Ski hire

We thoroughly recommend renting equipment rather than buying your own. That way you are guaranteed up-to-date skis or boards, edged and waxed and waiting for you in the resort, so you won’t have to drag them from home – the YSE flight carries equipment without charging but most airlines and tour operators are not so kind. And if you want to change equipment mid-week – if there’s fresh powder, for example – that’s no problem.

Boots are a different matter. We think it’s best to have your own boots, though it can be incredibly difficult to choose the perfect boot. If you do want to buy boots, do so in the resort. You’ll probably need something altered after a day or two’s skiing, and if you’ve bought the boots at home the resort shops will charge for this, whereas if you’ve bought the boots from them they won’t. Try a few different pairs of boots before you buy. You may be surprised how much better you ski in one make than another.

YSE recommends several excellent shops for hiring equipment, listed below. All have a variety of prices depending on the calibre of equipment you hire. Several of these shops take online bookings, which will sometimes get you a better price, but, confusingly, sometimes won’t. Precision’s very lowest price is for beginners’ skis rented on the spot, while Snowberry’s Economy price is only available if pre-booked online.

The prices shown here are for skis, boots and poles for six days for YSE guests. They include insurance for loss, theft, breakage or irreparable damage, but please note excesses can be quite high. We will give you any useful recent feedback on the transfer bus on your way to Val d’Isère.

WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND THAT YOU PRE-BOOK EQUIPMENT, INCLUDING HELMETS, FOR CHILDREN TRAVELLING ON A MAIN SCHOOL HOLIDAY DATE. Contact any of the shops (not before December) saying you are coming with YSE. For skis, the shop needs to be told the child’s height. For boots, the foot size. Children will usually have to try on more than one pair of boots on arrival in the shop, but an advance order helps.

PRICES Basic Mid High Top
Eskiador €76 €110 €132
*Mattis Intersport €89 €119 €129 €140
*Precision €69 €99 €119 €130
*Snowberry Premium (guaranteed NEW equipment) €108 €124 €185 €225
*Snowberry Economy (1 year old) €87 €99 €111 €123

*Mattis, Precision & Snowberry offer free ski delivery and collection.

Ski hire shops: more information

Eskiador

ESKIADOR

00 33 479 06 03 87
Email: valdisere@eskiador.com
http://www.eskiadorvaldisere.sport2000.fr/en/

In the tall white Portillo building near Le Crêt, close to our chalets Bozzetto, La Grande Sassière, La Maison du Rocher, Le Vieux Crêt and La Croix. A small, very personal shop.

No minibus service, but easy to walk from Bozzetto. YSE’s Land Rover can take you to and from the other chalets mentioned here. ‘Baby’ skis and boots are €33, ‘Junior’ skis and boots €53, snowboard pack €128.

Mattis Intersport

MATTIS INTERSPORT

00 33 479 41 13 90
Email: location@intersport-valdisere.com
www.intersport-valdisere.com

In the skiing epi-centre of the resort, on the ‘front de neige’ at the foot of the nursery slopes in the Grand Paradis building, Mattis Intersport is the longest-established of all our recommended ski shops. Providing the best-prepared skis in town has long been their raison d’être, and a state-of-the-art machine in their sizeable workshop helps them to realise this boast. There’s a minibus service for driving passengers and equipment back to their accommodation, which the staff in your chalet can organise. Best of all is the delightful welcome from Marie and Mimi as you enter the shop. 2016-17 adult prices, which are 45% less than the public prices, are in the grid above, and in order to benefit from these prices you must pre-book on-line using the code YSE2017. Insurance is included but not against loss (though theft is covered). Children’s discounted rates are €36 for ‘baby’ skis and boots (2-5 years incl.); €55 for ‘enfant’ (6-11 years incl.), €70 for ‘champion’ (6-11 advanced); €99 for ‘junior’ (12-15 yrs, with a maximum ski length of 1m55). Helmets are free to anyone aged 11 or under, or €16.50 to hire for 12+.

Precision

PRECISION

00 33 458 00 11 99 (Iseran shop) or 00 33 479 08 38 01 (Squaw Valley shop)

Email: valdisere.iseran@danisports.fr or val.squawvalley@danisports.fr
www.precisionski-rent.com

Several shops in the centre of Val d’Isère, highly convenient for YSE guests. The Iseran store is near the bus station, the Squaw Valley store is 50m from our chalet Squaw Valley, close to the church, and has a boot-fitting service. They also run the Ski Republic stores at Portillo, Rond-point and Val Village with the same terms for YSE guests. YSE guests get 10% off the public prices when hiring in the resort, and there are often better discounts when booking on-line in advance using the code YSE2017. The discounts vary depending on stock and demand so the prices given are just a guide, but the sooner you book the less you pay. Overnight storage and one mid-week equipment change (for a powder day or a snowboard lesson, for example, depending on stock) is free of charge for YSE guests. Helments are not included in the hire prices. Insurance is also on top: €2.90 per day per set of skis or board. 10% discount off all retail purchases in their shops. Precision stores do a free minibus service to and from your chalet. They will pick up equipment at the end of the week – must be arranged in advance. Ski Republic stores offer their minibus to the ‘satellite’ areas of Val d’Isère only.

Snowberry

SNOWBERRY

00 33 479 41 10 61
Email: service@snowberry-valdisere.com
www.snowberry-valdisere.com

Snowberry has brilliant equipment and service, highly trained staff, and an efficient minibus service. While there are cheaper options for ski hire, Snowberry is the only shop we know which guarantees that all its Premium equipment is new this season – they buy over 800 pairs of skis a year, more than 80 different models at all levels from beginner to test.

The Economy category uses last season’s equipment – ie still only one year old – for a lower price and is available only if pre-booked in advance online.

Their range includes not just Premium and Economy listed in our price grid above, but actually nine levels of skis including the very best Expert and Test right at the top. Hence their claim to have a ski for every skier-type and the best range of children’s skis in Val d’Isère!

They take obsessive care with boot fitting, have a fleet of vehicles to ferry guests to and from their chalet, collect skis from the chalet at the end of the week so guests don’t have to return them, and is staffed entirely by English-speakers (plus a handful of Scots).

You can leave skis and boots with the shop overnight and just walk back to your chalet in your own shoes – particularly useful for Gnellets and La Moraine.

For online booking, go to www.snowberry-valdisere.com and quote partner code 71AYSE to activate the YSE discounted rates, up to 44% lower than the public prices.