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 21.

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.