Adult ski school
When you arrive in Chamonix for your skiing holiday, you’ll probably have a goal to improve your skiing technique or to increase your confidence on the slopes. Others in your group may arrive completely new to skiing but would like to make some good progression in the time they have. These are all common scenarios along with questions such as: will the instructors speak my language? And, which school is closest to my accommodation?
Chamonix All Year are proud to have English-speaking ski school partners up and down the valley so you can be sure that there will be a suitable provider near to you. We can also suggest the most relevant schools based on price, location, teaching style and lesson schedules. Not only that, but we are pleased to offer all guests our online booking system which is quick and easy to use via our Chamonix Resort Shop, for adult AND kids’ ski schools, private lessons plus mountain guides.
We have 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. 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. Bear in mind that as you progress, your instructor might take you to different ski areas in the valley. As a brief summary, we work with:
- 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)
You can also check your level against our guide lines, and please remember to specify this when you book.
Half terms and Christmas weeks – early booking required
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 2 months in advance to avoid disappointment. Head to our Chamonix Resort Shop for more information and online booking.
Every ski school varies slightly and so does the exact duration of each lesson. For an overview of prices see below:
Typical 3-day ski school (2.5 hours each morning) from 135€
Typical 6-day ski school (half days, morning/afternoon) from 200€
All mountain off-piste course (3 x half days) from 195€
Classes are offered at all levels. There are even intermediate technical courses for boarders and skiers. See the different options with more details on our Chamonix Resort Shop.
Getting to ski school
As Chamonix is a resort made of 5 separate ski areas many schools try to arrange some form of pick-up service or shuttle service to help you get to ski school as quickly and smoothly as possible. Your Resot Team will explain the arrangements of your specific ski school.
Chamonix All Year also offer an in-resort minibus service so if you require a number of pick-ups and drop-offs, or maybe you are part of a large family or group all attending ski school, we can supply a hassle-free alternative that means you all get to the slopes on time.
If you have your own car then all ski areas have large car parks, but remember that these can become much busier at peak periods.
Note: Ski school shuttles are only at the start and end of the day, i.e. morning and afternoon. If you book in for a half-day, you will need to organise your getting to/from the lessons at lunchtime as shuttles will not be provided at that time.
Start days for ski school
Generally, ski school begins on a Monday of each week. However, ski schools do offer a Sunday start should you arrive into Chamonix on a Saturday. As ski schools run until Friday you can opt to choose a 6-day ski school (the Sunday is classed at a ‘refresher day’) or, you can choose to begin a normal 5-day ski school. There will be an additional charge for the 6th day. Some ski schools break on Wednesday, you will be informed if this is the case for you.
Note: As ski school runs to a specific teaching schedule – based on the group progressing to the same level each lesson – beginners cannot join a course half-way through a week (intermediates may be able to subject to availability) and you will be unable to claim funds back for not attending all the lessons. This is standard practice across all the Chamonix ski schools.
Still not sure?
If you still have questions or would like more advice, just contact your Resort Team who will be happy to advise.
Booking and payment for lessons
Book online now on our Chamonix Resort Shop and pay securely through our booking system.