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Find Your Level

Our levels are designed to give us a reasonable idea of your experience and standard so that we can place you as effectively as possible in the correct class.

Adult and Teen Levels

Level 1:
Beginners Group. This is my first ski holiday and I have never skied before.

Level 2:
I’ve probably skied about a week and can make steady snowplough turns on greens with some parallelish turns.

Level 3:
I am pretty comfortable on blue runs making steady parallel turns and can do easy reds. If they become tricky then I loose a bit of confidence and control.

Level 4:
I am comfortable on red runs but would like to get better on steeper pitches, bumps and ice.

Level 5:
I can get down most blacks and want to try or to improve my off-piste, bumps and carving.

Level 6:
I can ski all the blacks and I ski off-piste. I am looking for some technical pointers for my general skiing and in challenging conditions.

Confused or not sure? Read on:
If you are not sure about your level, possibly because you are in between two levels, then bear in mind a few factors when you sign up. If you are fairly confident, fit and play sports quite regularly you might be more appropriate in a higher group. If you ski quite slowly, although with quite good technique, but lack a bit of confidence then the lower group may be more appropriate.

Kids’ Levels (5-12 Year Olds)

Marmottes
“This is my first time skiing. I’m a bit nervous but I’m looking forward to it.”

Chamois
“I’ve skied before. The last time I skied we went down green runs. That was fun but not always easy.”

Yeti
“Blues are easy and I like the challenge of red runs and trying some jumps here and there.”

Mountain Goats
“Yeah skiing is easy. I can go just about anywhere. I like reds and some blacks and I can do some jumps and some bumps.”

Please note that most children stay in Mountain Goats for two to three seasons. It is relatively easy to progress and be able to ski reds and blacks but it takes some time to do this skilfully.

Golden Eagles
“I like going fast and can ski all the blacks comfortably in all conditions. I can ski bumps and some off-piste and I like to do jumps.”

We do ask that all children under 16 wear helmets. We do not wear bibs in our group lessons, but brightly-coloured helmet covers instead. We strongly recommend this form of protective equipment be worn as standard. Junior helmets can normally be rented in the resort.

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Useful Telephone Numbers

Progression Ski &
Snowboard School

0208 123 3001 – Year round
0033 (0)621939380 – December to April

Physiotherapy and Massage

Progression Physio and Massage 0033 (0)6 27 38 65 46

Piste Security- Pisteurs

Val d’Isère 0033 (0)4 79 06 02 10
Tignes 0033 (0)4 79 06 32 00

Tignes

Alpage 04 79 06 07 42
Panoramic 04 79 06 47 21

Les Brévières

L’Armailly 04 79 06 41 82
Sachette 04 79 06 40 32

Helicopter Transfers

Whitetracks Helicopters 00 44 (0)7796 640841
SAF Helicopters 04 79 41 93 49

Resort Restaurants

178904 79 06 17 89
Bananas 04 79 06 04 23
Bar Jacques04 79 06 03 89
Les Clochetons04 79 41 13 11
Le Lodge 04 79 06 02 01
Perdrix Blanche04 79 06 12 09
Taverne d’Alsace04 79 06 48 49
Victors04 79 06 67 00

Mountain Restaurants
Val d’Isère

L’Arolet 04 79 06 11 68
Les Clochetons04 79 41 13 11
Edelweiss 06 10 28 70 64
La Fruitière04 79 06 07 17
Le Signal04 79 06 03 38
Le Trifollet04 79 41 96 99

Taxis

Europe Transfer 06 29 52 37 50

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Funbook Answers

11+ Funbook
‘Val d’Isère’ means ‘Valley of the Isère’. The Isère is the river that flows through town.
2. ‘La Perdrix Blanche’ is a bird found in the mountains here – it’s a type of partridge, literally translated a ‘white partridge’, though its proper name in English is a ‘ptarmigan’ (pronounced ‘tarmigan’).

3. Mont Blanc. It’s 4,810m above sea level.

4. OK stands for Oreiller Killy.

Henri Oreiller was a French alpine ski racer whose mother was from Savoie and who used to come on holiday to Val d’Isère.
Jean-Claude Killy is another very famous French alpine ski racer – now retired – who was brought up in Val d’Isère.

5. 88 lifts and 156 ski runs

1.

KID
2.

PARTY
3.

SKIS
4.

PISTE
5.

CHALET
6.

Télésiege
7.

SHOVEL
8.

SNOW
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SNOWBOARD
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GOGGLES
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PROGRESSION
12.

HAT
13.

SUN
14.

AVALANCHE
1. An ibex (the French word is boquetin)

2. Lammergeier (pronounced lam-er-guy-er), or bearded vulture (the French word is gypaète barbu)

3. Cigarette butts = 5-10 yrs – Plastic bottle = 450 yrs – Glass bottle = 500 – 1000 yrs – Orange peel = ½ – 2 yrs – Chewing gum = 5 yrs

4. Two. One at Le Fornet and one on the Grande Motte.

5. Golden eagle

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7-10 Funbook

1. Croissante, baguette, beurre

2. Golden eagle

3. Mont Blanc (It’s 4,810m above sea level!)

4. Head

5. You can find cows up at La Ferme de l’Adroit by Cash 2000, or in the cowshed up in Le Joseray.

bonjour = hello
piste = ski run
aurevoir = goodbye
merci = thank you
moniteur = ski instructor
s’il vous plait = please
perdu = lost
ou est…? = where is…?
je m’appelle = my name is
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4-6 Funbook

1. Eagle

2. Croissante

3. Hat, gloves, scarf, ski jacket, ski trousers, socks, thermal underwear… etc

4. Bindings

bonjour = hello
moniteur = ski instructor
merci = thank you
je m’appelle = my name is
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