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ESF Les Arcs 1950 & 2000 Ski School, Les Arcs

Ski and snowboard lessons in Les Arcs with France's largest ski school

This renowned ski school is France's national school and the largest within the country. It offers quality tuition from highly trained instructors for all levels of skiers and snowboarders in a variety of languages.

In Les Arcs 1950 & 2000, ESF have over 100 instructors and mountain guides, and are well equipped for children and adult beginners on skis or snowboards, with a designated safe area that includes five free ski lifts and 3 fully equipped chalets. 

The offer group morning, afternoon or full day lessons with packages for beginners that include equipment and ski hire. If you prefer to learn one to one, then private lessons are also available from 1 hour up to a full day.

If you prefer to do something a little different, then ESF offer snowshoe walks where you'll literally be off the beaten track. They are a great way to explore areas that you wouldn't necessarily find on skis. 

Mountain guides can be booked to take you into the backcountry and try off-piste or freeride skiing under careful supervision. It doesn't matter if you don't have any experience, but you must be red-run competent.  

Private ski lessons
Whether you are a skier or a snowboarder, a complete beginner or someone with years of experience, you can benefit from one to one tuition to help you master techniques and improve your overall confidence on the mountain.

In Les Arcs 1950 & 2000, ESF have over 100 fully qualified ski instructors and mountain guides. They offer private tuition to those who prefer taking things at their own pace rather than skiing or snowboarding with a group. You can set your personal goals with your instructor and they will help you achieve them. 

You can choose to enjoy your lesson with friends and family or a similar level but the maximum group size is 10. Lessons can take from 1 hour to a full day (7 hours).

There is also the possibility of having freestyle lessons, a discipline that combines the fundamentals of skiing and thrills of acrobatics which includes combining aerial tricks on a snowboard or skis. Supervised by competent and qualified instructors of ESF Arc 1950 & 2000, you will discover and practice freestyle (big air, rails, box on the Snow Park of Les Arcs), in a fun and safe atmosphere. Wearing a helmet is mandatory and back protection is recommended. It is advisable to book in advance because during school holidays slots are limited. It is strongly recommended that there's a minimum of 2 students per lesson.

NB: During the school holidays, private lessons can be reserved in advance for weekends only, or at lunchtime (11:45 - 14:15). Other times can only be booked at the office from the Monday morning (subject to availabilities).  Outside of school holidays, you can reserve your private lessons for a time of your choosing.

Where to meet

All of ESF Les Arcs 1950 & 2000 meeting points are as follows:

  • Arc 1950: Pitchoune, Ourson, Flocon - bottom of the Cabriolet lift
  • Arc 1950: 1st Star to Competition - just next to the ESF Arc 1950 office in the centre of resort
  • Arc 1950: private lessons - in front of ESF Arc 1950 office
  • Arc 2000: for all courses - on the Olympic square in Arc 2000


Booking Arrangements

Child policy

The school start teaching children from 3 years old on a separate nursery, and for children between 6 and 11 years old will progress from the ski garden and nursery slopes to the main pistes in resort.


  • Families & Kids
  • Childcare
  • Kids' lessons


  • Activities
  • Heli-Ski
  • Ski Touring
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Telemarking
  • Lessons
  • Adult Lessons
  • Childrens Lessons
  • Freestyle/Freeride Lessons
  • Group Lessons
  • Off Piste/Backcountry Lessons
  • Private Lessons
  • Ski Lessons
  • Snowboard Lessons
  • Steep Skiing Lessons


  • Open Seasons
  • Winter
  • Address
  • Immeuble Prince Des Cimes
  • 73700