Ski hire in Val d’Isère, France
We thoroughly recommend renting equipment rather than buying your own. That way you are guaranteed up-to-date skis or boards, rather than your own rapidly ageing ones. They will be waiting for you, edged and waxed, in the resort, and you won’t have to drag them from home - the YSE flight carries equipment without charging but most airlines and tour operators are not so kind. And if you want to change equipment mid-week - if there’s fresh powder, for example - that’s no problem.
Boots are a different matter. Our directors have their own boots but rent skis, but it is incredibly hard to choose the perfect boot. They come in all different shapes, as do our feet, and shops will sell you what they have in stock. Some boots are very hard, some very supple. Racers need foot-numbingly tight shells, but the rest of us benefit more from being warm and comfortable.
If you do want to buy boots, do so in the resort. You'll probably need something altered after a day or two’s skiing, and if you’ve bought the boots at home the resort shops will charge for this, whereas if you’ve bought the boots from them they won’t. But hire a few different pairs of boots before you purchase. You may be surprised how much better you ski in one make than another.
YSE recommends several excellent shops, listed below, all of which have a variety of prices depending on the calibre of the equipment you hire. Several of these shops take online bookings, which will sometimes get you a better price, but, confusingly, sometimes won't. Precision’s very lowest price is for beginners’ skis rented on the spot, while Snowberry’s Economy price is only available if pre-booked online.
There are also shops that send a van full of skis to your chalet. Chalet-fitting sounds great, but the choice of equipment is necessarily limited, and some of the party will probably end up with the wrong skis, boards, boots or poles. It’s aimed at celebs who can’t ski and would rather risk getting unsuitable equipment than being spotted by the paparazzi, but isn’t great for the rest of us.
Below are our recommended ski shops' rates.
The prices shown are for skis, boots and poles for six days for
YSE guests only. They include insurance for loss, theft, breakage or
irreparable damage, but please note excesses can be quite high. We will give you more details and useful recent
feedback on the transfer bus on your way to Val d’Isère.
WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND THAT YOU PRE-BOOK EQUIPMENT, INCLUDING HELMETS, FOR ANY 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, just 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
|Snowberry Premium (New)*
|Snowberry Economy (Year Old)
Mattis, Precision & Snowberry offer free ski delivery and collection.
*While there are cheaper options, Snowberry is the only shop we know which guarantees that all Premium skis are new this season (and even Economy skis no more than one season old), takes obsessive care with boot fitting, has a fleet of vehicles to ferry guests to and from their chalet, collects skis from the chalet at the end of the week so guests don't have to return them, looks after equipment overnight and shoes by day, and is staffed entirely by English-speakers (plus a handful of Scots).
00 33 479 06 03 87
In the tall white Portillo building near Le Crêt, close to our
chalets Bozzetto, La Grande Sassière, La Maison du Rocher, Le Vieux Crêt
and La Croix. A
small, very personal shop. No minibus service, but easy to walk from
Bozzetto, and YSE's Land Rover can
take you to and from the other chalets mentioned here. 'Baby' skis and boots are €33, 'Junior' skis and boots €53, snowboard pack €128.
00 33 479 41 13 90
In the skiing epi-centre of the resort, on the ‘front de neige’ at
the foot of the nursery slopes in the Grand Paradis building – Mattis
the longest-established of all our recommended ski shops. Providing the
best-prepared skis in town has long been their raison d’être, and a state-of-the-art machine in their sizeable workshop helps them to realise
this boast. There’s a
minibus service for driving passengers and
equipment back to their accommodation, which the staff in your chalet can organise. Best of all is the
delightful welcome from Marie and Mimi as you enter the shop. 2016-17 adult prices, which are 45% less than the public prices, are in the grid above, and in order to benefit from these prices you must pre-book on-line using the code YSE2017. Insurance is included but not against loss (though theft is covered). Children's discounted rates are €36 for 'baby' skis and boots (2-5 years incl.); €55 for 'enfant' (6-11 years incl.), €70 for 'champion' (6-11 advanced); €99 for 'junior' (12-15 yrs, with a maximum ski length of 1m55). Helmets are free to anyone aged 11 or under, or €16.50 to hire for 12+.
00 33 458 00 11 99 (Iseran shop) or 00 33 479 08 38 01 (Squaw Valley shop)
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Several shops in the centre of Val d'Isère, highly convenient for YSE guests. The Iseran store is near the bus station, the Squaw Valley store is 50m from our chalet Squaw Valley, close to the church, and has a boot-fitting service. They also run the Ski Republic stores at Portillo, Rond-point and Val Village with the same terms for YSE guests. YSE guests get 10% off the public prices when hiring in the resort, and there are often better discounts when booking on-line in advance using the code YSE2017. The discounts vary depending on stock and demand so the prices given are just a guide, but the sooner you book the less you pay. Overnight storage and one mid-week equipment change (for a powder day or a snowboard lesson, for example, depending on stock) is free of charge for YSE guests. Helments are not included in the hire prices. Insurance is also on top: €2.90 per day per set of skis or board. 10% discount off all retail purchases in their shops. Precision stores do a free minibus service to and from your chalet. They will pick up equipment at the end of the week - must be arranged in advance. Ski Republic stores offer their minibus to the 'satellite' areas of Val d'Isère only.
00 33 479 41 10 61
has brilliant equipment and service, highly trained staff, and a minibus
service to ferry you
home. Their range includes not just the categories listed in our price grid above but
actually nine levels of skis including the very best equipment: Expert and Test right at the top. Hence
their claim to have a ski for every skier-type and the best range of
children's skis in Val d'Isère! Snowberry now have a full online booking system, go to www.snowberry-valdisere.com and quote partner code 71AYSE to activate the special YSE discounted rates, up to 44% lower than the public prices.
They buy over 800 pairs of skis a year, over 80 different models at all levels from beginner to test, and this new equipment is their 'Premium' range, while the 'Economy' range uses last season's equipment for a lower price and is only available if you pre-book in advance online. You can leave skis
and boots with the shop overnight and just walk back to your chalet in
your own shoes - particularly useful for Gnellets and La