About Adult Ski Lessons in Chamonix
Chamonix has a great choice of Ski Schools and Private Ski Instructors who can also take groups of people or individuals on ski lessons.
Chamonix offers beginner and intermediate skiers plenty of choice, from its nursery ski areas to its gentle slopes where you can grow in confidence. Ski instructors will be able to help assess your current level and match you to the most appropriate lesson for your ability, experience or interests.
What to wear skiing
The key items to bring with you, along with the obvious ski jacket, ski trousers, helmet and sunglasses, are as follows:
Wearing a helmet in ski lessons is strongly recommended, but not a legal requirement.
Weather on the mountain can change pretty quickly, and you are much better off wearing layers of thinner items as opposed to a big, bulky jumper. Try thermal tops and leggings, fleeces and hoodies.
A variety of socks ranging in thickness, it may sound weird but in our experience hire boots can be quite painful with the wrong socks.
Even when it’s cloudy the sun here can (and will) still get you, and don't forget the underneath of your chin as the sun reflects off the snow too. Don't forget a lip salve with an SPF.
Also see: Ski & Board Gear for Chamonix
Why book ski school / ski lessons?
The quickest way to either learn from new or get better at skiing or snowboarding, is to learn from a professional, in a ski or snowboard school. A qualified instructor will have spent years learning about the best ways to make the most of your time on the hill, whilst making sure that you are safe and having fun. You will learn quicker with an instructor, without picking up bad habits that friends or relatives may give you.
What types of ski lessons are there?
Group Ski Lessons
Group ski lessons take place with people at the same level of ability limited numbers of people so that you can all benefit from the instructions given. Lessons typically take place over the course of six days and tend to take place either in the morning or the afternoon.
Private Ski Lessons
Private ski lessons can be just you and the instructor or you and up to three friends, learning with much more direct coaching. Private lessons are perfect for a beginner wanting to rapidly grasp the basics, or for intermediates wanting to focus on specific elements of their technique.They can also offer a good degree of flexibility on dates and times that suit you best (outside of peak holiday dates).
Snowboard lessons are offered by most ski schools in Chamonix and you may find the occasional company that only offer snowboard lessons. You should be able to find group and private snowboard lessons to book in Chamonix.
Clinics & Courses
There are a number of specialist courses and clinics offered by the ski schools of Chamonix which can help to build your technical ability and improve your overall skiing or snowboarding. There may be clinics specifically designed for tackling bumps and moguls or freestyle jumps and tricks in the snowpark.
If you’re looking for off-piste technique and ski guiding, then there are a number of local mountain guides who know the mountain like the back of their hands and will be able to take you to some of the best off-piste ski areas in Chamonix. If you're looking to hone your powder skills, Chamonix is a great place to hire a guide and go exploring.
Learn something new
Lessons are also available for those looking to ski or snowboard off-piste or to learn something new like telemarking, cross-country skiing, biathlon or freestyle skills in the snowpark.
Handiski makes skiing much more accessible for disabled skiers and less-able bodied people. Highly qualified instructors will accompany you around the pistes and onto the ski lifts, making sure you are safe and have a great experience.
Ski school meeting points in Chamonix
Ski school meeting points tend to be at the bottom of the ski lifts in each of the different ski areas of Les Houches, Brevent, Flegere, Le Tour, Vallorcine and Grands Montets. Some Ski Schools or Private Instructors may also be able to meet you at a location of your choice, you just need to ask if they offer this service in Chamonix.
Where are the beginner ski areas in Chamonix?
Chamonix has six separate nursery ski areas on the valley floor as well as six green pistes and 30 blues (split across its 5 ski areas), for those who are ready to tackle the higher parts of the ski terrain. Read more about the choices of where to go in our beginner ski areas guide.
Also see: Beginner Ski Areas in Chamonix
Ski-passes for ski school in Chamonix
There are slightly different prices for each of the nursery ski areas, which you can find on our ski pass prices page. Your ski school or instructor can advise you if you actually need a ski pass, as complete beginners will start off practising on the gentle slopes of the nursery areas, without any need to use the ski lifts.
Ski hire in Chamonix
Unless you already have skis or a snowboard, you’ll need to hire them. Find out more about the types of skis that are suitable for beginners in our Ski Hire Guide.
You should always make sure that you have ski insurance if you’re taking lessons. This can be bought separately online or at the point you buy a ski pass.
Also see: Ski Insurance for Chamonix
Find your way around with Piste Maps for Chamonix.
Location: Chamonix / Mont Blanc Valley