ESPACE KILLY SKI PASS

 

Val d’Isère’s lift passes cost less than in any comparable resort. Even in incomparable Cairngorm you’d pay almost the same! The hands-free electronic lift passes work beautifully, with your lift pass remaining safely zipped into an inside pocket all week. As well as the normal pass covering the whole Espace Killy, including Tignes, there is a Val d’Isère-only pass, but it gives 50% less skiing for a saving of only 5%.

 

Children under 5 ski free, as do adults of 75 and over. All the little lifts at the foot of the Solaise and La Daille slopes are free to everyone. This is ideal for beginners, though they quickly progress to the higher slopes where they require a pass.

 

All those in possession of a 2-15 day ski pass are entitled to one visit to the swimming pool area of the Centre Aquasportif.

 

Public Prices 2014-15 6-day prices

Adult (14–64 inclusive) 6 day

€260
Child (5–13 inclusive) 6 day €208
Senior (65–74 inclusive) 6 day

€208

 

13 day prices: Adults €481, Children and Senior €385

 

FAMILY DISCOUNT (available all season)

There is a Family Pass is available throughout 2014-15 to families of four or more. There needs to be one parent or grandparent (who must be at least 14!). The other three or more members must be his/her spouse and/or his/her/their children or grandchildren. Children aged 5 to 17 inclusive count towards family, as do 18 to 21-year olds if they show a student card. Children under 5 don’t count because their pass is free anyway. All those purchasing the family pass must do so at the same time and for the same number of days. These passes are bought on the YSE transfer bus and cannot be pre-booked.

 

As a guide, various 6-day permutations work out as follows: 

Two adults + two children under 14: €832
Two adults + three children under 14: €1,040
Two adults + one teen (14–17 OR student 18–21) + one child: €832
Two adults + two teens: €832

Two adults + three teens: €1,040

Two adults + two teens + one child: €1,040
Two adults + one teen + two children: €1,040


 

By logging on to www.valdiserepass.com and paying a fee of €10 you can get about €11 off (5%). You’d then get a further €45 off next year if you spent more than €800 this year. It seems to be aimed at big families who visit Val d’Isère twice per season or more.

 

CARRÉ NEIGE

 

Nowadays we thoroughly recommend that you take out the Carré Neige insurance even though you already have travel insurance. All of the pre-paid ski passes mentioned above include Carré Neige and it will be available for purchase with all other ski passes organised on the transfer coaches.

 

The reason for this is that the Val d'Isère mountain rescue service has had numerous problems extracting payment from British insurance companies, and now treats all British people as uninsured if they cannot show the approved French Carte Neige or Carré Neige cover. However well insured you may be, you will be brought down in a sledge if you are injured, while those with French insurance will get a free helicopter ride! This does not apply to life-threatening injuries, where everyone is treated the same, nor to short journeys with minor injuries, when a helicopter is unlikely to be called. Less than 1% of skiers get injured nowadays, but those who do are very glad if they have taken Carré Neige.