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Val d'Isere ski schools

Ski schools in Val d’Isère

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). We are updating details and prices for Winter 2019-20 as we receive them from the ski schools, but even last year’s information will give a good indication of what each school offers.

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 FRANCAIS

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 Brit Katie handles British bookings. Book through Katie 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. For juniors there are 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 improved nursery slopes at the top of Solaise, the ESF offers the discounted beginners’ 6-day lift pass costing €148 (€133 before 12 Dec), for beginners who book 5 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. Prices for dates outside the French school holidays are marked ‘low’. Prices for school holidays 22-28 December 2019, 1-7 March and 5 April-3 May 2020 are marked ‘mid’, and prices for New Year (29 December-4 January) and Half Term (9-29 February 2020) are marked ‘high’.

2019-20 DETAILS AND PRICES

Children’s Group Lessons

3-5 years
(max 6 children low season, max 8 children mid and peak)
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.

and

5-12 years
Beginner and Flocon Levels (max 6 children low season, max 8 children mid and peak)

and

1st Star to Competition Level ‘TOP 8’ Classes (max 6 children low season, max 8 children mid and peak)

Morning, 09.30-12.30, low €58, mid €61, high €64
5 mornings, low €278, mid €292, high €306
Afternoon, 14.00-17.00, low €45, mid €57, high €59
5 afternoons, low €216, mid €272, high €285
Day, 09.30-12.30 and 14.00-17.00, low €87, mid €100, high €105
5 days, low €418, mid €480, high €503

1st Star to Competition ‘CLASSIC’ (unlimited numbers)

Morning, 09.30-12.30, low €38, mid €40, high €42
5 mornings, low €183, mid €192, high €202
Afternoon, 14.00-17.00, low €30, mid €36, high €38
5 afternoons, low €144, mid €173, high €183
Day, 09.30-12.30 and 14.00-17.00, low €58, mid €65, high €68
5 days, low €279, mid €312, high €327

NB Children’s group lessons are guaranteed on Saturdays only in mid and high season and will take place during low season if there is enough demand.

Adults’ Group Lessons
And Teens aged 13+ (max 6 people low season, max 8 people mid and peak except morning classes – max 10 people.)

Ski and Snowboard
Morning, 09.30-12.30, low €58, mid €61, high €64
5 mornings, low €278, mid €292, high €306
Afternoon, 14.00-17.00, low €45, mid €57, high €59
5 afternoons, low €216, mid €272, high €285
Day, 09.30-12.30 and 14.00-17.00, low €87, mid €100, high €105
5 days, low €418, mid €480, high €503

Off Piste (ski and snowboard, intermediate to advanced)

Morning, 09.00-13.00, low €80, mid €84, high €88
3 mornings, low €228, mid €239, high €251

Snowshoe

Meet at the Val Village ESF office.
Afternoon, 14.30-17.00, low €37, mid €46, high €48
5 afternoons, low €182, mid €219, high €230
NB you will need to hire snowshoes and poles and have waterproof boots plus a ski pass if you want to snowshoe at altitude.

Private Lessons (1–5 people)

Morning, 09.30-12.30, low €240, mid €252, high €264
Morning, 09.00-13-00 or 10.00-14.00, low €314, mid €330, high €346
Lunchtime, 13.00-14.00, low/mid/high €51
Lunchtime, 13.30-14.30, available low season only €76
Afternoon, 13.00-17.00, low €248, mid €260, high €272
Afternoon, 14.30-17.00, low €154, mid €162, high not available

Oxygène (60)

OXYGENE

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 group lessons begin from 3 years up to 12, with a maximum of six children per class. Lessons are run exclusively in English. Oxygène also work with Little Chicks childcare to provide a nanny service for children after their own lesson. Group lessons are also available for adults (from 13+) ski and snowboard, beginners to experts. Also private lessons on-piste, snowboard, cross country, telemark, off-piste. To access the nursery slopes at the top of Solaise, Oxygène offer the discounted 6-day lift pass costing €150 for beginner adults and children when you book a week of lessons – 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. New this season is clothing hire (handy if you forget something!) – see prices below. 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: 16 December 2019-12 January; 10 February-8 March; 30 March – 19 April 2020. All other dates are counted as ‘standard’.

2019-20 DETAILS AND PRICES

Children’s classes (3 yrs to teens)

Snowbears (3-4 years, max 3 per group)
5 mornings, Mon-Fri, 09.00-10.30 or 10.30-12.00, standard €329, high €389

All levels from Brown Bear to Gold (5-12 years, max 6 per group)
and Pro-rider (12-15 years, max 6 per group)
5 mornings, Mon–Fri, 09.00–12.00, standard €329, high €389
5 afternoons, Mon–Fri, 14.00–17.00, standard €329, high €389
5 full days, Mon-Fri, 09.00-12.00 & 14.00–17.00, standard €479, high €559
Supervised lunch club, 12.00-14.00, €35 per day

Teen clinic (12–15 years, max 6 per group)
For confident/experienced teenagers
3 afternoons, Mon/Wed/Fri, 14.00-17.00, €199 all season

Adults’ classes (from 13 years, max 8 per group)

Beginners
5 mornings, Mon–Fri, 09.00–12.00 plus Monday afternoon, 15.00–17.00, standard €279, high €299

All other levels
1 mornings, Mon-Fri, 09.00–12.00, standard €54, high €57
5 mornings, Mon-Fri, 09.00–12.00, standard €259, high €272
5 afternoons, Mon-Fri, 14.00–17.00, standard €259, high €272

Ladies Only (max 6 per group)
3 afternoons, Tue/Wed/Thur, 14.00-17.00, €199 all season

Introduction to off-piste
and Steep & Deep off-piste
(max 6 per group)
5 mornings, from €399

Snowboard (all levels age 8+)
5 mornings, Mon-Fri, 09.00–12.00, standard €250, high €260
5 afternoons, Mon-Fri, 14.00–17.00, standard €250, high €260

Private lessons – ski, snowboard, telemark

3-hour morning, 1-3 people, 09.00-12.00, standard €249, high €275
2-hour lunchtime or afternoon, 1-2 people, 12.00-14.00 or 15.00-17.00, standard €149, high €161
4-hour afternoon, 1-2 people, 13.00-17.00, standard €295, high €315
7-hour full day, 1-5 people, standard €499, high €549
Add €10-€20 per extra person, max 8 pax (max 6 for off-piste)

Adaptive ski lessons

1-to-1 instructions and equipment, ski or Sit-Ski (hire of Sit-Ski included in price)
3-hour morning, 09.00-12.00, standard €269, high €285
2-hour afternoon, 12.00–14.00 or 15.00-17.00, standard €169, high €179

Clothing hire

Adult jacket and ski pants, 6 days, from €89 (silver), €119 (gold)
Child jacket and ski pants, 6 days, from €59
Gloves/mittens, 6 days, from €12

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. To access the nursery slopes at the top of Solaise, Evolution 2 offer the discounted beginners’ 6-day lift pass costing €150 for beginners who book 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 09.00 which avoids the main ‘rush-hour’, though children’s classes meet at the ski school rather than on the slopes.

2019-20 DETAILS AND PRICES

Children’s classes (Monday to Friday) 

– Panda, beginners aged 3-4 yrs, maximum 6 in a group, price includes a hot drink
Yetison, beginners aged 4-5 yrs, maximum 6 in a group, price includes a hot drink
5 mornings, 09.00-12.00, €320
5 afternoons, 14.00-17.00, €300

– Petit Yeti, beginners aged 5-13 yrs, maximum 8 in a group
– Yeti, 4 levels: beginners to parallel skiers aged 5-13, maximum 8 in a group
– Junior Academy, better skiers 9–14 yrs, maximum 8 in a group, all types of terrain, on and off piste
– Competition, better skiers 10–14 yrs, maximum 8 in a group, concentrating on ski racing
– Teen Extreme, advanced skiers 14–18 yrs, maximum 6 in a group, off-piste technique, mountain safety and awareness
5 mornings, 09.00–12.00, €300
*School Holiday* 5 mid-mornings, 11.30-14.00, €230
5 afternoons, 14.00–17.00, €250
Children’s Lunch Club, with supervision, 12.00-14.00, €35 per day

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)

3 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
5 mornings, 09.00–12.00, €260

Snowboard group lessons (adults and children)

3 levels, maximum 8 per group
Rookie, beginner
Improver, intermediate
Switch, advanced 
5 mornings, Mon-Fri, 09.00–12.00, €260
5 afternoons, Mon-Fri, 14.00–17.00, €195

Private lessons off-piste

1-6 people, 4 hours, €330 (€360 during school holidays)
1-6 people, full day, €499
Off-piste tours, Tovière, Espace Killy, Tarentaise, Bonneval, half or full day – see the Evolution2 website.

Private lessons on-piste

Ski or snowboard, adults and children
1-2 people, 1 hour, €70
3-4 people, 1 hour, €80
5-6 people, 1 hour, €90
1-6 people, 3 hours during school holidays, €280
1-6 people, full day, €450 (€499 during school holidays)

SMALLER SKI SCHOOLS

Progression (22)

PROGRESSION

Tel: 00 33 621 93 93 80 (Val d’Isère December–May)
Tel: 020 8123 3001 (UK office 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 (maximum 4 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. Booking is easy all year round using the UK phone number given above. Children get a goody-bag at the end of the week with badges, booklets, group photo and a DVD of your child skiing. Discounts for YSE children if the family has more than one child in Progression classes. Mobile physiotherapy and massage service. Contact massage@progressionski.com for details and prices.

2019-20 DETAILS AND PRICES

Children’s group lessons (4–12 years)

Minimum 4, maximum 8 in a group
Marmotte – beginner
Chamois – can ski green runs
Yeti – can ski blue runs
Mountain Goat – can ski red runs
Golden Eagle – can ski black runs
5 mornings, Mon–Fri, 09.00–13.00, €460
Afternoon continuation, 13.00-16.30 €295 (or €105 per session) on top of the morning lesson on Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday (not available for beginners). The instructor picks the children up from the morning lesson and takes them for some lunch and further skiing until 4.30pm. The cost of lunch is not included.

Teen group lessons (13–18 years)

Minimum 4, maximum 8 in a group
Levels 4-6  – intermediate to advanced
5 mornings, Mon–Fri, 09.00–13.00, €460. Afternoon continuation option, €295. See Children’s group lessons above.

Adult group lessons

Minimum 2, maximum 4 in a group group
Levels 1-2 – beginner to early intermediate
5 mornings, Mon-Fri, 09.00–12.00, €425

Levels 3-5 –  intermediate to expert
3 mornings, Mon-Wed, 09.00-12.00, €295

Snowboard group lessons

Minimum 2, maximum 4 per group
Beginner
3 mornings, Mon-Wed, 09.00-12.00, €295

Snowboard one-off taster clinic
Minimum 3, maximum 6 per group
Beginner
3 hours, 09.00-12.00, €90

Private lessons

Ski, snowboard, telemark on piste
Same price regardless of how many people in the group
3 hours, €270 (low season afternoon, €240)
3.5 hours, €315
4 hours, €350
All day, low/mid season 6 hours €510, high season 7 hours €595

Off-piste
Ski, snowboard, telemark – ABS Airbag or Ortovox rucksack, transceiver, shovel and probe provided.

Private – same price regardless of how many people in the group
3 hours, €295
3.5 hours, €332
4 hours, €390
All day, low/mid season €570, high season €665

Group – minimum 2, maximum 4 per group
Introduction to off-piste
3 mornings, Mon-Wed, 09.00-12.00, €295

Off-piste clinic
3 mornings, Mon-Wed, 09.00-13.00, €360

The Development Centre (20)

THE DEVELOPMENT CENTRE

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

20 highly-respected British instructors charging higher prices for higher standards of tuition. Small group clinics from green runs to bumps to off-piste, with a maximum of 6 people in a group. Most clinics run for 3 consecutive half days, but can be flexible on request. They also run early-season clinics in the first half of December, end of season Spring ski clinics, women-only weeks, heli-skiing days, off-piste adventure weeks and ski instructor training. Get in touch by phone or email (see above), or visit their office in Snowberry Slopeside at the Rond Point des Pistes. Office hours are 16.30-18.30 Sunday to Friday. 5% discount for YSE guests by using discount code YSE2020 when booking.

2019-20 DETAILS AND PRICES

Children and teenagers (3-6 skiers per group)

TDC Devils, 10-13 yrs, can ski parallel on red runs
TDC Academy, 14-17 yrs, can ski parallel on black runs
On-piste, basic freestyle, jumps, bumps, variable terrain, racing, etc.
5 half days, Mon-Fri, 09.00-12.00 or 13.00-16.00, €385 per person

Adult 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
3 half days, 09.00-12.00 or 13.00-16.00, €240 per person

Off-piste clinics (3-6 skiers)

Introduction: for strong red run skiers and above
Adventure: for strong black run skiers and above
Safety equipment provided
3 half days, 09.00-12.00 or 13.00-16.00, €240 per person

Private lessons

Beginner to advanced, on- or off-piste, children and adults
3 hours, 09.00-12.00 or 13.00-16.00
1–2 people, €240
3–4 people, €265
5–6 people, €290
All day, 09.00-17.00, 1–6 people, €550

“Private Share” – when booking your private lesson you can state that you are happy to share your session with another person. If TDC manage to find somebody to share, you save 50%.

Mountain Masters (15)

MOUNTAIN MASTERS

Tel/fax: 00 33 479 06 05 14
www.mountain-masters.com  email: info@mountain-masters.com

8 British and 7 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 Aimy makes a big effort to match each group with just the right instructor. Also heli-skiing, ski touring, off-piste courses – ask Mountain Masters for details and prices.

2019-20 DETAILS AND PRICES

Children’s group lessons

5–17 years, minimum 4, maximum 6 in a group
During school holidays
6 levels from snowplough to ‘Gold+’ (technique, slalom, park).
Also ‘Ski Beyond’ for advanced teenagers.
5 mornings, 09.00–12.45, €435
Option ‘Race’, 5 mornings, 09.00–12.45, €490

Private lessons

Maximum 6 in a group
Ski, snowboard, telemark
Morning 09.00–12.45
1 person, €300
2–3 people, €335
4–6 people, €350

Afternoon 13.45–16.45
1 person, €195
2–3 people, €215
4–6 people, €240

All day 09.00–16.45, includes a lunch stop
1 person, €450
2–3 people, €495
4–6 people, €515

Prosneige (15)

PROSNEIGE

Tel: 00 33 479 01 00 12
http://www.prosneige.fr  email: info@prosneige.fr

Already established in the 3 Valleys, well-organised ski school Prosneige opens this year in Val d’Isère with a shop and office on the snow square. 15 permanent and fully qualified instructors offer private and group classes in ski and snowboard for children and adults, with a maximum of 6 people per group. Lunchtime childcare at La Source, near the shop from 12.00-14.00. The head office is in Albertville for year-round booking. Good customer service. Very clear website. Prices vary depending if your holiday is low season (pre-14 Dec, 12 Jan-8 Feb, 8-28 Mar, 26 Apr-3 May), mid season (15-21 Dec, 5-11 Jan, 9-15 Feb, 1-7 Mar, 29 Mar-25 Apr) or high season (22 Dec-4 Jan, 16-29 Feb).

2019-20 DETAILS AND PRICES

Children’s lessons

Little Bears for 3-4 year olds, maximum 3 in a group
1.5 hour lesson. Children must have a ski pass so they can go to the beginner area at the top of the Solaise bubble lift (the ski pass is free for under 5s but they still need one). Fewer hours but better ratio of children per instructor, so same price as the longer group lessons (below) for older children
5 mornings, Mon-Fri, 09.00-10.30, low season €325, mid €349, high €379

Group lessons – children and adults

Maximum 6 in a group.
Different levels depending on ski ability/experience – see website for categories for children and adults. Ski pass is required (even for beginners) to access the nursery slopes at the top of the Solaise bubble lift. Special beginner Val d’Isère-only ski pass available through the ski school for €150 (see Ski pass and discounts page).
5 mornings, Mon-Fri, 09.00-12.00, low season €325, mid €349, high €379
5 afternoons, 14.00-17.00, low season €325, mid €349, high €379
5 full days, low/mid season €469, high €549

Group lessons – off-piste

Maximum 6 in a group.
Safety pack included.
1 morning, 09.00-13.00, low/mid/high season €89
5 mornings, low/mid season €385, high €419

Private lessons

Ski, snowboard, on- and off-piste, freestyle, etc. Security equipment included for off-piste.
Morning, 2 hours, low season €159, mid €179, high n/a
Morning, 3 hours, low/mid season €249, high €269
Morning, 4 hours, low season €319, mid €330, high €359
Afternoon (starting 12.00), 2 hours, low season €140, mid €159, high €179
Afternoon, 3 hours, low/mid season €219, high €249
Full day, low/mid season €499, high €559

British Alpine Ski School - BASS (6)

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

A small team of mostly British (but all native English-speaking) instructors giving expert, enthusiastic teaching in small groups (maximum 4 skiers in adult group lessons). Skiing only, no snowboarding lessons. 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, unchanged from last season, are given in sterling and you pay online in advance. 10% discount to YSE guests outside school holidays.

2019-20 DETAILS AND PRICES

Children’s classes

Mini-beginners – for beginners under 7 yrs, 1-to-1 tuition only, £84 per hour

From 7 years, 8 levels as described on the website :
Level 1 – beginner
Maximum 4 children in a group
Level 2 – able to ski green runs
Maximum 6 children in a group
5 x 2-hour lessons, £325 (during school holidays)

All other Levels – 3&4 (blue), 5&6 (red), 7&8 (black)
Maximum 8 in a group – see website about ‘wiggle room’
5 x 3-hour lessons, £345 (during school holidays)

Lessons available outside school holidays on request

Adults’ classes

Five levels:
1 beginner, 2 confidence, 3 intermediate improver, 4 technique & tactics, 5 performance.
Maximum 4 in a group
3 x 2-hour sessions, £225
4 x 2-hour sessions, £285
5 x 2-hour sessions, £350
also, for Levels 4 & 5 only:
2 x 3-hour sessions, £225
3 x 3-hour sessions, £325

Private lessons

£84 per hour for up to 4 people sharing
Enquire via their website for full days or larger groups

Private off-piste guiding

£88 per hour for up to 4 people sharing
Safety equipment to rent from £15 per day (compulsory)
Enquire via their website for full days or larger groups

BASS Freeride off-piste course

For those who can ski black runs
3 mornings, Mon-Wed, 09.00-12.00, £300

Montana (5-10)

MONTANA

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

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 25+ years, along with his team of fully qualified instructors. All speak English. Each instructor has his/her specialisation: on-piste technique, snowboard, teaching children, off-piste, etc. Very flexible for dealing with individual requests from groups and families.

2019-20 DETAILS AND PRICES

Private lessons

Morning, 09.00–13.00, €380
Afternoon, 13.30–16.30, €280
Whole day, €480

Summit (3)

SUMMIT

Tel: 00 33 660 11 76 49
www.summit-ski-gb.com   email: summit.ski.val@gmail.com

A new ski school run by a small team of enthusiastic British and British-speaking instructors, offering a personalised and memorable experience in the mountains, whether you want to go on an adventure, try something new or just have a great day with good company and a nice lunch! Off-piste groups, private lessons on-piste, ski touring expeditions, and ‘freeride’ sessions for teenagers. Their office is in the Hors Limites ski hire shop on the road from the village centre up to Dick’s Tea Bar.

2019-20 DETAILS AND PRICES

Teenage Freeride (maximum 5 in a group)
A week’s course covering on and off-piste skiing in all snow conditions, mountain safety, etc.
6 days, 09.00-17.00, €990 per person

Off-piste groups (minimum 4, maximum 6 in a group)
Morning, 09.00-13.00, €75 per person
5 mornings, €350 per person

Private lessons
On-piste
Same price regardless of the number of people
Morning, 09.00-13.00, €330
Afternoon, 13.00-17.00, €200
All day, 09.00-17.00, €470
Ski touring
Morning, 09.00-12.30, €380
Afternoon, 13.00-17.00, €250
All day, 09.00-17.00, €500

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 or group of skiers or snowboarders, 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 6 people (4 for Petits Minos). 10% discount for YSE guests if you book 5 consecutive lessons via their website, or 5% off for single or fewer sessions. Also snowshoe, ice-climbing, discovery courses. Prices unchanged from last season.

2019–20 DETAILS AND PRICES

Private lessons

Morning, 09.00–13.00, €220 low season, €395 high season
Afternoon, 14.00–17.00, €195 low season, €300 high season
Whole day, from €330 low season, €595 high season

Private lessons off-piste

Morning, 09.00–13.00, €250 low season, €425 high season
Afternoon, 14.00–17.00, €195 low season, €330 high season
Whole day, from €360 low season, €625 high season

Children’s group lessons

‘Petits Minos’ (2.5–5 years)
Beginners, maximum 4 per group
6 mornings, Sunday-Friday, 09.00–11.00, €360

Children 6–12 years, 3 levels: white (beginners), blue and red
and Teenagers who can ski red runs wanting to improve technique on all terrain, bumps, snowpark, etc.
Maximum 6 per group
6 mornings, Sunday-Friday, 09.00–13.00, €480
6 afternoons, 14.00–17.00, €320

Adults’ group lessons

3 levels: white (beginners), blue and red
Maximum 6 per group
6 mornings, Sunday-Friday, 09.00–13.00, €480
6 afternoons, 14.00–17.00, €320

Special ‘White Course’ – for complete beginners
6 mornings, Sunday to Friday, 11.15–13.15, €235

Group off-piste lessons

Experienced black run skiers, maximum 6 per group
6 mornings, Sunday-Friday, 09.00-13.00, €530
Group off-piste security lesson, 14.00-17.00, €65

Snowshoe group

3-8 people per group
Afternoon, 14.00-17.00, €50 per person

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, with old favourites Wayne, Chris, Henry, Andreas and Thomas. Constructive, careful and fun. Individuals can join off-piste groups of similar experience and ability. There are groups for all levels including introduction, as well as heli-skiing and inter-resort trips. Day trips on request. Also on-piste private ski lessons, and private snowboarding lessons available with Thomas. Prices mostly unchanged from last season. 30% deposit in advance for private bookings. Minimum 48 hours cancellation.

2019–20 DETAILS AND PRICES

Off-piste groups

Maximum 6 skiers
Morning, 08.45-13.00, €65
5 consecutive mornings, €300
Whole day, €90

Private guide/instructor

Morning, 08.45-13.00, €335
Afternoon, 14.00-16.30, €150
For 1–2 skiers. Add €10 for each additional skier
Whole day, €435

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. Shared off-piste formula for individuals to join a group with other people, on request. Private instructors offer on- and off-piste and a large array of ski touring itineraries for all levels. Heli-skiing 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.

2019–20 DETAILS AND PRICES

Off-piste groups that individuals can join (maximum 6 skiers)

3 levels for ski-only (no snowboarders), from introduction to expert
Whole day, 09.00-16.30, from €125 per person

Private guiding (for 1-6 people)

On-piste, off-piste, ski touring, snowboard, telemark
Morning, 09.00–13.00, from €310
Whole day, 09.00-16.30, from €420
Afternoon, 14.00-16.30, from €170

Heli-skiing

Espace Killy, Bonneval, from €350 per person with helicopter pick up
Ruitor Glacier to Sainte Foy, from €470 per person per drop
Valgrisenche, Italy (2 drops), from €720 per person

Bureau des Guides / Mountain Guide Association (10)

BUREAU DES GUIDES / MOUNTAIN GUIDES 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. Contact them for prices. 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.

2019–20 DETAILS AND PRICES

Private off-piste (maximum 6 people)

Adults, and children from 14 years
Half day (4 hours)
1-2 people, from €300
3-4 people, from €320
5-6 people, from €340

Whole day
1-2 people, from €420
3-4 people, from €450
5-6 people, from €480

iSki (7)

iSKI

Tel: 00 33 646 18 64 13

website: www.iski-val.com  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 3 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.

2019–20 DETAILS AND PRICES

Off-piste groups

Maximum 6 in a group
Introduction, advanced and expert levels
Morning, 09.00-13.00, €65 per person

On or off-piste private instructor/mountain guide

Maximum 6 in a group
Ski or snowboard
Morning, 09.00-13.00, €320 per group
Short morning (3 hours), €250
Afternoon, 14.00-17.00, €200 per group
Whole day, €420 per group

Tétra Off-piste

TETRA

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 clear information.

2019–20 DETAILS AND PRICES

Off piste

Morning, 09.00-13.00, €370
Afternoon, 14.00-17.00, €250
Whole day, €500

Private lessons on piste (ski and snowboard)

Morning, 09.00-12.00, €310
Long Morning, 09.00-13.00, €340
Afternoon, 13.00-17.00, €220
Whole day, 09.00-17.00, €470

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.

2019–20 DETAILS AND PRICES

Private lessons

For children and adults, maximum 6 people
Half hour, for 3 year-olds, 1 person only, €40
2 hours, 1 person €130 +€10 per hour for each extra person
3 hours, 1 person €195 +€10 per hour for each extra person
Morning, 09.00-13.00, 1–2 people €300, 3-6 people €340
Midday, 10.00-13.00, 1-6 people €330
Afternoon, 13.00-17.00, 1–2 people €265, 3–6 people €290
Full day, 1–2 people €450, 3–6 people €550

Off-piste guiding

Initiation to expert
Maximum 6 people
2 hours, 1 person €130 +€10 per hour for each extra person
3 hours, 1 person €195 +€10 per hour for each extra person
Morning, 09.00-13.00, 1–2 people €300, 3-6 people €340
Midday, 10.00-13.00, 1-6 people €380
Afternoon, 13.00-17.00, 1–2 people €265, 3–6 people €290
Full day, 1–2 people €450, 3–6 people €550

INSTRUCTORS

Yann Le Bozec (for children - and adults too!)

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 on- and off-piste, ski touring and snowshoe excursions. Prices unchanged from last winter.

2019–20 DETAILS AND PRICES

Private lessons

For 1-5 people (small supplement for more than 5 people)

High season (28 Dec 2019-4 Jan, 15-22 Feb, 4-18 Apr 2020)
Morning, 09.00–13.00, €350
One hour at lunchtime, 13.00-14.00, €90
Afternoon, 14.00–17.00, €230
Whole day, 09.00-17.00, €500

Mid season (21-28 Dec 2019, 8-15 Feb, 22 Feb-7 Mar, 18 Apr-2 May 2020)
Morning, €320
One hour at lunchtime, €80
Afternoon, €180
Whole day, €420

Low season (30 Nov-20 Dec 2019, 5 Jan-7 Feb, 8 Mar-3 Apr 2020)
Morning, €290
One hour at lunchtime, €70
Afternoon, €160
Whole day, €390

Tansy Bjørklund & Simon McCombe (Mountain Masters)

MOUNTAIN MASTERS

Tel/fax: 00 33 479 06 05 14
www.mountain-masters.com  email: info@mountain-masters.com

8 British and 7 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. Also heli-skiing, ski touring, off-piste courses – ask Mountain Masters for details and prices.

2019-20 DETAILS AND PRICES

Private lessons

Maximum 6 in a group
Ski, snowboard, telemark
Morning 09.00–12.45
1 person, €300
2–3 people, €335
4–6 people, €350

Afternoon 13.45–16.45
1 person, €195
2–3 people, €215
4–6 people, €240

All day 09.00–16.45, includes a lunch stop
1 person, €450
2–3 people, €495
4–6 people, €515

Pierre Liotard (off-piste)

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.

2018–19 DETAILS AND PRICES

Private lessons

Adults, and children from 14 years
Half day (4 hours)
1-2 people €300
3-4 people €320
5-6 people €340

Whole day
1-2 people €420
3-4 people €450
5-6 people €480

Lolo McCallum (for children and adults, ESF rates)

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. 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.

2018–19 DETAILS AND PRICES

Private tuition

1-5 people

HS: high season (New Year week, and 17 Feb-9 Mar 2019)
MS: mid-season (Christmas, 10-16 Feb 2019, 31 Mar-1 May 2019)
LS: low season (6 Jan-9 Feb 2019, 10-30 Mar 2019))

Morning, 09.30–12.30, €259 (HS), €235 (MS&LS)
Afternoon, 14.00-17.00, €189 (HS), €172 (MS&LS)
Day, 09.30-17.00, €438 (HS), €398 (MS&LS)

Michelle Le Bel (for children - cheaper ESF rates, offering a sixth lesson free in January when five lessons are booked)

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 5 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.

2019–20 DETAILS AND PRICES

Private lessons

Various levels, all the same price, for 1-5 children
– 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 Apprentice, snowboard basics for skiers who want to have a go
– Following in the Footsteps of the Dahu – snowshoe hikes

High season: 29 December 2019-4 January, 9-29 February 2020
Morning, 4 hours, €346
Morning, 3 hours, €264
Afternoon, 4 hours, €272
Afternoon, 3 hours, €208
Full day, €447

Mid season: 22-28 December 2019, 1-7 March, 5 April-3 May 2020
Morning, 4 hours, €330
Morning, 3 hours, €252
Afternoon, 4 hours, €260
Afternoon, 3 hours, €199
Full day, €426

Low season: 30 November-21 December 2019, 5 January-8 February, 8 March-4 April 2020
Morning, 4 hours, €314
Morning, 3 hours, €240
Afternoon, 4 hours, €248
Afternoon, 3 hours, €189
Full day, €406

Elaine Bunyan (children and adults, ESF rates)

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.

2018–19 DETAILS AND PRICES

Private tuition

1-5 people

Morning, 09.30–12.30, from €230 to €282
Morning, 09.30–13.30, from €315 to €382
Afternoon, 13.00–16.00, from €222
Whole day, 09.30-17.00, from €398 to €485

Steph Wiehe (Pro-snowboarding)

PRO-SNOWBOARDING

Tel: 00 33 632 28 58 03

UK (out of season): 07711 341 134
www.pro-snowboarding.co.uk  email: enquiries@pro-snowboarding.co.uk

A team of 3 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 remain unchanged from last season.

2019–20 DETAILS AND PRICES

Group lessons

Minimum 3, maximum 6 people
3 hours per day
3 days, €190
4 days, €250
5 days, €310

Private lessons

For up to 2 people
2 hours, €160
3 hours, €220
Full day, €450
Add €10 per person per hour for extra people

Richard Harrison / Ski Dreams

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 25 years he has based himself in Val d’Isère. He’s enthusiastic, a great 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 of all ages and passionate for the extensive off-piste of the area. Photos and instant video analysis or online distance video analysis and feedback available.

2019–20 DETAILS AND PRICES

Private lessons on-piste

1-6 people
Short morning, 09.00-12.00, 1 person €255
Morning, 09.00-13.00, 1 person €295
Short afternoon, 13.45-15.45, 1 person €175
Afternoon, 13.45-16.45, 1 person €235
Full day, 09.00-16.45, 1 person €490 (includes a pit stop for lunch)
Additional people: 2-3 people +€20, 4-6 people +€40

Private lessons off-piste

1-6 people
Short morning, 09.00-12.00, 1 person €265
Morning, 09.00-13.00, 1 person €315
Short afternoon, 13.45-15.45, 1 person €185
Afternoon, 13.45-16.45, 1 person €245
Full day, 09.00-16.45, 1 person €500 (includes a pit stop for lunch)
Additional people: 2-3 people +€20, 4-6 people +€40

Group lessons off-piste

Minimum of 3 people for the group to go ahead
4 levels: Introduction, Advanced, Expert, Free Ride
Morning, 09.00-13.00, €80 per person
Afternoon, 13.45-16.45, €55 per person
Full day, 09.00-16.45, €100 per person (includes a pit stop for lunch)

Martin McKay Skiing

MARTIN McKAY SKIING

Tel: 07710 237 094
www.skimckay.com  email: info@skimckay.com

Skiing is all about fun and staying safe! All-British ski instruction, on and off-piste with Martin Mckay. Learn to ski the pistes from greens, blues, reds and blacks as well as off-piste powder, moguls and steeper slopes with confidence. YSE guests receive 10% off these rates – just quote YSE.

2019–20 DETAILS AND PRICES

Private ski lessons

Morning, 09.00–12.00 (including a stop for hot chocolate/coffee)
1-6 people €257

Afternoon, 13.00–16.00 (including a stop for hot chocolate/coffee)
1-6 people €257

All day, 09.00-16.00 (including a 1-hour stop for lunch)
1-6 people €500

Bernard Chesneau / Ski Mastery

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.

2019–20 DETAILS AND PRICES

Private ski coaching

Morning, 09.00-12.45, 1 person €300, 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 €470, 2+ people €500

SNOWBOARDING

Pro-snowboarding

PRO-SNOWBOARDING

Tel: 00 33 632 28 58 03

UK (out of season): 07711 341 134
www.pro-snowboarding.co.uk  email: enquiries@pro-snowboarding.co.uk

A team of 3 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 remain unchanged from last season.

2019–20 DETAILS AND PRICES

Group lessons

Minimum 3, maximum 6 people
3 hours per day
3 days, €190
4 days, €250
5 days, €310

Private lessons

For up to 2 people
2 hours, €160
3 hours, €220
Full day, €450
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. Good website gives comprehensive information.

2019–20 DETAILS AND PRICES

Children’s courses (maximum 8 in a group)

Snowflake to Bronze, Silver, Gold, Competition, and snowboard
During French and British school holidays
5 mornings, Monday-Friday, 09.00-12.00, €329
5 afternoons, 13.45-16.30, €249
5 full days, €429

Adults’ courses (maximum 6 skiers)

Beginner, off-piste and ski touring courses during selected weeks in January, February and March. Contact Mattis for details and prices