About Ski Lessons in Chamonix
So often when it comes to booking ski and snowboarding lessons in a new resort, you are faced with a long list of providers and it can seem a bit of a lucky dip as to whether you pluck the right one out of the hat.
Not only will an instructor be able to assess your current level but they will be able to help you set realistic goals for your time on the hill and they will also make sure you are always safe which is essential when learning something in a new enviroment. Our guide will make your decision-making process easier and help you find the right team to progress your skiing and snowboarding in Chamonix.
Group lessons in Chamonix are the most cost effective way of learning to ski or snowboard, particularly for beginners and children. Lessons tend to be half days, either every morning or every afternoon and run for four to six days. Group lessons are generally only provided by the ski schools and classes vary from half a dozen up to 10 and are a great sociable way of learning to ski.
If you've a bit more money to spend, private lessons are a great way of receiving focussed and tailored instruction to help you improve your skiing and snowboarding quickly. They're perfect for a beginner wanting to rapidly grasp the basics and for intermediates wanting to focus on specific elements of their technique. As most private ski lessons take up to four people, they can actually work out good value for money if you're a small group who are all at a similar level. In high season, it is advisable to book private lessons in advance as instructors tend to be fully booked and only have odd hours free for lessons. If you're in Chamonix during school holidays, most ski schools receive priority at the ski lifts, meaning you can avoid the hefty queues.
Perhaps it might seem a bit uncool to be seen following the iconic bright colours of a snowboard instructor in a single line down the blue runs. However, learning to snowboard can be a painful process in the first few days, but with some good instruction it shouldn't take long before it ‘clicks' and you are cruising down the slopes comfortably. Lessons are also a good idea because it's quite important that you don't pick up bad habits at the beginning as these will hamper your boarding as you try to progress. Both group and private lessons are offered by expert instructors at the ski schools in Chamonix.
Ski clinics and ski guiding
There are a number of specialist courses and clinics offered by the ski schools of Chamonix which will build your technical ability and improve your overall skiing performance. If it is off-piste technique and guiding you are after then there are a number of mountain guides who know the mountain like the back of their hands and will be able to give you some tips, tricks and take you to some of the best off-piste skiing in Chamonix. If you're looking to hone your powder skills then Chamonix is a great place to take an off piste clinic. There are also clinics specifically designed for tackling the bumps and moguls as well as expert ski instructors who can help even the best skiiers improve their techniques. If you fancy your hand at telemarking then get in touch with the ski schools who will find you an instructor to help get you started and teach you the technique.
Kids clubs can be perfect for your little ones who are just starting off on the slopes. Kids clubs tend to have areas that are designed specifically with small children who are learning to ski in mind. With a magic carpet, inflatable arches to ski through and a very gentle gradient it is perfect for very young children who are just getting a feel for the snow and skis.
Handiski makes skiing much more accessible for disabled skiers. With specific equipment and highly qualified instructors who have been trained in the handiski technique. The dual ski or Stavilo chair is included in the price of the lessons. Have a look at our disabled skiing page for more information on handiskiing.