Do NOT put your child into ESF in Meribel.
1 instructor had thirteen 4 year olds to look after and took them up the mountain. I watched from a distance as my boy (and a few others) sat crying and crying and being ignored, and told myself it was best to leave.
Then waiting for them at the bottom of the bubble I saw my son straggling at the back of a different group. Their instructor shepherded all but him back to the base and I watched as my son wandered crying off into the crowds towards the roads of Meribel. I pointed him out to the instructor and asked if he was meant to be looking after this child and he said 'no, I just found him at the top of the lift so brought him down with my class'
After rescuing my distraught boy (4 years old remember!) I confronted the manager of ESF Meribel. Rather than being appalled and apologetic, he was agressive, dismissive and arrogant, telling me to 'turn the page and get over it' and after speaking to the instructors, trying to spin me a revisionist version of the events I had actually watched - telling me that my son had been moved classes and that he had 'run off' into the crowd and that the instructor had rescued him. Lies constructed to cover their truly abysmal dereliction of duty and care. They really are an appalling company who care more for the turnover and numbers than for the children in their care. It is only a matter of time before some poor child really does go missing on the mountain, and far from giving children confidence and fun in the snow they provide a miserable and frightening first experience of being on skiis.
Luckily we were able to arrange our boy some one on one time with a Magic instructor who really cared and gave him back some confidence.
i would never trust a child of mine again to an ESF instructor.
I would be very interested to hear from anyone with similar experiences with ESF.