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Ski Schools in Alpe d'Huez

Learn to ski in Alpe d’Huez

Situated 1,5hrs drive from Grenoble and 3hrs drive from Turin, Alpe d'Huez is located within the French department of Isère, on the Grandes Rousses massif. Home to the Pic Blanc glacier (3300m), the pistes in Alpe d'Huez are snow-sure and skiing is also possible in summer.

Alpe d’Huez is part of the Grand Domaine ski area, which also encompasses the resorts of Auris-en-Oisans, Huez-en-Oisans, Oz-en-Oisans, Vaujany and Villard Reculas and offers 250km of slopes. Thanks to having the highest yearly average of sunny days, the resort has the well-earned nickname 'l'Isle du Soleil' or The Island of the Sun.

With sunny slopes for all abilities, 2 snowparks for freestyling fun plus the renowned 'Famille Plus' label status, Alpe d’Huez is the ideal destination for families.

Ski lessons for beginners in Alpe d’Huez

Alpe d’Huez has some of the most extensive nursery slopes in the Alps, making the resort ideal for ski novices. There are two main beginner areas; one at the Bergers area of the village and the second on the slopes by the DMC1 gondola. The two areas are linked by easy pistes and offer numerous green runs with varying terrain that are perfect for learners to practice the skiing basics.

Ski schools in Alpe d’Huez offer ski lessons to young learners aged 2yrs and older. In the first lessons, ski novices familiarise themselves with the equipment whilst learning the basics of snowplough and gliding.

Once these moves are well-established, the ski schools in Alpe d’Huez take their novices to green or blue slopes, where they first try out skiing on pistes with a gentle gradient.

Kids’ ski lessons in Alpe d’Huez

Ski schools in Alpe d’Huez offer ski lessons from age 2yrs. The youngest skiers learn the snowplough and glide in one of the kindergarten areas. The kindergarten slopes are secure and very child-friendly, and ski mascots help the little learners get used to moving on skis.

Dependent on the school, kids aged either 4yrs+ or 6yrs+ and up to 12yrs start to learn the basics on green beginner slopes within the resort. Classes have no more than 10 participants and are arranged according to ability and age.

Once the snowplough and glide moves are secure, lessons progress to easier blue runs, to further improve the basic techniques. The ski schools in Alpe d’Huez take their young skiers with previous experience directly to the more challenging blue or red runs within the resort, to work on parallel skiing or carving turns.

Families with mixed abilities can head up to the Pic Blanc glacier in the Marmottes lifts, to enjoy skiing the high altitude blue runs.

Alpe d'Huez ski pass

The Alpe d'Huez ski pass covers the whole Grand Domaine skiing area, including Alpe d'Huez, Auris-en-Oisans, Villard-Reculas, Vaujany and Oz-en-Oisans. Individual passes for Vaujany and Oz en Oisans are also available. The ski schools in Alpe d'Huez will be happy to provide more information.

Ski lesson prices in Alpe d’Huez

Some ski schools in Alpe d’Huez offer ski lessons with optional ski hire. The prices quoted are the lowest price per lesson within the season, not including equipment:

Kids ski lessons Adults ski lessons Snowboard lessons
Group 26€/2,5hrs 29€/2,5hrs 29€/2,5hrs
Private 50€/hr 50€/hr 50€/hr

The best ski schools in Alpe d’Huez

Easyski Alpe d’Huez

The experienced Easyski team offers group and private ski and snowboard lessons in English and French.

Meeting point 2,5-4yrs: The Magic Marmotte Park, left of the "Grenouilles" magic carpet.

Meeting point others: The EasySki chalet, next to the ski pass office.

CheckYeti customers reviews: relaxed, beginner friendly, patient

ESF Alpe d’Huez

The 300+ team of international instructors offers ski and snowboard lessons in multiple languages, including English.

Meeting point others: At the Les Bergers shopping centre.

What makes ski lessons in Alpe d’Huez special

Young skiers aiming to become future Olympic champions can show their talent at the Alpe d'Huez Cup. This giant slalom competition is held every January on the Stade du Signal and is designed specifically for children aged between 9-16yrs.

For those who want to extend their skiing day into the evening, floodlit night skiing at the Signal piste is available every Thursday throughout winter, and also on Tuesdays during school holidays.


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Under the menu item "Select course date" in the upper left corner of the page you can select a desired start date. At the top of the search results you will find the offers for the desired start date. Below follow offers in a similar period.

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Under the menu item "Language" you can select a desired language. Afterwards only offers will be shown where this language is available.

When should we book?

During the holiday weeks, ski and snowboard courses are usually fully booked. In order to make sure that there is still a place available in the desired ski or snowboard course, the motto is: the sooner the better.

How do we find our appropriate experience level?

Next to the menu item "Experience level" you will find a description of the individual experience levels. If you're still not sure, you don't need to worry. Simply choose the experience level that best suits your abilities. Before the first lesson of a group course, ski schools will assess your abilities so that you can be placed in the right group. In any case, private instructors will take your abilities into account on an individual basis.

How do we find offers including equipment?

All offers including equipment are marked with the inscription "Ski rental included". If you find the inscription "Ski rental optional" you can book the equipment for this offer. You will find offers including equipment faster if you select the filter "Ski rental including" under the menu item "Popular options". Depending on the provider, an offer including equipment contains: skis, ski poles, ski boots and helmet. You will find a detailed list of the included rental items in the respective offer description.

There is no offer including equipment, where can we alternatively rent equipment?

In a ski resort there is almost without exception the possibility to rent winter sports equipment. If you book via CheckYeti, you will receive discounts from our partner Skiset, where you can conveniently reserve your equipment online.

How many participants are usually in a group?

This depends on the ski school. Some ski schools have a maximum number of participants per group. You can find this information in the descriptions of the offers.

At what age can children ski or snowboard?

There is no fixed age limit here. Supported by specially trained children's ski instructors, children can already learn to ski playfully at kindergarten age. Depending on the children's level of motoric and social development, the ideal starting age is between 4 and 5 years. Occasionally there are children who can already learn to ski at the age of 3 1/2 years.

How many days should the lessons last for our children?

During the holiday weeks, children's ski courses for beginners usually start on Sunday or Monday. The program is designed in such a way that the best learning results are achieved when your children take part in the ski course throughout the week. So they don't miss the final event (race, etc.) and experience a great week with their group. For advanced children the learning success usually kicks in on the third day.

Is it better to put our child in a group lesson or a private tuition?

The group lessons are generally recommended for beginners. Learning together with peers is more fun. The children are not constantly in the focus and have the possibility to catch their breath between the individual exercises, while the other children are on it. In order not to underchallenge highly talented children, a private ski instructor is recommended.

Can we join our child with a private instructor?

Yes, that's possible. Some providers even offer special family offers. Otherwise, you can simply book a private instructor for children or adults and inform the ski school after booking that you would like to go together.