No matter what your skill level may be, taking up lessons is always a good move. Val Thorens ski schools are sprawled across the resort and specialise in on-piste snowboarding and skiing, as well as off-piste, telemark, and freeride instruction.
We’ve run through the different schools and picked out the best bits that they have to offer. Here’s our guide to Val Thorens ski schools.
Our guide covers the following schools:
Snowboarders will love Val Thorens. There are miles of runs, great off-piste action and a fabulous terrain park. Cab9 offers private coaching from €165 for 2 hours. A full day comes in at around €490. This may seem ridiculously pricey, but actually, an intense one-on-one may be far better than scrabbling around with a large group. Get pointers on all aspects of your technique and if you do want someone else to join, you won’t be charged extra. So, it’s up to you how many mates you want to invite along. Up to 8 can join, but don’t go bonkers, as you won’t get your money’s worth.
Cab9 is based in Méribel, and also give lessons in La Tania, Courchevel and Saint-Martin-de-Belleville. They pride themselves in being snowboarders as opposed to skiers who do a bit of boarding on the side. Each instructor has spent considerable time falling in love with the mountains whilst boarding. All instructors are fully qualified BASI Level 4 ISTD Snowboarders, so essentially you are getting the cream of the crop.
École du Ski Française (ESF)
For skiing and snowboarding lessons, ESF has been a trusted school since it was founded in 1972. Instructors come from France, the UK, Japan, Vietnam, Poland, and Quebec. Previous instructors have included Christine and Jean Beranger, who founded the school, Timothee Theaux, Adrien Theaux, Jean Fred Chapuis, Antoine Diet, Valerie Bourdier, Leo Trespeuch, and Vincent Millet.
Kids as young as three can start lessons in Club Piou Piou. Children aged four to 12 can take private or group lessons, as well as competition junior internships, multi-ski lessons, and freeride XS internships. Teenagers can also have lessons on freeride and freestyle, competitions, and multi-ski.
Adults can choose private or group lessons for all abilities, and ESF also offers off-piste skiing instruction.
For snowboarders, kids can strap on their bindings from aged seven. Group lessons are held for children, teenagers, and adults.
Skiers looking for high quality instruction can try out Evolution2. Beginner lessons are designed to get adults and children confident at mastering green slopes. Prices start from €160 for group lessons.
Off-piste skiing lessons start at €240. The course takes place over five or six days between 9am and 12:30pm. For a full list of lessons and prices, visit the Evolution2 website.
Also known as Ski New Gen, this ski school regularly receive amazing feedback from their customers. Having served the area for 20 years, using fully qualified instructors, and capping group sizes, it’s no wonder they have a great reputation.
Val Thorens Ski & Snowboard School
Directors Luke Gerrett and Heidi Edmunds run both the Ski School in Val Thorens and the Ski School in St Martin de Belleville. Both are experienced instructors, and although the school is often considered a British ski school, the team like to consider themselves as international. Instructors hail from around the globe and bring a mixture of languages, learning techniques, and teaching experience.
As well as private and group skiing and snowboarding lessons, you can also try cross-country skiing or telemark lessons too. Simply contact the team in advance to let them know.
Oxygène (formerly Magic)
Although Magic is now Oxygène, the same awesome team still provide the group ski lessons as part of the Oxygène family. The school has always focused on small group sizes, capping numbers at six. They also offer flexible lessons and private tuition for all skill levels. Established by Pierre and Yohann, the school continues to provide excellent standards of instruction for both skiers and snowboarders.
Discover the ‘Steep and Deep’ off-piste lessons, or take a half or full day off-piste tour.
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Ski Bro’s platform allows you to view all the different options, and compare instructors, guides, and schools to find the right instructor for you.
Of all the Val Thorens Ski Schools, this one is perhaps out favourite. Founded in 1981, Ski Cool are a sweet ski school that are focused more on one-to-ones with clients than expanding into mammoth operations. Services offered include the Quick Check for level 3 or level 4 skiers. For 30 euros, a professional will analyse your style for 30 minutes and give you practical tips and advice on how to improve your technique.
They also offer Ski Therapy, whereby nervous skiers can use tea aroma diffusers in conjunction with breathing practice to help steady the nerves.
In addition to that, you can try powder parachuting on a two-seat powder parachute. They offer cool ride / free ride lessons. For those who get thoroughly overwhelmed with the sheer volume of people on the slopes, try early-morning or after-dark sessions for some peaceful on-piste skiing.
Visit Val Thorens This Season
From great Christmas and New Years parties, to brilliant après-ski, and a host of great restaurants, Val Thorens is a top choice for a future winter trip. If you’re a seasoned pro, we still recommend that you pick up a guide or an instructor for an afternoon and fine tune your skills. For beginners, book out a week’s worth of lessons and finally crack how to link those turns.
Booking for the 2019/2020 season has now begun. Visit WeSki’s website to learn more about how you can easily create your own ski trip online.