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Val d’Isère - a truly elite resort

The ultra high altitude skiing of the legendary Espace Killy virtually guarantees ideal conditions from late November to early May, whilst the superb modern lift system whisks you rapidly up to a world of varied family skiing that really does offer something for everyone.

With our childcare base situated in the 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 £1204
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Our Childcare In Val d’Isère

Childcare/Ski lesson Age group Description Preview 2017/18 price Main 2017/18 price
Nursery 17 weeks-40 months All day care with qualified Nursery staff - 6 days £325 £349
Spritelets 3–4 years Half-day ski-play - a toddler’s introduction to the fun of skiing - 5 afternoons £229 £239
Sprite Beginners 5–9 years Morning classes for complete beginners aged 5-9 years - 5 mornings £229 £239
Sprite Improvers 6–10 years Improver morning classes for those who have mastered snowplough turns on blue runs - 5 mornings £229 £239
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 £229 £239
Sprite Advanced 8-12 years A formal, structured ski lesson of 2-2.5 hours each morning for children with 3+ weeks' skiing experience - 5 days £239 £239
Supervised Lunch 3–12 years Children’s lunch with staff supervision 12-2pm - 5 days £95 £99
Snow Club 3–8 years Action-packed half day activity club with our Snow Rangers, including lunch - 6 half days £205 £219
Any child booking any morning plus any afternoon element along with Supervised Lunch receives their Cocoa Club / Mini Cocoa Club FREE
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)
£35 £39
Cocoa Club 6–12 years Supervised evening club 7.30-10 pm - 6 evenings £65 £69
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. Available in selected resorts only
Prices from £39 per adults and £29 per child Prices from £49 per adults and £39 per child
(New) Ski Chaperone All ages One of our Snow Rangers will accompany your child to their ski school meeting point and collect them at the end of the session - 6 mornings £75 £79

2017/18 Peak weeks: include departures on the 19th & 26th December 2017, 11th and 18th February, 1st & 8th April 2018: Departures are Tuesdays until 2nd January, then Sundays for the rest of the season. Gressoney departure dates are on Saturdays all season.

For more information on our Childcare, click here.


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 your children completely throughout the ski day if you wish. For the kids it means non-stop fun with English-speaking staff and other 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 or in the Solaise beginner-friendly area. One ideal and popular green run is the Madeleine, from where fabulous 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 for. We really cannot recommend it highly enough.


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 black ‘Face’ piste offers the option of over 1,000m of tricky skiing back to the resort centre, for the perfect end to the day.

Powder Potential

Val d’Isère’s snow record is legendary, and the off- piste powder can be incredible too. 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. Booking in advance also means you can take advantage of any offers which may not be available later as date restrictions apply and may not be available locally.

The below prices are a guide to give you an idea of the ski pack pricing, however they are subject to change so please check with our friendly Reservations Advisory team.

Free lift pass for children under 5

2017/18 Ski packs

Equipment Hire Description Duration White Blue Red Black
Adult 13+ yrs Skis/poles/boots 6 days - £112 £133 £148
4 days - £93 £111 £123
Skis/poles 6 days - £86 £98 £111
4 days - £72 £82 £93
Snowboard 6 days - - £98 £111
4 days - - £82 £93
Snowboard/boots 6 day - - £133 £148
4 day - - £111 £123
Child 6-12 yrs Skis/poles/boots 6 days - - £61 -
4 days - - £51 -
Snowboard/boots/helmet 6 day - - £61 -
4 day - - £51 -
Child 3-5 yrs Skis/poles/boots/helmet 6 day £46 - - -
4 day £38 - - -
    • 4 day hire duration corresponds to the 5 night holiday departing on 2 January.

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. Adult helmet approx. £22.

Tuition Ski AM Ski PM Snowboard AM Snowboard PM
Adult price 13+ yrs 3 days £174 5 days £200 5 days £163 5 days £196 3 days £144 5 days £159

Tuition times: 9am-12 or 2-5pm
Teen Extreme (from 14 yrs):5 x mornings 9am-12: £226 (French school holiday dates only).

6 Day Lift Pass Area Pass - Espace Killy
Low Season High Season 2 Jan dept.
(4 days)
Family Lift Pass (2 adults & 2 children under 18 yrs) - £800 £667
Senior 65-74 yrs £181 £200 £140
Adult 14-64 yrs £225 £250 £174
Children 5-13 yrs £181 £200 £140
Child under 5 yrs FREE FREE FREE
    • 4 day duration corresponds to the 5 night holiday departing on 2 January.
    • Low season is weeks commencing 12/12
    • 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/Guide 2 Hours 1-2 people - £100
3-4 people - £109
5-6 people - £1118
Full day £345

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 GVA
Edinburgh CMF, 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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