Instructors and guides

Instructors and guides

Instructors and guides: adding value to Les 3 Vallées

Talking together, building up trust, listening, trying, starting again… Les 3 Vallées ski area and its vast wild surroundings invite you to try new experiences, to make your dreams and new-found ambitions a reality, and to set yourself new challenges. Whatever your age or ability, professionals are on hand to help you make it all happen. 1st star or first mountain summit: every objective is taken into consideration and catered for by these experienced mountain specialists. With their knowledge of this unique terrain, the use of cutting-edge techniques and personalised teaching methods, the mountain guides and ESF French Ski School instructors will help you reach the heights on skis, snowboard, cross-country skis or snowshoes… Let them guide you, you’re in good hands.

Pleasure and progress guaranteed

A prerequisite for the 2,000 ESF French Ski School instructors on Les 3 Vallées ski area is a love for snowsports and new discoveries. To that end, the famous red sweaters, as they are affectionately known, can adapt into whatever format best suits you: one-on-one, small groups, an hour, a half-day, or a full day; for little beginners, grown-up experts and the other way around! You’ll find the right option to meet your needs, reassure you and accompany you towards achieving your goal, whatever it may be. And you’re guaranteed to be greeted with a smile!

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Venture a little further and higher

Perfect terrain

Discover the off-piste ski routes of the 3 Valleys!
Ski touring, Courchevel
With an office like this, the guides and instructors can offer high-level instruction for all. With 50% of the wide, undulating runs categorised as easy, as well as the huge, fantastically equipped fun areas, it’s perfect for giving new skiers a good grounding in basic skills.

Next come the more technical runs, at every altitude and facing every direction, guaranteeing the perfect terrain for honing your technique. And then, if you feel like it, you can venture a little further and higher, beyond the ski runs, into the heart of nature on glaciers culminating at over 3,000 metres.

Between the ski kindergarten and the glacier lies an infinite range of possibilities that these mountain professionals can navigate for you.
Discover the off-piste ski routes of the 3 Valleys!
Ski touring, Courchevel

Instruction for everybody

It goes without saying that children are perfectly looked after by the ESF French Ski School, whose instructors are both highly experienced and always at the cutting edge of the latest teaching techniques. Discovering skiing with an instructor guarantees that children will acquire good basic skills while having fun, exploring the mountain environment, and making new friends. These skills will soon have them enjoying amazing snowsports sessions with the whole family!!

The ski schools understand you can be both a beginner AND an adult, which is why a specific welcome is reserved for them too. Instructors are also mindful of communicating and sharing any information needed to provide peace of mind and remove any potential mental blocks before getting off to a gentle start on carefully chosen runs!

Children’s ski lessons and childcare

The ski schools understand you can be both a beginner AND an adult, which is why a specific welcome is reserved for them too. Instructors are also mindful of communicating and sharing any information needed to provide peace of mind and remove any potential mental blocks before getting off to a gentle start on carefully chosen runs!

Adult ski lessons and off-piste

Les 3 Vallées for all

Snowshoes hikes and walks with an esf instructor in Les 3 Vallées
The family: For the joy of both being together and somewhere different, to discover and share the pleasure of skiing and the beauty of the mountains with those you love.

Learning: Learning is a different experience for children and adults: while children are used to being in the position of a learner, this is often no longer the case for adults.

A playground for experts: The world's largest ski area has never failed to deliver on its promise of great skiing, with endless slopes, steep walls, forest trails and incredible views. Skiers from all over know exactly why they chose this destination.
Les 3 Vallées for all
Snowshoes hikes and walks with an esf instructor in Les 3 Vallées

WARM UP : 10 TIPS FROM ADRIEN THÉAUX

Discover 10 tips from Adrien Théaux, member of the French Speed Skiing team from Val Thorens, on how to prepare for Alpine activities.

1. Ease back:
At least a few weeks before you go skiing, stop using lifts and the underground… make your legs your mode of transport. A bit of cycling or running will also help to improve your muscular and cardio fitness.

2. A healthy lifestyle:
A good sleeping pattern, combined with healthy, balanced food will be the perfect accompaniment to your little fitness purge.

3. Check your equipment:
Check your equipment, especially the state of your ski edges: it’s impossible to carve a turn if your skis aren’t sharp! Well-prepared and maintained skis, comfortable boots, a working helmet, a mask with protective lenses, the right- sized ski poles.

4. Spend some time studying the piste map:
That way, when you arrive, you won’t have to keep getting it out to check! to have a quick look at the piste map before your holiday. It will stop you having to get off and look at every ski lift!

5. In the morning:
Before you go out, pack your rucksack with water, snacks, an extra layer for warmth and a spare pair of gloves… just in case.

6. That reminds me:
Check the weather forecast, so you can adjust your equipment to suit the conditions.

7. Skiing is a sport for early birds:
Fresh snow and freshly groomed slopes… The slopes are at their best in the early morning, so you know what you’ll have to do if you want a piece of that.

8. Before you set off on your first run:
At the top of the slopes, admire the landscape and warm up at the same time: neck, legs, shoulders, arms and wrists! Especially for the thighs: 3 repetitions of 10 squats, separated by a minute and a half recovery time.

9. Don’t rush:
Start off with one or two easy to medium runs at a gentle speed before attempting the steeper slopes.

10. Take extra care later on in the day:
After lunch and towards the end of the day are the key times where attention can start to drift. Slow your pace and, in the evening, remember to stay hydrated and to stretch!