Zermatt ski school
Private ski lessons and kids’ lessons from the leading international ski school
Welcome to our Zermatt Ski School. Whether you are beginners, experts, mogul-bashers or gentlefolk who learn-and-lunch, we create the right classes for you. Our qualified instructors know all the best places to ski and snowboard, take lunch and relax in the sun; whatever makes your perfect holiday.
Zermatt Ski School European Snowsport is Zermatt’s premier, high-quality international ski school. We go out of our way to provide you with the best ski lessons or snowboard lessons with friendly, talented and qualified snowsports instructors. We are dedicated to delivering private ski lessons or small group lessons in your own language.
Scroll down to read about our ski lessons, snowboard lessons and kids’ classes. Or call us on +41 27 771 6222 to discuss your requirements.
Ski lessons and snowboard lessons
Private ski lessons
At European Snowsport, we love helping people progress and their confidence grow. Private lessons are the quickest way to see results, so they’re worth the investment. Our instructors are known for their adaptability; we appreciate everyone enjoys different things and we want you to have your own extraordinary experience on the snow.
Ski lessons for children and teens
We want your family holiday to be exceptional. And as a parent, it’s important to know your children are safe and happy, so you can relax and enjoy your time on the slopes. Finding the best ski lessons for kids is crucial if you want your winter holiday to work well.
Women’s ski clinics
Reach your personal best in a safe and motivating environment. Our specially selected female instructors bring a great range of experience and skills to deliver our women’s two-day ski clinics.
Private snowboard lessons
Whether you are a beginner snowboarder, or an expert, European Snowsport will help you make the most of your time on the mountains.
Corporate ski trip
From beautiful accommodation to picturesque mountain top restaurants, our local event organisers can look after all elements of your visit.
Group ski lessons for children and teenagers
ES Penguins – 3 to 5 years
We know how precious your small people are, so we promise your little Penguin will be in super safe hands when you choose a ski instructor at ES. We want to give your child the best possible start on the snow, which is why we have a maximum of 4 in a group to allow everyone to benefit from plenty of teacher time.
Kids Academy – 6 to 12 years
Our Kids Academy makes safety its first priority: you’re leaving your children to learn to ski with us and we don’t cut any corners on care. Second, we focus on being sociable, having fun and improving on the snow. With others of similar ages and ability, your child will ski a lot, laugh a lot, and make great progress on the snow.
ES Freeski – 11 to 17 years
We’re not just up there in the best ski schools for adults, we have a great team of instructors who specialise in teen skiing. Whether your young person wants to ski the steeper slopes more confidently or know their way around the mountains better, our super fun Freeski programme offers variety and challenge.
Meet the ski instructors at our Zermatt ski school
At our Zermatt Ski School we are proud to offer private ski lessons and kids’ classes with the most professional, friendly and capable instructors in the business. We go out of our way to find, train and nurture people who love teaching and want to share their skills and knowledge with you. To discuss your requirements, please contact us or call +41 27 771 6222.
What our ski instructors know each day
Qualities of our ski instructors
Where to find our Zermatt ski school
Our Zermatt ski school office is within the Glacier Sport store, at 19 Bahnhofstrasse in the heart of Zermatt. We are open from 8am to 7pm with phone lines open to 9pm on Sundays, so we’re available when you need us; either drop in and see us or give us a call.
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Local knowledge and trusted partners
We’ve been running a Zermatt Ski School for over 15 years, so between us we know pretty much everything you would want to know about this amazing resort. From the basics, like travel directions and local transport options, to the best places to eat, drink and enjoy the après-ski.
Whether you are coming with friends, family or a group of colleagues, your instructor will help you find all the best places. And to help you plan before you get here, we have put together an informal Zermatt resort guide.
We hope you enjoy your time in Zermatt as much as we do!
Zermatt Ski School European Snowsport is Zermatt’s premier private ski school. We offer fun, professional and engaging ski instructors who know Zermatt well and importantly have been chosen for their personalities, their love of teaching skiing and their desire to show you around.
We offer private lessons with no limit or extra charge if you add friends. Private lessons can start at your hotel, the lift or any other place you choose. For kids and teens, we offer ES Penguins ( max 4 in a group ) ES Kids Academy and Free ski maximum on 6 in a group. All our instructor are chosen for their fun and enthusiastic approach to skiing. We are also in Verbier, St Moritz, Chamonix, Nendaz , Val d’Isère and Méribel, Courchevel and La Tania.
Frequently Asked Questions
Zermatt’s high street is lined with luxury jewellery, watch and clothing brands and this does give the town a reputation. But it doesn’t have to be as expensive as one might think. There are many great ways to enjoy the town on more of a budget, with some tremendous self-catered accommodation to choose from, Swiss rail pass deals and free skiing for kids up to the age of nine. You can also take the free buses around the village so you don’t need to pay for an electric taxi.
We have some excellent beginner terrain in Zermatt. The resort’s mascot, Wolli the Sheep, has his own beginner area, with a number of magic carpet lifts, open to all ages. With ES that’s where we will get started with beginner kids groups and private lessons. From there, skiers can progress onto their first blue runs with chairlifts and beyond. It is a nice progression and your first chairlifts start not far from the beginner area. As a beginner, you will start skiing from the Sunnegga area, and so it can be helpful to have accommodation nearby.
Typically the main winter season in Zermatt will end in late April. If it’s a particularly good winter season, then it may last a little longer. Similarly, if the snow is melting quicker, the season may be shortened. However, the glacier area is open 365 days a year, so skiing is always possible in Zermatt.
Zermatt is regularly voted as one of the world’s most beautiful ski resorts. It’s not only the Matterhorn that catches people’s eye though, but there are also many 4000m peaks in the area, many of which are higher than the Toblerone Mountain. When skiing up on the glacier one is greeted with views into Italy to the south, jagged Swiss peaks to the north and beautiful blue ice showing through. You have a great variety of runs from beginner slopes to expert, and a huge ski area that means you can keep exploring even if you return time after time.
Zermatt is most famous for the Matterhorn and, in particular, its historic first summit by Edward Whymper on the 14th of July 1865. The race to become the first to climb the pyramidal peak gave the small farming town global recognition and slowly it developed into the town we know today. Plenty come to climb or see the famous mountain still today. The ski area is huge, varied and usually has fantastic snow, due to the altitude.
Zermatt became car-free to preserve its postcard Matterhorn views. Locals were concerned that too much air pollution might disrupt the famous skyline. Near silent electric vehicles now trundle about the streets and help to maintain the town’s low sound pollution also. There’s even a rule that noise must be kept down after 10 pm which adds to Zermatt’s idyllic, chocolate box feel. Most of Zermatt is pedestrianised so to get around you can walk, take an electric taxi, or hop on one of the small electric buses that take people for free around the resort. There is a convenient and quick train service that takes you right into the centre of Zermatt, so leave your car behind.
Zermatt isn’t really like anywhere else. Car-free streets, alpine chalets and Matterhorn views, it’s a pretty unique town. When you arrive at the train station, you are immediately in amongst it all. Electric taxis are waiting to whisk you away to your accommodation or there are also two electric bus routes. The town is nestled in a valley with high walls to your right as you look up to the Matterhorn and the length of the ski resort to your left.
What do you think of first when someone says Switzerland? Most likely broad open meadows, cowbells and chocolate all come to mind. Zermatt is no exception. Summer sports enthusiasts come to hike, mountain bike, climb and fly during the summer months. The highest peaks retain their snow, and the long glaciers reveal deep crevasses. Lifts and railways continue to run throughout the summer to give access to spectacular views. Zermatt is almost as popular in the summer as in the winter, with lots of people coming for hiking, as well as just enjoying the views. Almost forgot to mention, you can also ski in Zermatt in the summer. Just ask us and we are happy to arrange an instructor for you.
There are two main stations in Zermatt town. When you first arrive, you will disembark at the main station or Zermatt Bahnhof. Then right across the street is the Gornergratbahn, the world’s 10th highest railway. The cog rack train climbs to an elevation of 3090m. This train is open to walkers and skiers alike.
Zermatt’s electros (electric taxis) are the main form of transport around town. Regular cars are not allowed, apart from exceptional circumstances (such as ambulances, or those with written permission from the police). Those who wish to drive to Zermatt can find parking in Tasch and then take the train shuttle or a taxi the last, short leg of the journey. Once in Zermatt, you can either walk, take an electric taxi, or use the village’s free small electric bus service to get around.
Geneva, Zurich or Sion are the main airports for Zermatt. From Geneva, catch a train from the airport train station. It should take approximately four hours by train or 2 hours 35mins by car. Zurich takes around 3.5 hours by train, a little more by car. Sion is closer than Geneva but offers less choice regarding flights. Sion is mostly for private aircraft. It should take 2.5hours by train or just over an hour by car.
People from all walks of life visit Zermatt. Celebrities such as Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Elton John, Robbie Williams, Nicole Kidman have all been seen in town over the years. The resort is also popular with families, corporate trips, mountaineers and so on. It’s a tremendous all-around resort.
Zermatt is located in the German-speaking section of the canton of Valais in Switzerland. It sits at the upper end of the Mattertal valley at 1620m, around 10km from the Swiss/Italian border. It is possible to ski over into Italy from Zermatt when the weather is good, and from the resort’s highest piste one can also see into France. It is about 3.5 hours from Zurich and about 4 hours from Geneva by train.
Zermatt is in the South-west of Switzerland on the map. It is situated close to the Swiss/Italian border, almost directly north of Turin. Geneva lies around 200km to the west. From the highest parts of Zermatt resort, one can see into both Italy and France. The village itself is at the top end of the Mattertal valley.
Air Zermatt is the town’s air ambulance service. They deal with everything from skiing injuries to crevasse rescues. They are based at the bottom end in the village to provide quick access to the mountain, then to hospitals further down the valley. You can also take a helicopter sightseeing flight with them, and see the Matterhorn from above. They also offer helicopter transfers to the airports.
Lift passes can be pre-ordered online, which could be beneficial as they may be discounted when you do so. Or you can buy them at the ski lift base stations at Sunnegga and Klein Matterhorn. Children under 9 years old ski for free.
That is a big question in Zermatt, though perhaps the answer is “whatever you like”. Take a walk along the main high-street at 5 pm, and you will see everything from ski gear to fur coats. For many, Zermatt is a place to make a statement and one wouldn’t be out of place showing off a Gucci handbag or Hublot watch. Then again it’s perfectly acceptable to wander around in jeans and a baggy ski jacket. Our advice is to stay comfortable and wrap up warm as it can get very cold especially in December and January.
Zermatt is most known for its proximity to the Matterhorn. You can see it from just about everywhere in the village. Although it may not be the highest peak around, it is undoubtedly the most dramatic. From the town, the summit is almost pyramidal and has inspired many artists, climbers, filmmakers, even chocolatiers. Zermatt is also famous for its ski resort and high glaciers, allowing visitors to ski and snowboard 365 days a year.
Zermatt isn’t owned by a big corporation, it is still an Alpine village. There are a number of families in Zermatt who own much of the town’s property and businesses. The Julens opened their first guesthouse in 1910 and have since run successful hotels, bars, farms and ski shops. Other well known Zermatt families are the Perrens and Imbodens. The lift company runs the ski lifts and your lift pass also gives access to the mountain railways.
The main street, the Bahnhofstrasse (station street in English) runs the length of central Zermatt. Here you can find numerous shops, restaurants and hotels. The centre is pedestrianised so you can enjoy it at your leisure. The entire town’s shape is dictated by the valley it lies in. Therefore the town is quite stretched out, either side of the central river.
Zermatt Unplugged is everywhere! The venues are all over town and on the mountain too. You can buy a wrist band that will give you access to a whole range of music events. In the centre of town, where the ice rink usually is, an Alpine pop up village is constructed with food and drink stalls and a stage. Then each evening the main event will play in the enormous circus tent just next door. There are also smaller concerts, and the atmosphere in the village is fantastic at this time of year.
Geneva is approximately 200km from Zermatt. You can catch a train from the airport train station and arrive in Zermatt in around four hours. By car, the journey should take 2 hours 35mins. If arriving by car, you need to park in Tasch and take the train up to resort, unless you use a local taxi company. The drive is very scenic as you travel through beautiful Swiss valleys, passing lakes and peaks as you go.
It very much depends on what you are looking for. The obvious choices are Christmas, New Year, and Easter. If you want to celebrate the occasion surrounded by snow, then that could be ideal. However, if you want quiet slopes and excellent snow, my recommendation would be January and March. Though the temperatures are often quite cold in January, the conditions mid to late January are often fab! March has longer days and usually lots of sunshine. Perfect for some time on a sunny terrace.
The winter season in Zermatt tends to start late November. The resort opens fully from early December, with access to the Sunnegga and Gornergrat areas to as well as the Glacier (which is open all year round). The winter season tends to last until late April, good snow permitting. The resort has extensive artificial snowmaking facilities to combat low snow seasons. Even after the winter has finished, you can ski on the glacier all year round.
Snow can come to Zermatt at any time of year although it’s most likely to start snowing significantly in November/December. Then it should continue well into April, sometimes May. Because of the height of the glaciers, rain down in the town during summer can fall as snow up high. So you can get snow on the tops of the mountains even in July and August.
Zermatt Unplugged is a music festival. It typically happens in mid-April, when the weather is warmer, and spring skiing is well underway. Visitors can enjoy the music in the sun on the terraces of many mountain restaurants. There are also acts performing in the Alpine music village in the centre of town. The dates for each year are advertised online and you should try and get tickets early, as the acts can be very popular.
Zermatt is located in the Swiss Canton of Valais. The capital of the Valais is Sion, some 38 km from Zermatt. Languages spoken include German, French and Swiss German. Though the Matterhorn may be the Canton’s most famous landmark, other points of interest in the Valais include the Aletsch Glacier, Furka Pass, and Grimsel Pass. Zermatt is in the German speaking part of the canton of Valais.
In the early 19th century the Matterhorn was considered unclimbable. Which of course attracted a lot of attention from mountaineers. Zermatt’s first Hotel opened in 1838 to support increasing interest in the area’s climbing potential. Edward Whymper’s successful summit in 1865 bought the area fame and so began its journey to become one of the world’s most wealthy tourist locations. Before this, it was just a quiet farming town with little documenting it before the 13th century. Today, there is still a charming historic centre to the village, as well as some grand 19th century hotels. For more information, you can visit the Zermatt museum in the centre of the village.