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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

The ESF is the biggest ski lesson operator in Val d'Isère, offering group and private ski, snowboarding and cross country lessons, as well as heliski, off-piste, and snowshoeing. They have nearly 250 English-speaking instructors.

Our past experience of group lessons offered by the ESF has not been great (issues mainly with language and/or excessively large group sizes – especially at peak periods). However they have some excellent private instructors and guides and we would recommend them for private lessons.

The ESF also operates a kindergarten (Club Piou Piou) for children aged 3 years to 5 years. Here, the children can play and try skiing for the first time in the large, enclosed snow field with inflatable figures, snowmen and a ski tow.

Progression Ski and Snowboard School


Tel: +44 (0)208 123 3001

Email: enquiries@progressionski.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 Val d'Isère and Tignes 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.

Val D’Isère and Tignes Lift Pass Prices

Ticket Type Adult
19 - 64 years
8 - 18 years
65 - 75 years
(2 Adults, 2+ Children)
Afternoon € 54.00 € 46.00 € 46.00 n/a
1 Day € 66.00 € 56.00 € 56.00 n/a
2 Days € 132.00 € 112.00 € 112.00 n/a
3 Days € 198.00 € 168.00 € 168.00 n/a
4 Days € 264.00 € 224.00 € 224.00 n/a
5 Days € 330.00 € 280.00 € 280.00 n/a
7 Days - includes 1 free day € 396.00 € 336.00 € 336.00 n/a
8 Days - includes 1 free day € 462.00 € 392.00 € 392.00 n/a
9 Days - includes 1 free day € 528.00 € 448.00 € 448.00 n/a
10 Days - includes 1 free day € 594.00 € 504.00 € 504.00 n/a
11 Days - includes 1 free day € 660.00 € 560.00 € 560.00 n/a
12 Days - includes 1 free day € 726.00 € 616.00 € 616.00 n/a
14 Days - includes 2 free days € 792.00 € 672.00 € 672.00 n/a
Season € 1040.00 € 884.00 € 884.00 n/a
*Price is per person. Family pass prices (for minimum of 4 people and maximum of 7 people) will be automatically applied where applicable.

Please note:

  • ID required for proof of age.
  • Under 8's & over 75's go free.
  • Discounted rates for early and end of season skiing.

Free Skiing

Skiing is free in the Val d'Isère and Tignes ski area for all those under the age of 8 and over the age of 75. Proof of age is required

Pedestrian Passes

Pass Adult (19-64) Child (8-18) Senior (65-75)
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, Tapis'PIMPAM and POUM, Funival, Téléphériques Olympiques et Fornet.

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“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 Oxygène for all of our Val d'Isère chalets.


We have already worked with Oxygène as a ski school for many years in the 3 Valleys, and we are now pleased to not only be recommending their instructors in Val d'Isère, but also be recommending their in-chalet ski and boot fitting service.

Oxygène offers a comprehensive range of ski and snowboard rental options for all ages, disciplines and abilities. You can book your equipment in advance and choose to be fitted in their resort centre shops or in the comfort of your accommodation with their chalet fitting service.

Their ski & snowboard equipment is up to date and trustworthy. Every ski, boot and snowboard is carefully serviced after each use and personally fitted to suit your requirements.

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

Pre-book your equipment by emailing purpleski@oxygene.ski.

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