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 has surprising charm too, with it’s attractive old village surrounded by sensitive development using lots of stone, slate and wood. Explore the partially pedestrianised centre and discover why the après-ski is just as famous as the skiing.
The Espace Killy links Val d’Isère with Tignes, connecting some of the highest peaks of the Savoie Alps with guaranteed snow such as the Pissailles and Grande Motte Glaciers . A family skiing holidays to Val d’Isère provides never-ending possibilities; snowfalls are reliable whilst the six-month season is one of the longest in Europe!
Extensive investment has kept it ahead of would-be rivals and it is hard to fault the facilities available for every grade.
Chalet Hotel Le Savoie - Close
- 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 £1224
Our Childcare In Val d’Isère
|Childcare/Ski lesson||Age group||Description||2017/18 price|
|Nursery||17 weeks-40 months||All day care with qualified Nursery staff - 6 days||£325|
|Spritelets||3–4 years||Half-day ski-play - a toddler’s introduction to the fun of skiing - 5 afternoons||£229|
|Sprite Beginners||5–9 years||Morning classes for complete beginners aged 5-9 years - 5 mornings||£229|
|Sprite Improvers||6–10 years||Improver morning classes for those who have mastered snowplough turns on blue runs - 5 mornings||£229|
|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|
|Supervised Lunch||3–12 years||Children’s lunch with staff supervision 12-2pm - 5 days||£95|
|Snow Club||3–8 years||Action-packed half day activity club with our Snow Rangers, including lunch - 6 half days||£205|
|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)
|Cocoa Club||6–12 years||Supervised evening club 7.30-10 pm - 6 evenings||£65|
|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|
|(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|
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.
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!
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 Snow Club is based in the Ducs de Savoie with outings for their specific snow fun activities. All children in afternoon Sprites or Spritelets will be taken to and collected from their session by our staff and will join the Snow Club children for the remainder of the afternoon.
We ask that Nursery children are delivered to Nursery by their parents. Nursery lunches are in the Ducs de Savoie. Nursery children must be collected by their parents at 5pm and accompanied at High Tea, whilst all other children will be supervised by our staff through High Tea until 6pm.
Mini Cocoa Club will run in the Nursery 6 nights a week from 7.30-9.30pm for children aged 3-5 years. Parents are asked to deliver and collect their children.
Cocoa Club runs in the Snow Club room from 7.30pm until 10pm on six nights a week and is available to all children aged 6-12 years. Parents are asked to deliver and collect their children. Parents can put their children to bed and enjoy a further period of relaxation, making the most of our Baby-Listening/Child-Patrol service, which runs till 11pm.
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.
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.
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
- Sports and fitness centre
- 25km of walking trails
- Husky sledding
- Quad biking and 4 x 4
- Ice climbing
- Ice rally circuit
- Excellent selection of boutiques and designer shops
- Numerous cafés, bars and restaurants
- Banks and ATM points
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
|Adult 13+ yrs||Skis/poles/boots||6 days||-||£112||£133||£148|
|Child 6-12 yrs||Skis/poles/boots||6 days||-||-||£61||-|
|Child 3-5 yrs||Skis/poles/boots/helmet||6 day||£46||-||-||-|
- 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.
|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|
Note: Available 09.00-17.00 Saturdays & Non peak dates only
Fly to Geneva (GVA) or Chambery (CMF) from the following airports
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.More About Esprit Cuisine