Learn to Ski in Val d'Isere

Val d’Isere has numerous ski schools, private ski instructors and off-piste mountain guides for freeriders and ski tourers. Walk around the centre of Val d’Isere and it feels as though there might be more ski schools per square metre in Val d’Isere than anywhere else.

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Val d’Isere Ski Schools 

Known primarily as a ski resort for experienced skiers the boundaries between ski schools and guiding are less clear cut in Val d’Isere than in most other resorts. Many of Val d’Isere’s ski schools also offering guiding off-piste while guiding organisations also offering instruction from innovative and forward thinking instructors. 

Val d’Isere has a rich history of pioneering ski schools and guides. The resort was an early battleground for the Ecole du Ski Français when it attempted to stop rival independent ski schools opening up, but nowadays skiers and boarders in Val d’Isere have many options.

The ESF, in the ski resort centre and in La Daille, covers adults and children’s group lessons, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. ESF also offers day outings in the ski area, inter-resort tours, powder skiing and off-piste itineraries with the possibility of a return by helicopter, along with snowshoe and telemark skiing.

There are a number of British ski schools, including ICE, a BASI Partner training centre which runs Gap-year courses, instructor training and performance courses for all levels of skier, and TDC Ski. The Snow Fun ski school also offers group and private ski lessons, off-piste, and children’s courses. Oxygene is another very good ski school and among usual offerings provides ladies-only ski lessons, for those who want to avoid the macho approach.

For snowboarders Misty Fly Snowboard School offers a full range of snowboard tuition.

ESF Ski SchoolVal d’Isere
Carrefour des Dolomites, BP 265, 73155 Val d’Isere
Tel: +33 4 79 06 02 34 Val d’Isere Centre
Tel: +33 4 79 06 09 99 La Daille
Email: [email protected]
Web: www.skischoolvaldisere.com

Evolution 2 Ski School Val d’Isere
Opposite the Post Office, 73155 Val d’Isere
Tel: +33 4 79 41 16 72 
Email: [email protected]
Web: www.evolution2.com/valdisere/fr/ski.htm (French language mainly!)

ICE Ski School Val d’Isere
International Coaching, 3-4 Bath Place, Aberdovey LL35 0LN
Tel: +44 870 760 7360
Email: [email protected]
Web: www.icesi.org

Misty Fly Snowboard School
Place de l’Office du Tourisme, 73155 Val d’Isere
Email: i[email protected]
Tel: +33 4 79 40 08 74
Web: www.mistyflyvaldisere.com

Mountain Masters Ski School
Killy Sport, BP 115, 73150 Val d’Isere
Tel: +33 4 79 06 05 14
Email: [email protected]
Web: www.mountain-masters.com

New Generation Ski & Snowboard School
Meeting point opposite Bellevarde Express chairlift
Tel: +33 4 79 01 03 18
Email: [email protected]
Web: www.skinewgen.com/ski-schools/val-disere

Oxygene Ski School Val d’Isere
BP110 Galerie des Cimes, 73153 Val d’Isère
Tel: +33 4 79 41 99 58
Email: [email protected]
Web: www.oxygene-ski.com

Snow Fun Ski School Val d’Isere
Le Portillo BP 81, 73152 Val d’Isère
Tel: +33 4 79 06 16 79
Email: [email protected]
Web: www.valfun.com (French language only!)

TDC Ski School Val d’Isere
Offices in Snowberry Shop, 73153 Val d’Isère
Tel: +33 6 15 55 31 56 
Email: [email protected] 
Web: www.tdcski.com

Val d’Isere Mountain Guides

Numerous ski instructors, mountain guides and private ski schools offer a wide choice of possibilities alongside the traditional ESF: freestyle, off-piste, telemarking and ski touring (there’s excellent ski touring terrain between Champagny, La PlagneLes Arcs and the Aiguille Rouge).  Powder hounds can also slake their thirst by heli-skiing across the border in Italy, as the practice remains banned in France. If venturing off-piste the following specialist guiding companies are recommended:

Top Ski

Off-piste specialist ski school founded by Patrick Zimmer, celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2016. TopSki was one of the first in France – possibly the first – to defy the ESF, and set the pattern for proliferating ski schools in almost every major French resort.

TopSki, Millet Store, Immeuble Les Andes, Avenue Olympique, Val d’Isère
Tel:+ 33 4 79 06 14 80; or from UK (+ 44) 07968 732115

Alpine Experience 

A team of dedicated ski professionals specialising in off-piste guiding in Espace Killy and surrounding areas. Leading guide Wayne Watson (over 40 years experience in Val d’Isere) is highly regarded. Other team members include Henry Schniewind, the creator of HAT now world renowned for avalanche presentations in UK, Europe and USA & Canada.

Alpine Experience 
Chez Jean Sports, BP 307, 73154 Val d’Isere
Tel: +33 4 79 06 28 81 OR +44 (0) 1483 892 135 (mid-May to late November)
Email: i[email protected] 
Web: www.alpineexperience.com

Mountain Masters  

Specialist ski school and guiding company with British and French instructors and guides offering excellent tuition for adults and kids in small groups (4-6 adults or children per group) as well as private lessons, performance coaching and guiding off-piste including steep and deep camps and cross border heli-skiing in Italy.

Mountain Masters Ski School & Guiding
Killy Sport, BP 115, 73150 Val d’Isere, France
Tel: +33 4 79 06 05 14
Email: [email protected]
Web: www.mountain-masters.com

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