What's So Special?

Some people say it's our equipment, other people say our services, but everyone agrees we're unique

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Equipment Ranges

At Snowberry we don't do things the way most other shops do, we don't just buy a sprinkling of new equipment for window dressing.

You pay the same price whether you're one of the lucky few who get this season's new skis, or more likely one of the unlucky majority who get skis that in some cases can be eight or more years old.

We don't think that's fair!

So at Snowberry YOU choose the age of skis you want - new, last season's or a maximum of 2 seasons' old.

If you want the newest and the best you won't be fobbed off with old kit.

And if you want a cheap deal, our Deal Breaker Packs are the cheapest in town for skis that are still newer and in better condition than anything you'll get on a low cost site anywhere.

Choose from the following equipment ranges -

Our Adult PREMIUM Skis / Boards

All new equipment this season for those that want to ski on the best.

Adult ECONOMY Skis / Boards

Our compromise price option.

'DEAL BREAKER PACKS' from €45 / 6 days

The cheapest prices in Val but still way better choice and way younger equipment.

JUNIOR Skis / Boards

By far the best ranges, choices and quality of Junior gear available in Val

BOOK NOW Prices Skis Only Prices Packs Prices Junior Price Comparison

and don't forget our 'FREE' Extras & Services

- Exclusive to Snowberry -

Snowberry is highly recommended by the following organisations & Travel Companies:

Snowberry Streetside
Mon - Thurs: 8:30am - 12-30pm / 2.30pm - 7.00pm
Fri: 8:30am - 7:00pm and Sat - Sun: 8:30 am - 8:00 pm

Snowberry Slopeside:
Mon - Thurs: 8:30 am - 6:30 pm
Fri: 8:30 am - 7:00 pm and Sat - Sun: 8:30 am - 8:00 pm

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Example - Kastle FX 95 HP - but we have over 120 other models to choose from

2018 Premium Skis / Boards - 'EXCLUSIVE' TO SNOWBERRY'

Snowberry are the only shop that we know of that replaces ALL its equipment every year to create a whole NEW park - all skis, boards and boots. No other shop, certainly in Val comes even close to this.

It makes such a difference to ski on new eqiupment. With skis and boards the newer it is the better it responds, the more life it has and the sharper the edges will be. And most importantly your bindingd will be safer - the springs are newer and more accurate and the binding will not rip out forcing you to walk down the mountain and miss a days skiing.

CHOOSE FROM OVER 120 DIFFERENT MODELS

FREE EXTRAS INCLUDED
  • Snowberry Bootfitting
  • Superfeet Orthotics
  • Courtesy Transport
  • Overnight Ski Storage
  • Gear Pick-up Service
  • Damage Insurance
  • Multi-change
  • Mid-week service
  • EQUIPMENT AGE

    ALL NEW FOR 2018

    Ability Levels
  • Special Expert
  • Advanced Expert
  • Intermediate Advanced
  • Lower Intermediate
  • Beginner
  • Example - Kastle BMX 105 HP - but we have over 100 other models to choose from

    Economy Skis / Boards - 'EXCLUSIVE' TO SNOWBERRY'

    A great compromise in terms of price/ski age, our Economy skis are only one season old and still newer and in better condition than skis you will pay twice as much or more for in other shops.

    All of our great extras come as standard with the Economy range too.

    CHOOSE FROM OVER 100 DIFFERENT MODELS

    FREE EXTRAS INCLUDED
  • Snowberry Bootfitting
  • Superfeet Orthotics
  • Courtesy Transport
  • Overnight Ski Storage
  • Gear Pick-up Service
  • Damage Insurance
  • Multi-change
  • Mid-week service
  • EQUIPMENT AGE

    Max 1 season old

    Ability Levels
  • Special Expert
  • Advanced Expert
  • Intermediate Advanced
  • Lower Intermediate
  • Beginner
  • Example - Rossignol Hero Master - but we have over 80 other models to choose from

    'DEAL BREAKER PACKS' - 'EXCLUSIVE' TO SNOWBERRY'

    For those of you who are just looking for the cheapest prices for ski rental in Val d'Isere our - DEAL BREAKER PACKS - offer the cheapest like-for-like price comparison against the plorifery of discount websites out there, while still offering way more choice, better quality, far higher ability levels, far younger and importantly our renouned bootfitting service.

    CHOOSE FROM OVER 80 DIFFERENT MODELS

    ONLY AVAILABLE AT OUR STREETSIDE SHOP

    FREE EXTRAS INCLUDED
  • Snowberry Bootfitting
  • Superfeet Orthotics
  • Damage Insurance
  • Multi-change
  • Mid-week service
  • EQUIPMENT AGE

    Max 2 season old

    ABILITY LEVELS
  • Special Expert
  • Advanced Expert
  • Intermediate Advanced
  • Lower Intermediate
  • Beginner
  • Example - Blizzard Cochise Jnr -

    Junior Skis / Boards - 'EXCLUSIVE' TO SNOWBERRY'

    Unlike other shops we don't drag the ancient kids' kit out of the back cupboard when school holidays come round.

    Our junior ranges once again include the best and the newest skis out there for kids from as young as 2 or 3 up to 12. We strongly recommend booking your children's equipment in advance, especially in school holiday weeks. Actually, book their ski school too while you're at it!

    CHOOSE FROM OVER 30 DIFFERENT MODELS

    FREE EXTRAS INCLUDED
  • Snowberry Bootfitting
  • Junior Orthotics
  • Courtesy Transport
  • Overnight Ski Storage
  • Gear Pick-up Service
  • Damage Insurance
  • Multi-change
  • Mid-week service
  • EQUIPMENT AGE

    Max 2 season old

    ABILITY LEVELS
  • Advanced Expert
  • Intermediate Advanced
  • Beginner Intermediate
  • Adult - Ski / Board Only - Price for 6 days hire

    Adult - Ski or Board / Boot Packs - Price for 6 days hire

    Junior - Ski Board Boots - Prices for 6 days hire

    Snowberry Info

    YOUR SKI EQUIPMENT IS IMPORTANT

    Your holiday success depends o your ski equipment!

    All ski shops have skis and boots, but great ski hire is about so much more than just the skis and the boots!

    At Snowberry everything we do and the way we do it all add up to make an unmatchable ski hire experience and to ensure that you really do get the very best in every respect so you can get on with what you came for - enjoying your ski holiday.

    OUR UNIQUE KIT

    Skis are NOT all the same!

    Nothing at Snowberry is remotely similar to what you'll find in other shops, from the huge range of top end kit in our Special Expert range to the tiny skis and boots for kids as young as two; from our sixty different models of adult boots so we can select not just the size but the overall 3D fit to our innovative use of skier orthotics, fitted at no extra cost in all our boots.

    OUR UNIQUE SERVICES

    Quite apart from a proper and professional rental service in every respect, our special extra services are designed to take the hassle out of your ski hire - and they're totally free.

    Why on earth would you stand at a bus stop in the freezing cold on a dark winter evening to get to your ski shop when we'll come and pick you up right at your door in one of our fleet of Landrover Defenders?

    Why bother carrying your skis back to your chalet or taking the risk of them getting stolen while you're enjoying après-ski when you could just leave them with us? And why spend ages on your last evening lugging your kit back to your hire shop on the bus then queueing for hours to return it when we'll just come and collect it while you enjoy the last few hours of your holiday?

    OUR UNIQUE SERVICE

    Of course having best part of 1000 brand new skis every season and having a whole load of extra services and luxury vehicles are all very well, but what really makes any business stand out above the crowd is the people involved. Snowberry is no different, our team is what enables us to provide the fantastic level of service which us what in the end of the day so many thousands of return clients come back to us every year for.

    At Snowberry we don't employ 18-year-old "Saturday boys".

    Nowhere else in Europe, never mind Val d'Isère, will you find a team of over 40 ski industry professionals, fully trained in every aspect of your equipment, all native English speakers

  • your comfort is most omportant
  • the ability to control your skis
  • the skis reactivity
  • the accuracy and speed that information transfer
  • the feeling and feedback you recieve from your skis
  • your edge grip
  • the speed you travel at
  • your turning ability
  • your safety and injury prevention
  • your ski boots - suitability, fit, tuning, sock
  • your skis - sutability, age, condition
  • your bindings - safely and correctly adjusted
  • your ski poles - length, swing weight, handle size
  • to hold your foot comfortably but firmly
  • the vehicle through which information is passed from you to your skis
  • the vehicle through which information is passed from your skis to you
  • the vehicle that pressures the binding in event of a fall

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    YOUR SKI EQUIPMENT IS IMPORTANT

    Your holiday success depends o your ski equipment!

    If you're coming on a SKI holiday, then you're probably coming to SKI.

    A skiing holiday is not cheap. The success of your holiday, how much you have enjoyed it can therefore be measured presumably by how much you enjoyed your skiing, how much you improved, were your boots comfortable etc. Obviously other factors are important as well, the weather, the accommodation, the food - but overriding all of this will be how good was the 'SKIING EXPERIENCE'!

    It may come as a surprise to many that the most influencial component that effects your 'SKIING EXPERIENCE' is your ski equipment. Your equipment - its sutability and how it has been fitted and adjusted - has an overriding and dominant effect over your -

  • your comfort is most omportant
  • the ability to control your skis
  • the skis reactivity
  • the accuracy and speed that information transfer
  • the feeling and feedback you recieve from your skis
  • your edge grip
  • the speed you travel at
  • your turning ability
  • your safety and injury prevention
  • All of these contribute ultimately to your enjoyment ( it is a recreational sport after all ) AND importantly, your rate of improvement and therefore your personal satisfaction and achievement.

    It is very important to understand that proper ski and boot hire is not simple and straight forward, it requires a high degree of technical knowledge, experience and input to get it correct.

    The 3 key pieces of equipment that are involved in what we call the 'SKIER SYSTEM' are:

  • your ski boots - suitability, fit, tuning, sock
  • your skis - sutability, age, condition
  • your bindings - safely and correctly adjusted
  • your ski poles - length, swing weight, handle size
  • Your Ski Boots

    Your boots are way the most important part of your ski gear.

    Wether you own our boots or are renting them the boot still has the same job -

  • to hold your foot comfortably but firmly
  • the vehicle through which information is passed from you to your skis
  • the vehicle through which information is passed from your skis to you
  • the vehicle that pressures the binding in event of a fall
  • Your boots - how they are fitted and tuned to your feet - have an overriding influence on your skiing comfort and importantly performance. It doesn't matter what skis you are on, if your boots are not right then you will never be able to ski properly.

    "It is widely recognised that poor bootfitting in rental is the number one reason that people give up the sport."

    Snowberry are the only shop in the world that properly fits ski boots in rental - period.

    Your Skis

    If your boots are right then you need to consider your skis. There are few 'bad' skis these days but there are unsuitable skis. So lets breifly look at the key things to consider when considering skis.

    Choice of Models

    Age of Skis

    Ability Level

    Servicing Quality

    Your Bindings & Binding Adjustment

    This is a very serious problem certainly within the French ski industry - the lack of knowledge and ability to adjust bindings correctly.

    Boot size and binding release

    Your Poles

    Always underestimated - but quite important, your poles can actually effect your skiing. The weight of your poles and more importantly the distribution of the weight - the swing weight - can effect your skiing. A heavy pole will tire your wrists and arms ncouraging poor pole plant leading to poor technique. Many rental shops cut costs by using adjustable poles. If you are ever offered these refuse them as they are heavy and have a horrible swing weight.


    A Snowberry Article

    THE PRICE COMPARISON TRAP

    Ski hire is NOT a commodity, it IS NOT just a question of price!

    Too many third parties are getting involved in selling other people's products these days, whether it's car insurance, hotel rooms, airport parking or in our case ski equipment hire.

    Unfortunatily ski equipment hire 'IS NO DIFFERENT'. These include Travel Agents, Tour Operators, Rental Websites etc. Now, baring in mind how IMPORTANT it is to ski on good, well fitted and safely adjusted equipment, we have to ask ourselves "what is going on". Well it should't take a genius to work this one out - PROFIT, PROFIT, PROFIT!

    Correct equipment rental is VERY complex, and these middlemen, who know absolutely NOTHING about ski equipment, just screw it up for you and us.

    Correct equipment rental is VERY complex, and these middlemen, who know absolutely NOTHING about ski equipment, just screw it up for you and us.

    The vaste commissions 'MIDDLEMEN' organisations are taking out of the equation would shock you. It is not uncommom for over 80% of the price you pay to be taken in commission - the shop sees less than 20% of what you pay.

    This has direct results on the quality of equipment and the service you will recieve in the shop - and it is getting worse! The following are the key areas that are being effected:

    You think you've booked!

    You pay your money so its fair to presume that you have booked your gear. Thats the line that many Tour Operators or Booking Websites will lead you, conviently, to believe!

    Don't believe a word of it. All you have done is line the pckets of the organisation that you have paid. The shop that you are supposed to collect your gear from has 'NO IDEA' of your booking so when you arrive on a busy day all you get are the dregs from the back of the racks and NOT the high quality kit that you were promised! Surprised!

    Experienced staff

    So many shops are now unfortunatily relient on the business that the 'MIDDLEMEN'

    Staff numbers

    Boots & bootfitting

    It's quite simple, if your boots are wrong you might as well forget it! With other shops, if you're lucky they just might measure the length of your feet but many don't even bother with that.

    Age of equipment

    Ability levels of equipment

    Choice of equipment

    Quality of equipment

    We don't buy cheap rental versions. We don't put intermediate skis in our advanced categories to keep our costs down. We don't window dress with a few shiny, new skis which hardly anyone is ever going to get. And we don't buy second rate brands that no-one every heard of or chain store own brand models either.

    Nor do we mislead you by telling you our skis are "top quality", "recent", "high end" or whatever. And we certainly don't con you by showing you pictures of the latest models and hiding "or similar" in the small print only for you to find that the "similar" model you are give on arrival is nothing like the ski you hoped for in style, quality or age. Ok, it has a bendy bit at the front and a bit you stick your feet in the middle, but that's where the similarity ends!

    Ski servicing

    Binding adjustment & injury


    A new era in ski rental

    WHY SNOWBERRY

    Who said ski hire should consist of:

  • waiting at a freezing cold bus stop to get to the hire shop
  • standing in a long queue waiting half an hour or more before anyone even approaches you and then not understanding a word they say
  • feeling disappointed and a bit cheated when you're handed a scratched up pair of skis that aren’t really what you wanted and have obviously seen better days
  • being asked your size and handed a pair of boots as if you were at the local bowling alley
  • being told it's a busy week so your 5 year old can't have a helmet
  • hardly being able to ski at all because the boots you are given are actually 2 sizes bigger than your feet
  • asking to change your skis and being told that will cost 15 euros extra, or even worse just that they have no skis left so you can't change at all
  • being served by a spotty 18 year old who seems to know a lot less about skis and skiing than you do
  • Not at Snowberry!

    We've looked at all of this, and everything else, that's wrong with the way ski hire has "traditionally" been done and then looked at how it SHOULD be done. And that's what you will find at Snowberry.

    Elsewhere you pay the same price whether you're one of the lucky ones who gets one of the very few pairs of new skis or one of the unlucky ones who gets kit that's a long way past its sell by date. We don't think that's fair!

    We believe if you want new skis you should be able to book them and be guaranteed to get them, and if you are prepared to compromise on older skis you should get a cheaper price - so that's the way we do it.

    Likewise, with boots and bootfitting, we're horrified how little importance (none!) other shops place on getting it right. It's quite simple, if your boots are wrong you might as well forget it! With other shops, if you're lucky they just might measure the length of your feet but many don't even bother with that.

    At Snowberry we carry out a full eight point, four dimensional foot analysis, and that's before we use our expertise to select not just the right size but the right shape as well from our range of over 60 different boot models.

    On top of that there's our fantastic staff (almost 400 season's of experience between us), our two huge and superbly-located shops and all of our unique, innovative and exclusive "Snowberry Extras" designed to make your ski hire experience - and your whole holiday - as perfect as possible.

    Ski shops are NOT all the same.

    Snowberry is widely regarded as one of the best ski hire shops in the world and for good reason. At Snowberry we have always specialized JUST in rental and we're passionate about making the whole rental experience as great as it can be. Over the years we have taken the whole concept of ski hire back to the drawing board and re-designed it bit by bit.

    Boots & Bootfitting

    Equipment Age

    Choice of Equipment

    Of course our equipment is what it's really all about, and we certainly believe that it's our job and our responsibility to make sure you get the very best and most suitable equipment for your time on the slopes.

    Once again we've bought way more rental kit than any other shop in town - in fact probably more than most of them put together.

    We don't buy cheap rental versions. We don't put intermediate skis in our advanced categories to keep our costs down. We don't window dress with a few shiny, new skis which hardly anyone is ever going to get. And we don't buy second rate brands that no-one every heard of or chain store own brand models either.

    Nor do we mislead you by telling you our skis are "top quality", "recent", "high end" or whatever. And we certainly don't con you by showing you pictures of the latest models and hiding "or similar" in the small print only for you to find that the "similar" model you are give on arrival is nothing like the ski you hoped for in style, quality or age. Ok, it has a bendy bit at the front and a bit you stick your feet in the middle, but that's where the similarity ends!

    Rent from Snowberry and we give you the choice of this season's new skis, last season's ones or our two season old budget kit - STILL newer and in better condition than the stuff you will end up with from a lot of shops in town. YOU choose how old your skis are, and the price of course matches!


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