3-year olds


Whilst 2-year olds can't do much more than slide around a little on the nursery slopes, their 4-year old brothers and sisters can join ski school classes. In between are 3-year olds, who can sometimes join classes, although we probably wouldn't really recommend it.

Please see our Childcare page for a full list of childcare companies in Val d'Isère.


If you would like to try your 3-year old on skis, the options are:

1) take the child to the ESF for a two-hour test lesson from 10.30-12.30 for €43. If the instructor thinks the child is up to it, he or she will be accepted into their children's gardens (Jardins des Neiges), which they advertise as being for 4-5 year olds. The ESF has one on the nursery slopes, and another at La Daille, but classes can go up to 6 children per instructor, or 8 during French school holidays. The prices are listed on the ESF page on this website, but you can spend up to €25 per hour for an eighth of an instructor. Private lessons on the other hand, which cost between €46 and €70 per hour, depending upon time, date and demand, sound like a better investment. Lunchtime is the cheapest time.


2) Oxygène offers 90-minute lessons for a maximum of three 3-year olds, 9.00-10.30 or 10.30-12.00, Monday-Friday for €345 for five days. That comes out to about €46 per hour. For just €60 per hour (low season) they can give private two-hour lessons normally over lunchtime (the ideal time because the slopes are emptier) or in the afternoon.

3) Evolution2 do not accept 3-year olds in group lessons, but give private lessons over lunch or in the afternoon for €50 per hour. If you manage to get Valérie or someone like her your child will enjoy his or her holiday as much as you do, and probably end up skiing better than you!


4) take a private lesson with one of the boutique ski schools, where you are very likely to have a British instructor whom the child will probably understand more easily, or a freelance private instructor specialising in teaching children. Mountain Masters, subject of course to availability, offer one or two-hour private lessons, normally in the afternoon, at €60 per hour. Tansy is absolutely brilliant with small children. The Development Centre (TDC) offer three-hour private lessons for €225. Progression recommend booking an instructor between several of you (€235 for three hours) and allowing the child to take as much of the lesson as he or she wants, and New Generation offer two hours for €169. Yann Le Bozec is a one-man ski school who is also brilliant at teaching children. An hour's private lesson for one person at lunchtime costs €50. 


YSE child discount: 

Children aged 2-12: £50 off per week in standard beds.