Verbier Ski Schools & Guiding

Verbier offers a choice of 10 ski schools and two main guiding organisations and is a great place for learning to ski off-piste terrain and steeps, for example at the English-speaking Warren Smith Academy.>

Verbier is a great place for learning to ski – not particularly from first time beginner level, but for keen skiers who want to progress from the intermediate plateau to advanced, and get to grips with the extensive off-piste terrain and steeps. There’s also significant demand for mountain guiding.

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Verbier Ski Schools

The Swiss Ski & Snowboard School, La Fantastique and Adrenaline have run ski lessons in Verbier for a number of years, and also provide guiding. In the last few years a number of specialist operations have opened up. One of these is European Snowsport, a small English-run ski school that offers both ski and snowboard lessons as well as excellent ski clinics (for moguls, carving, off-piste, ladies-only and freestyle) as well as programmes for children and teenagers. The Warren Smith Ski Academy has a long association with Verbier and is well known for its innovative teaching approach, helping skiers to take their skiing to the next level.

Swiss Ski & Snowboard School Verbier

The biggest ski school in Verbier, the Swiss Ski & Snowboard School employs approximately 120 ski instructors and 25 snowboarding instructors, all highly qualified (level 3) and offers a typical range of instruction, private or group lessons (maximum size eight people). Specialist ski programs include advanced training for children aged eight to 14 years on all aspects of ski racing, freeriding and safety for aspiring future champions in partnership with the Freeride World Tour. Swiss Ski & Snowboard School, Place de Medran, CH 1936 Verbier. Tel: +41 (0) 27 775 33 63, Email: [email protected], Web:

Altitude Ski & Snowboard School Verbier

Established in 2001 by ex-British Freestyle Team member Chris David, world freeride competitor Andre Sommer and Swiss ski instructor examiner Yves Guyot, Altitude is one of Verbier’s alternative ski and snowboard schools, offering high standards of tuition from a team of internationally qualified instructors, including 19 ski instructors and five snowboard instructors, and well-regarded for high levels of customer service. Altitude Ski and Snowboard School, Rue de Medran 27, CH 1936 Verbier. Tel: +41 (0) 27 771 60 06, Email: [email protected], Web:

La Fantastique Ski School Verbier

Founded in 1979, La Fantastique Ski School Verbier has over 30 professional ski instructors and two snowboard instructors, and offers group lessons and private lessons in skiing and snowboarding for all abilities. Private instruction in telemark skiing also available. La Fantastique has a close working relationship with Bureau des Guides de Verbier and mountain guiding can also be arranged and booked through the ski school. La Fantastique Ski School, Rue de Medran 7, CH 1936 Verbier. Tel: +41 (0) 27 771 41 41, Email: [email protected], Web:

Adrenaline Ski & Snowboard School Verbier

A member of Swiss Snowsport and ESI with more than 30 professional instructors, the Adrenaline Ski & Snowboard School offers group lessons (with a maximum 4-6 participants) and private tuition for both adults and children. Courses tailored to clients’ needs include high levels of customer service including pick-up from your hotel and chalet, help with equipment rental and arranging reservations in Verbier’s best restaurants. Adrenaline Ski & Snowboard School, Rue de la Poste 11, CH 1936 Verbier. Tel: +41 (0) 27 771 74 59, Email: [email protected], Web:

European Snowsport Verbier

Founded in 2003 and now employing approximately 20 professional ski instructors European Snowsport Verbier offer friendly multilingual lessons in skiing and snowboarding with the necessary emphasis on technique, but also on having fun and making sure you get the most out of your time in Verbier. Group lessons (maximum 6 persons) include age-specific groups for children aged 3-6, 6-12,  11+ and Junior Race Club. European Snowsport offices also in St Moritz and Zermatt. European Snowsport, Rue de Medran 11, CH 1936 Verbier. Tel: +41 (0) 27 771 62 22, Email: [email protected], Web:

Powder Extreme Ski School Verbier

Powder Extreme offer advanced skiers and boarders specialist off-piste instruction for those learning to ski powder or to improve their powder technique as well as for more experienced powder hounds searching for deep powder, adrenaline pumping steeps, couloirs and cliff drops. Their instructors, all fluent in English, drawn from a range of backgrounds are all fully qualified include some of Verbier’s best all mountain skiers. Powder Extreme, Pastourelle 211, CH 1936 Verbier. Tel: +41 76 479 87 71, Email: [email protected], Web:

New Generation Ski School Verbier

With ski schools in ten Alpine resorts, New Generation Ski School in Verbier has a team of 16 professional ski and snowboard instructors offering lessons for children from age 4 to teenage skiers as well group lessons and private lessons for adults of all abilities. Reasonably priced Skill Sessions and ProExplore Sessions also available for intermediate and advanced skiers. Instructors, all British, are and highly qualified to top international level (ISIA Level 3). New Generation Ski School, Jet Sports, CH 1936 Verbier. Tel: +41 (0) 27 771 11 81, Email: [email protected], Web:

Warren Smith Ski Academy

A small ski school with just seven instructors led by ski guru Warren Smith, the Warren Smith Ski Academy offer specialist coaching for basic intermediate and advanced skiers wanting to progress to higher levels through significant improvements in technique and understanding. They also offer confidence boosting ski instruction in freeriding, powder, moguls, freestyle and race training as well as coaching for would be ski instructors and competition performance training. Warren Smith Ski Academy, Rue de Medran, CH 1936 Verbier. Tel: +41 (0) 79 359 65 66, Email:, Web:

Verbier Mountain Guides

Les Guides de Verbier

Les Guides de Verbier is aco-operative of around 100 IFMGA mountain guides for expert off-piste guiding, ski touring and heli-skiing in Verbier and St Bernard – one of the world’s best off-piste ski areas. One day courses for 1-7 persons include an introduction to off-piste skiing and safety, skiing the great off-piste runs of Bruson, Champex, Vichères-Bavon, La Fouly and Les Marécottes, group day (minimum 4 persons) guiding around the Verbier 4 Vallees ski area and special itineraries. Les Guides de Verbier, Case Postale 151, CH 1936 Verbier. Tel: +41 (0) 27 775 33 70, Email: [email protected], Web:

Adrenaline Guides Verbier

The recognised mountain guiding arm of Adrenaline Ski & Snowboard School with 12 IFMGA qualified mountain guides offering guided off-piste skiing, all mountain and powder skiing, heli-skiing and ski touring itineraries including the Haute Route from Chamonix to Zermatt. Services include a minibus pick up and transfer from your accommodation in Verbier to the heliport or to the bottom of the slopes. Safety equipment included for those who require them. Adrenaline Guides, Bureau des Guides, Place Centrale, CH 1936 Verbier. Tel: +41 (0) 79 205 95 95, Email: [email protected], Web:

Olivier Roduit Mountain Guide Verbier

Independent IFMGA mountain guide and extreme skier based in Verbier, ISIA ski instructor and former Swiss Ski Team member (1983-85), Olivier Roduit has a wealth of experience guiding and teaching all year round in Verbier, Chamonix Mont-Blanc and the Aosta Valley as well as further afield. Freeride and ski touring from December to May, heli-skiing from January to May and steep skiing March to June. Olivier Roduit, Chemin de Closet 32, CH-1947 Versegeres. Tel: +41 (0) 27 771 53 17, Email: [email protected], Web:

Hans Solmssen Alpine Guide

American born, Swiss trained and qualified IIAGM mountain guide living in Verbier, offering clients backcountry skiing in winter and mountaineering in the summer. Expert guiding off the beaten track in the Verbier St Bernard and over the border in the Aosta Valley, Italy (45 minutes by car) in pursuit of the best snow conditions as well as Ski Safaris farther afield from February to March and Alpine Ski Mountaineering “late season” in May and June. Hans Solmssen Alpine Guide, CH 1936 Verbier. Tel: +41 (0) 79 446 22 89, Email: [email protected], Web:

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