The majestic 4000m high mountains in the Chamonix area juxtaposed with a bright blue ski - perfect for off-piste skiing

Chamonix Ski Lessons & Snowboard Lessons

Learn to ski and snowboard in Chamonix

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Popular Ski Schools in Chamonix:

SkiBro offers full visibility of Chamonix’s best ski schools.  These schools are most popular with our guests:

 

Evolution2 Ski School Chamonix

Evolution 2 is more than just a ski and adventure school!

Both a ski school and a mountain guide office, Evolution2 Chamonix’s instructors and guides are dedicated to delivering outstanding mountain experiences, whatever your level and expectations. Whether it’s on skis, snowboard or telemark; alone or in a group; beginner, intermediate or advanced; children, teenagers or adults; Evolution2 Chamonix has the perfect product for you!

Discover the joys of outdoor sports in a professional and friendly environment.

Where is Evolution2 Chamonix’s Meeting Point?

Evolution2 will be in touch to arrange a suitable meeting point for you depending on your chosen activity.

 

ESF Ski School Chamonix

From beginner ski lessons to off-piste ski guiding the Chamonix branch of the famous ESF ski school offers outstanding private ski lessons, as budget-friendly group lessons for kids, teens and adults, as well as off-piste mountain guiding for the intermediate and advanced skier and snowboarder.  

ESF Chamonix and their 200 professional instructors and mountain guides have been welcoming international guests for decades and offer a warm and friendly welcome to both new and international customers.

Where is ESF Chamonix’s Meeting Point?

ESF Chamonix has two main meeting points.  Please make sure you know which meeting point is yours.

Chamonix Le Savoy: Allée des Champs du Savoy - 74400, Chamonix

Chamonix Les Planards: 351 Chemin du Pied du Grépon - 74400, Chamonix

 

European Snowsports Ski School Chamonix

Whatever your skill level, European Snowsport will help you make the most of your time on the mountains. They work hard to deliver the best private ski and snowboard lessons in all our resorts – Verbier, Zermatt, Nendaz, St Moritz and Chamonix – with instructors from around the world, who love to teach, have extensive local knowledge and speak your language.

Where is European Snowsports Chamonix’s Meeting Point?

European Snowsports will contact you before the lessons take place to arrange the most convenient meeting point for you

 

Freedom Snowsports Ski School Chamonix

Freedom Snowsports’ ski instructors and snowboard instructors are hand picked and at the top of their game. 

Fully fluent in multiple languages, Freedom’s instructors only deliver exceptional quality ski and snowboard lessons.  That being said, they’re certainly not elitist and are as excited about delivering beginner ski lessons - introducing new skiers to the sport - as they are when we are training athletes and ski instructors. 

Whether it’s for your first turn on skis, or tuning your skiing performance to its peak Freedom are some of the best in the world at teaching snowsports - they don’t follow templates, or scripts, their teaching is based around you and what is actually happening. 

Where is Freedom Snowsports’ Meeting Point?

The standard meeting point will be a the top of Planpraz gondola in the Brévent sector above Chamonix.  However, depending on your chosen product, your instructor will contact you post booking to arrange the most convenient meeting point for you.

ESI Sensations Ski School Chamonix

ESI Sensations in the international ski school in Chamonix and are also a mountain guide office.  Their team offers high quality services based on personalized tutoring. Whether a beginner or an expert, a child or an adult, whether you like skiing, snowboarding, freeriding, telemarking, off piste skiing or ski touring, ESI Sensations will be thrilled to share their passion for the mountains with you.

Where is ESI Sensations’ Meeting Point?

Your instructor or guide can pick you up at your residence for all activities starting in the morning. Round trip transport from your accommodation to the slopes available on all full day classes.

 

Learn to Ski and Snowboard in Chamonix:

Home to the first ever Winter Olympic Games, Chamonix is a ski resort unlike any other.  Many would say Chamonix isn't a "normal" ski resort at all, rather it's a historical Alpine city, with several distinct ski areas - all set in some of the planet's most dramatic mountain scenery - in the shadow of Mont Blanc, just over an hour's drive from Geneva airport.

 
Chamonix is best for  

Those looking for a lively holiday to a large town with a bustling day and nightlife, a varied ski area, and the sort of world-class freeriding that has pros and film-crews flying in all winter long to see the spectacle for themselves.

Chamonix highlights

Skiing in the shadow of Mont Blanc, access to a huge skiable area under the Mont Blanc unlimited pass, and one of the best resorts for facilities, accommodation, and apres, all make Chamonix a resort that’s difficult to dispute.

 

Children’s ski lessons in Chamonix

Children can begin to ski in small group classes from the age of three in Chamonix with top schools like Evolution2 and ESF.  Most ski schools and independent ski instructors will also begin to teach children from the age of three in private classes.

Lessons for very young children and beginners usually take place directly on the beginner’s areas in town like Le Savoy or Les Planards where children can learn the basics of skiing from how to stand on skis, to snowplough turns, to how the all important lesson of how to stop! 

Older children and those going beyond their first steps on snow may venture to the beginner’s area up in the sector of La Balme which features very short ‘bunny hill’ type slopes as well as undulating green and blue runs which are fantastic place for children to progress.

That’s not to say that all children’s ski lessons are tame!  Once kids have been skiing for a couple of weeks they can begin racing or even take their first laps through the snowpark.  

Many children’s lessons will also end the week with a medal or a certificate for your child to take home as a souvenir of their time on the snow.

 

Beginner’s ski lessons in Chamonix

Contrary to its freeride reputation, Chamonix actually has two beginners areas in the centre of town as well as a third area up on the hill.

Le Savoy 

Has a free magic carpet lift that is perfect for first-timers.  It also features two drag lifts that require the purchase of a lift pass.  If you're in a mixed-ability group this is a great place to use for a meeting point as the Brevent gondola to the main ski area also leaves from here.

Les Planards 

Is the larger of the two beginner areas in the town centre and is a great place for beginners to progress with longer drag lifts, a slightly steeper green run and even a blue piste and a gentle red.  You'll need a ski pass for all the lifts in this area.

La Balme

Accessed from the villages of Vallorcine and Le Tour (a 5 minute bus ride from Chamonix centre), is the gentlest of Chamonix's ski areas and is a great place for beginners to cut their teeth on slightly steeper terrain.  It's also more snow-sure than the two areas on the valley floor in Chamonix proper.

 

Ski and Snowboard Guide to Chamonix:

Steeped in history, the ski areas of the Chamonix valley are a part of winter sports legend. Home to highly technical terrain and majestic areas like the famous Vallée Blanche, Chamonix is the perfect place to employ the skills of a qualified instructor or mountain guide.

That said, despite its reputation for the extreme, the skiing in Chamonix is made up of four distinct ski areas and is actually quite varied.  Two of these areas - the Aiguille du Midi and Le Brévent - can be accessed directly from Chamonix itself, whilst other areas are a short drive away.  Don't worry if you don't have your own car, the free ski bus is fantastic and is included in the price of your lift pass.

Chamonix’s top lift is indeed the Aiguille du Midi, but without a pre-booked guide or extensive knowledge of the area, you probably won’t be hopping the red tape and plunging off the side of the viewing platform at the top.

Much more likely you’ll be heading up to Brevent or Flegere right above the Chamonix. There are two gondolas servicing the mountain at Brevent-Flegere — one on each side of the town.

It’s a bit of a walk up to the Plan Praz, which will whisk you a kilometre into the air and give you access to the first of the two main skiing areas located on this side of the valley. From the top of this lift, you can either head down onto the slopes or catch the Brevent gondola up to the peak, where there’s a viewing platform to ogle at Mont Blanc (well worth doing), a restaurant, and the entrance to a tricky black that links you back down to Brevent. 

If you follow the runs down, you can find your way to the Liaison gondola, which links you to the Flegere area. There’s no skiing across, so make sure if you want to catch the Plan Praz back to town that you leave enough time to get back up to it. If you don’t, you can catch the Flegere gondola to Les Praz on the valley floor and take the free ski bus back to the centre. You’ll never be stranded. 

Though Brevent has a lot to offer, Flegere is bigger and will get you a little higher into the mountains too, offering up more terrain as well as some longer runs that you should be sure to explore.

For those looking to get higher, heading up to Argentiere on the ski bus is something that has to be done. From here you can access the Grand Montets glacier and sweep up to 3,300m, where glacier skiing is possible. Here’s where you’ll find the best off-piste and freeriding in the valley. Similarly, Le Tour has plenty of slopes on offer, as well as an excellent snow park.

First-time and beginner skiers: 

Although it’s probably not the best possible place to learn to ski, there are still good beginner’s facilities available in Chamonix in Le Savoy, Les Planards, and La Balme.  Unfortunately, all but one magic carpet lift will require the purchase of a lift pass.

Intermediate skiers: 

Intermediate skiers will have fun all over Chamonix. The terrain is varied and well suited to progressing riders, and even in just Brevent and Flegere, there’s plenty to ski both on and off-piste. Argentiere is a perfect introduction to powder, too, and Le Tour is great fun if you want to get away from the crowds. Just be aware of the bus-transfers between and plan accordingly.

Brévent and Flégère - now both accessible from town via the Brevent gondola - offer varied and challenging piste skiing and spectacular views of the Mont Blanc massif.  Both of these areas offer a good variety of nice blues and reds which, along with the odd green and black, make them the ideal areas for families or groups of mixed abilities.  They’re also both South-facing meaning they get loads of sunshine!

Just a few minutes away by bus, Les Houches is another excellent Chamonix Valley ski area for intermediates that falls under the same ski pass jurisdiction. 

Another option from town is the Aiguille du Midi.  Built in 1955 and topping out at 3842m, the Aiguille Midi cable car is an astounding piece of engineering and gives access to the world-famous Vallée Blanche - a nearly 20 kilometre long off-piste route with nearly 3000 m of vertical drop!  

Although suitable for intermediates this route takes 4 to 6 hours and you’ll need to hire a local mountain guide to keep you safe and make sure you find not only the correct way down, but the right route for your ability level.

Expert skiers: 

Les Grands Montets is famous for high, steep, north facing terrain and endless ski-touring possibilities.  The black runs here are real blacks and can have vertical descents of up to 2000m. Les Grand Montets is also home to all manner of extreme off-piste descents. For serious off-piste skiers and snowboarders, there is no greater challenge on the planet than Chamonix.  

Of course, the Aiguille du Midi is on offer, though it's certainly not something to be taken lightly. Do your research and find a guide if you’re intent on surfing the Alps’ biggest wave. Alternatively, Argentiere offers great high-altitude powder and is more than a suitable alternative if plans don’t come to fruition on the slopes of Mont Blanc herself.

As if all of this wasn't enough, the Mont Blanc Unlimited gives access to the slopes of nearby Megève, Courmayeur (on the Italian side of the Mont Blanc tunnel) and Verbier in Switzerland.

 

How much do ski lessons in Chamonix cost?

Group ski lessons for both children and adults in Chamonix start at €16.67/hour when booked as part of a 3 hour course.

Private ski lessons begin at €60 per hour for both children and adults, however the average price is around €75/hour.  Some schools also offer lunch or ski hire as an add-on to their lessons. These options will be listed on the course product cards.

 

Ski Hire in Chamonix

Instead of bringing your own skis or snowboard from home you can pre-order online from Alpin Resorts to make sure you have the season's best ski gear waiting for you when you arrive in resort.  Use code SKIBRO2020 and save up to 60% on equipment hire - easy peasy!

 

Chamonix Lift Pass Options & Prices

When booking your Chamonix pass, you’ll decide what level you want to go for. 

Chamonix Le Pass (€44.00 for a one day adult pass) gives you access to Brevent, Flegere, Argentiere, and La Tour, whereas the Mont Blanc Unlimited pass (€67.00 for a one day adult pass)also gives you free run of Les Houches, Courmayeur, and Verbier, as well as free museum and swimming pool, ice rink, and Mont Blanc tunnel access, and free tickets up on the Aiguille du Midi, though getting around to these other resorts can be tough without a car, so plan trips accordingly.

 

What’s the easiest way to get to Chamonix?

Chamonix’s close proximity to Geneva airport make it an ideal candidate for a weekend break.  Just 90km and 1 hour 15 minutes away by car, booking a private transfer with a company like ChamExpress or shared transfer with easyBus or AlpyBus is usually the quickest and easiest way to make your way from GVA to Chamonix. Fares on easyBus start at just €14.99!

The train is slower and you’ll have to change trains several times which can be a pain if you’ve got a lot of luggage.  Helicopter transfers are an option as well, although they’re not exactly easy on your wallet...

 

About Chamonix

Chamonix is a historical Alpine town with a huge selection of accommodation and apres options, accompanied by one of the best freeride cultures in the world.

Word of Chamonix first began to spread internationally in the 18th Century after two Englishmen, Windham and Pococke,  first visited the Mer de Glace (Sea of Ice) in 1741 and documented their glacial adventures in journals which were published throughout Europe.

Coinciding with the beginnings of the Alpinism movement, interest in Chamonix exploded.  The first guest house was opened in 1770, two local men - Paccard and Balmat - made the first recorded ascent of Mont Blanc in 1786, the first of several luxury hotels (l'Hotel de Union) opened in 1816, and 1821 saw the formation of La Compagnie des Guides: the world's first mountain guide association.

Alpine skiing began in the Chamonix Valley began in earnest toward the end of the 19th Century with major lift construction following shortly behind, many of which are still in operation today including the Montenvers railway (1908), the Planpraz cable car (1927), the Brevent cable car (1930), the Aiguille du Midi (1955) and the Flégère cable car (1956).

Chamonix is known for much more than just skiing. With a regular population of just under 10,000 people, during high-season Chamonix can sleep almost ten times that. This is due in part to the size of the town, as well as the neighbouring villages of Argentiere and Les Houches which are all linked by a. As well as to the fact that Chamonix is an all-year-round resort.

A skiing mecca in the winter, Chamonix transforms into a mountain biking, climbing, hiking, and mountain running paradise in the spring and summer. This all helps it contend for the title of the world’s most famous ski resort — only aided by the fact that it boasts the largest lift-servable vertical descent in the world. A staggering 2,807m! Though you won’t be able to sample it unless you’re an expert freerider, because it involves dropping off the side of the Aguille du Midi and navigating down couloirs and crevasses. If you’re a more casual skier, you’ll be looking across the valley at Mont Blanc from either the Flegere or Brevant ski areas.

Chamonix hosts a gruelling mountain marathon every year which sees runners climbing and jogging up slopes and gullies fit only for mountain goats. Spectators come from miles around to see it, and then spend their time enjoying the wonderful town. During both the summer and the winter there are hundreds of eating and drinking options, making Chamonix one of the most encompassing resorts in the Alps, if not the world.

 

Top Tips from Chamonix's best ski schools and instructors:

  • For beginners and many intermediates, the Mont-Blanc Unlimited pass is overkill and the smaller, cheaper Chamonix Le Pass gives you access to most of the easier terrain on offer.  Should you decide mid-week to want to see more you can simply upgrade to an Unlimited pass by paying the difference.
  • Chamonix town is very big by ski resort standards and location is key! The best location in town is the area north of the river L’Arve and around the main square; Rue du Docteur Paccard and Place Balmat bordered by Ave d'Aiguille du Midi and Ave du Mont Blanc. The best shops, eateries, etc, are located in this area.
  • Take the Montenvers train from the town centre to see the Mer de Glace, the largest glacier in France.

FAQ’s about ski lessons in Chamonix

How do I find the right lessons or activity for me in Chamonix?

By default our results page will display a full list of all available activities in Chamonix.  Using the filters on the left-hand side of the page will quickly reduce the list of results to courses that perfectly fit your needs.  For example to find beginner kids ski lessons you simply select ‘Skiing’, ‘Beginner’, and ‘Children’.

Each provider on SkiBro has a comprehensive profile page, including profile video, detailed bio and past client reviews. Simply click on their profiles so find out exactly who they are and what they’re about.

 

Where do I meet my instructor or group in Chamonix?

When you make your booking, you’ll be able to choose a meeting point with a description. For ski school classes, there is generally a single meeting meeting point, which is also indicated in the information about the class. In both cases, the meeting point is included on the booking confirmation email and will be further confirmed by your chosen provider.

 

When is the best time to book ski lessons in Chamonix?

Although SkiBro is a fantastic way to book your ski lessons at the last minute, booking in advance is preferable in order to ensure you get your desired lessons, dates and times.  This is especially true during school holidays like Christmas, New Year, half-term and Easter when demand is very high and lessons often sell out months in advance. With SkiBro’s hassle-free cancellation policy you won’t be penalised for booking early should your plans change.

 

How do I choose the correct ability level?

After choosing your desired lesson you will be asked to pick your level from a simple drop-down scale of 1 to 10.  Each level offers a brief description which will accurately inform your provider of your true ability level. Should your school or instructor need any more information, they will contact you directly.

 

What is the difference between group lessons and a private ski or snowboard instructor?

When you book a private lesson you are booking the exclusive use of an instructors time for yourself, your family, or your group of friends.

When booking a group lesson you a booking a space in a structured group course where you will be taught alongside other skiers/snowboarders of a similar ability level.

Neither group nor private lessons are better than the other - each choice has its own benefits as you can see in our blog post Group vs Private Lessons.

 

How many people will there be in a group ski lesson?

The number of people in each lesson depends on the school, the course and the dates.  The maximum number of people for each course will be detailed on its product card.

 

What is the difference between a ski school and an independent instructor?

Ski Schools are a formal organisation with the legal authority to employ ski and snowboard instructors.  Ski schools in Chamonix offer a wide variety of ski and snowboard products including group and private lessons.

Most independent instructors on SkiBro work for themselves, although some work in loose collectives. Generally speaking, independent instructors will only offer private lessons.

 

Are all schools and independent instructors on SkiBro fully qualified & certified?

Yes!  We perform stringent checks to ensure that every provider listed on SkiBro has the necessary legal qualifications, governing body certifications and insurance to operate in their area.

 

What do I do if I have a question about an activity before booking?

If you’re not sure about an activity, you can have a look at this page to learn more. If you’re still not sure, please drop us a line on Live Chat and we’ll be delighted to help.

 

Where can I rent ski and snowboard equipment in Chamonix?

There are several ski rental shops in Chamonix.  Reserving equipment hire in advance with our partner Alpin Resorts will can be up to 60% cheaper than booking last-minute in resort.  Using the code SKIBRO2020 will save you an additional 5%.

 

Which is a better fit for children - group ski lessons or private ski instruction?

Generally speaking, young children and beginners are best served in group lessons; having fun with other children is a great way for children to learn the magic of skiing.  If your children are slightly older and/or very sporty then private lessons could be a better fit as they won’t be held back by the rest of the group as they progress. Private lessons are also sometimes a better fit for very shy children.

 

When should children start ski lessons?

Many ski schools will take children from the age of three onwards, whilst others take kids aged four and up.

 

Can I share a private lesson with my family/friends/children?

Yes!  When booking a private instructor you are booking his or her time exclusively for the use of yourself and the rest of your group.  A lesson with a private instructor is a great way for groups of mixed ability levels to ski together and are also a fantastic option for families.

 

What is included with my ski or snowboard lesson in Chamonix?

Unless noted on the activity card, ski and snowboard lessons only include the tuition.

If an instructor, guide or school provides any extras - such as equipment hire or meals at lunch - this will be indicated in their profile.

Some instructors take photos, provide video analysis and offer other added value. Look out for this in their profiles as well.

 

Do lessons in Chamonix include a lift pass?

Lift passes are not included with ski or snowboard lessons in Chamonix.

 

What lift pass will I need for my lessons in Chamonix?

Depending on your chosen activity, requirements will vary - certain beginner classes may not require a pass at all!  If you are uncertain as to which ski pass you will require simply get in touch with your chosen ski school or instructor and they will be happy to advise you.

 

What happens if I’m in the wrong group?

SkiBro and our partner schools do our best to correctly assess your ability level during the booking process and our process is highly accurate.

In the rare circumstance that your instructor feels that you are in the wrong class it is often possible to move to a class better suited to your needs.

 

What is SkiBro’s cancellation policy?

Cancellation is absolutely free of charge with no-questions-asked up to 14 days before the start of your booking.  From 14 to 7 days before your booking you will be charged 50% of your total lesson price. Within 7 days of your lesson, any cancellations are at the discretion of your lesson provider.

 

What is SkiBro’s Best-Price Guarantee?

We ensure our customers always pay the lowest possible price for their chosen activity.  If, at the time of your booking, you find the same activity available anywhere else online for less we’ll refund you 150% of the difference!

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