Learn French and Ski

Intensive evening French lessons providing you the freedom to enjoy a ski holiday in the magnificent Grand Massif ski area.

Key Facts

 Fun & practical course

2 hour evening lessons

Freedom to enjoy daytime in the mountains

Small groups of 4 to 8 students

Same level students


If you are looking to significantly improve your French and enjoy our stunning mountain surroundings in winter then this one is for you!

Offering evening lessons, this course has been specifically designed to give you freedom during the day to enjoy our winter mountain paradise.

Each week is different, and Avancée Teachers break the course down by mixing speaking tasks with listening, reading, cultural insights and writing – if requested. Time flies in our classrooms! Practice makes perfect so imagine what using French everyday for a week could do!

We allow you the freedom to make your own accommodation and travel arrangements, however as long-term valley residents, we can provide tips and suggestions and have partnered with Alps Accommodation who provide self-catered accommodation throughout the valley.

Why Learn in the Haut-Giffre Valley?

Located just one hour from Geneva airport, in the heart of the Haute Savoie region of France, the Haut-Giffre valley is home to the beautiful villages of Samoëns, Morillon, Verchaix, and Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval. Unspoilt by tourism, and with a strong population of friendly local French people, it might just be one of the best places to learn French in the Alps. Take a stroll through the charming villages, dip into the many boutique shops, cafes, boulangeries and have a chat with the locals. It’s the perfect opportunity to take your French to a new level.

Our winter playground should need no introduction, as one of the biggest ski areas in Europe, the Grand Massif offers 139 pistes and over 265km of varied skiing suitable for all abilities. But the area isn’t just about skiing, the valley boasts a variety of non-ski activities such as snowshoeing, parapenting, ice skating and lots more.

How Does it Work?
  • Let us know when you’ll be in the valley
    Tell us what week you’d like to book a course (courses run Monday to Friday).
  • Small same level groups
    Each Avancée student completes a language assessment prior to the course. We ensure our students are placed in the right group so that the pace is right.
  • Lessons planned around your needs
    On Monday, lessons typically focus on getting to know each other and fixing a common objective for the week.
  • Winter 10 hour group course – 210€ pp
  • Winter: 3.45pm to 6pm
Why choose Avancée Formation?

Avancée Formation is an established language school in the Vallée du Giffre. We believe in making learning languages approachable and enjoyable. Our team is qualified, experienced, and passionate, and we love meeting people from different cultures and backgrounds.

Everyone at Avancée Formation has learned another language, so we understand the challenges our students face and our school’s mission is to help them overcome those challenges.

Our school is modern, bright, and centrally located for the whole Giffre Valley, we have an honesty bar for coffee and tea and car parking is available.


Na BaumgartenNa Baumgarten
16:04 09 Feb 24
Great coworking, quiet and with a very good wifi connection!
James BentleyJames Bentley
10:30 07 Feb 24
Just finished six weeks of French lessons for myself and my three kids with Avancee Formation and could not be more pleased with the professionalism, quality of instruction, and kindness of our instructor, Chloe. Avancee Formation tailored the curriculum to our specific needs, and it shows in the enthusiasm my teenagers now have for French language and culture. As a result, we have decided to return to the area in March for four more weeks of lessons!
Margot SimondMargot Simond
08:31 28 Oct 23
Very useful training with friendly and attentive people. Very good experience!
Julian ArcherJulian Archer
06:19 26 Sep 23
Very helpful all the way from applying for course funding to exam preparation. Professional & personable.
Robert StevensRobert Stevens
14:32 31 Jul 23
Great experience. Great teacher. I really enjoyed the experience and will be back!
kathryn tysonkathryn tyson
08:18 24 Jul 23
A really fun and informative course, with the lovely Elise, well-judged for our standard, and with very many stimulating exercises to make us think and chat in French. Highly recommended.
T TapperT Tapper
17:04 26 Jun 23
I had online lessons with Elise and she was fantastic. The whole experience was supportive, lively and I learnt a huge amount in only 6 short lessons. Highly recommend.
Jean-Claude BELBARBEJean-Claude BELBARBE
16:34 28 Apr 23
I am very satisfied with this training meeting perfectly to my request.Bonnie was able to understand and document herself to make the training concrete on my theme.
17:36 03 Feb 23
Many thanks to the team of Alpine French School of Samoëns for their professionalism. Good understanding of the need and courses adapted accordingly. And especially top teachers, Thank you Bonnie 🙂
Julie DanielJulie Daniel
09:22 22 Aug 22
Yet another year of French lessons through Alpine French School which teaching me new things all the time. The lessons are very well thought out and the teachers are very supportive helping you through any difficulties you encounter whilst also pushing you to keep on improving. I would highly recommend using the Alpine French School if you want to learn French from complete beginners getting to know their first words or phrases to the more advanced that just want to sound more authentic, they offer it all. Hopefully see you again for a group session at the end of the year or back again for my 1:1 lessons next year. Keep up the good work.
Ben NicholsonBen Nicholson
08:57 19 Aug 22
Highly recommended! I've benefited from both the private lessons (excellent for making good progress, tailored to specific needs) and group classes (which have been small class sizes, relaxed and fun atmosphere). Both of my teachers (Jenny and Chloe) have been fantastic - encouraging, engaged and constructive.In addition, the school has done the majority of the paperwork to enable the classes to be fully funded through a URSSAF training grant - amazing!
Veryan YoungVeryan Young
13:59 15 Aug 22
I took a long term course at the school which was covered by my Autoentrepeneur URSSAF training grant - you pay upfront and on course completion your fees get refunded. The school helped me set this up with URSSAF and also helped me sort the refund at the end. It was a fairly simple process and they are well versed with it.Onto the lessons themselves - I was lucky to have a good teacher and engaged class so I felt I progressed really well. The teacher encouraged interaction and so it felt more like a discussion than too much "chalk and talk". I also did some 1:1s which put me a little out of my comfort zone but allowed me to work on elements I specifically needed. I am now confident that I am working towards the level needed to work in French which was the aim of the sessions. Thank you Alpine French School for your lessons!
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