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Ski Schools in Les Arcs

Learn to ski in Les Arcs


Together with its neighbouring ski resorts in La Plagne and Pesey-Vallandry, Les Arcs forms the second largest ski area in France: Paradiski. Choosing Les Arcs for a skiing trip comes with the advantage of having hundreds of kilometres of slopes at one’s disposition, being able to ski on 2 glaciers on the Vanoise mountain range, and, of course, enjoying the breathtaking view of the famous Mont Blanc mountain.

The ski resort in Les Arcs is located in the French Savoy department, on the northern side of the Vanoise mountain range. 4 sub-resorts can be found in Les Arcs, all named after their approximate altitude: Arc 1600, Arc 1800, Arc 1950 and Arc 2000. While each resort offers a different experience, vacationists can enjoy magnificent landscapes from the slopes of all resorts.

The ski schools in Les Arcs have the advantage of being easily reachable from Paris. Thanks to the direct TGV train line, vacationists can do the journey from Paris to Bourg-Saint-Maurice, a little village in close proximity to the ski resort, in just 4.5h. It usually takes 2.5h to get to Les Arcs from Lyon, and approximately 5h from Brussels or London. There is a funicular railway in Bourg-Saint-Maurice that runs directly to Arc 1600. The ride is only 7min long and there are numerous bus shuttles that take tourists from Arc 1600 to the other resorts.

Half of the resort’s slopes are green or blue which makes Les Arcs a beginner’s perfect training area. While total beginners best learn to ski with one of the ski schools in Les Arcs, more experienced skiers and adrenaline junkies can discover the resort’s red and even black slopes. One of the very exciting slopes is 7km long, starting at the Aiguille Rouge mountain, the highest point of the whole ski area (3226m).

In general, the meeting points of the ski schools in Les Arcs are either at their respective ski school offices or right at the bottom of the slopes, close to the ski lifts. Once a ski lesson group has gathered at the meeting point, the instructor takes the participants up to the slopes where they will quickly make progress. As beginners learn the snowplough technique, skiers with more experience can learn parallel turns or even try out off-piste skiing.

There are numerous ski schools in Les Arcs. All of them offer diverse and high-quality ski or snowboard lessons. Kids from the age of 3 can start learning to ski here. At the beginning of the lesson, the little skiers are divided into small groups. When dividing the kids, the instructor always sees that children of the same age and level of experience are placed in the same group. Depending on the chosen ski school, the kids learn the basics of skiing either in one of the kids’ areas, such as Pierre Blanche in Arc 1600 or Charmettoger in Arc 1800, or on the resort’s easy slopes.

The best ski schools in Les Arcs


ESI Arc Aventures: This school is based in Arc 1800 and has been sharing their passion for skiing for over 30 years thanks to a great team of experienced instructors.

Spirit Arc 1950-Villaroger: A very dynamic school in which the enthusiastic instructors are true ski ambassadors.

Evolution 2 Arc 1600-1800: A friendly team welcomes skiers of every age. Children can enjoy a great number of services here.

Evolution 2 Arc 2000: Thanks to a professional team, the highest ski school in Les Arcs makes sure their students make great progress.

That's special about ski lessons in Les Arcs


When opting for a lesson from one of the ski schools in Les Arcs, participants can be sure to not only learn to ski but also to discover a whole lot of other things. For example, there is a brand new panoramic footbridge on the Aiguille Rouge from which you can enjoy a wonderful view of the region. The bridge is accessible to skiers as well as to pedestrians.

A quick visit to the Mille8 leisure centre in Arc 1800 is also recommended. There, vacationists can simply relax or have fun with their friends and family. A separate kids’ area is available to the children wanting to make their first steps into the world of skiing.

Finally, many ski schools in Les Arcs offer lessons including the required equipment. This is simply ideal for beginners as they won’t have to buy the complete skiing equipment for their first ski trip.

FAQs

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.