Geneva ski school offers 1-franc lesson for kids: What you need to know

Geneva ski school offers 1-franc lesson for kids: What you need to know

In a statement, the Swiss Ski School of Geneva confirmed that it has expanded its iconic “ski lesson for one franc” offer for 2024. 300 children and young people will be able to register for the experience, which includes transport, ski rental, food and the lesson all for just a single franc.

Swiss Ski School of Geneva expands its one-franc ski lesson deal

The Swiss Ski School of Geneva has announced that it will be expanding its super cheap skiing programme for young people in the city. Created in 2016, the offer was devised as a way of teaching young Genevans from all backgrounds how to ski.

Organisers told 20 Minuten that “the Swiss are tending to abandon skiing and snowboarding, schools are organising fewer skiing experiences and costs have literally exploded in the last two years.” As a result, the company claimed that only one in seven people in Geneva say they ski. With the programme, the organisers hope to provide a near-cost-free way for young people to get interested in trips to the mountains and ski resorts.

Who can apply for a one-franc ski lesson?

Any child (or young adult) born between 2008 and 2018 is able to register for the one-franc lesson. All those participating must be near to complete beginners, with the course only taking place on beginner slopes. The one-franc covers the cost of travel, tuition, ski equipment rental, a day ski pass, lunch and a snack.

While you don’t necessarily have to be a resident of Geneva to take part, your child would have to be picked up and dropped off in the city. This year, 300 children are able to take part in the scheme, 100 more than in previous years.  

One-franc ski lessons to take place in Les Diablerets

The event itself will take place in the resort of Les Diablerets, Canton Vaud on the weekends of March 9, 16 and 23. Be sure to be quick, as places on the course go quite fast and sales already started on February 26 - although those who aren’t able to book in time are added to a waiting list.

For more information, check out the official website.

Jan de Boer


Jan de Boer

Editor for Switzerland at IamExpat Media. Jan studied History at the University of York and Broadcast Journalism at the University of Sheffield. Though born in York, Jan has lived most...

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