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ESF Argentiere Ski School Group Ski Lessons, Chamonix - Argentiere

Main French school offering group ski, snowboard, telemark & handiski lessons

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The renowned ski school was founded in 1937 and was the first ski school in the Chamonix valley as well as being one of the first in France. 

Today, with seventy years of experience, their instructors continue to teach with professionalism, pleasure and passion.

ESF Argentière played an important part in developing winter sports in the Chamonix Valley and continues to do so to this day. The fact that the national training centre for instructors and mountain guides, the Ecole Nationale de Ski et d’Alpinisme, is in the Chamonix valley means that this school is still involved in changes and developments in skiing and mountaineering.

The school offers both group lessons to children and adults, in a range of disciplines. As well as the usual skiing and snowboarding, you can also experience cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, télémarking, off-piste and freeride; there is something for everyone. Their instructors are qualified to take clients to exciting and world-famous off-piste terrain such as the Vallée Blanche and other well-known routes.

The school also offers lessons for disabled skiers using a tandem ski with specially trained instructors. The equipment is provided by ESF.

ESF Argentiere have 120 instructors, speaking a range of languages including English, Italian, Spanish, Slovakian, German, Portuguese and Dutch. 

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Where to meet

To make life easy, they have three offices at different locations in the valley. The first, in the heart of the village of Argentiere, is open every day until 19:00. The two other offices are right by the main ski lifts; one at the base of the Lognan cable car at the Grands Montets, the other just by the gondola at the bottom of Le Tour. 


Visitor comments

To read about the ski school and about other user experiences you can visit the ESF Reviews website. ESF Argentiere score 4.3 out of 5 for customer satisfaction.

Booking Arrangements

Child policy

Children’s lessons begin at age 3 in the snow garden, where they will learn the basics in a fun and safe environment. As they progress they will discover the nursery slopes and small drag lifts of Les Chosalets and La Vormaine. Older children will be assessed according to age and ability and will be taken to explore the many pistes of the Chamonix valley with an instructor who understands their needs. School groups are welcomed – please enquire for special rates and packages.


  • Families & Kids
  • Kids' lessons
  • Accessibility
  • Disabled access


  • Activities
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Heli-Ski
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowshoeing
  • Telemarking
  • Event Services
  • Activities
  • Lessons
  • Adult Lessons
  • Childrens Lessons
  • Freestyle/Freeride Lessons
  • Group Lessons
  • Off Piste/Backcountry Lessons
  • Ski Lessons
  • Snowboard Lessons
  • Steep Skiing Lessons
  • Telemark Lessons


  • Open Seasons
  • Spring
  • Winter
  • Address
  • 24 route du Village
  • 74400