• Ski Hire
Ski Hire
Ski Hire

Ski hire

YSE recommends several excellent ski/snowboard hire shops, listed below. All have a variety of prices depending on the calibre of equipment you hire. We also give recent feedback on the transfer bus on your way to Val d’Isère.

We definitely recommend renting skis rather than buying your own. Rental skis are up-to-date, edged and waxed. 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 them 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, but if you are planning to buy, do so in Val d’Isère, so you can try a few pairs before you buy. You may be surprised how much better you ski in one make than another.

We strongly advise pre-booking equipment 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.

SKI HIRE SHOPS

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 and hugely experienced English-speaking staff, and this year has added a brand new ‘Snowberry Streetside’ shop in the middle of Val d’Isère’s high street, to run alongside the established ‘Snowberry Slopeside’ shop at Rond Point des Pistes.

Prices are unchanged from last season, and with the re-introduction of the Budget range, there are now even lower prices available.

There are five levels of adult skis including Special Expert test skis right at the top, as well as the best range of children’s skis in Val d’Isère – hence their claim to have a ski for every skier-type. They also take obsessive care with boot fitting. If you have some spare time it’s worth reading their comprehensive website!

Top of the range is their Premium category. Snowberry is the only shop we know guaranteeing that its Premium equipment is new every season. They buy over 800 pairs of skis a year at all levels from beginner to test, and 500 pairs of boots.

The Economy category uses last season’s equipment – so still only one year old – for a lower price – available in advance online and for in-shop rental.

The no-frills Budget category is available at Snowberry Streetside only, offering equipment that’s two seasons old, without any of their storage, transport or collection options, but also not necessary to book in advance.

Junior equipment ranges from two years old to brand new, and a safety helmet is supplied to every child whether they have booked in advance or not.

Snowberry Slopeside drive guests to and from their chalet to the shop, and will also store skis and snowboards hired from either shop overnight during the week so you can walk back to your chalet without having to carry them. Both shops collect all Premium, Economy and Junior equipment from YSE chalets at the end of the week so guests don’t have to return them. There is no transport, collection of storage service for Budget skis.

For online booking, go to www.snowberry-valdisere.com and quote partner code 28AYSE to activate the YSE discounted rates, up to 25% lower than the public prices. In-shop rental discounts are up to 15% lower than the public prices. There are no YSE discounts for Budget equipment, which is the same price whether rented in advance or in the shop. Rental for durations other than 6 days are shown on their website.

PRICES 2017-18

Adult Premium, 6 days

Skis
Special Expert €168.75 (advance online), €191.25 (in shop)
Advanced/Expert €153.75 (advance online), €174.25 (in shop)
Intermediate/Advanced €138.75 (advance online), €157.25 (in shop)
Lower Intermediate €123.75 (advance online), €140.25 (in shop)
Beginner €108.75 (advance online), €123.25 (in shop)

Skis & Boots
Special Expert €225 (advance online), €255 (in shop)
Advanced/Expert €210 (advance online), €238 (in shop)
Intermediate/Advanced €195 (advance online), €221 (in shop)
Lower Intermediate €180 (advance online), €204 (in shop)
Beginner €165 (advance online), €187 (in shop)

Snowboards
Intermediate/Advanced Board €138.75 (advance online), €157.25 (in shop)
Lower Intermediate Board €123.75 (advance online), €140.25 (in shop)
Intermediate/Advanced Board & Boots €195 (advance online), €221 (in shop)
Lower Intermediate Board & Boots €180 (advance online), €204 (in shop)

Helmet €24

Adult Economy, 6 days

Skis
Special Expert €153.75 (advance online), €174.25 (in shop)
Advanced/Expert €138.25 (advance online), €157.25 (in shop)
Intermediate/Advanced €123.75 (advance online), €140.25 (in shop)
Lower Intermediate €108.75 (advance online), €123.25 (in shop)
Beginner €93.75 (advance online), €106.25 (in shop)

Skis & Boots
Special Expert €210 (advance online), €238 (in shop)
Advanced/Expert €195 (advance online), €221 (in shop)
Intermediate/Advanced €180 (advance online), €204 (in shop)
Lower Intermediate €165 (advance online), €187 (in shop)
Beginner €150 (advance online), €170 (in shop)

Snowboards
Intermediate/Advanced Board €123.75 (advance online), €140.25 (in shop)
Lower Intermediate Board €108.75 (advance online), €123.25 (in shop)
Intermediate/Advanced Board & Boots €180 (advance online), €204 (in shop)
Lower Intermediate Board & Boots €165 (advance online), €187 (in shop)

Helmet €24

Adult Budget, 6 days

Skis
Special Expert €125 (all prices are the same whether booked advance online or in shop)
Advanced/Expert €105
Intermediate/Advanced €85
Lower Intermediate €65
Beginner €45

Skis & Boots
Special Expert €155
Advanced/Expert €135
Intermediate/Advanced €115
Lower Intermediate €95
Beginner €75

Snowboards
Intermediate/Advanced Board €85
Lower Intermediate Board €65
Intermediate/Advanced Board & Boots €115
Lower Intermediate Board & Boots €95

Helmet €24

Junior, 6 days

Skis
Advanced/Expert €123.75 (online), €140.25 (in shop)
Intermediate/Advanced €74.25 (online), €84.15 (in shop)
Beginner/Intermediate €56.25 (online), €63.75 (in shop)

Skis & Boots
Advanced/Expert €153.75 (online), €174.25 (in shop)
Intermediate/Advanced €104.25 (online), €118.15 (in shop)
Beginner/Intermediate €86.25 (online), €97.75 (in shop)

Snowboard
Junior Board €74.25 (online), €84.15 (in shop)
Junior Board & Boots €104.25 (online), €118.15 (in shop)

Helmet €12

Mattis Intersport

MATTIS INTERSPORT

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

The Mattis Intersport Sport Shop is highly renowned in France, but practically unknown to the British clientèle, which is strange, because it offers excellent equipment at surprisingly low prices, especially if you pre-book on-line with the booking code YSE2018, which entitles you to a 45% discount!

Adult Expert skis are guaranteed to be new this season, while other ranges are at most one year old, except for children’s skis, which are used far less and hence last longer. A helmet is available with every rental. It is free for children, 17€ for adults. Insurance against damage, breakage, loss or theft is available at 2€ per day (with an excess of 120€ – 200€), but YSE guests do not need to pay this: insurance is free for us.

The Sport Shop is on the Snow Square, on the edge of the nursery slopes, so particularly convenient for Les Chardons. For other chalets they’ll send a minibus. The shop opens earlier than other ski shops, and stays open through lunch. The staff are very friendly and speak good English. Customers can leave their skis and boots overnight. Boots are placed on a boot warmer.

PRICES 2017-18

Adult, 6 days
Skis
Expert €109 (advance online), €115 (in shop)
Performance €98 (advance online), €100 (in shop)
Advanced €85 (advance online), €90 (in shop)
Intermediate €66 (advance online), €70 (in shop)

Skis & Boots
Expert €146 (advance online), €159 (in shop)
Performance €127 (advance online), €139 (in shop)
Advanced €110 (advance online), €125 (in shop)
Intermediate €85 (advance online), €99 (in shop)

Snowboards
Board & Boots €127 (advance online), €139 (in shop)

Helmet €17

Junior, 6 days

Skis
Teen 12-15 years, €66 (advance online), €70 (in shop)
Champion 6-11 years, €55 (advance online), €60 (in shop)
Child 6-11 years, €34 (advance online), €46 (in shop)
Baby 2-5 years, €24 (advance online), €30 (in shop)

Skis & Boots
Teen 12-15 years, €85 (advance online), €99 (in shop)
Champion 6-11 years, €73 (advance online), €85 (in shop)
Child 6-11 years, €53 (advance online), €65 (in shop)
Baby 2-5 years, €37 (advance online), €45 (in shop)

Helmet – free

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

Precision was initially founded in Val d’Isère by Jock and Susan Dun, who now run Snowberry. It has grown into a massive empire, with over forty shops in a dozen resorts and the largest ski workshop in the Alps. Obviously, it is less personal than the other shops we recommend, but the service is always friendly.

There are four shops in Val d’Isère: Squaw Valley near the church and our chalet of the same name; Val d’Isère Iseran in the centre near the bus station, La Poudreuse on the road leading up to the Olympique and Bellevarde lifts, near Dick’s Tea Bar, and the Val d’Isère Oakley store on the Snow Square that specialises in snowboards, freestyle and back country equipment. If none of these shops is within walking distance of your chalet, they offer minibus transport, or you could pre-book their in-chalet fitting service. All shops offer a week’s overnight storage for €18. End-of-week collection of equipment from your chalet can be arranged in advance.

Precision’s prices are very reasonable. YSE guests receive an automatic discount of 30% in the shops and a further 10% for booking on-line (using code YSE18). The website prices vary from one week to the next and there are sometimes really good deals with up to 50% off. Families and groups have further discounts. It is worth checking Precision’s website.

There are four categories of equipment. Performance (gold) are all this year’s models for powder, carving and freestyle. You can change between the three types of skis free of charge during the week, depending on snow conditions.

The Sensation (black) category is often last year’s Performance equipment but also includes a percentage of new equipment and is for advanced skiers.

Evolution (red) is an intermediate range, some new, some re-conditioned, and Initiation (beginner) equipment is always at least one year old.

Insurance is €12 for a week and is included in the YSE rates below.

PRICES 2017-18

Adult, 6 days

Skis/Snowboard
Performance €117 (advance online), €128 (in shop)
Sensation €105 (advance online), €114 (in shop)
Evolution €95 (advance online), €104 (in shop)
Initiation €76 (advance online), €82 (in shop)

Skis/Snowboard & Boots
Performance €149 (advance online), €163 (in shop)
Sensation €136 (advance online), €149 (in shop)
Evolution €124 (advance online), €135 (in shop)
Initiation €105 (advance online), €114 (in shop)

Helmet €17.50

Junior, 6 days

Skis
Performance 12-17 years, €64 (advance online), €68 (in shop)
Sensation 7-12 years, €64 (advance online), €68 (in shop)
Evolution 7-12 years, €48 (advance online), €51 (in shop)
Initiation 3-6 years, €34 (advance online), €37 (in shop)

Skis & Boots
Performance 12-17 years, €92 (advance online), €100 (in shop)
Sensation 7-12 years, €80 (advance online), €86 (in shop)
Evolution 7-12 years, €61 (advance online), €65 (in shop)
Initiation 3-6 years, €48 (advance online), €51 (in shop)

Helmet €17.50

Eskiador

ESKIADOR

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

The Eskiador Sport 2000 shop is in the tall white Portillo building close to our chalets Isère, La Grande Sassière, La Maison du Rocher, Le Vieux Crêt and La Croix. It’s a small shop with a friendly, personal service, and almost never crowded. Its prices are extremely reasonable and have stayed the same as last year.

Eskiador does not offer a minibus service, but the shop is just across the road from Chalet d’Isère, and a YSE Land Rover will take you to and from the other chalets mentioned here.

PRICES 2017-18

Adult, 6 days

Skis & Boots
Top €132
Mid €110
Beginner €76

Snowboard & Boots €128

Junior, 6 days

Skis & Boots
Junior €53
Baby €33