La Plagne is an excellent resort for beginners to learn to ski in but there are also ski schools and private instructors for intermediate and advanced skiers who want to improve, and off-piste mountain guides for those who want to explore Paradiski’s extensive freeriding terrain including the famous north-face of Bellecote. ESF arrange good value guided off-piste expeditions that individuals can join, and special half-day introductions to off-piste skiing and ski-touring for skiers and boarders who have previously stuck to the pistes.
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La Plagne Ski Schools and Mountain Guides
Ecole du Ski Francais (ESF)
There is an ESF school near each of La Plagne’s villages (including the outlying ones like Montalbert, Montchavin-Les Coches and Champagny en Vanoise). ESF group lessons were criticised for large class sizes, poor English-language skills and an overly dogmatic ‘one size fits all’ approach, but ESF has responded and become more flexible and user-friendly with more English-speaking instructors. As well as the classic week-long half-day ski-school courses for novices, they now have ‘one-off’ lessons and short courses for intermediate skiers who have not had a lesson in years and want a quick refresh, private instruction and half-day introductions to off-piste skiing and ski touring. The ESF offices also provide mountain guides and regularly organise off-piste groups that individuals can join on a pay-per-person basis which are excellent value for money. The one-day group expeditions for experienced off-piste skiers run by ESF Montalbert are particularly recommended. Further information about ESF La Plagne >>>
Another large provider, based in Plagne Centre, but their group lessons start at 10am so skiers from other villages in la Plagne have time to get over to the meeting point below the Colorado chair (look for the blue banners). They also operate a minibus service to and from some of the other villages. They also provide off-piste mountain guides. Further information >>>
A forward-thinking outfit who operate out of Montchavin-Les Coches. As well as ski school lessons and private instructors they provide mountain guides. Further information >>>
Operate out of Belle Plagne (easily reached from Plagne Bellecote by lift or piste) and Plagne Centre (easily reached from Plagne 1800, Plagne Village, Plagne Soleil and Plagne Aime 2000). Further information >>>
Operate out of Plagne 1800, and therefore also easily reached by people who can manage a blue run who are staying in Plagne Centre, Plagne Aime 2000, Plagne Villages and Plagne Soleil who can ski down to the meeting point. Further information >>>
Lime Ski School
Small British run ski school. Further information >>>
Small specialist ski school offering private, group and family lessons lessons for disabled skiers. Further information >>>