Nico, at your service
Ski and board instructor
Nico, at your service
Ski and board instructor
I am a French-qualified ski and board instructor. I have been teaching snowsports for over twenty years, first in the Northern Alps and now here in SERRE CHEVALIER in the Hautes-Alpes, France.
I am really looking forward to sharing my in-depth knowledge of this area, the locals and all the secret spots I love with you.
Although the SKI SCHOOL is based in this fabulous resort in the Southern Alps, I would be more than happy to take you to other resorts in the Alps.
Skiing and photography are my two passions and I combine them in my lessons. What I like best is helping you improve your technique so that together we can share the exhilarating thrills of skiing.
The Ecrins mountain range is located where the Southern and Northern Alps meet, between Grenoble, Marseille and Turin, and enjoys a great snow record with lots of sun. Nicus’ ski school is in Serre-Chevalier, one of the biggest ski resorts in the Alps.
The north-facing slopes mean that snow conditions are good all winter long. The larch forests, characteristic of the Briançon area, create a lovely, light atmosphere, perfect for winter sports.
A bit of history…..
Skiing was very much in vogue in the period after the 1st World War and the Briançon area was already attracting the world of show business.
The first ski lift in Serre Chevalier, constructed in 1941, was the longest cable car in Europe at the time and the ski area really started to take off in the 50s.
The name Serre Chevalier was finally adopted in 1968 and comes from the name of one of the summits in the valley. All the thirteen different villages and hamlets in the valley, from Monêtier-les-Bains to Briançon via La Salle-les-Alpes and Chantemerle are now linked and united under one banner, namely Serre-Chevalier, thus forming one of the largest ski resorts in France.
Briançon, Unesco World Heritage Site
The Network of Major Vauban Sites brings together the 12 sites which best represent the system of fortifications erected by Vauban, Louis XIV’s military architect. When you visit the Briançon site you will start to understand the extent of Vauban’s engineering talent in adapting to the terrain, particularly spectacular in mountain sites. The military architect’s outstanding work was inscribed on the Unesco World Heritage List in 2008.
Ecrins National Park
This is one of nine national parks in France and arguably the most alpine. The Ecrins National Park is located at the gates of Serre-Chevalier in the Guisane and Vallouise valleys, but also in the Oisans, Valbonnais, Champsaur and Valgaudemar – so many different valleys, full of character and linked by a compact and still unspoiled mountain range. The best way to explore these open spaces is either on foot, hiking on the trails in summer or skiing in winter . Go with a professional to enjoy the off-piste routes to the full!
What’s on and special events – I love Serre-Chevalier
I just love taking photos and describing all the fun events and things going on in the ski resort and villages during the winter and summer alike. It’s my way of sharing– not just skiing – and keeping you up to date with what’s going on in the valley.
NICUS’ SKI SCHOOL – SERRE CHEVALIER
A ski school … and lots more
Nico offers a whole range of ski, board or freestyle lessons.
The use of video assisted learning feedback is the speciality of our ski school in Serre Chevalier. A two-hour long ski session with video feedback, viewed while riding the lifts, helps maximize your progress – no way out!
Original and efficient teaching methods for young children and their first times on skis
The first time your child goes skiing is a sensitive moment. It’s important to start in the best conditions possible and make it fun to encourage development and progress adapted to your child. Let your child learn at his or her own pace – each child is different!
I use special equipment to guarantee skiing in total security in this personal instruction method. Your child will feel the sensations of sliding linked to acceleration without having to snow plough. This will come later, naturally and spontaneously – or even not at all!
This is a great method for learning how to ski with real results. Your child will progress rapidly , learning the core skills needed to start skiing on his own.
Each child is different, but even 2-year olds can enjoy their first sliding sensations!
Training for parents and children
I will help your children make their first tracks and then explain how you can help them keep progressing. I feel that parent and child coaching is essential to ensure that skiing together is always a pleasure.
So go and check out the photos and videos that show this teaching approach with children.