Ski schools in Val d’Isère, France

Below, you will find details of each of Val d’Isère’s ski schools – from the huge and long-established ESF, to the ’boutique’ specialist outfits such as Mountain Masters and Alpine Experience, as well as several private individual instructors – including contact details, class sizes and prices (mostly in euros).

Ski schools and instructors get booked-up early, particularly during school holidays. YOU SHOULD BOOK LESSONS FOR ANY BEGINNERS OR CHILDREN AS SOON AS YOU BOOK YOUR HOLIDAY.

We are delighted to give advice, but the best way for you to organise the right instruction at the right time is to call or email the ski schools or instructors yourself. They all speak English, though during the summer some may not answer the telephone or reply to emails straight away.

Large schools offering group lessons all winter

(the number in brackets shows the approximate number of instructors in that ski school)

ESF (350+)

Ecole du Ski Français

Tel: 00 33 479 06 02 34  Fax: 00 33 479 41 15 80
www.esfvaldisere.com  email: esf.valdisere@wanadoo.fr

Good website. Local Australian Nikki Pitts handles British bookings – book online or phone/fax through Nikki and she will help match you up to a great English-speaking instructor or the ideal class for your level. Val d’Isère’s ESF was France’s first ski school, and with 350 instructors is still Val’s biggest. More and more young, English-speaking instructors and very reasonable prices make it an increasingly good option. Maximum 8 skiers/snowboarders in adult classes, while for juniors there are two price levels with maximum 8 children for one price, or ‘unlimited but never more than 15’ for less – details below. Off-piste, race-training, children’s garden, snowboard, cross-country, ski-biking, snowshoe excursions etc all available. English-only lessons at half term. Classes marked as running during French school holidays refer to 18-31 December, 5 February-4 March, and 2-29 April.

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4-5 year olds (max 8 children)

Lessons at the sweet Jardin des Neiges chalets (at the Rond Point OR at La Daille). Good for very robust children. Try-out sessions recommended for timid children, and also available for 3-year olds outside school holidays, and 3.5-year olds during school holidays, space permitting.

Try-out morning, 9.30-11.30, €55

Try-out afternoon, 14.00-17.00, during school holidays, €50

Try-out afternoon, 14.30-17.00, outside school holidays, €42

Try-out day, 9.30-11.30 and 14.00-17.00, during school holidays €89

Try-out day, 9.30-11.30 and 14.30-17.00, outside school holidays €81

Five mornings, 9.30-12.30, €264

Five afternoons during French school holidays, 14.00-17.00, €240

Five afternoons outside French school holidays, 14.30-17.00, €202

Five days during French school holidays, €427

Five days outside French school holidays, €389

Children’s Classes

Beginner and Flocon Levels (8 children maximum)

and Children’s Prestige Classes (max 8 children from 1ère Etoile, school holidays only)

Five mornings, €264

Five afternoons during French school holidays, €240

Five afternoons outside French school holidays, €202

Five days during French school holidays, €427

Five days outside French school holidays, €389

Stages Freestyle for good skiers wanting big air, rails, box, etc, age 13+

Six full days, €479 (includes meals)

Adults’ Classes – and teens aged 13+ outside school holidays

Group lessons start on Mondays

Five mornings, €264

Five afternoons during French school holidays, €240

Five afternoons outside French school holidays, €202

Five days during French school holidays, €427

Five days outside French school holidays, €389

Snowboard Classes – Adult and Children (maximum 8 people)

Five mornings, €264

Five afternoons during French school holidays, €240

Five afternoons outside French school holidays, €202

Five days during French school holidays, €427

Five days outside French school holidays, €389

Snowshoe Excursions

Meet at the Val Village ESF office.

One afternoon during French school holidays, 14.00-17.00, €41

Five afternoons during French school holidays, €197

One afternoon outside French school holidays, 14.30-17.00, €35

Five afternoons outside French school holidays, €168

Please note that you will need to hire snowshoes and poles and have waterproof boots plus a ski pass if you want to snowshoe at altitude.

Off-piste (maximum 6 people 09.00-13.00)

One morning, 9.00-13.00, €74
Three mornings, €209

Six mornings, €375

Private Lessons (1–5 people)

Five one-hour lessons, 13.00-14.00, €245

Five one and a half hour lessons, 13.30-14.30, €365 (outside French school holidays)

EV2 (37)

Evolution 2

Tel: 00 33 479 00 77 29
Advance Bookings: 00 33 760 82 10 12 (or email)

www.evolution2.com/valdisere  email: booking@evolution2.com

Excellent ski school. Small group sizes of maximum 8 skiers, or 6 in some classes. Week-long or shorter courses and clinics available. Because of the new nursery slopes area at the top of Solaise, Evolution 2 are offering a discounted lift pass costing just €139 for beginners booking five days of lessons with them (mornings, afternoons or full days). The pass can be used outside lessons too around the entire Val d’Isère ski area – please ask them for details when booking your lessons. Their instructors are mostly French, some British. Guests have recommended Valérie who is fantastic with children. Lessons start at 9am which avoids the main ‘rush-hour’, though children’s classes meet at the ski school rather than on the slopes.

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Children’s classes (Monday to Friday) 

– Panda, 3-4 yrs, maximum 6 in a group, price includes extra nanny and a hot drink

– Yetison, 4-5 yrs, maximum 6 in a group, price includes extra nanny and a hot drink

Five mornings, 9.00-12.00, €282

Five afternoons, 14.00-17.00, €262

– Petit Yeti, beginners from 5 yrs, maximum 8 in a group

– Yeti, four levels, beginners to parallel skiers aged 5-12, maximum 8 in a group

– Junior Academy  for better skiers 9–14 yrs, maximum 8 in a group

– Teen Extreme  for advanced skiers 14–18 yrs, maximum 6 in a group

Five mornings, 9.00–12.00, €255

Five afternoons, 14.00–17.00, €209

Five whole days, €379

Children’s supervised lunch per day €30, five days (Monday-Friday) €140

Teenage skiers age 14+ who are not experienced enough for Teen Extreme can join adult classes during school holidays. Every effort is made to put teenagers together.

Adults’ classes (ski)
Three levels, Monday to Friday, maximum 8 in a group

– Learn 2 Turn, beginners

– Perfecting Parallels, improvers, green to red

– Fine Skills, off piste, moguls, all terrain. Advanced red to black

Five mornings, 9.00–12.00, €225

Five afternoons, 14.00–17.00, €185

– Check-up clinic, maximum 8 per group

Blue to red level

Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday, 09.00-12.00, €195

– Single group session, any day (if space)

Morning, €65

Afternoon, €60

Snowboard group lessons (adults and children)

Three levels, maximum 8 per group

Rookie, beginner
Improver, intermediates

Switch, advanced 

Five mornings, Mon-Fri, 9.00–12.00, €215

Five afternoons, Mon-Fri, 14.00–17.00, €180

– Check-up clinic, max 8 per group, Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday, 09.00-12.00, €175

– Single group session, any day (if space)

Morning, €60

Afternoon, €55

Off-Piste (maximum 6 per group)

All sessions 09.00-12.00 or 14.00-17.00
One session, €72

Two sessions, €145

Three sessions, £215

Off-piste private lesson, 1-6 skiers, 3 hrs €199 (school holidays €225), 4 hrs €265, full day (8 hours) €399

Off-piste tours, Tovière, Espace Killy, Tarentaise, Bonneval, half or full day – see the Evolution2 website.

Private lessons, adults and children (on-piste)

1-2 people, 1 hour, €60

3-4 people, 1 hour, €65

5-6 people, 1 hour, €70

1-6 people, 3 hours during holiday periods, 09.00-12.00 or 14.00-17.00, €215

1-6 people, full day, €410

Oxygène (30)

Oxygène

Tel: 00 33 479 41 99 58
Fax: 00 33 479 41 93 81
www.oxygene-ski.com   email: valdisere@oxygene-ski.com

Oxygène has over 25 instructors and is renowned for teaching British children in the Alps. Children’s group lessons begin from 4 years, up to 13, with a maximum of 6 per class, and lessons are run exclusively in English. Group lessons are also available for adults (from 13+) and snowboarders, beginners to experts. Private lessons on-piste, snowboard, cross country, telemark, off-piste, etc. Because of the new nursery slopes area at the top of Solaise, Oxygène are offering a discounted beginner lift pass costing €139 as part of their ski school group beginner packages for adults and children – ask for details when booking. Oxygène has its own ski rental shop with the latest equipment for children, adults and snowboarders. Chalet-fitting, and collection and/or delivery is available, and anyone taking lessons gets 20% off hire costs. The ski school desk is in their ski rental shop in the Galerie des Cimes. Clear website which also gives details of après-ski activities such as helicopter rides, paragliding, skidoo, etc.

High season weeks are: 18 December-7 January; 5-25 February; 26 March – 15 April 2017

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Children’s classes (3 yrs to teens, maximum 6 per class)

All levels

Five mornings, Mon–Fri, 9.00–12.00, standard €309, high season €355

Five full days, Mon-Fri, 9.00-12.00 & 14.00–17.00, standard €419, high season €519

Supervised lunch club €31 per day, €149 5 days

– Teen clinic (13–18 years, maximum 8 per group)
For confident/experienced teenagers

Three afternoons, Mon/Wed/Fri 14.00-17.00, €179

– Pro-rider (from 12 years+, maximum 8 per group)

Five mornings, Mon–Fri 9.00–12.00, standard €309 high season €355

Adults’ classes (from 14 years, maximum 6 per group)
Beginners, Mon–Fri, 9.00–12.00 plus Monday afternoon 15.00–17.00, standard €255, high season €275
All other levels, Mon-Fri, 9.00–12.00, standard €235, high season €245

Ladies Only, Tue/Wed/Thur afternoons, 14.00-17.00, maximum 6 per group, €189

Steep & Deep off-piste classes

Five mornings, Mon-Fri, 9.00-13.00, maximum 6 per group, €349

One morning, €79

Private lessons – ski, snowboard or telemark
Three-hour morning (1-3 people), 9.00–12.00, standard €222, high season €242
Four-hour morning (1-3 people), 9.00–13.00, standard €303, high season €322

Afternoons (1–2 people), from 12.00, minimum 2 hours, €66-€71 per hour

Seven-hour day (1-4 people), 9.30-16.30, standard €499, high season €499

Additional skiers €5-€20 per person per hour, or €45 per person per full day

Private guiding (off-piste)

Morning, (1-3 people), 9.00–13.00, €322 (€20 per extra person)

Full day, (1-4 people), €499 (€45 per extra person)

More expensive ’boutique’ ski schools

Progression (22)

Progression

Tel: 00 33 621 93 93 80 (December–May)
Tel: 020 8123 3001 (UK all year)
www.progressionski.com  email: enquiries@progressionski.com

The only small top-end ski school to offer adult group lessons all season. Also the smallest group-size for adults (minimum 3, maximum 6 people). Fully-qualified English-speaking instructors. Technical clinics for 2 or 3 mornings or afternoons – book early to tailor times and number of sessions to you. Goody-bag at the end of the week includes badges, booklets, group photo and a DVD of your child skiing. Discounts for YSE children if the family has multiple children in Progression classes. Booking is easy all year round using UK phone number given above. Mobile physiotherapy and massage service from €50 for half an hour (finishing before 4pm), €60 after 4pm.

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Children’s group lessons (4.5–12 years)

Minimum 4, maximum 8 per group

Five mornings, Mon–Fri, 9.00–13.00, €429

Afternoon continuation, 13.00-16.30 €249 on top of the morning lesson, taken by the same instructor on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (not available for beginners, lunch not included)

Saturday morning bolt-on, €85

Teen group lessons (13–18 years)

Minimum 4, maximum 8 per group

Intermediate upwards

Five mornings, Mon–Fri, 9.00–13.00, €429

Adult group lessons

Minimum 3, maximum 6 per group

– Beginner and early intermediate. DVD to take home.

Five mornings, Mon-Fri, 9.00–12.00, €299

– Clinics for intermediate and above

Three mornings, Mon-Wed, 9.00-12.00, €199

Snowboard beginners

Three mornings, Mon-Wed, 9.00-12.00, €199

– Technical clinic: a one-off ski session on carving, racing, bumps, snowboarding, telemark, etc.

– Taster: Snowboard and telemark

One 3-hour session, €80 per person

Off-piste clinics

Minimum 3, maximum 6 per group

Three mornings ‘Intro’, Mon-Wed, 9.00-12.00, €225

Three mornings ‘Off-piste’, Mon-Wed, 9.00-13.00, €299

Off-piste private lessons

One price regardless of how many people

Ski, snowboard, telemark – ABS Airbag or Ortovox rucksack, transceiver, shovel and probe provided.

3 hours, €269
3.5 hours, €315
4 hours, €359
All day, low/mid season €539, high season €629

Private lessons

One price regardless of how many people
Ski, snowboard, telemark

3 hours, €249
3.5 hours, €290
4 hours, €332
All day, low/mid season €498, high season €581

Mountain Masters (15)

Mountain Masters

Tel/fax: 00 33 479 06 05 14
www.mountain-masters.com  email: info@mountain-masters.com

Eight British and seven French instructors including well-known British instructors Al, Dave, Mark, Phill, Rupert, Rupert, Simon and Tansy. Enthusiastic personal attention, and great feedback from YSE guests. Very good for older children, slalom, bumps, powder and for those looking for a new approach or less confident skiers on the verge of giving up. Mostly private lessons, though they will put adults’ on- and off-piste groups together if there’s enough demand from people of the same level. No group classes for beginners. Children’s classes only during school holidays if enough demand. Expensive but worth it and must be booked in advance. Video during lessons, watched in a mountain restaurant. Also snowboard, telemark and snowshoeing. Office in Killy Sports in the centre of Val d’Isère, where the ever-efficient Estelle makes a big effort to match each group with just the right instructor.

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Children’s classes (5–17 years, minimum 4, maximum 6 per group)
During school holidays
Six levels: Polar Bear (snowplough), Bronze (blue and some red runs), Silver (red and some black runs), Gold (confident on all pistes), Gold+ (ski parallel on all slopes and improve specifics such as technique, slalom, park), Platinum (designed for teenagers, improve all terrains and off-piste).
Five mornings, Monday to Friday, 9.00–12.45, €425

Option ‘Race’ – five mornings, 9.00–12.45, €475

Off-piste group lessons (maximum 5 people)

Steep and Deep – two-day off-piste course

Ski touring around the Espace Killy, Tarentaise, Sainte Foy, Les Arcs, La Plagne

Freedom discovery – several days off piste, with overnights included

Heli-skiing

Prices on request from Mountain Masters.

Private lessons (maximum 6 people, prices vary according to number in group).
Can offer off-piste, touring, telemark, etc. on request.
Morning 9.00–12.45
1 person, €295
2–3 people, €325
4–6 people, €335

Afternoon 13.45–16.45
1 person, €195
2–3 people, €215
4–6 people, €240

All day 9.00–16.45, includes a lunch stop
1 person, €440
2–3 people, €485
4–6 people, €505

The Development Centre (15)

The Development Centre

Tel: 00 33 615 55 31 56
www.tdcski.com  email: valdisere@tdcski.com

15 highly-respected British instructors, charging higher prices for higher standards of tuition. Small group clinics from green runs to bumps to off-piste. Most of their clinics run for three consecutive half days, but can be flexible if required. They also run heli-skiing days, off-piste adventure weeks and ski instructor training. Their office is in the central Pitte Intersport shop, next to the Tourist Office.

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Children and teenagers (3-6 skiers per group)
TDC Devils, 10-13 year olds who can ski parallel on red runs

TDC Academy, 14-17 year olds who can ski parallel on black runs

On-piste, basic freestyle, jumps, bumps, variable terrain, racing, etc.

Five half days, Mon-Fri, 9.00-12.00 or 13.00-16.00, €400

Three half days according to availability, €240

Group clinics (3–6 skiers)
Confidence: for strong green run skiers
Discovery: for strong blue run skiers
Development: for strong red run skiers
Development Plus: for strong red run/ok black run skiers

Challenges: for strong black run skiers, bumps and variable terrain

Three half days, 9.00-12.00 or 13.00-16.00, €230

Bumps clinics (3-6 skiers)

Bumps Intro and Better Bumps

Three half days, €230

Off-piste clinics (3-6 skiers)

Introduction and Adventure levels, safety equipment provided

Three half days, €230

Five half days (Adventure level only), €380 per person

Private lessons

On- and off-piste

Three hours, 9.00-12.00 or 13.00-16.00
1–2 people, €230
3–4 people, €255
5–6 people, €280
All day, 9.00-17.00, 1–6 people, €520

“Private Share” – when booking your private lesson you can state that you are happy to share your session with another person. If you or TDC manage to find somebody to share, you save 50%.

New Generation (8)

New Generation

UK Reservations Team: 0844 770 4733 or 01462 674000
www.skinewgen.com  email: info@skinewgen.com

Well-organised British-run ski school with eight enthusiastic and energetic instructors teaching skiing and snowboarding. All lessons taught in English. Traditional, popular group lessons, plus more flexible and innovative performance clinics. Also private lessons on- and off-piste. Children’s morning lessons during school holidays. Group lessons over Christmas and New Year run for 3 hours a day, over 3 days (Sunday to Tuesday and Wednesday to Friday) with groups limited to 6 skiers.

Very good website with interactive video for determining your level, and good feedback received from YSE guests.

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Children’s Courses

– Whippersnappers, 4–5 years (minimum 2, maximum 6 per group)

Five 2-hour lessons, Mon-Fri, 9.00 or 11.30 start, during school holidays, €239

– All other children’s groups, 5-13 years (minimum 2, maximum 8 per group)

Five 4.5-hour sessions, Mon-Fri, 9.00-13.30, during school holidays, €449

– Slide academy (13-16 years), for more advanced teen skiers

Christmas and New Year holidays:

Three 3-hour lessons, Sunday-Tuesday or Wednesday-Friday, 9.00 or 13.00 start, €199

Adults’ group lessons (age 13+)

Minimum 2, maximum 8 per group, ski or snowboard
9.15 or 11.30 start
Five 2-hour lessons, Mon-Fri, €199

Christmas and New Year holidays:

Three 3-hour lessons, 2-6 people per group, Sunday-Tuesday or Wednesday-Friday, 9.00 or 13.00 start, €199

Technical Clinics

To refresh and develop skills with more focused sessions during the week. The time and duration varies depending on the number of people booked into the clinic. 3-6 people per group

– Advanced Ski Mornings: Mon/Wed/Fri, 11.30-13.30, €169

– Afternoon Technical Clinics, Mon/Wed/Fri starting 14.00 (not available half term and Easter), €169

Off-piste lessons

One-to-one coaching or off-piste guiding

Off-piste private lessons for 1-6 people, from €139 for 2 hours

Off-piste explorer, 4 hours, 3-6 per group, €99 per person

Contact the booking office for more information

Private lessons

Two hours, 1–2 people, €169
Two and a half hours, 1–2 people, €209
Three hours, 1–2 people, €269 (peak weeks only)

Four hours, 1-2 people, €309

(add €10 per person per hour for additional people)

Whole day (7 hours during peak weeks only), 1–3 people, €450 (add €50 for each additional person)

British Alpine Ski School - BASS

British Alpine Ski School – BASS

Tel: 00 33 619 77 85 57 (December – May)
Tel: 00 47 47 38 71 64 Reservations
www.bass-skischools.com email: info@bass-skischools.com

For 15 years BASS has had a small team of mostly British instructors giving expert, enthusiastic teaching in small groups. Children’s group lessons from 7 years old – BASS recommend younger children are taught 1 to 1 to give maximum confidence. Clear description of the ability levels on the website. Very good feedback from YSE guests. Prices are given in sterling and you pay in advance online. 10% discount to YSE guests outside school holidays.

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Children’s classes

From 7 years, eight levels as shown on the BASS website.

Five 2-hour sessions for beginners, £285 (school holidays)

Five 3-hour sessions for all other levels, 09.00-12.00, £325 (school holidays)

(NB for under 7s, 1:1 tuition only, £78 per hour)

Available outside school holidays on request.

Adults’ classes

Five levels: Beginner, Confidence, Itermediate Improver, Technique & Tactics, Performance.

Three 2-hour sessions, during school holidays £205, outside school holidays £184.50

Four 2-hour sessions, during school holidays £265, outside school holidays £238.50

Five 2-hour sessions, during school holidays £325, outside school holidays £292.50

– also, for Technique & Tactics and Performance only:

Two 3-hour sessions, during school holidays £205, outside school holidays £184.50

Three 3-hour sessions, during school holidays £295, outside school holidays £265.50

Private lessons (minimum 2 hours)

Per hour, 1-4 people, during school holidays £78, outside school holidays £70.20

Per hour, 5-6 people, during school holidays £88, outside school holidays £79.20

BASS Freeride

Three-day off-piste course starting 26 January, 23 February and 2 March 2017, £350

Snowboarding

Not available.

Montana

Montana

Tel: 00 33 614 18 87 87
https://with-montana.com    email: ski@with-montana.com

Brand new ski school (and bespoke real estate office) under the direction of Vincent Robert who has been running ski lessons on- and off-piste for 18 years in Val d’Isère, along with his team of fully qualified instructors. All speak English. Each instructor has his/her own specialisation: on-piste technique, snowboard, teaching children, off-piste, etc. Very flexible for dealing with individual requests from groups and families.

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Private lessons
One morning, 09.00–13.00, €330
One afternoon, 13.30–16.30, €200
Whole day, €430

Other ski schools

ski-lesson.com

ski-lesson.com

Tel: 00 33 615 20 71 08
www.ski-lesson.com email: ski@ski-lesson.com

A ‘small but sympathetic’ team of experienced French instructors who all speak English. Their ethos is to base the lesson on the needs of the individual skier or group of skiers, watching progress and listening to requirements. Mostly private lessons but some group classes, the most popular being the ‘Petits Minos’ for young children. Maximum class size six skiers (four for Petits Minos). 10% discount for YSE guests if you book five consecutive lessons via their comprehensive website, or 5% off for single or fewer sessions. They aim to reply to availability emails same day.

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Private lessons
One morning, 9.00–13.00, €325

One short morning, 9.00-11.00 or 11.15-13.15, €215

One afternoon, 14.00–17.00, €215

Whole day, €495

Private lessons off-piste

One morning, 9.00–13.00, €355

One afternoon, 14.00-17.00, €245

Whole day, €525

Petits Minos (2.5–5 years)

Beginners, maximum 4 per group

Six mornings, Sunday-Friday, 9.00–11.00, €360

Children’s lessons (children 6–12 years)

Three levels, white (beginners), blue and red

Maximum 6 per group

Six mornings, Sunday-Friday, 9.00–13.00, €480

Six afternoons, 14.00–17.00, €320

Teenagers (13–17 years)

For skiers at ease on red runs. Improve technique on all terrain, bumps, snowpark

Maximum 6 per group

Six mornings, Sunday-Friday, 9.00–13.00, €480

Six afternoons, 14.00–17.00, €320

Adults’ lessons

Three levels, white (beginners), blue and red

Maximum 6 per group

Six mornings, Sunday-Friday, 9.00–13.00, €480

Six afternoons, 14.00–17.00, €320

Special ‘White Course’ – for complete beginners

Six mornings, Sunday to Friday, 11.15–13.15, €235

Group off-piste lessons

Maximum 6 per group

Six mornings, Sunday-Friday, €530

Group Security off-piste 14.00-17.00, €65

Snocool

Snocool

Tel: 00 33 479 24 30 94 (from September only)
www.snocool.com email: info@snocool.com (all year)

A young and dynamic team of experienced instructors and guides, passionate about the mountains and snow-sports. Based in Val d’Isère since 1998 and specialising in off-piste guiding, heliski, freestyle coaching and ice-climbing. They also offer on-piste guiding around the Espace Killy pistes. Small groups. Good English. Can arrange meeting points nearer your accommodation or vary guiding times to suit you, on request.

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Children’s lessons

– Kidz 4 (exclusively for 4 year-olds, maximum 4 per class)

Five mornings, Monday-Friday, 9.15-12.00, €340

– Beginners upwards (5-12 years, maximum 6 per class)

– Teenagers’ freeride and freestyle (13-17 years, maximum 6 per class)

Five mornings, Mon-Fri, 9.15-12.00, €285

Five afternoons, Mon-Fri, 14.15-17.00, €285

Private lessons / off-piste guiding

For children starting age 3, and adults

Maximum 8 people to a guide (6 if off-piste)

One hour, 1 person, €55 – add €10 per hour for each extra person
One morning, 9.00-13.00, 1–3 people €260, 4-8 people €290

One afternoon, 13.00-17.00, 1–3 people €220, 4–8 people €240
Full day, 1–3 people €400, 4–8 people €440

Off-piste specialists

Alpine Experience (9)

Alpine Experience

Tel: 00 33 479 06 28 81
Fax: 00 33 479 06 15 27 (Until Dec UK Tel: 01483 892 135)
www.alpineexperience.com email: info@alpineexperience.com

Small school specialising in off-piste and also now offering on-piste and snowboard lessons, with old favourites Wayne, Chris, Henry, Andreas and Thomas. Constructive, careful and fun. Individuals can join groups of similar experience and ability. Off-piste groups for all levels including introduction, as well as heli-skiing and inter-resort trips. Afternoon on-piste technique lessons and off-piste introductory sessions. Day trips on request. Private snowboarding lessons available with Thomas. Prices remain unchanged from last season.

NB minimum 48-hour cancellation for all bookings.

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Off-piste groups (maximum 6 skiers)

One morning, 08.50-13.00, €60

Five consecutive mornings, €275, and €55 per morning after that

One afternoon (off-piste when conditions allow, or technique), 14.00-16.30, €40

Whole day, €85

Private guide/instructor (prices for 1–2 skiers. Add €10 for each additional skier)
One morning, €310
One afternoon, €150
Whole day, €410

Group Lessons (maximum 6 skiers but can take more if all family/friends involved)

Afternoon technique, €40

Top Ski (8)

Top Ski

Tel: 00 33 479 06 14 80 Fax: 00 33 479 06 28 42
www.topski.fr email: info@topski.fr

The oldest off-piste and ski-touring specialist in Val d’Isere, aiming to get everyone onto another level whilst enjoying both the skiing and mountains. Junior freeride groups during school holidays for children 12+ looking for new challenges on and off the slopes and to find skiing friends. Private instructors offering mostly off-piste and a large array of ski touring itineraries for all levels, as well as on-piste over the whole Espace Killy. Heliskiing and inter-resort tours also available. All of TopSki clients are equiped with an ABS airbag, shovel, probe and avalanche beacon included in the price. Bookings can be made via their user-friendly website, or by email/phone. Their office is in the Jack Wolfskin shop in the centre of Val d’Isère. You can hire ski-touring equipment there.

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Off-piste groups (maximum 6 skiers)

Three levels for ski-only (no snowboarders), from introduction to expert

One morning, 9.00–13.00, €70

Three mornings, Sunday-Tuesday or Wednesday-Friday, €195

Five mornings, €300

One day, 9.00-16.30, €90

Junior courses (12-18 years, maximum 6 skiers)
During school holidays, speed, jumps, snowpark, off piste, freeride
Six mornings, Sunday–Friday, 9.00–13.00, €410

Private lessons (for 1-6 people)

On-piste, off-piste, ski touring, snowboarding, telemark

One morning, 9.00–13.00, €290

One day, 9.00-16.30, €410

One afternoon, 14.00-16.30, €170

Five afternoons, €700

Heli-skiing
Espace Killy, Bonneval

from €300 per person per pick-up

Italy, Switzerland, Russia

from €400 per person per drop

Bureau des Guides / Mountain Guide Association (10)

Bureau des Guides / Mountain Guide Association

Tel: Pierre Liotard 00 33 681 71 59 54

www.guides-montagne-valdisere.com

email: pierlio@aol.com

Ten top mountain guides/ski instructors offering off-piste, ski touring, heliski, ice climbing and winter mountaineering. Same price for all activities. Their office is in the Mountain Proshop in the Galerie des Cimes. In the summer they offer mountaineering, rock climbing, trekking, via ferrata and canyoning, with trips all over the world.

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Private lessons

Adults, and children

Half day (4 hours), 1 person, €340

Whole day, 1 person, €420

add €10 for each additional skier, up to 6 in a group

Heliski from €290 per person (group of 4 plus guide)

iSki (7)

iSki

Tel: 00 33 646 18 64 13

http://iski-val.com/iski  email: info@iski-val.com

A close-knit team of 7 experienced instructors and guides who set up iSki in February 2012 to ‘rekindle the club atmosphere’ in their ski school, with the emphasis on shared experience and conviviality. They specialise in off-piste with groups going out every day of the season (if conditions allow) at three levels: introduction, advanced and expert, so single skiers can join groups without having to book a private instructor. They also offer on-piste private lessons and guides. All instructors speak English. Book via their easy-to-use website.

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Off-piste groups

Maximum 6 in a group

Introduction, advanced and expert levels

One morning, 8.50-13.00, €65

Five consecutive mornings, €300

One day, 8.50-16.30, €90

On or off-piste private instructor/mountain guide

Maximum 6 in a group

Ski or snowboard

One morning, 8.50-13.00, €290

One shorter morning, 9.30-12.30, €250

One afternoon, 14.00-17.00, €200

One shorter afternoon (on-piste), 14.30-16.30, €140

One day, 8.50-16.30, €390

Tétra Off-piste

Tétra Off-piste

Tel: 00 33 631 49 92 75
www.tetraski.com

Hard-core off-piste ski school. Private lessons, visits to other resorts, touring trips of one or several days, heli-skiing. Unfussy website with some beautiful photos.

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Off piste
Morning, €350
Afternoon, €220
Whole day, €480

Private lessons on piste (ski and snowboard)

Morning, 9.00-12.00, €290

Long Morning, 9.00-13.00, €320

Afternoon, 13.00-17.00, €220

Whole day, 9.00-17.00, €440

Instructors

Yann Le Bozec (for children - and adults too!)

PRIVATE INSTRUCTOR Yann Le Bozec

Tel: 00 33 664 29 33 44

www.yannvaldisere.com  email: contact@yannvaldisere.com

Independent instructor who is simply brilliant with children and taught our MD Fiona Easdale’s children. Private lessons only, including adults’ ski and snowboard lessons on- and off-piste, ski touring and snowshoe excursions.

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Private lessons

Morning, 9.00–13.00, 1 person, €270 (add around €11 for each extra person)

Afternoon, 14.00–17.00, €150 (add around €7 for each extra person)

One hour at lunchtime, 13.00-14.00, €55 (add around €2 for each extra person)

Whole day, 09.00-17.00, €390 (add around €17 for each extra person)

Mountain Masters - Tansy Bjørklund & Simon McCombe

Private Instructors Mountain Masters

Tel/fax: 00 33 479 06 05 14
www.mountain-masters.com  email: info@mountain-masters.com

Eight British and seven French instructors including well-known British instructors Al, Dave, Mark, Phill, Rupert, Rupert, Simon and Tansy. Enthusiastic personal attention, and great feedback from YSE guests. Very good for older children, slalom, bumps, powder and for those looking for a new approach or less confident skiers on the verge of giving up. Mostly private lessons, though they will put adults’ on- and off-piste groups together if there’s enough demand from people of the same level. No group classes for beginners. Children’s classes only during school holidays if enough demand. Expensive but worth it and must be booked in advance. Video during lessons, watched in a mountain restaurant. Also snowboard, telemark and snowshoeing. Office in Killy Sports in the centre of Val d’Isère, where the ever-efficient Estelle makes a big effort to match each group with just the right instructor.

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Children’s classes (5–17 years, minimum 4, maximum 6 per group)
During school holidays
Six levels: Polar Bear (snowplough), Bronze (blue and some red runs), Silver (red and some black runs), Gold (confident on all pistes), Gold+ (ski parallel on all slopes and improve specifics such as technique, slalom, park), Platinum (designed for teenagers, improve all terrains and off-piste).
Five mornings, Monday to Friday, 9.00–12.45, €425

Option ‘Race’ – five mornings, 9.00–12.45, €475

Off-piste group lessons (maximum 5 people)

Steep and Deep – two-day off-piste course

Ski touring around the Espace Killy, Tarentaise, Sainte Foy, Les Arcs, La Plagne

Freedom discovery – several days off piste, with overnights included

Heli-skiing

Prices on request from Mountain Masters.

Private lessons (maximum 6 people, prices vary according to number in group).
Can offer off-piste, touring, telemark, etc. on request.
Morning 9.00–12.45
1 person, €295
2–3 people, €325
4–6 people, €335

Afternoon 13.45–16.45
1 person, €195
2–3 people, €215
4–6 people, €240

All day 9.00–16.45, includes a lunch stop
1 person, €440
2–3 people, €485
4–6 people, €505

Pierre Liotard (off-piste)

PRIVATE INSTRUCTOR Pierre Liotard

Tel: 00 33 681 71 59 54

email: pierlio@aol.com

Excellent and hugely experienced mountain guide and instructor, specialising in off-piste. A member of the Bureau des Guides, with a range of international instructing qualifications, he has skied and mountaineered all over the world. Off-piste, ski touring (day or multi-day trips), heli-skiing, glacier skiing, ice climbing. You don’t have to be an expert to step off the beaten tracks: Pierre will take solo skiers or groups of families and/or friends, expert or amateur, and build confidence and share his knowledge of the mountains.

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Private lessons

Half day (4 hours), 1 person, €340

Whole day, 1 person, €420

add €10 for each additional skier, up to 6 in a group

Heliski from €290 per person (group of 4 plus guide)

Ski touring programmes and prices on demand (Alps, Norway, Iceland, Greenland, Turkey, Slovenia, South America)

Lolo McCallum (for children, cheaper ESF rates)

PRIVATE INSTRUCTOR Lolo (Laurence) Flechet-McCallum

Tel: 00 33 686 96 06 56

email: lolomccallum@orange.fr

Lolo is a native of Val d’Isère who has taught skiing since 1989, offering private and group lessons for children (from 3 years) and adults. She is a qualified American (PSIA) and French ski instructor. She’s also married to an Englishman so has the advantage of perfect English combined with a profound knowledge of the area, and lessons are fun, informative and tailored to each group or individual. Affiliated to the ESF, prices are the same whether booked directly with Lolo or via the ESF office.

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Private tuition

1-5 people

HS: high season (25-31 Dec 2016 and 5-25 Feb 2017)

LS: low season (the rest of the winter)

Morning, 9.30–12.30, €235 (HS), €221 (LS)

Afternoon, 13.30–17.00, €184 (HS & LS)

Afternoon, 14.30-17.00, €130 (HS & LS)

Whole day, 9.30-17.00, €399 (HS), €375 (LS)

Michelle Le Bel (for children - cheaper ESF rates, offering a sixth lesson free in January when five lessons are booked)

PRIVATE INSTRUCTOR Michelle Le Bel

Tel: 00 33 06 08 73 56 31
www.valdisere-ski.com email: michelle@valdisere-ski.com

Michelle is a qualified instructor and former racer who has lived and taught skiing in Val d’Isère for years, and specialises in private lessons for children from the age of 3. Lessons are geared to the child’s level of skiing, confidence and strength. Up to four children per lesson, she will even take children of different abilities and organise the lesson accordingly. She will meet your child at your chalet if requested. Good, informative website.

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Various levels, all one price:

– Tinies’ Club for tots from 3 years.

– Future Champions for green to black runs

– Champions, racing for children and teenagers

– Rider’s Apprentices, off-piste skiing lessons

– Snowboarder’s Apprentices, snowboard basics for skiers who want to try snowboarding

– Following in the Footsteps of the Dahu – snowshoe hikes

One morning, 4 hours, €291 (low season), €309 (high season)
One morning, 3 hours, €221 (low season), €235 (high season)
One afternoon, 4 hours, €208 (low and high season)
One afternoon, 3 hours, €158 (low and high season)
Full day, €375 (low season), €399 (high season)

Elaine Bunyan (children and adults, cheaper ESF rates)

PRIVATE INSTRUCTOR Elaine Bunyan

Tel: 00 33 06 22 99 42 74
https://m.facebook.com/ElainesEliteCoaching?  email: elaine.bunyan@wanadoo.fr

Elaine is a fully internationally qualified ski coach/instructor, and a Scot who has lived in France for 20 years. She is the only British instructor affiliated to the ESF and speaks fluent French. She teaches all levels with patience and knowledge of the mountains where she also bikes and Nordic walks in the summer. Her ethos is that skiing involves physical, psychological, tactical and technical skills, and she is able to find what mix of these skills you need to improve your skiing. Lessons for children and adults. Prices vary depending on high/low season.

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Private tuition

1-5 people

Morning, 9.30–12.30, from €221 to €271

Morning, 9.30–13.30, from €291 to €356

Afternoon, 13.00–16.30, €208

Whole day, 9.30-17.00, from €375 to €457

Steph Wiehe (Pro-snowboarding)

Pro-snowboarding

Tel: 00 33 632 28 58 03

UK (out of season): 07711 341134 or 01848 330815
www.pro-snowboarding.co.uk  email: enquiries@pro-snowboarding.co.uk

A team of three fully-qualified and experienced British snowboard instructors whose aim is to deliver the best snowboard tuition available. Group and private lessons for all abilities on- and off-piste. They are small enough to be able to tailor lessons to suit the learner, so private lessons are very flexible. Prices are unchanged from last season.

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Group lessons (minimum 3, maximum 6 people)

3 days, (3 hours per day), €190

4 days, €250

5 days, €310

Private lessons

2 hours, €160

3 hours, €220

Full day, €450

For up to 4 people. Add €10 per person per hour for extra people.

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Richard Harrison / Ski Dreams

PRIVATE INSTRUCTOR Richard Harrison

Tel: 00 33 06 11 42 42 89

www.skidreams.eu email: info@skidreams.eu

Richard holds the top French and British ski teaching qualifications, is a former BASI trainer, examiner, FIS racer and coach. He has taught in some of the world’s best ski schools and for the past 24 years he has based himself in Val d’Isère and neighbouring areas. He’s a friendly and enthusiastic teacher, guide and coach with a natural ability to adapt to and inspire skiers of all levels, developing technical skills and building confidence while sharing his infectious passion for skiing and the whole snowy mountain experience. Very patient with nervous beginners, excellent with kids, and he’ll do video analysis and ski photos too.

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Private lessons on-piste

Short morning, 9.00-12.00 or 10.00-13.00, 1 person €260, 2-3 people €280, 4-6 people €310

Morning, 9.00-13.00, 1 person €295, 2-3 people €315, 4-6 people €330

Short afternoon, 14.00-16.00, 1 person €165, 2-3 people €180, 4-6 people €200

Afternoon, 13.30-16.30, 1 person €195, 2-3 people €215, 4-6 people €240

Full day, 9.00-16.30, 1 person €425, 2-3 people €460, 4-6 people €490 (includes a pit stop for lunch)

Private lessons off-piste

Short morning, 9.00-12.00 or 10.00-13.00, 1 person €260, 2-3 people €280, 4-6 people €300

Morning, 9.00-13.00, 1 person €310, 2-3 people €325, 4-6 people €340

Short afternoon, 14.00-16.00, 1 person €175, 2-3 people €190, 4-6 people €205

Afternoon, 13.30-16.30, 1 person €235, 2-3 people €255, 4-6 people €275

Full day, 9.00-16.30, 1 person €450, 2-3 people €475, 4-6 people €500 (includes a pit stop for lunch)

Group lessons off-piste

Three levels: introduction and advanced (max 6 people), expert (max 4 people)

Morning, 9.00-13.00, €65 per person

Afternoon, 13.30-16.30, €50 per person

Full day, 9.00-16.30, €90 per person (includes a pit stop for lunch)

Martin McKay Skiing

PRIVATE INSTRUCTOR Martin McKay Skiing

Tel: 07710 237 094
www.skimckay.com email: info@skimckay.com

Learn to ski with confidence. All-British ski instruction, on and off piste. Learn to ski the pistes from greens, blues, reds and blacks as well as powder snow, moguls and steeper slopes with complete ease.

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Private ski coaching

Morning, 9.00–13.00

1 person, €295

2-3 people, €315

4-6 people, €335

Afternoon, 14.00–16.30

1 person, €245

2-3 people, €255

4–6 people, €265

All day, 9.00-16.30

1 person, €495

2-3 people, €525

4-6 people, €545

Bernard Chesneau / Ski Mastery

PRIVATE INSTRUCTOR Bernard Chesneau / Ski Mastery

Tel: 00 33 (0)6 14 27 15 60
www.ski-mastery.com  email: ski@ski-mastery.com

Bernard Chesneau is a fully bilingual ski coach and author. His view is that private ski coaching is for people who, realising that things in their current form are not working, call forth the expression of everything that is good about themselves, and who know that something better and greater is possible. Further information on the website.

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Private ski coaching

Morning, 9.00-12.45, 1 person €270, 2-4 people €300, 5+ people €325

Afternoon, 13.45-16.30, 1 person €180, 2-4 people €200, 5+ people €220

Full day, 1 person €420, 2-4 people €460, 5+ people €490

Snowboarding

Pro-snowboarding

Pro-snowboarding

Tel: 00 33 632 28 58 03

UK (out of season): 07711 341134 or 01848 330815
www.pro-snowboarding.co.uk  email: enquiries@pro-snowboarding.co.uk

A team of three fully-qualified and experienced British snowboard instructors whose aim is to deliver the best snowboard tuition available. Group and private lessons for all abilities on- and off-piste. They are small enough to be able to tailor lessons to suit the learner, so private lessons are very flexible. Prices are unchanged from last season.

2016-17 DETAILS AND PRICES

Group lessons (minimum 3, maximum 6 people)

3 days, (3 hours per day), €190

4 days, €250

5 days, €310

Private lessons

2 hours, €160

3 hours, €220

Full day, €450

For up to 4 people. Add €10 per person per hour for extra people.

Race training

Stages Mattis (19)

Stages Mattis

Tel: 00 33 479 06 00 72
Fax: 00 33 479 06 25 25
www.stages-mattis.com  email: info@stages-mattis.com

One of the oldest families in Val d’Isère, the Mattis clan has run hotels and businesses including the Mattis ski hire shop since Val d’Isère started as a ski resort. Stages Mattis, formerly known as Val Gliss, has operated for more than 40 years and concentrates on the spirit of competition and fun in skiing, always respecting the mountain. Brand new website gives comprehensive information.

2016–17 DETAILS AND PRICES

Children’s Courses (maximum 8 skiers)
Snowflake to Bronze, Silver, Gold, Competition, and snowboard.

Courses are run during French and British school holidays, Monday to Friday.

Six mornings, 9.00-12.00, €352

Six afternoons, 13.45-16.30, €245

Six full days, €430

Adults’ Courses (maximum 6 skiers)

Off-piste course:

March 13-18, 6 days, €400