Ski Instructor Méribel


About Michael

I’m Michael Harrison, a private ski instructor in Méribel and Les 3 Vallées, passionate about helping people improve their skiing, ensuring they get more out of their time on the slopes.

I fell in love with the mountains on my very first ski holiday in my early twenties. Realising that I wanted to spend more time in this environment, I decided to devote my winters to living in the Alps and improving my skiing.

My background as a musician instilled in me the discipline to practise and train through any setbacks. Soon, I was progressing through the ski instructor grades.

I became fully qualified with the highest award attainable in 2000 and have taught skiing in Méribel and Courchevel ever since, helping hundreds of people to maximise their potential on the slopes.

Away from the mountains, I tour all over the world as a professional musician. Alongside performing, I have presented workshops on learning processes, mental techniques and strategies for performance at universities and conservatoires in the UK, USA and Australia.

Michael’s carefully thought-out, structured way of teaching skiing is second to none.
I can’t recommend him highly enough.
Gil Sharp - London

Skiing with Michael

Get ready to have fun
and become a better skier!

I have been living and skiing in Méribel for over twenty years and as someone who first clicked on skis as an adult, I can still remember what it’s like to learn.

Ultimately, I understand that you are on holiday and want to enjoy your time on the slopes. Everyone has different skiing aspirations; from just enjoying the mountain environment, to taking your skiing to the highest level possible.

I’m passionate about helping people improve their skiing and to get more out of their time on the slopes.

Whatever your personal goal may be, I can help you achieve it.

Skiing in Méribel

Les 3 Vallées

I’m often told by people who have skied all over the world that, once they come to Les 3 Vallées, they never want to ski anywhere else again. It really is the most incredible ski area, offering such a range of skiing that, even after more than twenty winters living here, I’m still finding little hidden runs that I’ve never skied.

With its traditional chalet-style buildings, Méribel is one of the prettiest ski resorts in the Alps.  It has the greatest variety of skiing in Les 3 Vallées – from beautiful tree-lined runs which are perfect for beginners, to dramatic high altitude descents off rugged mountain peaks. Situated at the heart of Les 3 Vallées, you have unrivalled access to the neighbouring villages, enabling you to make the most of your 3 valley lift pass.

The Courchevel valley is made up of five interconnected villages, each one with its own individual character. Famous for its challenging couloirs, it is an equally excellent choice for absolute beginners and, for intermediates, there are miles of blues and reds to cruise.

Should you wish to splash out on fine dining, Courchevel also boasts no fewer than nine Michelin starred restaurants.


What people say about Michael’s teaching


Lessons tailored specifically to your requirements

Full Day

Your choice!


3 Hours


3 Hours


I am fully qualified in both the British BASI and French ESI ski instruction systems (The International Ski Teacher Diploma). I had 15 years’ experience working as an instructor for École du Ski Français before setting up as an independent instructor.

I offer lessons and guiding to skiers of all levels, from absolute beginners to experts.

I teach individuals or small groups of up to 6 people

I teach half days (3 hour morning or afternoon sessions), full days or full weeks

All lessons are tailored specifically to your individual requirements

My clients have priority in the lift queue.

Come and join the fun!

  • Dumping snow again today and the centre of Méribel closed because of a big avalanche off the roof of the Tourist Office @skiinstructormeribel #meribel #3valleys
  • Nowhere I'd rather be on one of the loveliest days of the season
  • 15 years on from our first ski together, great to have another couple of days with Ian and Jackie. @skiinstructormeribel #lovemeribel #meribel
  • It's a bit parky here in Méribel, minus 17 at the bottom of the Rhodos as I waited for my clients this morning. #skiistructormeribel # beastfromtherast #meribel
  • Been on the North Face of the Altiport with beginners all this week. Beautiful mountain all the same @skiinstructormeribel #meribel
  • Wonderful day with some ruffians from Cork. @skiinstructormeribel #meribel
  • Snow so deep on the Pic Bleu that the pisteurs are having to dig out the protection on the snow cannons to raise it higher. @skiinstructormeribel #meribel
  • Seen today in St. Martin. Skiing in fur coat and fur hat. Looking like she's just walked out of Galerie Lafayette @skiinstructormeribel
  • It doesn't get better than this...absolutely perfect conditions for Amanda, my first client of the season #meribel @skiinstructormeribel
  • An aptly named chalet for a windy week in Courchevel. #skiinstructormeribel
  • Lunchtime frolics and high camp at Folie Douce #skiinstructormeribel
  • Just back in UK for the weekend and saw this fellow with his skis on a lovely Sunday walk on the South Downs. #skiinstructormeribel


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UK mobile: +44 (0)7973 72 21 40

French Mobile: +33 (0)616 67 96 02



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