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The Development Centre Ski School, Val d'Isere

British ski school for ski & snowboard coaching

This British ski school's instructors are all trained to the top level and are native English speakers who are all fully qualified to work in France.

The school has been running in Val d'Isere since 2002 and their team are passionate and enthusiastic ski coaches who bring their experience teaching from all over the world to work with you to improve your skiing.

The Development Centre (TDCski) is not a traditional ski school; they use effective modern techniques that are tailored to the individual to ensure that you continue to develop your skiing. They offer both group ski lessons (or clinics) and private ski lessons for all ages and abilities.

Small adult group lessons (coaching clinics) consist of three half days, with a maximum of 6 participants you are ensured that you will get the best quality instruction that is available. Kids and Teenagers can learn with others of a similar age; 10 -13 year olds can join the TDC Devils – parallel skiers on red runs; 14-17 year olds can join the TDC Academy – parallel skiers on black runs.

All Mountain skiing and off piste skiing is something that you hear talked about all the time, if you have tried it then you will know the excitement and exhilaration that can be had from skiing in the wide open and varied runs away from the crowds. It is not as hard as you think. If you want to give it a go, TDCski have group and private ski lessons that will allow you some adventure and discover the mountain at your own pace.

There is also a specific “Off Piste Introduction” course, or, if you have tried off piste before, then maybe the challenge of an “Off Piste Adventure” is for you.

If you want to have a personalised experience where you can achieve your specific goals, where lessons are tailored to you, the individual, then take advantage of their private lessons.

Private ski lessons

If you are looking for expert one to one tuition, or you are a group of friends or family with some specific goals, then private lessons will help you get what you want. The Development Centre (TDCski) are a British ski school with a fully qualified team of native English speaking instructors. There will be no need to feel you are battling with any language barriers when communicating the finer points of good and simple skiing. Their coaches are well known for their enthusiasm, technical knowledge and love of teaching.

Private tuition allows you to focus on your particular areas of development. Your goals can be targeted and then achieved. You’ll be sure to see a noticeable difference in your skiing following your lesson. So whether you are looking to build your confidence on green and blue runs, ski the whole mountain without worrying about different colour slopes, take on steeper runs, challenge yourself on bumps, conquer the off piste TDCski can help you.

Lessons are for 3 hrs to ensure that you have time to try, develop understand and put into practice the skills that are required to hit that skiing “high”.

  • Morning Lessons 09:00 – 12:00;
  • Afternoon Lessons 13:00 – 16:00.

You can choose to share your private ski lesson with family, friends or other keen skiers at the same level to reduce the cost; just ask them about their Private Share option.

Visit the website to see full details of TDCski’s range of lessons, including 'Early Season Clinics', 'Off Piste Adventure Weeks' and more...or contact them directly using the enquiry link on this page.


Visitor comments

  • “Best ski school in Val d'isere without a shadow of a doubt” - Trip Advisor
  • "We have used TDC for the past 4 years, both as ski school classes and private lessons for our children. They are so far ahead of the other schools that we have used, and the children love their lessons. The instructors are all native English speakers, and just understand how to make it fun while also making sure that the children really improve.” - Trip Advisor
  • "As a competent but certainly rusty CSIA Level 2 qualified ex-ski instructor, I wanted a technical tune up of my technique on steeper, more challenging terrain. Terry Walker at TDC in Val d'Isere did not disappoint. A highly qualified Level 4 instructor, as all instructors at TDC are, he very quickly assessed where I could improve and gave pinpoint advice to help my make immediate changes to my technique. I was able to 'feel' the movements he was looking for me to make in the drills he gave, demonstrating that his diagnosis and treatment were absolutely spot on. The 3 hour lesson flew by and Terry's professionalism was apparent from beginning to end. The whole experience with TDC and Terry in particular was excellent, and I would fully recommend them to anyone looking to really improve their skiing. Brilliant - thank you!" - Trip Advisor
  • "Five 3 hour sessions at a bargain price. Excellent instructor (Terry)... genuinely transformed our skiing and great fun." - Trip Advisor


  • Activities
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Lessons
  • Adult Lessons
  • Childrens Lessons
  • Freestyle/Freeride Lessons
  • Group Lessons
  • Off Piste/Backcountry Lessons
  • Private Lessons
  • Ski Lessons
  • Snowboard Lessons
  • Steep Skiing Lessons


  • Open Seasons
  • Spring
  • Winter
  • Address
  • 73150