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Ski hire

YSE recommends several excellent ski/snowboard hire shops, listed below and marked on the village map at the bottom of this page.

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 (paying a small fortune to your airline). 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.

SNOWBERRY

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

Snowberry has brilliant equipment and service as well as highly trained and hugely experienced English-speaking staff, all available in two shops: Snowberry Streetside shop in the middle of Val d’Isère’s high street, as well as Snowberry Slopeside shop at Rond Point des Pistes.

They have three levels of  hire equipment: Premium Plus, Premium and Premium Eco.

They have the whole range of adult skis and the best range of children’s skis in Val d’Isère – hence their claim to have a ski for every skier’s ability level.

Snowberry have bought hundreds of  pairs of skis, boots, snowboard, poles, helmets and other bits and pieces for the 2021-22 season.

The Slopeside shop will be open with the full range of equipment and services (including transport) from Friday afternoon through to Monday lunchtime but midweek the shop will only be available at restricted times for overnight storage of equipment.

All equipment hired from Snowberry can be stored overnight in either of the shops – Slopeside and Streetside. You can leave your street shoes during the day at either shop regardless of which shop you originally hire from. You can also leave your own boots so long as you have hired skis/boards from Snowberry. They cannot store customer’s own skis and boots – please don’t even ask them to.

The exception to this is guests staying in La Grande Sassière, who will be able to leave their own equipment with Snowberry overnight on a “no liability basis” but they will not be able to take equipment hired from other shops!

Snowberry will continue their wonderful pickup service at the end of your stay. However, your skis, boots, helmets and poles MUST be left in your chalet ski room. Their staff cannot be expected to hunt all over a chalet for equipment. If they cannot find your equipment and you have not called them to explain why it isn’t in the ski room, they may deduct the cost of what is missing from your credit card. Please tell your chalet staff that your hired equipment is all ready for collection in the ski room. This is very important as hours are wasted every week by Snowberry staff searching for equipment in various chalets.

For online booking, go to www.snowberry-valdisere.com and quote the code 112YSE. They currently have a special 30% discount available online. No further YSE discount is available on these prices but still quote the code above. Online advance prices are much lower than renting on the day in either shop. However, saying you are with YSE will give in-shop rental discounts of up to 15% off the Premium public in-shop prices. Rental for durations other than 6 days are shown on the Snowberry website.

2020-21 PRICES

Adult Premium Plus, 6 days

Skis
Specialist/Expert €194.50 (advance online only)
Advanced/Expert €180.50 (advance online only)
Intermediate/Advanced €166.50 (advance online only)

Adult Premium, 6 days

Skis
Specialist/Expert €164.50 (advance online), €199.75 (in shop)
Advanced/Expert €150.50 (advance online), €182.75 (in shop)
Intermediate/Advanced €136.50 (advance online), €165.75 (in shop)
Lower Intermediate €119 (advance online), €144.50 (in shop)
Beginner €105 (advance online), €127.50 (in shop)
Boots €60 (advance online), €67.50 (in shop)

Snowboards
Advanced/Expert Board €150.50 (advance online), €182.75 (in shop)
Beginner/Intermediate Board €119 (advance online), €144.50 (in shop)
Boots €60 (advance online), €67.50 (in shop)

Helmet €24

Adult Premium Eco, 6 days

Skis
Specialist/Expert €134.50 (advance online only)
Advanced/Expert €120.50 (advance online only)
Intermediate/Advanced €106.50 (advance online only)
Lower Intermediate €89 (advance online only)
Beginner €75 (advance online only)
Boots €30 (advance online only)

Snowboards
Advanced/Expert Board €120.50 (advance online only)
Beginner/Intermediate Board €89 (advance online only)
Boots €30

Helmet €24

Junior Premium, 6 days

Skis
Intermediate/Advanced €57.50 (advance online), €97.75 (in shop)
Beginner €42.50 (advance online), €72.75 (in shop)
Boots €31.50 (advance online), €38.25 (in shop)

Snowboard
Board €57.50 (advance online), €97.75 (in shop)
Boots €31.50 (advance online), €38.25 (in shop)

Helmet €12

Junior Premium Eco, 6 days

Skis
Intermediate/Advanced €44 (advance online)
Beginner  €29 (advance online)

Snowboard
Board €44 (advance online)

Boots €18 (advance online only)

MATTIS – INTERSPORT FRONT DE NEIGE

00 33 479 41 13 90
Email: location@intersport-valdisere.com
https://frontdeneige.intersport-valdisere.com/en

The Mattis ski shop, now officially known as Intersport Front de Neige, 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 online, where prices are up to 45% less than the public prices. Beware though – the price you generate initially will automatically include boots. For renting skis only, unclick the ski boot icon. For pre-booking, the prices vary following an algorithm – the sooner you book, the lower they will be! Use the code YSE2020 for online bookings.

Adult Expert skis are guaranteed new each season, while other ranges are at most one year old, except for children’s skis which are used less and hence last longer. A helmet is available with every rental for €18.72 for adults (free for children).

Intersport Front de Neiges is on the Snow Square, on the edge of the nursery slopes, so particularly convenient for Les Chardons and also easy to walk to from most of YSE’s chalets – rather welcome on a Sunday evening when you’ve been sitting down most of the day. The shop opens earlier than other ski shops, and stays open through lunch. The staff are very friendly, and speak English. Customers can leave their skis and boots overnight, with boots placed on a boot warmer. Highly recommended.

2020-21 PRICES

Adult, 6 days
Skis
Intermediate/Discovery, from €73.44 (advance online), €78 (in shop)
Advanced/Perfection, from €93.60 (advance online), €98 (in shop)
Performance/Technique, from €109.08 (advance online), €112 (in shop)
Expert, from €120 (advance online & in shop)

Skis & Boots
Intermediate/Discovery, from €93.60 (advance online), €99 (in shop)
Advanced/Perfection, from €122.40 (advance online), €130 (in shop)
Performance/Technique, from €141.12 (advance online), €142 (in shop)
Expert, from €162 (advance online & in shop)

Snowboard
Intermediate/Discovery, from €93.60 (advance online), €99 (in shop)
Advanced/Perfection, from €109.08 (advance online), €112 (in shop)

Snowboard & Boots
Intermediate/Discovery, from €122.40 (advance online), €130 (in shop)
Advanced/Perfection, from €141.12 (advance online), €142 (in shop)

Helmet €18.72

Junior, 6 days

Skis
Baby 2-5 years, from €26.64 (advance online), €31 (in shop)
Child 6-11 years, from €37.44 (advance online), €47 (in shop)
Champion 6-11 years, from €60.48 (advance online), €61 (in shop)
Teen 12-15 years, from €73.44 (advance online), €72 (in shop)

Skis & Boots
Baby 2-5 years, from €41.04 (advance online), €46 (in shop)
Child 6-11 years, from €58.32 (advance online), €66 (in shop)
Champion 6-11 years, from €81 (advance online), €87 (in shop)
Teen 12-15 years, from €93.60 (advance online), €100 (in shop)

Snowboard
Child 6-11 years, from €60.48 (advance online), €61 (in shop)
Teen 12-15 years, from €93.60 (advance online), €100 (in shop)

Snowboard & Boots
Child 6-11 years, from €81 (advance online), €87 (in shop)
Teen 12-15 years, from €122.40 (advance online), €130 (in shop)

Helmet – free

PRECISION

00 33 479 08 38 01 (Squaw Valley shop)

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

Precision has grown into a massive empire, with over forty shops in a dozen resorts and the largest ski workshop in the Alps. It is less personal than the other shops we recommend, but the service is always friendly.

There are three shops in Val d’Isère: Squaw Valley near the church, La Poudreuse on the road leading up to the Olympique/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. All shops offer a week’s overnight storage for €20.

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 (use code YSE22). The online prices vary depending on the shop and the date of booking, 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. Precision offers breakage, theft and cancellation insurance for 12€ per week. Prices unchanged from last year. General terms and conditions include free cancellation (excluding insurance and booking fee) up to 24 hours before the start of any hire period. Full refunds for COVID related cancellations. All equipment is sprayed with antiviral spray and disinfected at the end of every hire period. Hand gel available in all shops, masks compulsory, 1M distance between each customer.

2021-22 PRICES

Adult, 6 days

Skis/Snowboard
Performance €99 (average online price), €165 (in shop)
Sensation €87 (average online price), €145 (in shop)
Evolution €75 (average online price), €125 (in shop)
Initiation €57 (average online price), €95 (in shop)

Skis/Snowboard & Boots
Performance €132 (average online price), €220 (in shop)
Sensation €120 (average online price), €200 (in shop)
Evolution €108 (average online price), €180 (in shop)
Initiation €90 (average online price), €150 (in shop)

Helmet €15 (average online price), €25 (in shop)

Junior, 6 days

Skis
Performance 12-17 years, €39 (average online price), €65 (in shop)
Sensation 7-12 years, €36 (average online price), €60 (in shop)
Evolution 7-12 years, €30 (average online price), €50 (in shop)
Initiation 3-6 years, €15 (average online price), €25 (in shop)

Skis & Boots
Performance 12-17 years, €72 (average online price), €120 (in shop)
Sensation 7-12 years, €54 (average online price), €90 (in shop)
Evolution 7-12 years, €48 (average online price), €80 (in shop)
Initiation 3-6 years, €33 (average online price), €55 (in shop)

Helmet €15 (average online price), €25 (in shop)

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