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Ski schools in Crans-Montana

Learn to ski in Crans Montana

Located in the canton of Valais, around 2hrs drive from Geneva airport, Crans-Montana is one of the most famous ski resorts in Switzerland. The resort has a long season from November to April and offers 140km of pistes at altitudes from 1,510m to 2,927m. 40% of the slopes within the resort are classed blue, which means Crans-Montana is ideal for beginners.

The resort is divided into different sectors, which each provide varied skiing: At 1,719m, the Arnouva area has a snow garden and blue slopes that are ideal for young learners and their families. The Cry D’Er is the favourite of freestylers and additionally offers great views over the Rhône valley. Higher up at the Cascade der Glace, there are blue and red runs, and a snowpark for freestyling fans.

Since 2016, Crans-Montana has been the annual host to one stage of the Women's Ski World Cup, which takes place on the famous Mont-Lachaux track at 2140m. This race attracts skiing fans from all over the globe who come to watch the world's best ski racers compete for the coveted trophy.

The Crans-Montana ski pass covers all the slopes within the resort and can be bought for a single or multiple days. There are reduced prices for children, teens, seniors, plus for students and apprentices. A fast-track pass is also available for an additional cost. The ski schools in Crans-Montana will be happy to provide more information about the ski pass options.

Ski lessons for beginners in Crans-Montana

Ski schools in Crans-Montana offer ski lessons from age 3yrs and upwards. Group ski lessons for adult and teen beginners take place mainly in Montana and last 3hrs per day. The ski schools in Crans-Montana additionally offer private lessons for skiers of all ages, lessons taking place in either Crans or Montana, to suit the skier.

The meeting point for beginner lessons is by the top station of the Arnouva cable car, next to the restaurant. The ski schools in Crans-Montana begin by teaching their first-time skiers the basic skiing moves of the glide, the snowplough and how to brake. These moves are taught on the flattest slopes within the resort, so that the ski novices can familiarise themselves with both wearing and moving on skis.

After the basic moves have been well established, lessons progress to slopes with a slight incline and the snowplough turn is introduced. Beginners with previous experience are taken directly to blue slopes, where the basic moves are refreshed before the instructors begin lessons on parallel skiing.

Kids’ ski lessons in Crans-Montana

In Crans-Montana. Group lessons for kids generally last 2-2,5hrs, or 5,5-6hrs daily with a supervised lunch break. Kids aged 3-11yrs can take group ski lessons either in Crans or in Montana and in Crans, the meeting point for lessons is either directly at the snow garden or at the ski school office. In Montana, the meeting point is the top station of the Arnouva cable car, next to the restaurant.

The youngest skiers aged from 3yrs generally make their first moves in the secure environment of a snow garden. Here, they playfully learn how to control their skis and get used to sliding and braking. Groups are kept small, with a maximum of 5 participants.

Young skiers with previous experience are taken directly to more challenging slopes that suit their ability. The ski schools in Crans-Montana offer lessons specifically for advanced young skiers aged 7yrs and older, and even ski racing lessons that last 7,5hrs/day, for little skiers intent on becoming the skiing stars of the future.

Ski lesson prices in Crans-Montana

Ski schools in Crans-Montana offer group and private ski and snowboard lessons of various lengths, some lessons having a meal option. The listed prices are the lowest price per standard (half-day) lesson within the season and do not include a meal:

Kids ski lessons Adults ski lessons Snowboard lessons
Group from 36CHF/2-2,5hrs from 45CHF/3hrs from 45CHF/3hrs
Private from 55CHF/hr from 55CHF/hr from 55CHF/hr

The best ski schools in Crans Montana

Swiss Mountain Sports

Founded in 2004 under the leadership of Yves Caillet, Swiss Mountain Sports offers group ski, snowboard, ski racing, off-piste and freestyle lessons for kids. They additionally offer ski weekends including 5hrs private tuition for adults. Instruction is given in English, French, German and Russian.

Meeting point Crans: At Crans-Cry D'Er blue bubble lift base station, on the Crans car park.
Meeting point Montana: At the Grand-Signal - Cry D’Er gondola top station exit.

CheckYeti customers reviews: Patient, kids friendly, experienced

Swiss Ski School Crans-Montana

Founded in 1926 and with a team of 200 instructors, Swiss Ski School is the oldest of the ski schools in Crans-Montana. The school offers group and private ski and snowboard lessons for all ages in English, French, German and Russian.

Meeting point Crans: At the Arnouva gondola top station.
Meeting point Crans: On the golf course in Montana.

CheckYeti customers reviews: Kids friendly, beginner friendly, experienced

What makes ski lessons in Crans-Montana special

Cross country skiers will find their peace in Crans-Montana, with a total 16 km of tracks, the longest slope (6km) being located at the top of the resort on the Plaine Morte glacier at 2927m.

A “Suspended Breakfast” is not for those with a fear of heights: The experience lasts for 45mins during which breakfast and incredible views are enjoyed in a gondola suspended over the pistes between Les Violettes and the Plaine Morte glacier.

Snowsports fans visiting the resort in March can enjoy the Snow Party: A two-day party for all ages and all the family with many fun activities, tournaments, music and sports activities.


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.