The idea that Val d'Isère is for experts only is just not true. Far from it - there are several good nursery slopes, number of lifts that are absolutely free for skiing debutants, and when you're ready to progress, a modern lift system with easy-to-use chairlifts that will take you to a wide selection of easy green ones in the heart of the Espace Killy. The ski school is also highly recommended every year by Crystal customers, so you'll be in good hands.
A true intermediates' paradise, Val d'Isère is big-time skiing country. From the gentle cruising blue and red runs of the Bellevarde and La Daille sectors to the Le Fornet glacier and the massive ski domain of Tignes and La Grande Motte, there is endless choice at every level.
Val d'Isère must be included in every list of the best skiing in Europe for its giant moguls, steep black runs, couloirs and not least for its sensational off-piste. Try the Olympic Men's Downhill run, the waist-high Solaise bumps just above the village or the powder bowls of the Tour de Charvet.
With both the Grand Motte and Pissaillas glaciers to choose from, there's a great choice of high-altitude skiing. Up on the Grand Motte Glacier, there's a fantastic 20km of piste for all abilities, whereas the Pissaillas Glacier offers a range of blue and red runs starting from a height of over 3,100m.
There are six different track loops in Val d'Isère, all with magnificent views of the Vanoise. Most tracks are free to use, except for the glacier trail, L'Ouilliette, which is accessed via a ski bus. There are loads more trails over in Tignes, too, at the bottom of the slopes, in the villages and around the lake.
Try one of Evolution 2's 'fine skills clinics' and progress to the next level. You can opt for the full 4 days, or choose the course that suits you. Courses are Mon-Thur (9.00am-12.00pm or 2.00pm-5.00pm):Day 1: Perfection on the piste
Focusing on the fundamental skiing skills including posture and balance, control of line and speed.Day 2: Out on the Edge
Feel the exhilaration of carving on the edge! How to develop effective and efficient use of body movements, pressure control and edge angles. Include 2 runs through a Giant Slalom course.Day 3: Mastering the Moguls
Take the fear out of bumps with a class on tackling the moguls.Day 4: 4x4 All Terrain skiing
Adapt your skiing to off-piste terrain, with instruction on techniques to tackle all snow conditions. Entry level:
Controlled parallel turns on red slopes
|4 Clinics: £172 ||1 Clinic: £51 |
Prices given below for lift passes, equipment hire, ski school and packages are for information purposes only and may fluctuate during the season. Current prices can be found by proceeding with your booking.
|6 days ||Adult ||Child (5-13) |
|Area (low) ||€251 ||€201 |
|Area (high) ||€278 ||€223 |
Reduced prices for seniors over 65 years.
|6 days ||Family pass* |
|Area 2 Adults and 2 Children ||€890 |
|Area 2 Adults, 1 Youth and 1 Child ||€890 |
|Area 2 Adults and 2 Youths ||€890 |
|Area 2 Adults and 3 Children ||€1113 |
*To qualify for a family pass all members of the family should have the same surname or provide proof they live together at the same address (child 5-13 years, Junior 14-21 years incl. with proof of school attendance)Lift pass coverage:
Local pass covers Val d'Isere only. Area pass covers the entire Espace Killy.Photo required for lift pass?
+74 years and -5 years only.
|6 days ||Adult ||Child (6-11)* |
|Standard skis ||€88 ||€45 |
|Intermediate skis ||€112 ||€68 |
|Advanced skis ||€143 ||- |
|Ski/board boots ||€54 ||€28 |
|Standard skis and boots ||€134 ||€73 (incl. helmet) |
|Intermediate skis and boots ||€166 ||€97 (incl. helmet) |
|Advance skis and boots ||€192 ||- |
|Snowboard ||€88 ||€68 |
|Superior snowboard ||€112 ||- |
|Helmet ||€21 ||€21 |
Reduced prices for children under 5 years. Helmets included for up to 11 yr olds.
|6 days ||Adult |
|Area lift pass + Standard skis ||€351 |
|Area lift pass + Snowboard ||€351 |
|Area lift pass + Intermediate skis ||€375 |
|Area lift pass + Superior snowboard ||€375 |
|Area lift pass + Ski carriage ||€305 |
: lift pass bundles do not include boots.
| ||Days ||Adult ||Child |
(5 -13 years)*
|Child (3-5) |
|Ski tuition am (3 hours) ||6 ||€245 ||€285 ||- |
|Board tuition am (3 hours) ||6 ||€235 ||€200 ||- |
|Ski Kindergarten AM ||5 ||- ||- ||€439 |
*Child 10-14 years for board. Child helmets compulsory for all child tuition.Usual hours of instruction:
09.00-12.00 and 14.00-17.00
| ||Adult ||Youth (12-13) ||Child (6-11)* |
|First Time Ski ||€456 ||€490 ||€424 |
|First Time Board ||€470 ||€470 ||€390 |
* Child 10-11 years for board
For complete beginners only and includes4 day area lift pass, 6 days equipment hire (including helmet for children) and tuition for 6 mornings.
| ||Adult ||Youth (12-13) ||Child (6-11)* |
|Improver Ski ||€674 ||€663 ||€543 |
|Improver Board ||€644 ||€595 ||€505 |
*Improver Board for 10-11 years
Includes 6 day area lift pass, 6 days equipment hire (including helmet for children) and tuition for 5 mornings.
Ski/Board carriage €52 if pre-booked.