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post #1 of 7
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I will bring my 15 yr old nephew to Val d'Isere in late January 2017 and he will be renting gear upon arrival for 7 days.  He will need boots + skis + helmet.  He is intermediate and would ideally like to rent quality gear.

In a 2009 thread discussion from Epic ski, there was a mentioning of: 1) Precision; 2) Jean's sport; 3) Killy sport and 4) Snowberry.   

I would prefer to rent from shops where staff are experienced about equipment and won't rent you crabby skis (I have minimum knowledge about skis and don't want to be taken advantage of).  

Last but not least, do you recommend we shall make reservation online (to save time)?  Likely we will pick up the rental equipment Friday afternoon(day of our arrival),

Thank you in advance for your reply.

 

post #2 of 7
Hi, most of those shops you mentioned are till around. Some staff have changed so I cannot be sure for this season who will be the best, but you should be OK with any of these.

Yes, reserve online. You sometimes save money by doing this online. Download your confirmation to make it easier when you get to the shop.

Hope you have a good trip!
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I will bring my 15 yr old nephew to Val d'Isere in late January 2017 and he will be renting gear upon arrival for 7 days.  He will need boots + skis + helmet.  He is intermediate and would ideally like to rent quality gear.

In a 2009 thread discussion from Epic ski, there was a mentioning of: 1) Precision; 2) Jean's sport; 3) Killy sport and 4) Snowberry.   

I would prefer to rent from shops where staff are experienced about equipment and won't rent you crabby skis (I have minimum knowledge about skis and don't want to be taken advantage of).  

Last but not least, do you recommend we shall make reservation online (to save time)?  Likely we will pick up the rental equipment Friday afternoon(day of our arrival),

Thank you in advance for your reply.

 

Ski-One Twinner in Tignes Val Claret, may have other locations, broad selection, all-mountain, and powder-fat skis for off-piste and selection of normal width too depending on conditions. Generally, ask them about what you need , French generally on mountain function from a self-reliant perspective, so if you need help, just ask, they are most friendly and genuinely helpful.

Did not reserve online but we went in April near the tail end of the season, in January maybe a different story. Best thing you can do is take group lessons to learn about the ski area (as you might have guessed, its bigger than anything out there) and the instructors from ESF are real cool and friendly and they will guide you about your gear.

post #4 of 7

I'd recommend shopping around when you arrive. Almost all of the shops are right along the main street in town, which is an enjoyable walk in and of itself. Some of the bigger shops are at the big roundabout by the tourist office, but there are a few on either side that are worth checking as well.

 

There's one down the street quite a ways in the direction of la Daille that focuses on off-piste stuff, so that might be helpful since the two of you were planning on doing some off-piste days. But, a lot of the other shops also have skis that will suit you.

 

Saturdays and Sundays are the big days in terms of in-coming and out-going crowds, so I don't think you should have many problems on a Friday popping from shop to shop and chatting with the staff about what you're looking for.

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@CerebralVortex :  I have minimum knowledge about skis.  When I walk into a ski shop, I don't know how to tell if this shop has a good selection with good quality skis vs. another shop with average choices. Honestly, I don't know what I should look for a 15 yr-old boy, ~5'6" or 5'7" (ish), ~60 kg (?). I consider him to be an intermediate (did two 1-week ski trips to Verbier w/ school, one 1-week ski trip to Whistler/Blackcomb).  

 

That's why I thought renting from a shop with variety of selection (on and off piste) that stock good / quality skis, would be the easiest and most reliable option. No?  

 

On a different note, we will be arriving to Geneva Airport on Friday morning, plan to take shuttle to Val D'Isere.  I looked at the shuttle van services, most of them do not have weekday shuttle services out of Geneva.  There is only one shuttle service that leaves at 12 noon Friday from the airport.  It seems shuttle options are quite limited (weekdays), how come?  Is there any other places I can check / look?  It will be only 2 of us, so cost wise, private van will not be an option because of the cost.  

post #6 of 7

The easiest way to tell if a shop in the Alps has a decent selection is to see if they have any fat skis in the rental section.

 

Pretty much every shop has skinny skis for those wanting to carve around the groomers, but you'll be wanting something wider for your off-piste days. If you can see some fat skis when you take a peek at the rental racks, then there's a good chance the shop will have something that will work for you (even if it's not one of the fat skis). From memory, I think Jean Sport and Killy Sport will be ok.

 

Since you won't be in the Saturday or Sunday crowds, you should be able to find a shop attendant with enough time to chat with you about what kind of skiing you'll be doing to help you find skis that will work for you. If you're in a shop with a crowd and the workers seem a bit rushed, then it's probably best to check somewhere else or come back later. When they're not in a rush, most shop people are happy to chat with you to help you out.

 

 

As for transfers, a vast majority of visitors to the region do Saturday-Saturday or Sunday-Sunday trips, so that's when most of the transfers run. That said, it looks like Altibus has three buses a day on weekdays, so it's worth checking their site.

post #7 of 7

of all the shops listed in the opening post, the very best in Val d Isere is Snowberry... they are located at Rond point du piste (where the buses through town terminate (one comes form La Daille to rond point, the other from la fornet to rond point)  the shop is just across form the bus stop at the apartments

 

it is run by Jock and Susan Dun, i know them personally..... they used to own precision (when it was a real ski shop... they sold it in 2000 and it has gone downward since then with 2 if not 3 owners)

 

here is a link to their site http://www.snowberry-valdisere.com/  you can book on line and if you have any queries do not hesitate to e mail them or give them a call

 

great guys and the best service in Val by far

 

hope that helps

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