Skiing is in
our DNA

Skiing is an integral part of our sports offering during the winter season. We offer comprehensive skiing programmes which provide opportunities for all levels to progress their skiing.


Students ski at least twice a week as part of their school week from January to the end of March in the biggest and possibly most beautiful ski area in Switzerland.

All our ski programmes are run in conjunction with the Ecole de Ski Suisse in Verbier and every ski group is accompanied and coached by a qualified professional ESS ski teacher.

Programmes to suit every ability

There are a number of different programmes which VIS offer at different stages in children’s development.


Fun and Improvement

A great way to start skiing or simply enjoy the experience. Students’ techniques are improved by moving around the mountain in a safe and ability appropriate way.

This is offered from Pre-school to Year 11 and includes two half days per week with ESS instructors, snacks and drinks. Fun activities will take the place of skiing if skiing is deemed unsafe by our instructors.

In Year 5 students can start:


Freeride lessons with specialist instructors and a focus on technique, safety and correct use of equipment.

In Year 4 students can start


Students can opt into lessons which focus on introducing race technique whilst still promoting basic skills



Ski Academy

The VIS Ski Academy is for our most dedicated and high level skiers. Skiers ski on Wednesday and Friday afternoons as part of the VIS ski programme and ski on Tuesday afternoon, academic work permitting. There may also be optional Saturday training as well. There are 3 streams:


The Freeride Academy benefits from at least 6 days with a mountain guide during the Winter Term.

Ski Race

The Ski Race Academy train every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons and compete in the Swiss Group of International Schools races, local Valais ski races and other competitions.


The Combi Academy caters to those skiers who wish to train in both Race and Freeride disciplines. They train on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons. They will be entered for SGIS races as well.

For all streams we provide pre-season physical conditioning, trampoline training and 3 weekends of glacier skiing at Saas Fee and Zermatt.

The VIS Ski Academy is not included in the School’s Fees.

The VIS Ski Race Academy

The VIS Freeride Academy

How to apply

We develop partnership and trust to prepare prospective families for life in Verbier for both day students and boarders.