Ski Info

Val d'Isere Snow Record/Ski Hire & Schools

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).

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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

We work with several shops in town, all in varying locations that are specifically chosen to help clients staying in our large portfolio of propeties dotted around town.   

Snowberry Slope side & Snowberry Rond Point

Snowberry now have 2 shops in resort.  'Slope side' at Rond Point (the original shop) and 'Street Side', their newer one not far from our office.  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.

Our clients get special deals offered by Snowberry using the code 412MRZ when booking equipment on line. The best deals are those that are booked on line at least 6 hours in advance - you won't get the same discounts if you use the code in store on the day.

To book on line go to

Hors Limites

This is a small owner operated shop conveniently located in town and close to the slopes.  You often get a more personal service from the smaller shops so it is worth considering.  It offers a friendly service and quality range of equipmnet with the ski shop downstairs and clothing upstairs.  It looks small from the outside but go in and head downstairs for ski hire.

Our clients get 20% off when they book with us and 10% off any purchases in the shop.   Email Boris to book or enquire about equipment.  


In the centre of town, opposite the bus station, Oxygene offer a full range of equipment. Our clients get a 30% discount if booking ski lessons as well.

Ski Schools

There are a number of ski schools to consider for group or individual instruction.

Oxygene Ski School                                                      Tel : +33 479419958      Oxygene have been offering ski lessons in Val d'Isere for over 20 years now, from child and adult group ski and snowboard lessons to private instruction and off piste guiding. You can also trust them with their Lunch Club and Kids Club in addition to a range of outdoor activities. You can also rent your skis and boots through them while you are in the office or enjoy the equipment delivery service. Val d'Isère Ski School | Oxygène Ski & Snowboard School (

PROGRESSION SKI & SNOWBOARD SCHOOL         Tel: 06 21 93 93 80     Ken has been in Val d’Isère for years and is a highly qualified instructor.  He now owns his own ski school, Progression Ski & Snowboard offering ski, snowboard and telemark lessons to all levels with a team of instructors.  E-mail:

TDC                                                                                    Tel: 06 15 55 31 56    TDC (The Development Centre) offers small group lessons and private development sessions to skiers of all levels. For everything from a blue run Discovery Clinic to off piste and backcountry adventures call TDC or email

Mountain Masters                                                           Tel: 04 79 06 05 14Mountain Masters is a small company with English instructors with a desk in Killy Sports (downstairs).  They specialise in private tuition to a very high standard and off-piste guiding and ski touring.  E-mail:

ESF (Ecole de Ski Francais)                                             Tel:  04 79 06 02 34The national ski school office is located in Val Village, open daily offering group and private lessons to all levels.  They now have a few English instructors and of course other instructors speak English.  E-mail: 

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 = €350
  • Group snowboarding lessons for adult or child for 6 days = €350

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

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

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

Valerie Goin:

Highly recommended by one of our English property owners for both on and off piste, Valerie has been teaching in Val d'Isere for 30 years, first with the UCPA and then with Top Ski and now as an independent instructor.

Call her on +33 682238492 or email her 

Clare Angus:

Clare is a fully qualified British instructor with her ISTD (International Ski Teacher Diploma) Level 4 BASI (British Association of Snowsports Instructors) qualification and full French equivalence.  She also holds the European Mountain Safety qualification as well as being a Level 2 Race Coach.  Based in Val d’Isere since 2006 she has a passion for skiing that began as a child and she loves to pass this on to others.  She enjoys working with all ages and levels and believes that no matter your age or ability, goals and aspirations there is something out there to take your skiing holidays to the next level…

Call her on +33 620 17 33 56 or email her           

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


Skate skiing & Cross Country skiing

If Alpine skiing is not for you of your fancy trying something different, you can 'skate' or 'cross country' ski, both forms of Nordic skiing.  Skate skiing is hard but so rewarding when you master the technique and the Manchet Valley is one of the beautiful back drops on offer in resort to practice.  Cross country skiing is where you ski in the tracks, mostly on flat ground.  

We recommend (and have used ourselves) a company called Altitude Biathlon managed by our friend Nicholas.  Contact him on 06 87 11 11 64 or Altitude Biathlon - Comme les champions de biathlon - Team building (