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Val d’Isère - a truly elite resort

The amazing ultra high altitude skiing of the legendary Espace Killy almost guarantees the very best conditions from late November to early May, whilst the superb modern lift system whisks you rapidly to a world of varied family skiing, Val d’Isère really does have something to offer for the perfect family skiing holiday.

With most of our child care situated in our Chalet Hotel Ducs De Savoie, just minutes from the slopes, we make Val d’Isère ideal for families. It offers the best of both worlds, with a convenient location and excellent children’s ski area for the youngsters, whilst parents can take off into the vastness of the Espace Killy area, while the children are safe and happy in our care.

Val d’Isère

Chalet Hotel Ducs de Savoie - Close

Chalet Hotel Ducs de Savoie
  • Prime location in the resort, set back from main road in resort centre
  • Main ski lifts all within approx. 4 minutes' walk (300m)
  • Childrens' ski area approx. 4 minutes' walk (300m)
  • Comfortable and spacious family suites and bedrooms, all with private en suite bath, separate WC and many with balcony
  • Prices From £539
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Our Child Care In Val d’Isère

Child Care
Nursery 4-40 months All day care with qualified Nursery staff - 6 days £315
Spritelets 3–4 years Half-day ski-play - a toddler’s introduction to the fun of skiing - 5 afternoons £215
Sprite Beginners 5–9 years Morning classes for complete beginners aged 5-9 years - 5 mornings £215
Sprite Improvers 6–10 years Improver morning classes for those who have mastered snowplough turns
on blue runs - 5 mornings
£215
Sprite Intermediates 7–11 years For 7-11 year olds who have skied for a minimum of 2 weeks and are starting to parallel ski but still rely on snowploughing on trickier red runs - 5 mornings £215
Supervised Lunch 3–12 years Children’s lunch with staff supervision 12-2pm - 5 days £85
Sprite Guided Ski Fun 6–12 years For Improver standard children 6 years and older. They are guided, in an informal environment - 5 afternoons (peak weeks only) £215
Snow Club 3–8 years Action-packed half day activity club with our Snow Rangers, including lunch - 5 half days £199
Mini Cocoa Club 3–5 years 7.30-8.30pm - A quiet hour of pre-bed stories and play in most resorts - 6 evenings
(Children must be out of nappies)
£29
Cocoa Club 6–12 years Supervised evening club 7.30-10 pm - 6 evenings £59
Cocoa Club Plus 8–12 years Supervised evening club 7.30-10 pm - 6 evenings (peak weeks only) £79
Saturday Family Guiding Over 5 years Saturdays can prove to be a dilemma for families who
are not confident enough to take the family out on their own - Book a guide either individually or as a group of families (groups are £39 per adults and £29 per child) - 6 mornings & evenings
£119
Peak weeks include departures on 21st & 28th December 2014, 15th February, 29th March, 5th & 12th April 2015. Gressoney dates are one day earlier.

Esprit Classic Child Care

For parents our Esprit Classic Child Care offers a completely seamless service and means being able to leave your accommodation after breakfast to head for the first lift, only needing to return after the last one shuts. We look after you children completely throughout the ski day if you wish. For the kids it means non-stop fun with english speaking staff and children!

Collection Service

Five mornings a week, children in Esprit Sprite classes and Spritelet Snow Clubbers are collected from the Ducs de Savoie meeting point by our staff (and/or the ski school instructors) and taken to the appropriate slopes for their lessons or to the resort’s Snow Club for morning fun.

At the end of the morning lesson or Snow Club, children joining Supervised Lunch, afternoon Snow Club or with afternoon Sprite or Spritelet sessions will be collected and returned to the Ducs de Savoie for lunch.

The Skiing in Val d’Isère

The Skiing

Ski range from 1,785m – 3,456m

Beginners

The nursery slopes of the village, with their free draglift and chairlift, are the starting point for most beginners, who will quickly progress to enjoy the greens and blues both on the lower resort slopes and high up on the Bellevarde. Another great green is up on the Solaise, the Madeleine, from where fablous panoramic views can be enjoyed.

Intermediates

In many skiers’ eyes, Val d’Isère’s Espace Killy area quite simply has no equal for keen intermediates looking for variety and challenges, both on and off-piste. From fantastic tree runs to the open acres of the glaciers and long, long cruising blues and reds from top to bottom, the area has absolutely everything any skier could ever ask. We really cannot recommend it highly enough.

Advanced

With the whole of the Espace Killy to explore, advanced skiers are spoilt for choice! From the Leisse runs on the Grande Motte Glacier to Col des Ves, probably the furthest black from Val, and the long run down the Vallon de la Sache to Tignes Les Brevières, the challenge for advanced skiers will be to race across the whole area skiing them all. The notorious ‘Face’offers the option of over 1,000m of tricky skiing back to the resort centre, for the perfect end to the perfect day.

Powder Potential

Val d’Isère’s snow record is legendary, and the off- piste powder can be awesome! There are so many off-piste itineraries that when the powder is deep it’ll be hard to choose but the Col Pers is certainly a route not to miss and for first timers the Pays Desert will get you hooked. Le Fornet is a mecca for those in the know after a heavy snowfall. Local guides are essential for the best off-piste action.

Snowboarding

La Daille is home to the snowboard park, where a half-pipe, quarter-pipes, bumps and rails galore will keep even the most experienced boarder happy in the search for big air! Val d’Isère also boasts several specialist snowboard schools for beginners  or those wishing to brush up on technique. Tignes also has its own superb snowboard park.

Après Ski

There is a wonderfully cosmopolitan choice in and around the ‘Vieux Village’ at the heart of Val, and the resort is justly famous for its après ski. Some will enjoy the local brasseries and the piano bars, others the gourmet restaurants and classy shops, and there is plenty of outdoor après ski fun available too - see ‘Activities’ listed below. There is also a vast selection of conveniently local restaurants to choose from on your chalet or hotel team’s night off.

Activities

  • Swimming pool
  • Ice-skating
  • Sports and fitness centre
  • 25km of walking trails
  • Husky sledding
  • Horse-riding
  • Ice-carting
  • Squash/tennis
  • Quad biking and 4 x 4
  • Snowmobiling
  • Ice climbing
  • Paragliding
  • Ice rally circuit

Other Amenities

  • Excellent selection of boutiques and designer shops
  • Numerous cafés, bars and restaurants
  • Banks and ATM points
  • Cinema

The Snow in Val d’Isère

Val d’Isère Snow Reports

Snow Reports for Val d’Isère

Get the latest snow updates direct from our team in Val d’Isère

Direct from the Esprit Ski team in resort. Unlike others, our snow reports come direct from the Esprit Ski staff on the ground. Our detailed descriptions help you to get really excited about the conditions for your holiday!

Ski Essentials

Ski Essentials

Pre-booking all your ski pack requirements couldn't be easier - simply tell us what you need and we will arrange everything for you.

Pre-booking simply means letting Esprit staff take the strain, vetting all suppliers in advance, getting everything ready for your arrival, and standing by throughout your holiday to help and support you.

Free lift pass for children under 5

Equipment 6 DaysDescriptionWhiteBlueRedBlack
Adult 13+ yrs Skis/poles/boots - £107 £127 £141
Skis/poles - £81 £97 £107
Snowboard - - £97 £107
Snowboard/boots - - £127 £141
Child 6-12 yrs Skis/poles/boots - - £61 £81
Snowboard/boots - - £81 -
Child 3-5 yrs Skis/poles/boots £47 - - -

1 FREE child White or Red skis/boots when 1 adult pre-books Red or Black skis and boots. FREE helmets included with child skis/snowboard. 

TuitionSki AMSki PMSnowboard AMSnowboard PM
Adult price 13+ yrs £181 £147 £181 £147
Times 3 hrs per day Mon-Fri 5 days 3 hrs per day Mon-Fri 5 days

Times are 9.15-11.45 or 14.15-16.45 Dec & Jan & 9.00-11.30 or 14.30-17.00 from Feb onwards. Please note that group lessons join the groups that started on Sunday. *Snowboard tuition available from 10 yrs+

6 Day Lift PassLocal PassParadiski Area Pass
Family (2 Adults & 2 Children under 18) - £695 (HS Only)
Senior 65-71 yrs £135/£165 £159/£175
Adult 14-64 yrs £165/£209 £199/£219
Junior 5-13 yrs £135/£165 £159/£175
Child under 5 FREE FREE

Sprite & Adult Beginners do not require a lift pass from Day 1 so should arrange passes locally. Recommend all other Sprites and adults to purchase the Espace Killy Pass. Lift Pass prices shown are for Low Season (week commencing 14/12) / High Season (21/12-19/04). Special Offer: Buy 1 Espace Killy lift pass and get 1 half-price: Departures 14/12, 11/01, 18/01, 25/01, 01/02 & 22/03. The second lift pass must be the same duration and is for adults only. Special Offer: One free child (5-13 yrs) lift pass with one adult pre-booking on Espace Killy pass onweek 21/12 only Passport & photo required for under 5 yrs and over 75 yrs.

Private Instructors & Mountain Guides

Fancy a big off-piste adventure In Val d’Isère?

Enjoy the accelerated learning that comes with having your own Private Instructor. Rather than risk availability on arrival, you can pre-book to secure your own Private Instructor or Mountain Guide

Instructor/Guide2 Hours 1-2 people - £95
3-4 people - £105
5-6 people - £109
Full day £339

Note: Available 09.00-17.00 Saturdays & Non peak dates only

Fly From

Fly to Geneva (GVA) or Chambery (CMF) from the following airports

Birmingham CMF, GVA
Bournemouth GVA
Bristol CMF, GVA
East Midlands CMF, GVA
Edinburgh CMF, GVA
Gatwick CMF, GVA
Heathrow CMF, GVA
Manchester CMF, GVA
Southampton CMF, GVA
Stansted CMF, GVA

Esprit Cuisine in Val d’Isère

Resort Cuisine

All of our holidays include great food six days a week. We set high standards for our cuisine, and train our staff extensively to ensure our guests enjoy every meal.

Includes a skiers' buffet breakfast to start your day, afternoon tea to welcome you 'home', and a 4 or 5-course evening meal with wine and coffee to complete the evening.

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