If you don’t have your own equipment, we recommend you buy your own boots but continue to hire
skis. By renting, you can choose skis for the
snow conditions, and swap mid-week if things change. You always have the
latest models, while your own will soon be outdated. They are waxed and
sharpened when you arrive, and you don't have to transport them to and
from the Alps. We don’t charge for ski carriage, but we can’t say the
same for some of our competitors! If you want to buy boots, they are
best bought mid-week and custom-fitted over two or three days.
Don’t hire in Britain, hire in Val d’Isère. It has some of the
best wintersports shops in Europe, and equipment tends to be similarly-priced as in the UK, but better.
YSE guests have a tendency to be independent-minded, so we have
simply negotiated the best possible rates at the following shops,
listed alphabetically, for you to choose between. See below for contact
information and location.
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. There will be 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 that 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
|La Poudreuse – Intersport La Daille
(Mattis & Snowberry offer free ski delivery and collection.)
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.
LA POUDREUSE – Intersport (La Daille)
00 33 479 06 03 10
In the La Daille shopping arcade, a short walk or ski across the OK from our Chalets
des Neiges, Pentes and Pistes, and also good for La Maison du Rocher, Le Vieux
Crêt, La Croix and the
Sassière chalets using their own Land Rover service. Very modern, spacious ski and boot hire area. Good and extensive, mostly new selection
of skis and boots. Seldom crowded and open all day. Charming English
speaking staff. No transport, so you have to carry your kit on your first and
last evenings. On the other hand, with their door giving directly onto
the piste, if you do need to make any changes during the week you can
simply ski straight to the shop from your chalet or from the ski runs.
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 Intersport is
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
brand new machine in their sizeable workshop helps them to realise
this boast, and their skis really are a cut above the rest. There’s a minibus service for driving passengers and
equipment back to their accommodation, but as they're in the village centre, walking (quite pleasant after your five hour journey from Gatwick), or using the resort buses, are easy. Best of all is the delightful welcome from Marie and Mimi as you enter the shop. Great service, great location.
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 four categories listed above but actually seven levels of skis, including their 'Budget Performance' which are more advanced skis than the basic budget ones but still at a low price, and two extra levels of top equipment: Expert and Test. Hence their claim to have a ski for every skier-type and the best range of children's skis in Val d'Isere! Go online for a booking form which you email to the shop quoting the YSE promotional code YSE14 for special YSE
discounted prices, which are not shown on their comprehensive price list but which will apply when you pay in Val d'Isère. All the Premium equipment is 100% new, while the Economy and Budget ranges use re-conditioned equipment (one or two years old) from
€37.50 for a pair of two-year old skis, and €12 for boots which aren't even that old, but which must be booked in advance. You can leave skis and boots with the shop overnight and just walk back to your chalet in your own shoes - particularly useful for Chez Savoy, Gnellets and La Moraine.
ISERAN SPORT 2000
00 33 479 06 26 08
Opposite Juniper, Jasmine and Jacaranda, a small shop with
similar equipment and the same range of prices as the bigger shops, and
friendly service. No minibus needed as you can just walk back to those
chalets, with the advantage that any changes you want to make during the
week take place close to home.