British ski instructor Val Thorens

View of Mt Blanc from Val Thorens

ESF in Val Thorens

ESF kids group in Val Thorens

The ESF is the largest ski school in Val Thorens, with around 200 ski instructors at the busiest times of the season.

You can book group lessons at the ESF offices in resort, or online. For kids, the options depend on their age. Options: 

  • a kindergarten for children 3-35 months old 
  • the Pioupiou (little chicken) club for children 3-4 years old 
  • ski lessons for children 4-12 years old, with 7 levels from ourson (little bear) to gold star 
  • after gold star, competition and Team Rider (racing, freeride, and snow park) courses 
  • snowboard group lessons from 7 years old

Skiers or snowboarders who are 13 years old or more join adult classes, but where possible, the ski school keeps teenagers together.

ESF 2 star test in Val Thorens

For adult skiers or snowboarders, there are: 

  • group lessons in the morning, afternoon, or morning & afternoon
  • private lessons - the price is shared amongst the participants - see ESF private lesson prices.

There's more information about the ESF in Val Thorens on ValThorensGuide.

Val Thorens

Val Thorens with view of Mt Blanc

Val Thorens is one of Europe's best ski resorts. Founded in 1971, it benefits from high altitude and excellent snow, as well as a fast, modern lift system. The resort has gone up market in recent years, with the opening of a number of luxury hotels. There are, though, still affordable places to stay.  

Read more about the resort of Val Thorens.

Private lessons in Val Thorens

Private lessons in Val Thorens

I recommend private lessons as a great way to learn a lot in a short time. Amongst the advantages are personal attention to your skiing, choose your own focus, and go at your own pace. Read more about private lessons in Val Thorens.

Val Thorens from Les DallesDavid Mitchell, British ski instructor in Val ThorensCime de Caron, Val Thorens