Originally Posted by Ski Mak
Will go to La Plagne in Jan. I have never been skiing in Europe and also considering that I am only a lower immediate level (between L6 - L7), I may take ski lessons there.
Do they teach similiar to PSIA OR CSIA methods in France?
Any advice/suggestions are highly be appreciated.
I've no experience with La Plagne schools, but a fairly good one with the french system as a whole, for me or my kids. (In France, ski schools are independant of the resorts : some of them are big structure like ESF, operating in virtualy every french resort, some are strictly local, or even just individual coaches / guides, others are in-between, like Evo 2 or Oxygène which operate in limited number of resorts.)
Jeroen and Taffski gave you good advices :
ESF is a big organization, sometimes bureaucratic. It really depends of the coach. He may be outstanding or just bored... Think public school.
I've had nothing but good experience with Evolution 2 Val d'Isère for my kids as for me (I take a few hours of private coaching from times to times). It's a smallest structure, quite popular among UK skiers (which may makes things easier if your french is poor.)
What I can add :
I don't know if you intend to attend collective lessons or private coaching.
If you plan to go collective, Evolution 2 seems a good bet, simply because it attracts more foreign students : As soon as they reach an intermediate level most french adults tend to skip school. They just go back to lessons to improve some particular aspect of their skiing, generaly off piste or racing. Brits, or other nationality, are less pretentious... Evo2 is well prepared to suit their needs.
If the plan is to hire a private coach, ESF has more than a few fine ones too. (I believe David Alemoz sometimes coaches for ESF La Plagne).
As january is not the busiest period, you can afford to wait to be there and to check with various schools, to explain to them what are your expectations and to choose on the spot.
As far as methods are concerned, I've no idea... For kids the ESF is more focused towards racing than free skiing. Which can get bothering when the kids reach a good level : sometimes they don't really care for gate bashing. But I guess their policy is different for the adults.