Meet the Team

We are a small, close-knit team of some of Val d’Isere’s most experienced and dedicated mountain professionals. Our speciality is off-piste and backcountry skiing, but not to the exclusion of everything else – technical lessons, snowboard and telemark are all on the menu as well!

Get in touch for a tailor-made experience of the best that Val d’Isere has to offer.

 


Didier Moreau

Didier is what you might call a “skier’s skier”. He spent many years as a trainer and coach with ENSA, the national training school for ski instructors, in parallel with his career within the UCPA where, as chief instructor at the centres of Tignes, Val d’Isere and Les Deux Alpes, he was also responsible for the training of young instructors. Didier is without doubt the best technician of the team, and enjoys the challenge of refining his technique to adapt to the new technologies and materials that are available to skiers today. His main activity within iSki remains off piste skiing, but teaching those who are willing to learn, whatever their level, remains a passion. He is also an extraordinary telemarker (and hence telemark instructor) and can often be seen leading his off piste groups on telemark skis.


Philippe Clement

After an initial – and successful – career in business following his university degree, Philippe finally decided to follow his true passion which was skiing. Having skied competitively at club level from a fairly early age, he was able to qualify as an instructor with relative ease, and since then has devoted himself to off piste skiing and ski touring around the Tarantaise.

Hugely experienced, Philippe also teaches all levels of the “MetaSki” teaching system, a scientific approach that complements body mechanics and is often far more successful than traditional techniques for nervous skiers or those experiencing some kind of “skiers block”.


Chris Harrop

Chris has been living and skiing professionally in the Tarentaise valley for over 30 years. His principal playground is the Espace Killy but for those wishing to explore further afield, he is also very familiar with the Paradiski area, Ste Foy and the Three Valleys.
Hugely experienced, his mission is to find the best conditions for your ability and safety and to improve your technique and mountain knowledge along the way.
His mountain talents have clearly also filtered down to the next generation – after just 2 years as a member of the French ski mountaineering team, Chris’s daughter Emily brought home the World Cup in 2022.


Melvin Chabault

Melvin is a dynamic young instructor who was practically brought up either on skis or on the water. A fully qualified ski instructor with a passion for freeride and freestyle, Melvin is equally at home on skis or on a snowboard. During the summer, he leaves the mountains behind and heads for the Atlantic coast where is also a qualified sailing and wakeboard instructor. Oh, and he is also a talented speed-rider. In short, there is no end to his talents and we’re delighted to welcome him to the team this year.


Kiera Leeming

A fluent French speaker, Kiera is an important member of the team as she manages all the planning as well as email and phone traffic. An excellent skier herself, she can often be spotted “tail-gating” one of our off-piste groups, helping out if necessary, but otherwise just enjoying herself.

Our Happy Clients

“Thank you all for a brilliant week. Claudia, Dave and I had the most fantastic time courtesy of some expert guiding from Yann, great conditions and charming company. Privileged to have made the cover photo, too! See you again next year!!” Chris

15000 fts ride down à perfect fresh powder, thank you ISKIClaude

“Strongly recommended to anyone who wants to live a different (and safe) experience, whatever your ski level. A very big thank you to the entire team of iSki – you are all great experts and really strong professionals. Safety is always your priority and you are all genuinely nice and approachable persons. Thanks also for your great tips, which have proven absolutely necessary to a beginner like me 🙂Benjamin

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can we find you in Val d’Isere?

We’re based in La Poudreuse below the Napajri, but if you want to book a lesson
you’re best off calling or emailing.

Where is your meeting point in the mornings?
All of our off-piste groups meet at the bottom of Bellevarde to the left of the Solaise Express lift if you are looking towards Solaise. If you have your back to the lift pass sales office at the bottom of Bellevarde, we’re on the snowfront just in front of you.Please be there for 8.50am so that we can be ready to leave at 9am – remember that if you’re not there on time the group will go without you!!
If I book privately, do the same rules apply?
No – you can start later if you prefer and your instructor will meet you wherever is most convenient for you.
I’ve never done any ski touring either, but I’d like to try – how does that work?

Touring is a regular part of our off-piste group programme, but it depends on a number of things including first and foremost, the conditions. The decision to walk or not will be at the discretion of the guide. If he decides to walk he will let you know enough in advance that you can hire the right equipment (touring skis and skins) if you don’t already have your own. Beyond that, all you need is a reasonable level of fitness, a decent backpack and plenty of water!
Alternatively you may prefer an introduction to ski touring with a private guide which guarantees an appropriate distance and pace for you.

How about booking and payment?

You can book via email or telephone. If you book in advance (highly recommended)
we will always take a credit card number over the phone to guarantee your booking,
even if you choose to pay cash in resort.

Whilst it’s better to book in advance, especially during school holiday periods, you
can always book at the last minute, especially for off-piste groups. We have groups
going out every day, so if there’s a space in a group that suits you, we’ll take you.

What about safety equipment for off-piste skiing?
We require all our off-piste skiers to be equipped with an avalanche transceiver that we will supply unless you have one of your own. We also strongly recommend a helmet and a backpack with shovel and probe. An airbag is entirely optional.
I’ve never done any ski touring either, but I’d like to try – how does that work?
Touring is a regular part of our off-piste group programme, but it depends on a number of things including first and foremost, the conditions.

If it snows every day for a week and we can ski powder without having to walk, we probably won’t walk unless the group particularly wants to. Even then, it will be at the discretion of the guide who will decide if it is appropriate or not.

If it is, he will let you know enough in advance that you can hire the right equipment (touring skis and skins) if you don’t already have your own. Beyond that, all you need is a reasonable level of fitness, a decent backpack and plenty of water!

Where is the best place to hire equipment?

Well, La Poudreuse would obviously be our first recommendation! However, if for
any reason they can’t help, we’d recommend the Mountain Pro Shop. In both
instances, if you say you’re from iSki, you’ll be eligible for a discount.