Ski school in Courchevel, Meribel and La Tania that specialises in private tuition

Ski Excel says it all. Our aim is to help skiers of all abilities reach their true potential.

Ski Excel was founded in 2004 in La Tania. We offer tailor made private ski lessons, specializing in children and families. We also have a real interest in off piste guiding and race training. Our aim is to provide a complete package of care from flexible collection and delivery at the beginning and end of lessons to the quality of the teaching and learning during the lessons.

We pride ourselves in our ability to deliver lessons in both English and French. English is a strength of Ski Excel as Bastien, the Head of the school, spent six years taking lessons in the warm summers of a Scottish dry slope!

Abbie, Bastien & Alexi Tignes Training Camp July 09

Autumn skiing – If you fancy an early week skiing before the start of the winter season and wish to ski on the Glacier of La Grande Motte in Tignes, or La Girose and Mantel in Les 2 Alpes or on the glacier of Saas Fee in Switzerland, we can help you to organize your week and coach you there.

Our weeks skiing on the glacier are not only dedicated to experts but also to all levels of skiers, adults and children of all ages, intermediates, children who are new to racing, children who wants to improve their race training skills out of their Club, or trainees instructors who want to pass the “test technique” so they can start to work in France. We can also take care of your sports activities out of your skiing time on the glacier.

A great week with Bastien in Meribel. Children came on leaps and bounds and even Sandy could do the boxes by the end of the week! Thank you Bastien, we'll be back!

Katherine Farmer (2015-05-03)

After just a week of lessons with Bastien, Jake can ski blues and wants to be an instructor! Great work. Thank you so much.

Tom Parker (2015-04-18)

Thank you so much for the great week's coaching for the kids. Bastien, you have the patience of a saint! The kids are hooked! ‬

Stuart Gunter (2015-04-13)

Thanks to Bastien Tognotti at Ski Excel for making Rishi's lessons so memorable for him.

Jay Manek (2015-04-04)

Hi Bastien,

Thanks again for such an amazing week with the kids, some photos here. Video to follow !

Paula Gunnell (2015-04-05)

Dear Bastien,

Wow, what an amazing week we had with you! Myself, Molly & Ru were stepping into the unknown headfirst and to be honest this was quite scary. As M&R said recently, you were more than an instructor! You motivated us when things got tough and were very adept at keeping us improving as a group. We always felt safe and secure with you leading in front of us, enabling us to push ourselves and really get the most from the whole experience. We weren’t expecting all the fun stuff off piste; the family park, bumps, woodpark and racing!! We are looking forward to our next adventure with you!

Geraldine Best (2015-03-19)

Dear Bastien,

Thank you once again for some great lessons last week. Henry, Anna and Ollie all progressed so much and we all had a great day out across the 3 valleys! Andrew also loved The Grand Couloir!

Many Thanks,

Rachel Busby (2015-02-23)

Thanks for four great mornings & the weather was lovely. The kids really enjoyed themselves & can't believe how well they all came on and they can't wait for next year.

Tracie Brigham (2015-02-15)

Hi Bastien,

We really enjoyed the lesson we had and found it really useful for the rest of the week. I'm sure we'll be back in La Tania at some point and I'll make sure I give you a call! Thanks again.

Matt Ashforth (2015-02-01)

Bastien expertly improved the skiing and technique of all four children with varying ages and abilities over the course of a week. Impressive! We would definitely recommend and use again when we visit the 3 Valleys.

Amanda Waters (2015-21-01)

Dear Bastien,

Thank you for the photo of Owen and your kind words. Yet again, Owen absolutely loved skiing with you, you have taught him so much but more than anything you are a truly great guy. Owen can't wait to ski with you again as far as he is concerned you are the greatest ski instructor in the world let alone Courchevel.

Jacky Everard (2015-18-01)

Hi Bastien,

I hope you are well.

Many thanks again for the ski lessons last week. All 4 children improved hugely over the week in particular Georgie and Rhys. You did a fantastic job managing the 4 different levels and ages of skiers. They very much enjoyed the lessons and the time with you. Jess and Georgie are now well set up for their school ski trip in February.

Many thanks

Amanda Waters (2015-07-01)

Bastien, look at the snow! I'am so happy for you and the businesses of la tania. We're happy though, we had some great skiing because of you. Have a good new year, see you next Christmas week!

Asif, Julia, Nabeal, Aamer and Faaris (2014-27-12)

Thanks Bastien for another fantastic day together. As ever, making the most of the conditions and finding some wonderful routes. Looking forward to the next one!

John Edwards (2014-29-03)

They loved skiing with you and going down the tree tracks in La Tania! Also enjoyed the long ski run back home! Noe said it was his best day:).

We'll be in touch if we come back to the 3 Vallées next year.

Cheers, Emmanuelle and Olivier. (2014-03-03)

Dear Bastien,

Thank you so much for teaching Ollie and Anna last week! Their skiing progressed hugely and for the first time Ollie really enjoyed skiing!

We have already booked a chalet for half term 2015 - have you started taking bookings for next season yet?

Many thanks,

Rachel B (2014-27-02)

Dear Bastien,

Sorry I didn't see you yesterday. Thanks for the lessons, a great experience for all. Next time we are back in the 3 valleys we will be in touch.

Best wishes,

John P (2014-15-02)

Dear Bastien

Thank you very much for the video clips, they are great.

Owen had a great holiday, thoroughly enjoying his skiing with you.

We will certainly be back next year and Owen will be asking for Bastien!

Have a great year and take good care of yourself.

Jacky, Steve & Owen x (2014-07-02)

Hi Bastien,

thanks for a wonderful week with our three kids !

They have progressed hugely and enjoyed it a lot.

They are already talking about next year with you so count us in for Chinese New Year 2015 !


Pieter O (2014-02-01)

Thank you Bastien for some really enjoyable few days - great instruction and good fun.

Looking forward to some off piste and more carving next year (or this year if I can persuade Tom!).

Michaela B (2014-31-01)

Ski Excel has always been brilliant with my boys. Bastien is excellent! He's knows what kids and parents want.

He's crazy enough to keep my boys interested and excited when skiing, but on the other hand, he's sensible enough to reassure me and their mother that the boys are well looked after by him on the slopes (on and off piste)! He's the perfect instructor for them!

Ajnaf K (2014-28-01)

Thank you Bastien, for your excellent instruction. Thanks to you I have been able to progress my skiing to a level I never previously thought possible.

You are, by far, the best instructor we have ever had. I always come skiing to the 3 Valleys because no other instructor will do. You are simply THE BEST!

Janice R (2014-26-01)

Hi Bastien!

Hope you are doing well. I had an awesome day skiing!

I made a short movie here

So im in Val Thorens from 24th February, do you have any days available?

If my friends are interested then I will come with them, otherwise it may just be myself.

Many Thanks & Regards

Jay M (2014-24-01)

Hi Bastien.

Can't thank you enough for the wonderful week my two had under your instruction. You were so supportive and kind that they really thrived. I was particularly impressed with the way you encouraged Sarah as she has often struggled with her confidence in the past and she really managed to stretch herself.

Both children have only good things to say about their time with you and we are looking forward to enjoying family time on the Slopes together. When we come back to the three valleys we will definitely be in touch again.

Kind regards

Alex L (2014-15-01)

Hi Bastien,

Thanks so much for sending the photos, they are lovely, especially the ones with them waving their poles in the air!

The girls had a really fantastic time and enjoyed it even more this year.

We have already booked our apartment for the same week next year- do you think you'd be able to teach us again? Mon 29th to Friday 2nd Jan perhaps? I know it's a very long time away though so do get in touch a bit nearer the time and we'd be happy to pay the deposit if you can fit us in.

Enjoy the rest of the season!

Zoe F (2014-14-01)

Hi Bastien,

Thanks again for tutoring Harriet, Tom & Lucy.

We are all so proud of what they have achieved this year. Harriet skied for 13 miles on the Friday covering lots of Reds, Blues and a Black run!

Will be in touch if we are returning to Meribel next Christmas!

Once again many thanks

Clare T (2014-07-01)

Dear Bastien,

Thank you for your e-mails and photos. We hope that you have had a good Christmas and are now enjoying some great snow.

We really enjoyed our week with you. Your enthusiasm is contagious, your energy boundless and it's great fun skiing with you! There are many teachers who can ski very well, but it's very special to find someone like you, who can ski and teach and make it all fun at the same time.

We all had a great time - and I have no doubt that we'll be back to La Tania next time to ski with you!

With best wishes

Jane, Andrew, Emily, Tom and Polly (2014-01-01)

PS Tom says he'll see you next year for the Grand Couloir!

Dear Bastien,

Sorry it has taken me so long to write to you. I hope that you are well and have had a good season - we often check the weather in the 3 valleys and I think you have had lots of snow! Thank you for the many lovely photos - they are great! We all really loved seeing them.

I have been meaning to write because we wanted to give you a huge THANK YOU and to let you know how much we enjoyed skiing with you in December. You were wonderfully patient with the children and - an even bigger challenge! - with us grown ups too. We all felt that we had improved lots during the week we spent with you and can't wait until we have a chance to ski with you again. We look forward to next year! Although I am sure you have lots of dedicated fans already, please don't hesitate to use us if you need a reference of any kind.

We hope you have a busy time now the school holidays are here again and are very jealous of all those people who are spending their holidays skiing! With best wishes

Jane, Andrew, Emily, Tom and Polly (2013-11-02)

Hi Bastien

Just to say thank you for the photographs that you sent, I have sent these on to everyone. The group were very complimentary about you and the instruction they received from you. The group and I will certainly recommend you to anyone we know of coming out to La Tania in the future. I hope the rest of the season is still going well for you.

With thanks.


Alison R (2013-09-04)

Dear Bastien,

Thanks so much for emailing us the photos, they are lovely. We had a fantastic time in La Tania and you really made it for us. Lily and Pearl can't wait to come back next year and have some more lessons with you!

Thanks again and take care,

Zoe W (2013-07-02)

Dear Bastien

Yes, I have received your email and look forward to seeing the photographs!

I had a wonderful experience. Thank you very much. Hopefully we will come back to Courchevel next season and we can carry on!

Best regards

Tom (2013-31-01)