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Ski schools in Avoriaz

Learn to ski in Avoriaz

Avoriaz is situated at an altitude of 1800m and lies right at the heart of the huge Portes du Soleil ski area in the Haute-Savoie region of France. Geneva airport is only 85km away, with road transfers to the resort taking around 1,5hrs. Despite its ideal location, Avoriaz only officially became a ski resort in December 1962. Since then, the resort has developed to become the stylish and popular ski-in/ski-out resort that it is today, with distinctive red-cedar buildings and charming horse-drawn sleigh transportation.

Avoriaz has a total of 130km of skiable area with 51 runs at all levels. With 54% of slopes being green or blue, the resort is ideal for beginners. The Portes du Soleil area is the second largest ski resort in the world and extends over 14 valleys. Skiers who have the Portes du Soleil ski pass can make the most of the region's 650km of runs, around 80% of them being blue or red.

There are two main types of ski pass available in Avoriaz: The Portes du Soleil Ski Pass covers the area from Morzine & Les Gets across to the Swiss resorts of Champéry & Morgins. The Avoriaz Ski Pass is only for Avoriaz, but also includes the Super Morzine, Ardent & Prodains lifts. Both ski passes require a hand-free card.

Ski lessons for beginners in Avoriaz

Avoriaz has a total of 29 beginner runs. Ski schools in Avoriaz take first-time skiers to the Ecoles or Dromonts pistes in the centre of the resort, both of which are serviced by two easy drag lifts. Beginner lessons focus on basic techniques; proper balance on skis, gliding downhill and the snowplough. In the next step, ski schools in Avoriaz then take their beginners to practice on the three green pistes nearby, which are accessed by the Proclou, Seraussaix and Baron chairlifts. Four gentle blue pistes in the same area are ideal for advanced beginners; Proclou, Seraussaix, Qu’mont and Gernues.

For advanced beginners who want to try other slopes within the region, the Portes du Soleil ski pass gives access to a total of 34 green and 119 blue runs.

Kids’ ski lessons in Avoriaz

Ski schools in Avoriaz offer kids' ski lessons from age 3yrs. Lessons last between 2-5hrs, whereby the groups have a headcount of between 8-12 children and are organised according to age and ability. Very young beginners start either at the Children’s Village or at the beginner slope next to Le Chapelle Park and ski schools in Avoriaz teach their first-time skiers the first moves; the snowplough and glide. Once beginners have gained some confidence, ski schools in Avoriaz take their students to practise on the 4 green pistes and 25 blue pistes.

Avoriaz also has some more demanding blue pistes, which are used by the ski schools in Avoriaz for their advanced beginner-level lessons, namely Stade d’Arare, Bleue du Lac, and Bleue d’Arare. The resort also has 14 red pistes, Les Tannes being a very popular red run that winds down through the trees at Les Lindarets.

Ski lesson prices in Avoriaz

Ski schools in Avoriaz offer group and private ski and snowboard lessons. The prices quoted are the lowest price per lesson within the season and do not include equipment or extras:

Kids ski lessons Adults ski lessons Snowboard lessons
Group from 25€/2hrs from 33€/2,5hrs from 33€/2,5hrs
Private from 55€/hr from 55€/hr from 55€/hr

The best ski schools in Avoriaz

Evolution 2

This award-winning ski school in Avoriaz has a 25yr history and offers a personal approach to learning with an emphasis on progression and fun.

Meeting point: At the school office in Avoriaz, 31 Place des Ruches

CheckYeti customers reviews: beginner-friendly, relaxed, patient

Village des Enfants

Created by the Olympic ski medallist Annie Famose, Village des Enfants ski school in Avoriaz has a specially designed area featuring gentle pistes with slides and bumps, mini tracks, coloured runs and small jumps. Situated right in the centre of Avoriaz Village, lessons are held in the mornings and afternoons and the school also offers various après ski activities.

Meeting point: At the Village des Enfants office, 10 Place des Ruches

CheckYeti customers reviews: beginner-friendly, relaxed, patient

Ski school 360s

Small groups of 7-8 beginners learn their first moves on the snow or improve their technique. Kids lessons have 2 instructors and a maximum of 10 skiers, so each child can receive individual guidance.

Meeting point: The Ski School 360 office, 33 Promenade du Festival

English ski lessons in Avoriaz

Ski schools in Avoriaz offer lessons in English, which helps learners of all ages fully understand their ski instructor’s helpful tips and directions.

Ski hire in Avoriaz

For skiers who want to try out the very latest skiing equipment, there are 17 outlets offering ski hire directly in Avoriaz. Ski schools in Avoriaz are happy to give recommendations.

What makes learning to ski in Avoriaz so special

Avoriaz was one of the first resorts to start the snowboarding and freestyle skiing trends and now there are 7 terrain parks plus a permanent half-pipe within the resort: Snowpark de la Chappelle, the Burton Kids Parkway and L’il Stash are ideal for kids. The Snowpark Arare has features for intermediate to advanced skiers & snowboarders and the Burton Stash is situated amongst the woodlands of Lindaret. At the Superpipe, helmets are essential and the SkiCross is ideal for those looking for a fast speed adrenaline rush.

Unmissable for skiers visiting the resort from February to March is the Le Feerie des Neiges festival, where Avoriaz town centre is transformed into a huge snow palace filled with giant sculptures. There is also a carnival parade and children are invited to join the parade of huge, comic figures.


How do we find a suitable activity?

In every ski resort you will find an overview of all available offers. On the left side you have filters to quickly find the right offer. For example, you can search specifically for beginner ski courses for children in groups.

How do we find offers for our desired date?

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.

How do we find group lessons or private instructors?

Group courses are marked with "Group". You can search specifically for group courses by selecting the "Group" filter under the "Category" menu item. Private teachers are marked with the inscription "Private". You can search for private teachers by selecting the "Private" filter under the "Category" menu item.

How do we find offers in our language?

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.