Châtel ski schools Ski lessons, ski touring & mountain guiding in Châtel

There are several Châtel ski schools and ski touring guide companies each offering a comprehensive ranges of lessons for all ages and abilities for both skiing and snow boarding. Châtel is ideal for learning to ski and snowboard as the ski lessons are on the gentle slopes providing progressive terrain through the rolling meadows with good lift and piste linked connections to blue and red pistes. For intermediates and experts, the guided off-piste tours are are not to be missed offering spectacular deep powder terrain around the Portes du Soleil.

ESi Châtel

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At a glance

  • Children ski lessons from 3 years old
  • Teens 14 - 17 years old
  • Private ski lessons
  • Group ski lessons
  • Snowboarding
  • Freeride
  • Freestyle
  • Heli skiing
  • Off-piste guided tours
  • Lessons in French or English
  • Ski rental

In detail

Welcome to ESI - our international ski school provides professional and fully qualified instructors who offer a tailored service so that the ski lessons or guided ski tours are a perfect match for your ability and aspirations... there's a course for all tastes and all levels.

We cater for all skiing abilities and for children aged between 3-5 years old, we have our own private kindergarden.

All our instructors speak several languages including French, English, Italian, Spanish and Russian.

ESF Châtel

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At a glance

  • Children ski lessons
  • Creche
  • Private lessons
  • Group ski lessons
  • Snowboarding
  • Ski & snowboard tours
  • Freestyle & off-piste clinics
  • Cross country
  • Multi lingual instructors

In detail

Our Chatel ski school - Ecole Ski Francais School provides private ski lessons and clinics for all levels of skier and boarder from absolute beginners to experts. Our instructors are multi-lingual and provide private or group lessons ranging from 1 hour, half day or full day.

Our expert local instructors also offer guided ski tours for those who enjoy freestyle skiing and boarding. The ski area is vast and if you are a good intermediate or expert skier or boarder, this is the best way to discover the fantastic off-piste opportunities around the Portes du Soleil.

Ski guiding & touring

To experience the full extent of what Châtel has to offer, why not try some ski touring. Expert local guides will navigate you around the high mountain trails in safety taking you on an adventure around the off-piste tours of the Portes du Soleil. Whilst not technically difficult, the sheer amount of skiing required to get around the whole circuit makes this ski tour suitable for intermediate and advanced skiers - that is, if you want to get back to your resort before the lifts close!

You can go round the Portes du Soleil circuit in either direction but the easiest starting point is to head up to Super Châtel and make your way to Portes de Culet above Morgins. At this point, you have spectacular views of the Dents du Midi before dropping down in to Switzerland. The Swiss sector is less crowded and you pass through the rustic village of Champoussin and the ski-in, ski-out resort of Les Crosets.

From there, the ski tour takes you on to the beautiful village of Champery and towards The Wall, the steepest run in the Portes du Soleil, bringing you back in to France. The last leg of the circuit takes you to Avoriaz from where you drop down in to Morzine and head back to Châtel. A long day but well worth it.

chatel ski touring

Summer activities

Some of the ski schools in Châtel operate during the warm summer months. Although there is no summer skiing at Châtel, there are plenty of activities for all ages such as...

White water rafting

Guided via ferrata hikes

Glacier tours

Mountain climbing


White water swimming