Ski holidays get a lot of flak sometimes, and many people believe they are not the cheapest in the world. Counting up your transport to the resort, accommodation for the week, ski passes, equipment hire and activities… Then once you are on holiday, you think you’ll have loads more extra costs that you’ll need to dish out for. But no, this is not always the case! Here we are to show you how you can make the most of your ski holiday without blowing your budget, and in Val d’Isère of all places. 

Below you’ll find a selection of the best addresses in Val d’Isère for a drink, to eat and to have fun, all at low prices. Read on to discover our suggestions, we know your wallet will thank you!


An activity to do with family or friends

You cannot come to Val d’Isère without going ice skating. Located in the heart of Val d’Isère, this chilling activity will delight young and old alike. Open every day from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and then from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Don’t forget your gloves and especially watch your bottom, lots of laughter guaranteed!

Adult entry with skate rental: €9.50

Admission – 14 years old with skate rental: €8.50


ice skating VD

Discover electric mountain biking on snow

Have you ever done mountain biking before? Possibly you have tried it during the summer? Why not (re)discover this wonderful activity in the winter too? You can enjoy an electric mountain bike ride in Val d’Isère thanks to Oxygène Ski & Snowboard School. Explore the fantastic Val d’Isère old town or head up higher for a proper on snow experience, there is something for everyone! An unforgettable moment to share with family or friends. Fun guaranteed !


electric mountain biking

Cheaper accommodation is totally possible

Often many think Val d’Isère is out of their budget when it comes to accommodation. But this simply is not true! First of all you have to be flexible with your dates and don’t choose a ski holiday during the peak holiday weeks. We like to check out deals on websites such as Airbnb. The best time to come has often been said to be during January or March. Costs are lower and the slopes are quieter too. Big bonus!

Happy hour is here!

From 5 p.m everyday you can head to the Petit Danois for Happy Hour. This is where the speakers come alive with live music and you can dance with friends around an open-air clubbing aperitif in the center of Val d’Isère. Everyday from 4 to 5 p.m and then 9 to 10 p.m, it’s Happy Hour with free popcorn! 

A restaurant by the slopes that does not cost an arm and a leg

Le Bananas has been present in Val d’Isère for more than 30 years and is well known for its mouth-watering tex mex cuisine and warm atmosphere. Located next to the “Bellevarde Express” chairlift, it is an ideal place to stop off for a break during your day of skiing or snowboarding and grab a snack.


Bananas restaurant

Savoyard specialties for small budgets

Delicious tartiflettes, croziflettes and Savoyard fondues for less than €30 per person await you at La Casserole restaurant in Val d’Isère. These typical and essential dishes that you must taste during your visit to the mountains are often expensive… But we promise at La Casserole your taste buds and your wallet will not be disappointed.

fondue savoyarde

Rent your equipment for less than 20€ / day

Yes, that’s right, we at Ski Hut can offer inexpensive ski and snowboard equipment rental for the whole family, without setting aside quality and a super service. We have honest and transparent prices that are easy to help you budget your holiday in Val d’Isère this winter.

Ski Hut is located inside the Portillo building on the avenue Olympique. You’ll find us on the left after the service station just at the entrance. There are two stops in front of the Portillo, making it super easy for you, no matter where you are staying in Val d’Isère!

Ski Hut Shop Val d'Isere

Choosing the right equipment is not always easy, especially when you are not an expert in the field. However, choosing the right equipment for your level maximizes your sliding experience, allowing you to enjoy your holiday in the mountains more. Are you unsure about which Pack of skis and boots you should choose? Here is a little guide to our complete range; skis, boots, snowboards, childrens equipment, helping you choose the best option for you…


The 3 Ski Hut Adult Packs

At Ski Hut, you have the choice between 3 different adult categories: Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced:

Beginner: You have little or no experience on skis. Are you on green or easy blue runs, are you not going fast and find turning difficult? Our Beginner Pack is perfect for you and you’ll progress beautifully. The skis have an injected foam internal structure making them lightweight and easier to move and turn on the slopes. They are a great option for skiing with your children on beginner runs and following them at their pace. Please remember the best height for beginner skis is no higher than chin level. Also don’t go too short, skis that are too short do not have the same center of gravity and you can become unbalanced more easily. Beginner skis are generally thinner to allow for an easier change from edge to edge when turning.


Intermediate: Skiing is a wonderful hobby for you and you probably do one week or two weeks a year with friends or family. You know how to link your turns together and move at a comfortable medium speed on the slopes. You are generally happy on all pistes. Your goal? To build on your technique and gain more confidence when going quicker. If you recognise yourself in this description, choose our Intermediate Pack, they will help you push yourself on the slopes without losing control. Intermediate skis are a little heavier and bulkier than beginner skis. They are ideal for skiing on all slopes, but also great for playing in the fresh powder on the edge of the slopes too, and you can even use them in the snowpark for basic jumps. The ideal size for Intermediate skis is your height. They’ll allow you to advance in performance and stability.


Advanced: You are at one with the snow and parallel turning to perfection! Every patch of snow calls out to you, both on and off-piste, and you can’t resist the temptation. Our Advanced level of skis is the perfect solution for you. These skis will become your allies for the week, aiding you in all circumstances. Much larger than those in our other categories, these skis cover a larger volume per cm2, helping you to not sink and ride that fresh powder like a God. If you’re interested in freestyle, make sure you choose skis that are not too big to help with your twists and rotations. Twin Tips are used for this specific type of discipline as they make landing or skiing backwards much easier. For you off-piste enthusiasts, the skis should be taller than you, helping to give you more lift on soft snow.


Good news: We have all these types of skis in our Ski Hut stores in La Plagne and Val d’Isère.


Equipment For Children

Ski Hut offers two ski Packs designed for children too. For the little ones (2-6 years old), our in resort ski technicians will offer the right equipment for their level, so they can discover skiing in the best conditions; small skis, small boots (and small poles if necessary). For the older children (7-12 years old), equally suitable equipment is available to rent. These skis are more stable, yet still light in weight, and they’ll allow your child to progress with confidence while having maximum fun.


Skis…and snowboards

For snowboard enthusiasts (beginners to advanced), Ski Hut also has exactly what you need! In resort our technicians will chat with you and find out your level. They’ll offer you the most suitable snowboard to suit your profile, and to ensure your riding on (or off) the slopes is maximised. Depending on your level choose between small or large boards, from soft to rigid, yes, we have something for everyone. Don’t waste anymore time, book now and then head to our Ski Hut shop to pick up your equipment… The slopes are waiting for you!


As you can see we have everything for everyone here at Ski Hut. And if you still have doubts, pop into one of our resort rental shops and chat to our expert ski technicians. Have fun on the slopes.