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Ski Schools in Tignes

Learn to ski in Tignes

Situated in the Tarentaise Valley in the Savoie region of France, at an altitude between 1,440–3,747m, Tignes is known as the highest skiing resort in Europe. Tignes can be reached from Geneva airport by taking the practical Altibus taking c.a. 3hrs. The nearest railway station is Bourg St Maurice, which is about a 40-minute drive away.

Tignes has 150km of slopes on various terrains, 60% of the pistes being over 2,200m long and the Grande Motte glacier providing 20km of runs above 3000m. Ski schools in Tignes offer all types of ski lessons across each of the three main mountains; La Grande Motte, La Tovière and l’Aiguille Percée.

Tignes shares its extensive ski area with the neighbouring Val d’Isère, the two areas together being named Espace Killy after Jean Claude Killy, the triple downhill winner at the Grenoble Olympics in 1968. Ski schools in Tignes make the most of Espace Killy - known as “the world’s most beautiful skiing area“ - and its 300km of pistes of all difficulty levels.

Ski lessons for beginners in Tignes

Tignes offers great conditions for beginners, thanks to 57% of the pistes being green and blue: Ski schools in Tignes take beginners to the 4 main green slope areas at Tignes Val Claret, Tignes Le Lac, Tignes Le Lavachet and Tignes Les Brévières. Easily accessible and free beginner lifts ranging from drag lifts to chairlifts provide access to these areas and make for stress-free transportation back up the slopes.

For beginners who have mastered their first moves, Tignes certainly has enough blue runs to practice and build up confidence; according to insider tips from ski schools in Tignes, the best wide and gentle blue runs can be found at the Palafour chairlift, and from the top of the Brevieres and Boissons lifts. Not to be missed is the very long Rhododendron run, which starts at the top of Chaudannes chairlift and winds its way back down into Les Brevieres.

Kids' ski lessons in Tignes

Ski schools in Tignes offer kids lessons from age 3yrs upwards. For the youngest learners, lessons are between 1,5-2hrs at a time and are normally taught in a snow garden. Lessons for kids aged 5yrs to teens are held in groups of 6 or 8 skiers and usually last for 3 hrs. Children’s ski lessons in Tignes take place either at the nursery slopes, or on other easy green and blue slopes, dependent on the group’s ability. For young advanced skiers, ski schools in Tignes head to some of the 72km of red runs within the resort, such as the Dahu, the Double M and the Cirse in the Grande Motte area.

Ski lesson prices in Tignes

Ski schools in Tignes offer group and private ski and snowboard lessons. In addition, some ski schools in Tignes offer all-in-one packages, with ski hire and lunch included. The prices quoted are the lowest price per lesson within the season:

Kids ski lessons Adults ski lessons Snowboard lessons
Group from 36€/2,5hrs from 31€/3hrs from 31€/3hrs
Private from 55€/hr from 55€/hr from 55€/hr

The best ski schools in Tignes


With several decades of experience and more than 60 instructors, Evolution2 is one of the biggest ski schools in Tignes. Lessons are offered in English and French from 3yrs upwards, some lesson packages having a lunch option.
Meeting point: Meet by the Christmas tree on the main snow front in Tignes le Lac.
CheckYeti customers reviews: experienced, beginner-friendly, patient


With more than 20 years of experience, the SnoCool team offers a personalised approach with small group lessons of 4-6 skiers. Lessons are offered in English, Dutch, Russian, Spanish, German and French.
Meeting point: In front of the Snocool office, located right next to the restaurant "La Maison à Colonnes"
CheckYeti customers reviews: experienced, patient, relaxed

333 Ski School

This ski school in Tignes belongs to the ESI organisation and combines passion and professionalism with every lesson. The school takes beginners from age 5yrs and lessons are offered in English and French.
Meeting point: Directly at the 333 Ski School office in Val Claret, Tignes.
CheckYeti customers reviews: patient, beginner-friendly, experienced

English ski lessons in Tignes

Ski schools in Tignes offer lessons in English, which makes for the ideal circumstances when learning new skiing techniques and making the most of ski lessons.

Ski hire in Tignes

Some ski lesson packages in Tignes come with ski hire included. Additionally, there are 19 ski hire centres situated in the Val Claret area, plus 9 more in the Le Lac de Tignes /Le Lavachet area for those who prefer to hire out the latest equipment. Ski schools in Tignes are happy to give recommendations regarding equipment and prices.

What makes learning to ski in Tignes so special

Situated at such a high altitude and partially on the Grande Motte glacier, the skiing season in Tignes extends through almost the entire year. The glacier is even open for skiing and snowboarding for 6 weeks in summer and reopens at the end of September for the winter season. Due to the exceptional size of the Espace Killy ski area, there are plenty of opportunities to head out with a guide onto powder snow for off-piste skiing and snowboarding.

Additionally, getting to the various regions within Tignes is quick and easy, thanks to the free shuttle bus with its 23 stops between Tignes 1800 and Tignes Val Claret Grande Motte.


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.