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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 childcare 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 Le Savoie - Close

Chalet Hotel Le Savoie
  • Stylish Chalet Hotel in the heart of Val d’Isère
  • Children’s High Tea at 5.15pm, or Family Dining option from 7.00pm
  • Main ski-lifts, slopes and children’s ski area approx. 3 minutes’ walk (300m)
  • Adjacent to Esprit’s childcare base in Chalet Hotel Ducs de Savoie, with internal connection between the two
  • Prices From £1349
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Our Childcare In Val d’Isère

Nursery 17 weeks-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
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
Sprite Advanced 8–12 years Morning classes for 8-12 year olds who have confidence in blue and red turns - 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 - 6 half days £199
Any child booking any morning plus any afternoon element along with Supervised Lunch receives their Cocoa Club / Mini Cocoa Club FREE or Cocoa Club Plus at HALF PRICE
Mini Cocoa Club 3–5 years 7.30-9.30pm - A quiet time for pre-bed stories and play in most resorts - 6 evenings
(Children must be out of nappies)
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
Peak weeks include departures on 20th & 27th December 2015, 14th February, 27th March, 3rd & 10th April 2016. 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


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.


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.


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.


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.


  • 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

Resort Map

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.

The prices shown are for the 2015/16 season.

Free lift pass for children under 5

Equipment 6 Days Description White Blue Red Black
Adult 13+ yrs Skis/poles/boots - £97 £113 £128
Skis/poles - £74 £85 £96
Snowboard - - £85 £96
Snowboard/boots - - £113 £128
Child 6-12 yrs Skis/poles/boots - - £53 -
Snowboard/boots - - £53 -
Child 3-5 yrs Skis/poles/boots £41 - - -

1 FREE child White or Red skis/boots when 1 adult pre-books Red or Black skis and boots.
This offer must be reserved at the time of booking and may not be available later as date restrictions apply.
FREE helmets included with child skis/snowboard. 

Tuition Ski AM Ski AM Ski PM Snowboard AM Snowboard AM Snowboard PM
Adult price 13+ yrs £144 £167 £137 £133 £163 £137
Times Mon-Wed
3 days
Mon - Fri
5 days
3 days
Mon - Fri
5 days

AM tuition is 9.00-12.00  PM tuition is 14.00-17.00 (13.30-16.30 in December).
5 days adult tuition for the price of 3 (Book by 20 Dec) for weeks 10, 17, 24 & 31 Jan.

Teen Extreme - from 14 yrs. 5x mornings (9am-12): £188  5x full days & lunch (9am-5pm): £386
3 half day off piste course (am or pm): £16330% off for weeks 6 & 13 Mar: £114

6 Day Lift Pass Local Pass
High / Low Season
Espace Killy
High / Low Season
Family (2 Adults & 2 Children under 18) - £655 / -
Senior 65-74 yrs £155 / £125 £164 / £147
Adult 14-64 yrs £193 / £156 £205 / £184
Junior 5-13 yrs £155 / £125 £164 / £147
Child under 5 FREE FREE

High season: weeks commencing 20 Dec - 17 Apr. Low season: 13 Dec.
Recommend Sprite Beginner/adult beginner purchase lift pass locally as  will not need a pass from Day 1.
Recommend all other Sprites and adults to purchase the Espace Killy Pass.
Passport & photo required for under 5 yrs and over 75 yrs.
Buy 1 Espace Killy lift pass and get 1 half-price - departures 13 Dec, 10, 17, 24 & 31 Jan & 6 Mar. The second pass must be the same duration and is for adults only.

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/Guide 2 Hours 1-2 people - £87
3-4 people - £94
5-6 people - £102
Full day £303

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

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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