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Skiing in Val d'Isère

Val d'Isère is one of the highest and most snow-sure resorts in the French Alps, sitting at a lofty altitude of 1850m and offering quick access to numerous glaciers, some of which are even open for summer skiing. As a result, the resort has an enviable snow record and can be relied on to provide world-class skiing from the end of November through to the beginning of May. The ski terrain on offer is incredibly varied and, combined with the neighbouring resort of Tignes, makes up the Tignes - Val d'Isère ski area (formerly Espace Killy) which ranks among the largest ski areas in the world, with over 300km of pistes.

Piste map – Click here for a piste map of the Val d'Isère - Tignes ski area.

Ski lessons and guiding – Everybody can benefit from ski lessons, beginners and experts alike. A ski guide can really help you make the best of your time on the mountain, whether on piste or off! Val d'Isère is blessed with a wide choice of superb schools – for more details see our ski lessons section.

Lift pass prices – For details of lift pass prices please visit the lift pass prices section.

Real time lift openings – For complete details of the pistes open today just click here.

Piste Map

Val d'Isère - Tignes (Espace Killy)

Espace Killy Piste Map

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Ski Lessons

We strongly recommend that you book your ski lessons / guides as soon as possible after booking your holiday to avoid disappointment.

Please note that Purple Ski is not itself a ski school.

This page gives a description of companies providing ski and snowboarding lessons, as well as private guides and links to pages which summarise the hours and prices for both group and private lessons.

We are fortunate that Val d'Isère blessed with several excellent ski and snowboarding schools. We would be happy to provide advice to all our clients regarding ski lessons and help with making advance bookings; please contact us on skilessons@purpleski.com. Alternatively, you may book these lessons directly with the provider (web links and contact details are given below).

Please note that by booking lessons via Purple Ski you agree to the Purple Ski ski lesson reservation terms and conditions, which can be found here

Please book your ski lessons at the earliest possible time to avoid your required lesson being unavailable. This is important for all weeks of the season but particularly at New Year and February half term. Morning sessions tend to be the most popular, so tend to be sold out first.

Please note that even if a lesson is listed here it does not mean it will be available at your particular week, level, discipline or location. All details are subject to change without notice.

NOTE: Helmets are required for all children's' lessons – and are recommended for adults too!

New Generation Ski & Snowboard School

Ski NewGen

Tel: + 33 (0)4 79 01 03 18 (France)
Tel: + 44 (0)1462 674000 (UK)
Email: info@skinewgen.com
Website: Click Here

New Generation is an independent ski school that's been running for over 20 years, that we have worked with very successfully for many seasons in the 3 Valleys and are now delighted to be working with in Val d'Isère.

They have 14 instructors based in Val d'Isère (another 6 based in Tignes); all are selected based on their excellent coaching skills, most are British – but all speak very good English (so can make analogies and explanations that you can more easily understand, encourage questions and discussion to help you progress faster and hopefully have more fun). Their focus is on “coaching” rather than “instruction”. Their instructors base lessons on the key principles of all learning – a combination of doing, watching, thinking, listening and feeling. All their instructors hold the BASI International Ski Teacher Diploma, membership of the International Ski Instructors Association and full entitlement to teach in France.

They run group and private lessons for skiers and snowboarders of all ages and abilities. They also offer clinics for higher level skiers and boarders who want to develop technique or get off a plateau.

Their meeting point is near to the Solaise Express lift in the centre of Val d'Isère.

For ski tips by New Generation, go to this link.



Tel: +33 (0)4 79 41 99 58
Email: valdisere@oxygene.ski
Website: Click here

The meeting point for lessons in Val d'Isère is on the snow front in between the Village and Bellevarde Express chair lifts, and opposite Bananas restaurant and bar.

Highly recommended, Oxygène Ski School offer a very personal service. They specialise in group ski lessons taught in English as well as private tuition for both adults and children. They are renowned for their superb children's lessons with innovative activities to help kids get the most out of their time on the slopes. Groups are kept small for a more personal approach.

Oxygène instructors are also available for adult groups, private lessons and snowboarding.

École du Ski Français


Tel: +33 (0)4 79 06 02 34
Website: Click Here

Tame the mountain this winter with the ESF Val d'Isère Ski School. Not only will their nearly 250 English speaking ski instructors make you a better skier or boarder, but they will also make your ski experience hassle free by acting as your mountain guide. They know which slopes are best for you depending on weather and time of day and we also remove the need for you to stare a piste map to navigate saving you time so you can spend it doing what you want to do; ski or board.

Small skiers will have the attention they need to progress while parents can rest easy knowing that they are in good hands at our esteemed Club Piou Piou. Your children will get comfortable with ski equipment and learn the basics by interactive fun as they follow the story of little Piou Piou and his mates.

Teens and adults can book myriad styles of ski lessons with Val d'Isère ski school. Group and private ski lessons are on offer for teens and adults so you can improve your skills while exploring the Espace Killy ski area with knowledgeable instructors. Why not try something different like heliski, off-piste, ski hikes or snowshoeing?

Progression Ski and Snowboard School


Tel: +44 (0)208 123 3001

Email: enquiries@progression.com
Website: Click Here

Progression Ski and Snowboard school was set up in Val d'Isere in 2006 and has grown ever since year on year. It is now regarded as one of the leading ski and snowboard schools in the Alps. Progression provides lessons in Val d'Isere, Tignes, Ste Foy, Les Gets, Morzine and the Chamonix Valley.



Tel: +33 (0)6 60 11 76 49

Email: summit.ski.val@gmail.com
Website: Click Here

The Summit team is made up of ex-ESF Instructors, sharing a collective desire to provide the highest level of professional service. They pride themselves on having the versatility to offer clients a good time in response to whatever they want. Although they specialise in taking clients off-piste and ski-touring, they just want all of their clients to have a fun and safe time, whether on the piste, off the piste, total beginners, touring, or having extended lunches in nice restaurants.

Lift Passes

The Espace Killy lift pass system is “hands free”. You simply leave the lift pass in a left hand pocket of your ski suit and the gates automatically open for you. You don't need to show your lift pass and no photograph is required (except for <5 and >75 years).

Espace Killy Lift Pass Prices

Ticket Type Adult
14 - 64 years
5 - 13 years
65 - 74 years
(2 Adults, 2+ Children)
Afternoon € 47.00 € 38.00 € 38.00 n/a
1 Day € 63.00 € 51.00 € 51.00 n/a
2 Days € 112.00 € 90.00 € 90.00 n/a
3 Days € 168.00 € 135.00 € 135.00 n/a
4 Days € 224.00 € 180.00 € 180.00 n/a
5 Days € 280.00 € 224.00 € 224.00 n/a
5 Days out of 8 ('Liberté'**) € 300.00 € 240.00 € 240.00 n/a
6 Days € 324.00 € 260.00 € 260.00 € 294.00
6 Days out of 8 ('Liberté'**) € 334.00 € 268.00 € 268.00 n/a
7 Days € 378.00 € 303.00 € 303.00 € 348.00
8 Days € 379.00 € 304.00 € 304.00 € 349.00
9 Days € 423.00 € 339.00 € 339.00 € 393.00
10 Days € 470.00 € 376.00 € 376.00 € 440.00
11 Days € 517.00 € 414.00 € 414.00 € 487.00
12 Days € 564.00 € 452.00 € 452.00 € 534.00
13 Days € 611.00 € 489.00 € 489.00 € 581.00
14 Days € 658.00 € 527.00 € 527.00 n/a
15 Days € 705.00 € 564.00 € 564.00 n/a
Season € 1430.00 € 1144.00 € 1144.00 n/a
Extension - 6 to 14 days, max. 2 day extension € 55.00 € 44.00 € 44.00 n/a
Extension - 15 days +, max. 6 day extension € 24.00 € 20.00 € 20.00 n/a
*Price is per person. Prices given are the adult family rate. Children benefit from €30 discount from the child rate. To qualify for the family pass, your family must comprise 1 adult and at least 3 children/students, or 2 adults and at least 2 children/students (adults must be aged between 22 and 74, children 5 and 17, and students 18 and 21). Note: Minimum 6 days.
**The Liberté passes allow you to ski on non-consecutive days. It may not be combined with Family offers.

Please note:

  • ID required for proof of age.
  • Under 5's & over 75's go free.
  • Photo is required for all season & free passes.
  • Discounted rates for early and end of season skiing.

Free Skiing

Skiing is free in the 3 Valleys for those under 5 and over 75 years of age. Proof of age is required. Additionally the Villages chairlift at the front de neige is free for all, as well as the Savonnette drag lift.

Pedestrian Passes

Pass Adult (14-64) Child (5-13) Senior (65-74)
Return journey €15 €12 €12
1 day €21 €17 €170
6 days €60 €48 €48
Season €462 €370 €370

Pedestrians can use Télécabines Solaise, Vallon, Daille, Téléphériques Olympique, Fornet, Télésiège Bellevarde and Funival and also receive €5 discount on lunch for "restaurants d'altitude" upon presentation of the voucher which accompanies the pass.

Order Lift Passes

“Very efficient service which made our holiday seem seamless. Everything was organised prior and waiting for us at the chalet - wonderful.”

Ski Rental

Having the right equipment, properly fitted can make all the difference to your skiing - which is why we work with White Storm for all of our chalets.


White Storm have been providing quality ski rental in Méribel, Courchevel and Val d'Isère for over 20 years, through their shops and delivery service. They offer superior equipment, along with exceptional customer service and competitive pricing.

Upon your arrival you'll find your pre-booked equipment already delivered. Once you have settled in, your chalet manager will liaise with White Storm directly and an experienced English-speaking technician will arrive to expertly fit your boots and check that everything is perfect with your skis or board.

The delivery service is supported by their partner shop in the centre of Val d'Isère as well as a call-out service to the chalet.

Quality Equipment

This season all the skis and boots provided by White Storm will be 2021/22 models. They stock many brands but their favourites this year are Black Crows, Kästle, Scott, Rossignol and Dynastar. They also rent avalanche equipment and touring skis.

Exceptional Customer service

When you have pre booked direct through Purple Ski or White Storm your equipment will be waiting for you labelled in the Ski Boot Room. Once you have arrived your chalet manager will arrange for a ski technician to visit to check and adjust all of your equipment. Most importantly the technician will check that everybody is completely happy. At the end of your visit White Storm will pick up your equipment from the chalet.

Pre-book your equipment by clicking the button below and ensure you select 'mobile delivery'. You will receive a 20% discount for pre-booking online - please contact us for the discount code.

Please email Simon directly if you have any further questions: simon@whitestorm.ski

Book Ski Rental


Description Season 2021 to 2022
Adult Infinity Skis € 255
Adult Diamond Skis € 175
Adult Black Skis/Snowboard € 145
Adult Red Skis € 120
Adult Performance Boots/Board Boots € 60
Children's Junior Pack (skis/boots/poles) 7-12yrs € 105
Children's Enfant Pack (skis/boots/poles) 3-6yrs € 80
Helmet € 30
Optional (but RECOMMENDED) insurance - Junior / Baby Skis € 6
Optional (but RECOMMENDED) insurance - Red / Black € 12
Optional (but RECOMMENDED) insurance - Diamond / Infinity € 18