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ESF Meribel Ski School, Meribel

The renowned official French ski & snowboard school in Meribel

This ski school is the largest in France and one of the oldest, having been established in 1945. Four convenient booking offices and a wide range of lessons ensures that it meets all expectations of its clients.

Lessons available include skiing, snowboarding, freestyle (see video), telemark skiing, cross-country skiing and snow shoeing. Children and adults of all abilities are catered for and lessons can be taught in a variety of languages, including English.

Private and group lessons are available, allowing you to get maximum enjoyment from your holiday. Group lessons are great fun and a good way to meet other people. Private lessons are ideal for those who want the fast-track their progress or for those that want to do some off piste and mountain guiding

Children are taught in the safe and fun environment of the snow garden before progressing on to the nursery slopes, under the careful supervision of their ESF instructor. Younger children can join the Saturnins Day Nursery for ages 18 months to 3 years or Club Piou Piou for 3-5 year olds. Special classes for teenagers include freestyle and snowpark courses.

Private ski lessons

In a private lesson, you can discover the ski area at your own pace with an expert ESF instructor. You will improve rapidly and quickly gain confidence, in whichever discipline you choose. 

With its four convenient booking offices and wide range of lessons it meets all the varied expectations of its clients, both French and foreign. Private lessons are available in every discipline: alpine skiing, boarding, freestyle (see video), telemark skiing, off-piste, cross country skiing and snowshoes outings.

 Since its creation in 1945 by a group of instructors from the valley, this ski school has grown to be one of the largest in France. All 450 ESF instructors are professionals, trained at the National School of Skiing and Alpinism in Chamonix.

After five years of work-based learning our instructors have chosen to work in the wonderful Méribel valley and share with you their passion for skiing and the mountains. Whatever your technical level, age or aims, skiing with them is sure to be a pleasure.

With their extensive knowledge of the Three Valleys ski area, they know where to find for you the very best snow, secret areas far from the crowds, spectacular off-piste, or a sunset over the fantastic panorama of the most beautiful summits in the Alps. Private lessons are available for individuals or for a group of up to 6 friends or family of similar ability. 

This ski schools instructors are trained to the highest standards and have extensive knowledge of the Meribel and Three Valleys ski area; whatever your technical level, age or aims, skiing with them is sure to be a pleasure.

For further details, visit the website or contact the agents directly using the 'make an enquiry' box. 

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Where to meet

The school have two meeting points (please ensure you confirm where you should meet your instructor prior to the start of your lessons):

  • La Chaudanne
  • Le Rond Point des Pistes


  • "My husband and I had 'basic' ski lessons with the fantastic ski instructor Ludovine. This is the lesson after beginners and our 2nd ski holiday. Each day Ludi pushed us that little bit further-her energy and enthusiasm were a delight and we looked forward to each morning despite aching limbs. We came on in leaps and bounds and would recommend this ski school as good value for money-5 people in the class and a ski instructor whose English was amazing." - Trip Advisor
  • "Katerine our instructor was fantastic. She took us for the intermediate class; she kept everything very simplistic and we were cruising steep reds and blacks within a few days ... brilliant!!" - Trip Advisor
  • "Excellent session with instructor Olivier: helped build confidence as well as technique. Focused on the areas needing attention and didn't waste time on greens/things we could already do. Very highly recommended." -  - Trip Advisor

Child policy

Ski lessons and ski clubs are available for children from 18 months up to teenage years.

Location: Meribel Valley


Languages Spoken: Dutch | English | French | Russian | Spanish


Activities: Cross-Country Skiing | Heli-Ski | Skiing | Snowboarding | Snowshoeing | Telemarking

Event Services: Activities

Lessons: Adult Lessons | Childrens Lessons | Cross-Country Ski Lessons | Freestyle/Freeride Lessons | Group Lessons | Handiski Lessons | Off Piste/Backcountry Lessons | Private Lessons | Race Training / Coaching Lessons | Ski Lessons | Snowboard Lessons | Steep Skiing Lessons | Telemark Lessons


Families & Kids: Childcare | Kids' Club / Activities | Kids' lessons


Open Seasons: Spring | Winter

Address: BP17, Méribel | Meribel Valley | 73550