Not sure? Ask for advice

There’s a huge array of ski/board schools in the area so a lot depends on your budget, class size preference and whether you are with a native English speaking instructor. It’s advised to book a lesson for your holiday as soon as you can.

One thing to remember – the way the French system works is that in ESF you could be assigned a really experienced instructor or an “intern” but be charged the same. The British Ski Schools have to be the best of the best to even operate here in France so although more expensive – you are guaranteed a highly experienced instructor.

Ski & Snowboard Lesson Prices

PDS Academy

Group and private ski lessons based from Morzine

Group lessons are £250 and run Monday to Friday – 9:15 – 12:15 OR 13:00 -16:00

They run an off-piste course 5 half days if they get enough people – £230.

Private lessons are £70 per hour + £10 per extra person during busy periods.

Pros

Small class sizes

Native English speaking instructors

3 hours per day lessons vs most which are 2 hours

Ski New Generation

Skiing and snowboarding group lessons and privates.

Groups (2-8 persons per group)

5 Days 199€ 2 hours per day (9:15 or 11:30 start time)

6 Days 239€ 2 hours per day (9:15 or 11:30 start time)

 

Ski/Board Clinics

Find your feet One off Sunday course for when you arrive

Intro courses Short 3 hour courses any day

Guided Tours x5 hours for 3-6 people – 99€ (3 levels from blues to off-piste)

 

Privates

2 hours for max 2 people 169€

MINT Snowboarding School

Exclusive snowboarding school. Group classes in Morzine or Avoriaz

Class sizes 4-6

4 Days (4 x 2 hrs) = 195€

5 Days (5 x 2 hrs) = 230€

ESF – Ecole du Ski Francais

Pros

Very cheap – a 15 hour beginners course, lift pass & Equipment hire 299€ for skiers and a similar package without the equipment €277.50 for boarders. **Note – you must be an absolute beginner to get this lift pass package – if you can do a basic snow plough they won’t let you in and will make you go back and refund your pass! Honestly they are very wise to people saying they are beginner in order to get the discounted lift pass**

Levels 1-4 group lessons are 144€

Private lessons 44€ per hour

Availability very good – can often book a private the night before.

Cons

Private lessons generally over lunchtime

Larger groups (9 off peak, 12 peak weeks)

Not native English so you are not getting the instructor’s original thoughts/comments

Some instructors good, some not so good. Can be hit and miss

Not recommended for over beginner/level 1’s as the class sizes prompt a “follow my leader” type instruction which isn’t beneficial past the basics.

Avoriaz Alpine Ski School

Native English run Ski/Board School based from Avoriaz

Find your level at – http://www.avoriazalpineskischool.com/ski-zone.html

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