Good Trails offers tailored ski lessons in Morzine, Les Gets & Avoriaz for all levels, from beginners to experts and for all ages, delivered by a fully qualified (ISTD French full cert) private ski instructor fluent in French and English. Our ski lessons can be customized to your individual needs; whether you want to learn safely the fun and joys of off-piste skiing, go on a weekend guided tour, or improve your technical skiing, we will work with you to achieve your goals.

Have a look at our availabilities and book your ski lesson for your upcoming holiday in the Portes du Soleil. We advice to book in advance as time slots get booked up quickly especially morning lessons and lessons during the main holiday weeks. If you have skied before we recommend to use your first couple of hours on the slopes to get back into the sport and plan your lesson straight afterwards so that you can get the most out of your lesson. 

Good Trails propose des cours de ski sur mesure à Morzine, Les Gets & Avoriaz pour tous les niveaux, du débutant à l’expert et pour tous les âges, par un moniteur de ski privé (en français et anglais). Nos cours de ski peuvent être personnalisés selon vos besoins individuels. Soi vous souhaitez apprendre en toute sécurité les joies du ski hors-piste, participer à un tour guidée du week-end ou améliorer votre technique de ski, nous travaillerons avec vous pour atteindre vos objectifs.

Regardez à nos disponibilités et réservez votre cours de ski pour vos prochaines vacances dans les Portes du Soleil. Nous vous conseillons de réserver à l’avance car les disponibilités sont réservés rapidement, surtout les cours du matin et les cours pendant les semaines de vacances principales. Si vous avez skié avant, nous vous recommandons d’utiliser vos deux premières heures sur les pistes pour revenir dans le sport et planifier votre leçon directement après pour que vous puissiez profiter le maximum de votre leçon.

About the instructor

Alain Defres - ISTD French full cert

Alain discovered his passion for skiing at the age of 6 and has spent his winters training for his career ever since. He especially enjoys off piste skiing and did a lot of off piste teaching in Chamonix while working for UCPA. He has been teaching skiing for over 12 years, and is teaching in France since 2004 after passing his Test Technique. Alain is half Irish and half French, has worked in Morzine for Easy to Ride and is working with The Snow Institute (TSI) since four years. He has got a lot of experience from learning off very gifted Instructors, and was able to gain the confidence and loyalty of several satisfied clients.


Alain a découvert sa passion pour le ski à l’âge de 6 ans et à passé ses hivers à s’entraîner pour sa carrière depuis ce moment. Il aime particulièrement le hors-piste et a fait beaucoup d’enseignement hors piste à Chamonix quand il travaillait pour UCPA. Il enseigne le ski depuis plus de 12 ans et enseigne en France depuis 2004 après avoir passé son test technique. Alain est irlandais et français, a travaillé à Morzine pour Easy to Ride et travaille avec The Snow Institute (TSI) depuis quatre ans. Il a acquis beaucoup d’expérience en apprenant des instructeurs très doués et a su gagner la confiance et la loyauté de plusieurs clients satisfaits.

“Myself and my three children (ages 9,12,14) had four full days of private tuition with Alain over New Year. Having arrived as complete (and nervous) beginners, we were all skiing after a couple of days. Alain’s instruction was clear, professional and great fun! Our abilities and confidence varied but Alain carefully tailored the lessons to our needs. We really enjoyed our first ski trip and will be back again under the guidance of Good Trails.”
Beth, 2018

Prices & Booking

+33 (0)6 52 37 74 58,

Ski Tuition

£60 per hour
£10 per additional person.

Off Piste & Performance Training

Intermediate and advanced level
£200 half day per person
£10 per additional person.

Full Portes du Soleil Tour

Intermediate and advanced level
£360 full day per person
£20 per additional person

Second Language Test

    Private Ski LessonOff PistePerformance TrainingSecond Language Test preparation

    All bookings with Good Trails are subject to the following conditions. Contracts will be governed by, and construed and interpreted in accordance with English law.

    Clients attending our courses must pay the appropriate fee in full, before joining the class. In the case of advance bookings, we will reserve your place for a maximum of 7 days from the date of issue of the proposal. Please return your remittance within this period to confirm your booking. No contract will exist until we issue a receipt, accepting your payment. Prices may be subject to revision. We accept payment by bank transfer, and check.


    In the event of you cancelling your reservation, the following charges apply:

    More than 6 weeks notice – 10% of fee
    2 to 6 weeks notice – 50% of fee
    1 to 2 weeks notice – 90% of fee
    Less than 7 days notice – 100% of fee.
    No refund will be given by Good Trails, in whole or in part, for unused lessons due to client late arrival, illness, accident, resort closure due to weather conditions or mechanical failure, or for any other cause outside the control of Good Trails.

    Good Trails reserves the right to cancel its lessons for a variety of reasons. Full refunds of unused lessons will be made in this instance.

    Course places are not transferable.

    Good Trails does not insure its clients. You are obliged to insure yourself for third party liability. We recommend that you arrange an appropriate policy, which also includes personal, medical and rescue insurance, with a licensed agent.

    All courses require a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 6 clients (8 clients for the Professional Programme, maximum 4 for the Mini Beginners) to allow the course to run for the specified duration. With fewer numbers, we can run some of our courses for a reduced time. We will offer you a conversion to private lessons in the case that the minimum numbers have not been reached; alternatively we will offer a full refund.

    We are obliged to take into account the prevailing conditions and the standards of our clients. We, therefore, establish our programme of class times, venues etc. at the beginning of each week. These arrangements are always subject to alteration in the light of prevailing circumstances.

    For reasons of safety, it is a condition of booking that you will respect the professional judgement of your instructor while you are in the class.

    Clients should present themselves in a fit and safe condition for physical activity in the mountain environment.

    If, at any time during your course, you have cause for complaint, you must let us know immediately and we will endeavour to address the situation, to your satisfaction.

    About the resort

    Morzine, Avoriaz & Les Gets are part of the Portes du Soleil one of the biggest players in the world of skiing for the last 50 years, just an hour drive from Geneva. The Portes du Soleil enjoys exceptionally good snowfall from mid-November to the end of April, with an average of 7m83 of powder every year. 


    Avoriaz offers a snowy world in the heart of the Portes du Soleil. Instead of cars, the pedestrianised resort has horse-drawn sleds. The quality and the range of the ski area is enough to impress the whole family.


    Morzine is well connected with  Les Gets and offers great facilities for beginners but also for more advanced skiers with the Pointe de Nyon. There is also a direct link to Avoriaz from the centre of Morzine.

    Les Gets

    Les Gets is an accredited “Famille Plus Montagne” resort, where children are treated like kings! And thanks to its excellent location, access to the slopes in the Portes du Soleil is easy.

    How to arrive from Geneva

    1.5h (80km) away from the airport

    Morzine is only 1.5h drive away from Geneva Airport. There are several shuttle services operating in the area which will bring you to the resort starting from 30EUR per person. We usually work with Alpybus but there are other services like Snow-Drops, PowderCap, and Skiidy Gonzales. It’s an easy and convenient way of travelling to the resort – directly to your accommodation. We recommend to take advantage of this service not only for passengers traveling by plane but also for everybody who is staying in Geneva and wants to go for a short ski trip in the area.

    Lift pass & Equipment

    We recommend to pick up your gear from a shop in town so that you can leave your ski’s there after a day of skiing and enjoy the après ski hassle free. If you order your lift pass online you can sometimes get early bird discounts. Double check with your ski instructor which resort to go for especially because of the snow conditions.
    Jump the queue and order your lift pass online from:
    Lift pass for Morzine-Les Gets
    Lift pass for Portes du Soleil or Avoriaz

    Dress like a pro

    Don't let cold feet get in your way

    Being prepared for the elements can make or break your experience, and without the right clothes, it can affect your desire to ski all together. That’s why it is so important to pay close attention to what you wear. We recommend: 

    Jacket: Waterproof shell, or padded jacket
    Trousers: Waterproof thin or thick ski pants for beginners
    Base layers: long sleeve top and trousers. Avoid cotton. Go for wool or synthetic materials. Depending on temperature ad warm sweater or thin jacket/wind breaker or both.
    Neck warmer (if other layers don’t protect neck)
    Gloves  waterproof mittens or gloves
    Ski socks


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