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ESF Meribel Ski School & Childcare, Meribel

The renowned official French ski & snowboard school and childcare provider in Meribel

This ski school is the largest in France and one of the oldest, having been established in 1945. Offering a wide range of lessons and childcare from 18 months upwards they can ensure the needs of your entire family/group are met. They even have children's lessons in English only.

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.

Their instructors have extensive knowledge of the Meribel and Three Valleys ski area 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.

Lessons available include skiing, snowboarding, freestyle (see video), telemark skiing, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. 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 the maximum enjoyment from your holiday. 

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 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.

Saturnins Nursery 
Children are welcome for half or full days, with or without lunch. You will need to provide proof of your child's age and a copy of their health record. The club includes English speaking staff to ensure there are no communication barriers with your child. Activities included are:

  • Indoor activities: playing or handicrafts, reading, singing, videos etc.
  • Outdoor activities: sledging and various games on snow, snow shoeing, slides and rides in the garden, and more.

Club Piou Piou 
Qualified professional ski instructors will help your child learn how to balance and stand on their skis, building their confidence and making learning fun. The secure snow garden features special equipment such as mini ski tows, magic carpets and inflatable structures. Children can join in for half or full day sessions, with or without lunch. Male and female instructors supervise, encourage and instruct tiny tots in skiing and other games on the snow. And at the end of their stay children will win their own special "Piou-Piou" Club medal. (Open every day including the weekends).

Private ski lessons (Available to any age including children from 5 years)
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 whether it be alpine skiing, boarding, freestyle, telemark skiing, off-piste or cross-country skiing. Available for individuals or for a group of up to 8 friends or family of similar ability and are ideal for those who want to fast-track their progress. 

Group Lessons
Group lessons are great fun and a good way to meet other people, you can choose from 5 or 6 half days, mornings or afternoons. Small children in the snowflake to 1st-star levels can take advantage of group lessons in English only, taught by English native speakers or French instructors with a good level of English.

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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


Visitor comments

  • "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

Booking Arrangements

Child policy

Ski lessons and ski clubs are available for children from 18 months up to teenage years. Small children in the snowflake to 1st-star levels can take advantage of group lessons in English only, taught by English native speakers or French instructors with a good level of English.

What to bring

Les Saturnins

  • Child's health card or ID
  • Slippers, diapers and a change of clothes
  • Outdoor clothes for playing in the snow
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunblock / high protection sun cream
  • Gloves and hat
  • Their teddy bear/blankie, pacifier and snacks

Club Piou Piou

  • The child's ski equipment - labelled (The kindergarden have labels available)
  • Helmet, gloves and sunglasses
  • A completed Medical form for the child (available on the website)

Equipment can be left at the club for the duration of their stay.


  • Families & Kids
  • Childcare
  • Kids' Club / Activities
  • Kids' lessons


  • Activities
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowshoeing
  • Telemarking
  • Events
  • 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


  • Open Seasons
  • Spring
  • Winter
  • Address
  • BP17, Méribel
  • 73550