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Ski Schools in Les Arcs

Learn to ski in Les Arcs

The ski resort in Les Arcs is located in the French Savoy, on the northern side of the Vanoise mountain range. The resort lies between the Bellecote and Aiguille Rouge mountains, flanked by the La Chiaupe and Varet glaciers. Les Arcs encompasses 4 villages - Arc 1600, Arc 1800, Arc 1950, Arc 2000 - each with its own individual character.

The Les Arcs ski resort consists of 200km of pistes. With 3 green, 64 blue, 40 red and 17 black runs, Les Arcs has plenty of slopes for all levels. However, together with the neighbouring ski resorts of La Plagne and Pesey-Vallandry, Les Arcs forms the second largest ski area in France, Paradiski: The Paradiski area extends over 425km of pistes with varying terrain, including powder areas.

Geneva and Lyon St. Exupery airports are within 3 hours’ drive from Les Arcs. Additionally, the resort can be easily reached by train, the Eurostar station Bourg-St-Maurice being only a short funicular ride from Arc 1600. From Arc 1600, numerous bus shuttles transfer visitors to the other 3 Arc villages.

Ski lessons for beginners in Les Arcs

Ski schools in Les Arcs offer ski lessons from age 3yrs upwards. Lessons for novice skiers are held on the flattest slopes within the resort. The youngest learners learn the skiing basics on the nursery areas, which are secure and away from the main slopes. Older beginners learn the first techniques directly on the beginner slopes within the resort.

Once the snowplough and glide moves have been well established, lessons progress to gentle blue slopes. Here, the ski beginners begin to work on their parallel turns. Ski schools in Les Arcs offer lessons in each of the 4 Arcs villages. Each village has blue runs, so beginners are well set-up, no matter where they are based.

Kids’ ski lessons in Les Arcs

Kids ages 3yrs can have ski lessons in Les Arcs. Little skiers age 3-4yrs start with 2hrs lessons daily. Skiers aged 5-12yrs can have between 2-5hrs instruction daily.

First-time skiers start by learning the basic moves of snowplough and glide, before progressing to parallel skiing. The ski schools in Les Arcs teach young learners the first moves on “snow garden” areas, which are secure and very flat. Other beginners learn the basics directly on beginner slopes within the resort.

Lessons for intermediate skiers take place on the blues and gentler reds within the resort. Ski schools in Les Arcs take their advanced beginners to red and black pistes; a favourite being the 7km long red & black Aiguille Rouge piste, which begins up at 3,226m and ends 2,000m lower in the village of Villaroger.

Snowboarding lessons in Les Arcs

Ever since the cult movie Apocalypse Snow was filmed in the resort, Les Arcs has been a top destination for snowboarders. Les Arcs has a variety of wide and rolling slopes that are ideal for snowboarding lessons for beginners to intermediates. The ski schools in Les Arcs offer group and private snowboarding lessons for all levels, to boarders aged 8yrs and above.

Ski lesson prices in Les Arcs

Ski and snowboarding lessons are available in each of the Les Arcs villages. Prices and lesson lengths vary slightly, according to the season. Some ski schools in Les Arcs offer group lessons with a meal/equipment hire option. The prices quoted are the lowest price per lesson within the season, not including equipment:

Kids ski lessons Adults ski lessons Snowboard lessons
Group from 28€/4hrs from 28€/4hrs from 33€/2,5-3hrs
Private from 50€/hr from 50€/hr from 50€/hr

Les Arcs ski pass

There are two ski passes available for Les Arcs: Known as the Classic Pass, the Les Arcs/Peisey-Vallandry Pass is only valid for the Les Arcs/Peisey-Vallandry ski area. For skiers wanting a wider range of pistes, the Paradiski Pass covers the complete 425km Paradiski areas, including neighbouring La Plagne. The ski schools in Les Arcs will be happy to give further advice.

The best ski schools in Les Arcs

Evolution 2

With offices and lessons in each of the Les Arcs villages plus Villaroger, the experienced Evolution 2 team offers group and private ski and snowboard lessons in English and other languages.

Meeting point: The Evolution 2 office in the relevant village

Meeting point Arc 2000: Across from the Taj-i Mah Hotel by the relevant course sign.

CheckYeti customers reviews: experienced, kids friendly, beginner friendly

ESI Arc Aventures

Based in Arc 1800 and founded more than 30 years ago, the ESI team offers ski lessons for kids, teens and adults in English and French.

Meeting place beginners aged 3-4: Across from the Taj-i Mah Hotel by the course sign.

Meeting place: Snow garden above the "Télécabine du Transarc" base station

CheckYeti customers reviews: relaxed, experienced, kids friendly

What makes ski lessons in Les Arcs special

The Transarc telecabin up to the peak of the Aiguille Rouge accesses a new, panoramic footbridge with incredible panoramic views over the Italian Alps, Mont Pourri, the Pierra Menta and Mont Blanc.

December each year sees the Les Arcs Film Festival with more than 120 films being played on various locations throughout the resort. Events, concerts, DJs and many activities are added to the mix, to create an unforgettable atmosphere in breathtaking surroundings.


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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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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.