How to book ski lessons and guides
Get ready for your holiday in Chamonix and pre-book your ski school, private lessons or mountain guides – the Resort Team will bring all the information that you need to you when you arrive in Chamonix so all you have to do is enjoy skiing! Our ski lessons guide has lots of useful information, and we’ve asked the Resort Team to put together their top tips for booking lessons for your holiday.
We have ski school partners based in Le Tour (Balme), Argentière (Les Grands Montets), Chamonix and Les Houches, as well as the nursery slopes in Chamonix at Les Planards and Le Savoy, and we can also recommend private guides to give you lessons anywhere in the valley. See our guide to the different ski areas for more information on which ones are close to your accommodation and which may be suited to your ability. When you visit our Chamonix Resort Shop to book, you’ll see the location of the ski school specified and when you click on the “I” information button, our recommendations for which is best based on where you’re staying.
Half terms and Christmas weeks
Very busy weeks in Chamonix include the February half term – which includes both English and French schools – and the Christmas and New Year period. We recommend booking well in advance to avoid disappointment. Head to our Chamonix Resort Shop for more information and online booking.
Kids’ ski school
We tend to recommend that you pick a school which holds lessons close to your accommodation. As a rule of thumb, the ski school locations are as follows, but if you’re not sure then don’t hesitate to ask the team.
- Chamonix: ESF Chamonix (Piou Piou / Cham Ski Session)
- Argentière: ESF Argentière, Evolution 2 (Panda Club)
- Les Houches: ESF Les Houches
- Le Tour: ESF Argentière
Adult ski school
Adult ski and snowboard school is great for beginners, as the camaraderie is perfect while you’re building your confidence. To help you pick the closest ski school to you, here is a brief summary of our partners by location, but bear in mind that as you progress, your instructor might take you to different ski areas in the valley.
- Chamonix: ESF Chamonix (all levels – may move around different ski areas)
- Argentière: ESF Argentière (all levels – may move around different ski areas)
- Le Tour: Evolution 2 (Beginner Magic, Intermediate / Advanced), ESF Argentière (all levels – may move around different ski areas)
- Les Houches: ESF Les Houches (all levels)
Private instruction offers a great and flexible alternative to ski school for adults and kids. They can take place anywhere in valley – where the snow is best or on the slopes closest to your accommodation – and are ideal for:
- tailored instruction, one-to-one with your instructor
- groups of friends or kids of the same ski ability: value for money with lower student-instructor ratios than ski school
- families who want some who’ll show you the best places to ski and even give you some tips along the way to improve your technique, so no need to keep stopping to look at your piste map!
A mountain guide can take you onto the glacier and off-piste terrain for which Chamonix is famous. The Vallée Blanche is unmissable on a ski trip to Chamonix – don’t forget your camera! You can join a group or book a private guide for up to 6 people.
Getting to your lessons
If you want to head up on the slopes but have the children in ski school, don’t worry – we can drop you all off at the lifts and take the kids to the ski school meeting point with our ski slopes shuttles. Let us arrange the schedules so you don’t have to – after all you’re on holiday! You can even just book a trip on your first day so that you won’t be late to that all-important first ski lesson. See our single/return valley transport prices for shuttles to all the ski areas: Planards / Savoy / Brévent in Chamonix; Les Houches; Flégère in Les Praz; Les Grands Montets in Argentière and Le Tour including Vormaine.
Booking & payment for ski lessons & guides
Book online through on our Chamonix Resort Shop and pay securely through our booking system.
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