Teenagers who have been perfectly behaved for months at school will be desperate
to let off steam. During the day this seems to mean dressing with their
crutch around their knees to ride snowboards and glare at anyone over
After dinner, of course, it means sampling every
forbidden pleasure possible out on the town. Under-18s often gain
illicit entry to night clubs, but sometimes don’t. The former
might worry parents, the latter drives teenagers crazy. At night
during school holidays Val d’Isère echoes to young
voices fortified with chalet wine discussing how to get into Dick’s T-bar
through the fire escape! And that’s just the 13-year-olds…
Still, they’re going to test the limits, and Val d’Isère
is a fairly benign place to do so.
If you are bringing youngsters to a top chalet,
please bear in mind that the smarter the chalet the easier it is
to damage and the more the damage costs to put right. We have to
repair any damage for subsequent guests, and have to ask the parents
for the money, which is never easy.
YSE is not anti-children. Far from it, we are
working on the 2022 Winter Olympic squad right now. But we know
how much wear and tear a child can inflict with a plastic cup, let alone
a felt-tip! Toddlers are the worst, but teenagers aren’t far
behind, and the Oxford and Cambridge ski teams were the first children
we had to ban.