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Skiing in Val d'Isère

Every now and again you come across that special somewhere with a charm that blows you away at first sight. Every stone of the ancient houses in the narrow lanes of the old village is steeped in history.

The story of Val d'Isère begins in 1888 with the opening of the first hotel. By the 1930s skiing was becoming a fashionable sport and the village had already established a first-class reputation. During the post-war years skiing truly came of age and, thanks to its unique ski area and the authentic charm of the village, Val d'Isère developed into an international destination.

Val d'Isère is also a resort of champions. No matter whether they were actually born here or arrived here as young children. French sporting heroes such as Jean-Claude Killy, Henri Oreiller and the Goitschel sisters developed their skills and honed their exceptional talent on the challenging slopes of the ski area.

Piste Map

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.

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

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?



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

Their ski school in Val d'Isère has been offering legendary customer service and fun, friendly lessons for over 20 years. From child or adult group ski and snowboard lessons taught in English, French (and other languages besides), to private instruction and coaching, adrenaline-sparked activities, off-piste guiding and the very best in equipment hire and rental; they have it all. Oxygène is the perfect way to get the most out of this legendary resort, boasting a huge ski landscape made up of wide and sweeping runs for all abilities and amazing off-piste, they're proud to offer the best in winter sports in Val d'Isère since 1995.

Progression Ski and Snowboard School


Tel: +44 (0)208 123 3001

Email: enquiries@progression.com
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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.

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

Pass Price
1 Day €59
6 Days €294
Pedestrian Return €14
Pedestrian 6 days €56
Insurance (per day) €2,90

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
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.

Free Skiing

The Villages chairlift at the front de neige is free for all, as well as the Savonnette drag lift