

With Piou-Piou, I discover the snow:
  • I move around in the snow, on foot or on skis.
  • And like the grown-ups, I learn to put on and take off my skis by myself! bSnowmen, toboggans, first steps on skis, I discover all my equipment as a young skier!

Blanchot

With Blanchot, I'm making my first slides:
  • I know how to recognise my ski equipment. 
  • I move around on flat ground and I slide facing the slope.

Sifflote

With Sifflote, I slide and I control my speed:
  • I learn how to go down the slope on snowplow position with my skis. 
  • I use my first ski lifts. 

Garolou

To avoid Garolou, I know how to change direction:
  • I put on and take off my skis by myself.
  • With my skis, I'm learning to make snowplow turns, left and right. That way, I avoid Garolou's lair on my way! 

Tests for children 

Ourson

You are 4 years old, you have already skied at Club Piou-Piou, or you are new to skiing? With the "Ourson" level, you will start to enter the big league! Which means that you will already know how to do a lot of things on your own. If you follow Titourson's good advice, you'll definitely get your medal! And you'll even be able to follow your parents on the green slopes.

Here are your missions to get your medal:
  • "Snake-like" evolution in snowplow turns, materialised by 4 to 5 gate poles.   
  • Easy Nordic-type course.

Like Titourson, this will be super easy for you to:
  • Put on and take off your skis by yourself.
  • Use your first ski lifts.
  • Control your speed by making turns that imitate the movement of a snake.
  • Move around in different ways with your skis, on different almost flat terrains.
  • Slide with your skis parallel, facing the slope, and stop with a snowplow turn.
  • Be autonomous and able to move outside the Piou-Piou club.

Flocon

You're at least 5 years old, you've never skied... but you'd like to! Or, you already have your "Ourson" medal in your pocket. Then you can try to reach the "Flocon" level.

TYour first missions:
  • SControl your speed, brake and stop.
  • DGo down the slope in a more or less straight line.
  • EAnd also, start sideslipping!

QWhen you have reached the "Flocon" level, you will know:
  • EMake a series of 7 to 8 turns with your skis in a snowplow position and put your skis back on parallel to go down the slope,
  • RKeep your balance on your skis while doing small jumps, or skiing from one foot to the other, or over a small bump.

2nd Star

You have reached or obtained the First Star level. You will now learn how to jump over bumps, hollows and turns. With a little practice, you'll win your 2nd Star!
Here are your missions:
  • Slide down gentle to medium slopes and keep your balance.
  • Descend in a straight line on a gentle slope and ake small steps to turn..
  • Make several simple turns by side slipping (rounding or slanting), and of course paying attention to what's going on around you (other skiers, the relief of the slope, etc.)!

When you have obtained the 1st star level, you will know:
  • Do a series of simple turns by side slipping and above all by paying attention to everything around you (the slope and the other skiers around you in particular).
  • Keep your balance to glide on gentle and medium slopes..
  • Discover your own sideslips!

2nd Star

You have reached or obtained the First Star level. You will now learn how to jump over bumps, hollows and turns. With a little practice, you'll win your 2nd Star!

Here are your missions:
  • Jump over bumps and hollows, facing the slope or across it, while keeping your balance..
  • Take the skater's step, which means advance on a flat track by pushing on your left leg and then on your right leg..
  • Do a series of about ten turns on a medium slope, with the skis parallel, paying attention to what is happening around you (other skiers, the relief of the piste, etc.)!
  • Know how to take the turns with a rounded sideslip.

3rd Star

You have reached or obtained the 2nd Star level. With your 3rd Star, you will start to feel great sensations on the snow. Mastering the turns and going at all speed is the basis for great skiing adventures! 

Here are your missions:
  • Do a series of several turns, more or less close together between gate poles, with the skis parallel, paying attention to what is happening around you (other skiers, the relief of the piste, etc.).
  • Master your balance in schuss (i.e. going straight down the slope) on several types of terrain: bumps, hollows, etc.
  • Pick up speed and then brake by side slipping.
  • Making garland: this is a succession of sideslips on the side, interspersed with direct descents.

Bronze Star

You have reached or obtained the 3rd Star level. With the Bronze Star, you will be able to feel comfortable on all types of snow. And the Gold Star is not far away. So put on your skis, you're about to do your first real ski course. Let's get started!
Here are your missions:
  • Do a quick series of turns, more or less tight, changing rhythm, on a course with 15 to 20 gates.
  • On the piste or on a skiercross type terrain, stay in balance when you are in schuss (which means going straight down the slope) then take off on gentle bumps.
  • Know how to make godille turns (short turns using your ski poles), paying attention to what is happening around you: other skiers, the relief of the piste, etc.
  • Explore different types of snow..

Gold Star

You have reached or obtained the Bronze Star level. Prepare now for the Gold Star! Once you've earned the Gold Star, you'll be able to ski all forms of alpine skiing. Before that, you have to get to the top of the slopes for a real timed course. Ready for the competition?
Here are your missions:
  • Ski without stopping on fairly steep slopes and on all types of snow, paying attention to what is happening around you: other skiers, the relief of the piste, etc..
  • To be able to do well on prepared terrain: skiercross or half-pipe.
  • Do a series of turns and godille on varied terrain (different types of snow, different slopes with varying degrees of slope).
  • Make a timed giant mini-slalom.

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