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Ski Schools in Zermatt

Learn to ski in Zermatt

Just over 2.5hrs from Geneva and 3hrs drive from Milan Malpensa, Zermatt lies directly at the foot of the Matterhorn mountain. This traditional and iconic ski resort offers 200km of local slopes for all levels across the four interconnected skiing sectors of Rothorn, Gornergrat, Matterhorn Glacier Paradise & Schwarzsee.

Zermatt is also linked by lift and piste to Italian Cervinia, this link providing a further 160km of pistes and creating a total of 360km of skiable area.

The Rothorn, Gornergrat & Matterhorn Glacier Paradise sectors have lifts to more than 3000m and present an incredible view of 38 mountain peaks that ride above 4000m. The Klein Matterhorn has Europe’s highest pistes at 3820m and is also the starting point of an iconic 21 km red descent back down into Zermatt.

The Stockhorn area of the Gorner glacier is home to a couple of yellow runs that descend more than 1300m. Yellow runs are considered the world’s most difficult: These are ungroomed, unpatrolled off-piste tracks that are marked and secured from avalanches.

Ski lessons for beginners in Zermatt

Although 69% of slopes in Zermatt are red, there are also 75km of blue runs, so learners have plenty of choice. Zermatt offers a ski pass for beginners, which provides access to the lifts & runs of the Sunnegga-Blauherd beginners area. The pass is available from CHF53.00 and children under 10yrs can ski for free.

Ski schools in Zermatt offer ski lessons from age 3yrs, groups being organised according to age and ability. Group lessons for kids generally last 3hrs, and for adults, 5hrs. Adult groups have no more than 6 participants and the instructors focus on targeted exercises & corrections to help skiers progress as quickly as possible.

The very first skiing lessons cover the skiing basics of the snowplough and glide. The ski schools in Zermatt teach the basic techniques on the nursery slopes of the Sunnegga area. Once these moves are secure, lessons move to pistes with a slight gradient and the snowplough turn is introduced.

Ski schools in Zermatt recommend the blue runs in the Gornergrat area as ideal for practicing after lessons. Additionally, the glacier offers well groomed & flat pistes that suitable for beginners and come with breathtaking panoramic views.

Kids’ ski lessons in Zermatt

Young skiers can have their first skiing lessons aged 3yrs in Zermatt, lessons lasting between 2-6,5hrs daily, depending on the ski school. Ski schools in Zermatt arrange lessons in groups of 6-8 children according to their ability, and some lesson packages have a lunch option.

Young beginners learn their first moves in one of the ski Kindergartens or on the nursery areas around the Sunnegga area. Each of the ski schools in Zermatt has specific lesson meeting points, this information being given with the relevant course details.

The kindergarten areas are secure and specially designed for children, with moving carpets and fun obstacles. Some ski schools in Zermatt have mascot characters who further help little learners get used to moving on skies.

Ski novices start with the basic techniques of the snowplough and glide. When these are well established, lessons progress to easy slopes with a gentle incline, where the young skiers begin to work on snowplough turns.

The ski schools in Zermatt take their young skiers with previous experience directly to more challenging slopes that suit their experience level. After snowplough skiing, the next step is the graduation to parallel skiing and eventually carving, for advanced young skiers.

The Gornergrat area is also recommended by the ski schools in Zermatt for their intermediate skiers, as various extended red runs start here that are ideal for practicing newly-learned skills.

Zermatt ski pass

The Zermatt ski pass covers 200km of slopes in the Sunnegga-Rothorn, Gornergrat and Schwarzsee-Matterhorn glacier paradise areas. Passes can be bought for any number of days and a free bus transports skiers to the Sunnegga-Rothorn and Matterhorn glacier paradise valley stations. Kids can ski for free until their 10th birthday and there are reduced price ski passes for kids and teens and on Saturdays, the ski pass is free for children under 16yrs.

Additional day-tickets for the Cervinia/Valtournenche area are also available.

Zermatt ski rental shops

There are 18 ski rental shops within Zermatt for winter sports fans wanting to rent the latest, perfectly-serviced equipment. Ski schools in Zermatt may offer discounts with specific hire centres.

Ski lesson prices in Zermatt

Ski schools in Zermatt offer group & private ski & snowboarding lessons, plus many other private snowsports lessons. The listed prices are the lowest per season & lesson and the prices do not include equipment or a meal:

Kids ski lessons Adults ski lessons Snowboard lessons
Group from CHF70/3hrs from CHF99/5hrs from CHF99/4,5hrs
Private from CHF77/hr from CHF77/hr from CHF83/hr

The best ski schools in Zermatt

Alpine Ski School Zermatt

Alpine Ski School offers private ski, snowboard, freestyle and off-piste lessons in English, French & German.

Meeting point: arranged individually

CheckYeti customers reviews: patient, experienced, beginner friendly


Zermatters offers group skiing and snowboarding lessons in English, some with lunch options.

Meeting point: The tourist office next to Zermatt train station.

CheckYeti customers reviews: beginner friendly, reliable, patient

Evolution Ski School

For private ski, snowboarding, freeride & ski guiding lessons in English.

Meeting point: The big ski map by the Sunnega base station.

CheckYeti customers reviews: experienced, beginner friendly, relaxed

Stoked Ski- und Snowboardschule

Stoked offers group ski lessons from 4yrs, plus private ski, telemark, freestyle, freeriding & snowboard lessons in English plus other languages.

Meeting point: Arranged individually.

CheckYeti customers reviews: kids friendly, beginner friendly, patient

Summit Ski- & Snowboardschule

Summit is Zermatt’s first British snowsports school and offers group ski lessons and private ski and snowboard lessons in English.

Meeting point: SUN-TUE: Top of Sunnega Express, WED-FRI: Furi (first stop of the Matterhorn Express bubble lift)

CheckYeti customers reviews: experienced, beginner friendly, relaxed

European Snowsport Zermatt

Offering private skiing and off-piste lessons in English.

Meeting point: Arranged individually.

CheckYeti customers reviews: kids friendly, beginner friendly, value for money

Prato Borni Ski & Snowboardschule

Prato Borni offers private ski, snowboard and telemark lessons in many languages.

Meeting point: The Sunnegga top station in front of the restaurant or individual arrangement.

CheckYeti customers reviews: beginner friendly, relaxed, patient

Matterhorn Diamonds Skischule Zermatt

For private ski and off-piste lessons

Meeting point: Arranged individually.

CheckYeti customers reviews: relaxed, patient, experienced

ESKIMOS Ski & Snowboard School Saas-Fee

ESKIMOS offers private skiing lessons in English, German, Dutch & French.

Meeting point: Individually arranged.

CheckYeti customers reviews: beginner friendly, patient, reliable

Skischule Family Skiing

Offering private ski, ski for families and family guiding lessons in English, German and Russian.

Meeting point: Individually arranged.

CheckYeti customers reviews: beginner friendly, experienced, patient

What makes ski lessons in Zermatt special

In Zermatt, it’s possible to spend the evening driving on a PistenBully and witness first-hand how the slopes are perfectly groomed for the next day’s skiing.

Zermatt is also one of the few resorts that offer summer skiing, with 25km of pistes and 8 ski lifts remaining open all summer. The resort’s summer snow area offers something for everyone, with wide, flat slopes for beginners to great runs for speed racing.

Alongside ski and snowboard lessons, the ski schools in Zermatt also offer a wide variety of other snowsports, including freestyle, freeride, snow touring and teleski adventures.
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