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New Generation Mountain Guides, Les Arcs

Top quality off-piste guiding and coaching

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New Generation is a British-run ski school lead by John Thomas for 15 years.

As one of their longest serving instructors, John heads up a team of experienced guides who know both Vallandry and Les Arcs 2000 inside and out. They’ll take you on an adventure to remember and show you where they ski on their day off. 

If you haven’t yet ventured off piste and want to give it a go, or you’re an experienced all-mountain goat, there’s something for you. New Gen’s fully-qualified, experienced guides know Les Arcs well. They’ll take you off the beaten track, find hidden powder stashes and teach you how to ski them with style. Get fresh tracks, beat the crowds and head out on the ultimate adventure exploring the expansive Paradiski area.

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What you can do

On Piste Guiding
Perfect for people who prefer to learn on the move. Find the best reds and easy blacks in your resort in this guided adventure with tips. They’ll use their local knowledge to find some hero snow to give you a morning to remember.

Off Piste Guiding
Get off the beaten track and find fresh lines with their instructors’ local knowledge. Aimed at serious skiers or boarders with experience of off piste and who can ski or board black runs safely. They’ll make the most of the available terrain and show you their favourite spots.

Intro to Backcountry
Develop technique at skiing or boarding off piste in 2-day off piste course. After a basic avalanche safety briefing, the first session will focus on technique. Their aim is to help you to give you the skills and confidence to ski off piste in various conditions. The second session is where the fun begins. They’ll be putting these skills into practice in the deep stuff.

Intro to Ski Touring / Splitboarding
Learn the basics of touring, either on skis, or a split board, and experience what lies outside of the piste markers. Imagine escaping the crowds and getting off the beaten track. Picture birds flying overhead, and the only people in sight, your ski buddies. Then imagine the satisfaction of reaching that empty ridge and looking down at the fresh face below, knowing you’ve earned every turn.

During the first session they’ll give you the basics on the equipment – how to attach and remove skins, how to change the binding to allow you to walk, then ski, as well as some basic avi safety. Then the second day is your chance to put this knowledge into action, and head off on a real tour!

Worth knowing

Please note, avalanche safety equipment will be required for most off piste lessons, unless you’re learning technique around the piste markers. If you do not have your own New Generation may have some they can loan you, or they can advise you where you can hire it. While they really love taking you on these adventures, each session is condition dependent and your safety and the safety of their instructors is paramount.

Where to meet

They have two main meeting points in Les Arcs:

  • Arcs 2000 – At the top of the Cabriolet gondola and to the left, across from the St Jacques chair. It is easily accessible from Arcs 1950 for guests staying elsewhere.
  • Peisey Vallandry - Situated at the bottom of the Vallandry chair lift (No 74), just in front of the Bistrot Savoyard. It is immediately adjacent to the main lift queue, on the right hand side.

New Generation ski and snowboard instructors are easily identifiable in their distinctive French blue & navy jackets and navy blue trousers from The North Face, courtesy of their sponsors Ellis Brigham.


  • Suppliers of
  • Avalanche Safety Kit


  • Activities
  • Ski Touring
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Guides & Instructors
  • Ski Guides
  • Ski-Touring Guides


  • Open Seasons
  • Spring
  • Winter
  • Address
  • Vallandry
  • 73210