Ski Info

Val d'Isere Snow Record

It wouldn't be much fun to spend money on a ski holiday only to find there's no snow in resort. Well, Val d'Isere has always been the most snow sure resort you can visit.

With all the talk of global warming, we can only hope that our elevation will ensure we continue to experience great snowfall, year after year. Don’t always believe what you read in the papers. Call us in resort to find out the true story (tel: +33 4 80 985 008 extension 109).

Check out the snow forecast by logging on to www.snow-forecast.com

Beginners

Some say Val is not the best place to start skiing or boarding; it is just for the experts. In fact, it has an easy access nursery slope with free beginner lifts to kick-start your technique. Unlike other resorts, you quickly progress to the top of the mountain (Solaise) where easy beginner slopes await you. This sector offers fabulous mountain views, an abundance of easy slopes and a range of restaurants to meet your more advanced ski friends (instead of them coming down to base station to meet you). This set up gives any beginner the chance to see friends and family enjoy the other, harder slopes around you whilst you practice your turns on the greens. Perfect! Just refer to Vital Stats. to see how many blue and green slopes are actually available.

Ski Hire

Our office used to be located in La Poudreuse ski hire shop so our links with Phillippe and his team are still very strong. They hire a great range of the latest ski and boot equipment available. All our clients get a 20% discount if you book on line or just pick up ski equipment on arrival. If you would like to book your hire kit before your arrival, just go to the La Poudreuse website and complete the form on screen to place your request. If we can help with this, just contact us.  

Snowberry, Rond Point des Pistes

We also work with Snowberry who are located at the Rond Point. They offer a full range of good quality equipment and you can also store your shoes in the shop for convenience. They will pick up any group so let us know if you would like us to arrange this. In order to get a discount on your ski hire with Snowberry, you must let them know you are staying with MR&C.

Ski Schools

There are a number of ski schools to consider for group or individual instruction. It is difficult to recommend a specific school as it very much depends on the instructor allocated. We know lots of them personally who work for different schools. So this is a selection of the many ones available that we would consider if we had to have a lesson

Progression Ski & Snowboard School.
Tel: 0208 123 3001, www.progressionski.com

Evolution 2
for off-piste guides as well as piste instruction. There are English speaking instructors as well as French available.
Tel: +33 (0)4 79 41 16 72

ESF (Ecole de Ski Francais)
has acquired a few English instructors over the past few years to add to its largely French contingent. They are worth considering when booking your ski lessons. Tel: +33 (0)4 79 06 02 34

Prices for lessons will vary according to the ski school chosen. To give you an approximate price:

  • Group lessons for an adult for 6 days = €118
  • Group snowboarding lessons for adult or child for 6 days = €135

Independent Instructors

Freddie Ribaud;
I have done most of my off piste ski days with this man.  He knows the mountain and has taken me to places I would never have dared go.  I have learnt to skin with Freddie and continually try to perfect my powder skiing (an ongoing challenge!). He skis & telemarks and knows his way around the entire area, including day trips well beyond Val.

For guiding off piste, call Freddie on +33 (0)614 11 54 74 or email frederic.ribaud.9@facebook.com

Laurent Bastian:
Born in the next valley (Maurienne) Laurent grew up in the French Alps and speaks fluent English (with an Australian wife). He has been a ski instructor in Val d'Isére for +20 years plus spent quite a few ski seasons in Australia. Laurent teaches skiing, snowboarding & telemark. He can organise day trips to Italy (La Rosiere- La Thuile).and he knows the best restaurants in both the Italian ski resort of La Thuile and Vald'Isére.

Call him on +33 (0)614 64 06 19 or email him on skippy.atval@free.fr

Herve Klein:
Herve has taught numerous MR&C clients who have all found him a pleasure to be around.  He teaches skiing and snowboarding and knows the mountain inside out.

Call him on +33(0)609 26 44 54

Clare Burns:
Clare is the first American woman to achieve the top French qualification- Moniteur Nationale -- 1er degré.  She has 10 years teaching experience in Val d'Isere and offers private coaching sessions, video feedback, race training, performance clinics, & off-piste guiding.

Mobile Tel: +33 6 20 34 82 59
Home Tel: +33 4 79 06 28 14
E-mail: clare.burns@orange.fr
Website: www.clareburns.com

photo credit : Andy Parant

Espace Killy

High Speed Gondola
To reach the summit there are 3 possibilities; the Funicular at La Daille, the Bellevarde Face chairlifts or the Bellevarde Face High Speed Gondola. The old cable car was inappropriate for todays influx of skiers so it had to be replaced. The STVI (the lift company), opted for a gondola type 3S Doppelmayr (now we are getting technical!) with two carrier cables and a tractor. Some facts: 

  • 18 cabins, each seating 24 with 6 standing   
  • Length of journey is 5 minutes   
  • Altitude of departure point is 1835m   
  • Altitude of arrival point is 2689m   
  • Output is 2600 persons per hour (for the first season in service)         

Almost 15 million euros (about 10 million pounds) has been invested by the STVI. It is situated at the foot of the Bellevarde sector. It is amazing!   
      
Espace Killy   
is the name of the collective ski areas of Val d'Isere and Tignes. The altitude of 1850m in town reaches 3,550m at the top, which is why we have one of the best snow records in the world. Your lift pass covers you for both areas giving you 130 lifts, 300km of marked pistes and a never ending range of off-piste terrain to enjoy. You will never get bored skiing or boarding the Espace Killy.

The lift system is also described as one of the best in the world moving you quickly and efficiently around the mountain. The links are carefully calculated to give access to off-piste terrain as well as the marked pistes.

Vital Statistics

Altitude of resort 1850m
Altitude at the top of the lifts 3550m
Number of lifts Val side only 96
Alpine skiing slopes 135 (300km)
Green slopes 21
Blue slopes 65
Red slopes 35
Black slopes 14
Cross country slopes 16 (48km)
Snowboard Park 1
Half Pipe 1
Free nursery lifts 7