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Val d'Isere ski schools
Val d'Isere ski schools
Val d'Isere ski schools

Ski schools in Val d’Isère

We are updating the information on this page for Winter 2017-18 as we receive it from the individual ski schools.

Below are details 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. We give contact details, class sizes and prices (mostly in euros).

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

We are happy to give advice, but the best way to organise suitable instruction is by calling or emailing the ski schools or instructors yourself. They all speak English. During the summer some may not answer the telephone or reply to emails straight away.

LARGE SCHOOLS OFFERING GROUP LESSONS THROUGHOUT THE SEASON

(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

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. Local Australian Nikki Pitts handles British bookings. Book through Nikki online or phone/fax and she will help match you up to a good English-speaking instructor or the right class for your level. Good website. Maximum 8 skiers/snowboarders in adult classes. For juniors there are two price levels with maximum 8 children for their TOP 8 price, or ‘unlimited but never more than 15′ for a lower CLASSIC price – details below. Off-piste, race-training, children’s garden, snowboard, cross-country, ski-biking, snowshoe excursions, etc., all available. English-only lessons available at half term. With the new nursery slopes at the top of Solaise, the ESF offers the discounted beginners’ lift pass 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. Classes marked as running during French school holidays (peak) refer to 23 December 2017-6 January 2018, 10 February-11 March 2018 and 7 April-6 May 2018. Children’s classes will run from Thursday to Tuesday between 20 December 2017 and 7 January 2018, and Monday to Friday at all other times. Adults’ classes are Monday to Friday all season, so adults requiring lessons over Christmas and New Year 2017 can buy individual tickets and join existing classes.

2017-18 DETAILS AND PRICES

4-5 year olds (max 8 children during French school holidays, max 6 children off-peak outside school holidays)

Lessons at the sweet Jardin des Neiges chalets (at the Rond Point or La Daille). Good for very robust children. Timid children can try a single lesson before committing. Also available for 3-year olds outside school holidays (off-peak), and 3.5-year olds during school holidays, space permitting.

Try-out short morning, 9.30-11.30, €47
Morning, 9.30-12.30, €56
Afternoon, 14.00-17.00, during school holidays €51, off-peak €43
Day, 9.30-12.30 and 14.00-17.00, during school holidays €91, off-peak €83
Five mornings, Monday to Friday (or Tuesday to Thursday over Christmas and New Year) €269
Five afternoons, during school holidays €245, off-peak €207
Five days, during school holidays €437, off-peak €399

Children’s Classes

Beginner and Flocon Levels (max 8 children during French school holidays, max 6 children off-peak outside school holidays)

Morning, €56
Afternoon, during school holidays €51, off-peak €43
Day, during school holidays €91, off-peak €83
Five mornings, Monday to Friday (or Tuesday to Thursday over Christmas and New Year) €269
Five afternoons, during school holidays €245, off-peak €207
Five days, during school holidays €437, off-peak €326

1st Star to Competition Level ‘TOP 8’ Classes (max 8 children all season)

Morning, during school holidays €56, off-peak €46
Afternoon, during school holidays €51, off-peak €35
Day, during school holidays €91, off-peak €68
Five mornings, Monday to Friday (or Tuesday to Thursday over Christmas and New Year) during school holidays €269, off-peak €221
Five afternoons, during school holidays €245, off-peak €168
Five days, during school holidays €437, off-peak €326

1st Star to Competition Level ‘CLASSIC’ Classes (unlimited)

Morning, €36
Afternoon, €32
Day, €57
Five mornings, Monday to Friday (or Tuesday to Thursday over Christmas and New Year) €173
Five afternoons, €153
Five days, €273

Adults’ Classes and teens aged 13+ (maximum 10 in the morning during school holidays, 8 in the afternoon during school holidays, maximum 6 outside school holidays)

Morning, €56
Afternoon, during school holidays €51, off-peak €43
Day, during school holidays €91, off-peak €83
Five mornings, Monday to Friday, during school holidays €269
Five afternoons, during school holidays €245, off-peak €207
Five days, during school holidays €437, off-peak €399

Snowboard Classes – Adult and Children (maximum 10 in the morning during school holidays, 8 in the afternoon during school holidays, maximum 6 outside school holidays)

Morning, €56
Afternoon, during school holidays €51, off-peak €43
Day, during school holidays €91, off-peak €83
Five mornings, Monday to Friday, during school holidays €269
Five afternoons, during school holidays €245, off-peak €207
Five days, during school holidays €437, off-peak €399

Snowshoe Excursions

Meet at the Val Village ESF office.

One afternoon, 14.00-17.00, during school holidays €42, off-peak €36
Five afternoons, during school holidays €203, off-peak €175
NB 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, €76
Three mornings, €215
Six mornings, €388

Private Lessons (1–5 people)

Morning, 9.30-12.30, during school holidays from €245, off-peak €230
Morning, 9.00-13.00, 9.30-13.30 or 10.00-14.00, during school holidays from €321, off-peak €302
Lunchtime, 13.00-14.00, €51
Lunchtime, 13.30-14.30, €75 (available only outside school holidays)
Afternoon, 13.00-17.00, €216
Afternoon, 14.30-17.00, €135

Oxygène (60)

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 is renowned for teaching British children in the Alps and is now the second-largest ski school in Val d’Isère. Children’s ‘Magic Fun Factory’ group lessons begin from 3 years up to 12, with a maximum of six children per class. Lessons are run exclusively in English. Group lessons are also available for adults (from 13+) skiers and snowboarders, beginners to experts. Also private lessons on-piste, snowboard, cross country, telemark, off-piste. With the installation of the new nursery slopes at the top of Solaise, Oxygène offer a discounted beginner lift pass as part of their ski school group lesson beginner package for adults and children – ask them 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 equipment-hire prices. 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 and skidoo.

High season weeks are: 17 December 2017-13 January 2018; 11 February-3 March 2018; 25 March – 14 April 2018. All other dates are counted as ‘standard’ season.

With the odd Christmas and New Year dates this winter Oxygène will be offering lessons starting every day from 16 December 2017 to 6 January 2018.

2017-18 DETAILS AND PRICES

Magic Fun Factory children’s classes (3 yrs to teens)

Snowbears (3-4 years, max 3 in a class)
Five mornings, Mon-Fri, 9.00-10.30 or 10.30-12.00, standard €319, high season €365.

All levels (4-12 years, max 6 in a class)
Five mornings, Mon–Fri, 9.00–12.00, standard €319, high season €365
Five afternoons, Mon–Fri, 14.00–17.00, standard €319, high season €365
Five full days, Mon-Fri, 9.00-12.00 & 14.00–17.00, standard €429, high season €529
Supervised lunch club €31 per day, €149 5 days

Teenager clinic (13–18 years, max 8 per group)
For confident/experienced teenagers
Three afternoons, Mon/Wed/Fri, 14.00-17.00, €189 all season

Pro-rider (from 12 years+, max 8 per group)
Five mornings, Mon–Fri, 9.00–12.00, standard €319, high season €365
Five afternoons, Mon–Fri, 14.00–17.00, standard €319, high season €365

Adults’ classes (from 13 years, max 6 per group)

Beginners
Five mornings+, Mon–Fri, 9.00–12.00 plus Monday afternoon, 15.00–17.00, standard €265, high season €285

All other levels
Five mornings, Mon-Fri, 9.00–12.00, standard €245, high season €265

Ladies Only
Three afternoons, Tue/Wed/Thur, 14.00-17.00, max 6 per group, €189 all season

Introduction to off-piste (max 6 per group)
Five mornings, 9.00-13.00, €375 all season
One morning, €85

Steep & Deep off-piste
Five mornings, Mon-Fri, 9.00-13.00, max 6 per group, €375
One morning, €83

Private lessons – ski, snowboard, telemark

Two-hour afternoon (1-2 people), 12.00-14.00, standard €142, high season €150
Three-hour afternoon (1-2 people), 12.00–15.00 or 14.00-17.00, standard €213, high season €225
Three-hour morning (1-3 people), 9.00-12.00 or 9.30-12.30, standard €239, high season €255
Four-hour morning (1-3 people), 9.00–13.00, standard €319, high season €340
Add €10-€20 per extra person

Adaptive ski lessons

One-to-one instructions and equipment, ski or Sit-Ski
Two hours, 12.00–14.00 or 15.00-17.00, standard €162, high season €170

Evolution 2 (37)

Evolution 2

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

www.evolution2-valdisere.com  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. With the new nursery slopes at the top of Solaise, Evolution 2 offer the discounted beginners’ lift pass 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.

2017-18 DETAILS AND PRICES

Children’s classes (Monday to Friday) 

– Panda, beginners aged 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, €290
Five afternoons, 14.00-17.00, €270

– Petit Yeti, beginners aged 5-13 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, all types of terrain, on and off piste

– Competition for better skiers 10–14 yrs, maximum 8 in a group, concentrating on ski racing

– Teen Extreme  for advanced skiers 14–18 yrs, maximum 6 in a group, off-piste technique, mountain safety and awareness

Five mornings, 9.00–12.00, €260
Five afternoons, 14.00–17.00, €215
Children’s Lunch Club, with supervision from 12.00 to 14.00, €30 per day, or five days €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, maximum 8 in a group

– Learn 2 Turn, total beginners

– Perfecting Parallels, improvers, three levels green to red

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

Five mornings, 9.00–12.00, €230
Five afternoons, 14.00–17.00, €195

Check-up clinic, maximum 8 per group, intermediate blue to red level

Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday, 09.00-12.00 or 14.00-17.00, €205

Snowboard group lessons (adults and children)

Three levels, maximum 8 per group

Rookie, beginner
Improver, intermediate
Switch, advanced 

Five mornings, Mon-Fri, 9.00–12.00, €220
Five afternoons, Mon-Fri, 14.00–17.00, €190

Off-Piste (maximum 6 per group)

All sessions 09.00-12.00 or 14.00-17.00
One session, €80
Two sessions, €155
Three sessions, £225
Off-piste private lesson, 1-6 skiers, 3 hrs €209 (school holidays €235), 4 hrs €275, full day (8 hours) €409
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, €65
3-4 people, 1 hour, €70
5-6 people, 1 hour, €75
1-6 people, 3 hours during holiday periods, 09.00-12.00 or 14.00-17.00, €225
1-6 people, full day, €420

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.

2017-18 DETAILS AND PRICES

Children’s group lessons (4.5–12 years)

Minimum 4, maximum 8 per group (maximum 6 in beginners’ lessons)
Five mornings, Mon–Fri, 9.00–13.00, €439
Afternoon continuation, 13.00-16.30 €259 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, 9.00-13.00, €87

Teen group lessons (13–18 years)

Minimum 4, maximum 8 per group
Intermediate upwards
Five mornings, Mon–Fri, 9.00–13.00, €439

Adult group lessons

Minimum 2, maximum 4 per group
– Beginner and early intermediate. DVD to take home.
Five mornings, Mon-Fri, 9.00–12.00, €399
– Clinics for intermediate and above
Three mornings, Mon-Wed, 9.00-12.00, €249

Snowboard beginners
Minimum 2, maximum 4 per group
Three mornings, Mon-Wed, 9.00-12.00, €249

Clinics
– Technical clinic: a one-off ski session on carving, racing, bumps, snowboarding, telemark, etc.
– Taster clinic: a one-off snowboard or telemark session
3-hours, 3-6 people, €80 per person

Off-piste clinics

– Introduction to Off-piste
Minimum 3, maximum 6 per group
Three mornings, Mon-Wed, 9.00-12.00, €225

– Off-piste Clinic
Minimum 2, maximum 4 per group
Three mornings, Mon-Wed, 9.00-13.00, €329

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, €284
3.5 hours, €332
4 hours, €379
All day, low/mid season €539, high season €629

Private lessons

Ski, snowboard, telemark
One price regardless of how many people
3 hours, €254 (afternoons €229)
3.5 hours, €296
4 hours, €339
All day, low/mid season €509, high season €589

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.

2017-18 DETAILS AND PRICES

Children’s group lessons (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 fun off-piste).

Five mornings, 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).
For skiing and snowboarding. Off-piste, touring, telemark lessons 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 (16)

The Development Centre

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

16 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.

2017-18 DETAILS AND PRICES

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, €375 per person
Three half days according to availability, €235

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, €235 per person

Off-piste clinics (3-6 skiers)

Introduction and Adventure levels, safety equipment provided

Three half days, 9.00-12.00 or 13.00-16.00, €235 per person

Private lessons

Beginner to advanced, on- or off-piste, children and adults

Three hours, 9.00-12.00 or 13.00-16.00
1–2 people, €235
3–4 people, €260
5–6 people, €285
All day, 9.00-17.00, 1–6 people, €540

“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: 01462 674 000
France +33 479 01 03 18
www.skinewgen.com  email: info@skinewgen.com

Well-organised and friendly 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 including their Pro-Ride group for advanced teen skiers and a new Backcountry option for advanced adult skiers or boarders. Also private lessons on- and off-piste. Children’s morning lessons during school holidays. Children’s lessons over Christmas and New Year run from Thursday to Tuesday, and adult lessons for 3 days for maximum flexibility.

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

2017–18 DETAILS AND PRICES

Children’s Lessons

Whippersnappers, 4–5 years
All other children’s groups, 5-17 years

– Non peak weeks
All children’s groups including Whippersnappers (2-8 children per group)
Five lessons, Monday-Friday, 9.00-11.00 or 11.30-13.30, €250

– Christmas & New Year
Whippersnappers (2-6 per group)
All other levels (2-8 per group)
Six lessons, Thursday-Tuesday, 9.00-12.00, €399

– February Half Term & Easter
Whippersnappers (2-6 per group)
Five lessons, Monday-Friday, 11.30-13.30, €250

All other levels (2-8 per group)
Five lessons, Monday-Friday, 9.00-13.30, €449

Adults’ Group Lessons

Ski or snowboard, age 13+ (2-8 per group)

– Non peak weeks
Five lessons, Monday-Friday, 9.00-11.00 or 11.30-13.30, €199

– Christmas & New Year
Three lessons, Thursday-Saturday, 9.00-12.00, €199

– February Half Term & Easter
Five lessons, Monday-Friday, 9.15-11.15 or 11.30-13.30, €219

Explorer Guiding

For advanced skiers/boarders. Discover the best of the area. Expert local knowledge and ski tips from fully-qualified instructors. On or off-piste. Ski and snowboard.
For 3-6 people, 4 hours, 9.00/9.15 start, €99

Technical Clinics

For advanced skiers/boarders. To refresh and develop skills with more focused sessions during the week (2-6 per group).
Mon, Wed & Fri, 11.30-13.30 or 14.00-16.00, €149

Backcountry Skills

For advanced skiers/boarders. Two sessions to develop new skills and put them into practice (2-6 per group).
Day 1: 14.00-16.00, Day 2: 9.00-13.00, €149

Private Lessons

On or off-piste. Ski and snowboard.

– Non Peak Weeks, Christmas & New Year
Two hours, 1–2 people, €170
Three hours, 1–2 people, €245
Four hours, 1-2 people, €320
(add €10 per hour for each additional person)

Full day, 6 hours, 1–3 people, €460
(add €50 for each additional person)

– February Half Term & Easter
Two hours, 1–2 people, €190
Three hours, 1–2 people, €275
Four hours, 1-2 people, €360
(add €10 per hour for each additional person)

Full day, 7 hours, maximum 6 people, €750

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 16 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.

2017-18 DETAILS AND PRICES

Children’s classes

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

Level 1 Beginner and Level 2 Intermediate:
Five 2-hour lessons, £285 (during school holidays)
NB for beginners under 7, 1:1 tuition only, £78 per hour

All other Levels:
Five 3-hour lessons, £325 (during school holidays)
Available outside school holidays on request.

Adults’ classes

Five levels: Beginner, Confidence, Intermediate Improver, Technique & Tactics, Performance. Maximum 4 per group.
Three 2-hour sessions, £205
Four 2-hour sessions, £265
Five 2-hour sessions, £325

– also, for Technique & Tactics and Performance only:
Two 3-hour sessions, £205
Three 3-hour sessions, £295

Private lessons

1-2 people:
2 hours, during school holidays £177, outside school holidays £164
2.5 hours, £220 / £205
3 hours, £265 / £246
3-4 people: £10 per hour extra
5-6 people: £15 per hour extra

Private Guide, on- or off-piste, £88 per hour for up to 4 people

BASS Freeride off-piste course

For those who can ski black runs
3 half days, Mon-Wed, 9.00-12.00, £300

Snowboarding

Not available.

Montana

Montana

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

New ski school (and bespoke real estate office) under the direction of Vincent Robert who has instructed on- and off-piste in Val d’Isère for 19 years, 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.

2017-18 DETAILS AND PRICES

Private lessons
Morning, 09.00–13.00, €330
Afternoon, 13.30–16.30, €220
Whole day, €440

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 and 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.

2017–18 DETAILS AND PRICES

Private lessons

Morning, 9.00–13.00, €325
Afternoon, 14.00–17.00, €215
Whole day, €495

Private lessons off-piste

Morning, 9.00–13.00, €355
Whole day, €525

Children’s group lessons

‘Petits Minos’ (2.5–5 years)
Beginners, maximum 4 per group
Six mornings, Sunday-Friday, 9.00–11.00, €360

Children 6–12 years, three levels, white (beginners), blue and red
and Teenagers at ease on red runs wanting to improve technique on all terrain, bumps, snowpark, etc.
Maximum 6 per group
Six mornings, Sunday-Friday, 9.00–13.00, €480
Six afternoons, 14.00–17.00, €320

Adults’ group 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

Experienced black run skiers, maximum 6 per group
Six mornings, Sunday-Friday, 9.00-13.00, €530
Group off-piste security lesson, 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, €375

Classic 6 (5-12 years, beginner and intermediate, maximum 6 per class)
and Pop 6 (11-17 years, good skiers, maximum 6 per class)
Five mornings, Mon-Fri, 9.15-12.00, €290
Five afternoons, Mon-Fri, 14.15-17.00, €290

Private lessons / off-piste guiding

For children starting age 3, and adults
Maximum 8 people to a guide (maximum 6 for off-piste)

Half hour, for 3 year-olds, 1 person, €40
Two hours, 1 person, €130 – add €10 per hour for each extra person
Three hours, 1 person, €195 – add €10 per hour for each extra person
Morning, 9.00-13.00, 1–3 people €300, 4-8 people €340
Mid-morning, 10.00-14.00, 1-8 people €380
Afternoon, 13.00-17.00, 1–3 people €240, 4–8 people €280
Full day, 1–3 people €450, 4–8 people €550

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. Day trips on request. Private snowboarding lessons available with Thomas.

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Off-piste groups

Maximum 6 skiers
Morning, 08.50-13.00, €65
Five consecutive mornings, €300, and €60 per morning after that
Whole day, €90

Private guide/instructor

Morning, €320
Afternoon, €150
For 1–2 skiers. Add €10 for each additional skier
Whole day, €420

Top Ski (8)

Top Ski

Tel: 00 33 479 06 14 80 or UK mobile 07968 732 115
www.topski.fr email: info@topski.fr

The oldest off-piste and ski-touring specialist in Val d’Isere, aiming to get everyone to another level while enjoying both the skiing and mountains. Off-piste groups for individuals to book into are for full day trips only, though they will try and pool those who want to share an off-piste morning with other people if possible. Private instructors offer on- and off-piste and a large array of ski touring itineraries for all levels. Heliskiing and inter-resort tours also available. ABS airbag, shovel, probe and avalanche beacon included in the price. Bookings can be made via their 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
Whole day, 9.00-16.30, €125
Three days, €375

Junior freeride (12-18 years, maximum 6 skiers)

During school holidays, speed, jumps, snowpark, off piste
Six days, Sunday–Friday, 9.00–16.30, €600

Private lessons (for 1-6 people)

On-piste, off-piste, ski touring, snowboard, telemark
Morning, 9.00–13.00, €310
Whole day, 9.00-16.30, €420
Afternoon, 14.00-16.30, €170

Heli-skiing

Espace Killy, Bonneval
from €320 per person with helicopter pick up

Ruitor Glacier to Sainte Foy
from €440 per person per drop

Valgrisenche, Italy (2 drops)
from €680 per person

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, snowshoe, ice climbing and winter mountaineering. 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 off-piste

Adults, and children from 14 years
Half day (4 hours), 1-6 people, from €300
Whole day, 1-6 people, from €400

Ski Safari Haute-Tarentaise

Six days off-piste (for good skiers with a high level of fitness)
Monday-Saturday, from €1050 per person (minimum 2 people)

Heliski
From €265 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 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- and off-piste private lessons and guides. All instructors speak English. Book via their easy-to-use website.

2017–18 DETAILS AND PRICES

Off-piste groups

Maximum 6 in a group
Introduction, advanced and expert levels
Morning, 8.50-12.50, €65
Five consecutive mornings, €300
Whole day, 8.50-16.30, €90

On or off-piste private lessons

Maximum 6 in a group
Ski or snowboard
Morning, 8.50-12.50, €295
Short morning, 9.30-12.30, €250
Afternoon, 14.00-17.00, €200
Short afternoon (on-piste only), 14.30-16.30, €140
Whole day, 8.50-16.30, €410

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.

2017–18 DETAILS AND PRICES

Off piste
Morning, €350
Afternoon, €250
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, €290 (add around €12 for each extra person)
Afternoon, 14.00–17.00, €160 (add around €8 for each extra person)
One hour at lunchtime, 13.00-14.00, €60 (add around €3 for each extra person)
Whole day, 09.00-17.00, €390 (add around €18 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 group lessons (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 fun off-piste).

Five mornings, 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).
For skiing and snowboarding. Off-piste, touring, telemark lessons 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), 1-6 people, from €300

Whole day, 1-6 people, from €400

Heliski from €265 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, €245 (HS), €230 (LS)
Afternoon, 13.30–17.00, €216 (HS & LS)
Afternoon, 14.30-17.00, €135 (HS & LS)
Whole day, 9.30-17.00, €410 (HS), €385 (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 have a go

– Following in the Footsteps of the Dahu – snowshoe hikes

One morning, 4 hours, €302 (low season), €321 (high season)
One morning, 3 hours, €230 (low season), €245 (high season)
One afternoon, 4 hours, €216 (low and high season)
One afternoon, 3 hours, €165 (low and high season)
Full day, €390 (low season), €415 (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 from absolute beginners to the most advanced rider. 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.

2017-18 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.

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.

2017–18 DETAILS AND PRICES

Private lessons on-piste

Short morning, 9.00-12.00, 1 person €240, 2-3 people €260, 4-6 people €280
Morning, 9.00-13.00, 1 person €295, 2-3 people €315, 4-6 people €335
Short afternoon, 13.45-15.45, 1 person €170, 2-3 people €190, 4-6 people €210
Afternoon, 13.45-16.45, 1 person €220, 2-3 people €240, 4-6 people €260
Full day, 9.00-16.45, 1 person €470, 2-3 people €490, 4-6 people €510 (includes a pit stop for lunch)

Private lessons off-piste

Short morning, 9.00-12.00 or 10.00-13.00, 1 person €250, 2-3 people €270, 4-6 people €290
Morning, 9.00-13.00, 1 person €310, 2-3 people €330, 4-6 people €350
Short afternoon, 13.45-15.45, 1 person €180, 2-3 people €200, 4-6 people €220
Afternoon, 13.45-16.45, 1 person €230, 2-3 people €250, 4-6 people €270
Full day, 9.00-16.45, 1 person €490, 2-3 people €510, 4-6 people €530 (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, 13.45-16.45, €55 per person
Full day, 9.00-16.45, €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. The prices below are in sterling though payment can be made in euros if preferred. YSE guests receive 10% off these rates – just quote YSE.

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Private ski coaching

Morning, 9.00–12.30, £327

Afternoon, 13.30–16.30, £327

All day, 9.00-16.30, £597

“Game Changer”
Six days, 9.00-16.15, £3000 (save £582).

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 €280, 2-4 people €320, 5+ people €340
Afternoon, 13.45-16.30, 1 person €200, 2-4 people €220, 5+ people €240
Full day, 1 person €440, 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.

2017-18 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.

2017–18 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
Five mornings, 9.00-12.00, €314
Five afternoons, 13.45-16.30, €219
Five full days, €384

Freeski, for good skiers
During French and British school holidays
Five mornings, 9.00-13.00, €320
Five afternoons, 14.15-16.45, €210
Five full days, €390

Adults’ courses (maximum 6 skiers)

Off-piste courses during selected weeks in January, February and March
6 days, €775