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Val Thorens ski hire

Zenith Ski Shop, Val Thorens

For ski and snowboard hire in Val Thorens, ValThorensGuide recommends Zenith ski shop. It's an independent shop, with an excellent range of equipment, and probably the best service in Val Thorens. You can get a 20% discount on ski hire and snowboard hire when you book through ValThorensGuide (then pay at the shop at the end of the week). Zenith ski shop for quality Val Thorens ski and snowboard hire.

To obtain a 20% discount, book your ski and snowboard hire.

Val Thorens ski hire: why Zenith?

Ski and snowboard hire in Zenith is run by Armand, with an experienced and knowledgeable team. Clients are served with good humour and courtesy.    Salomon X Race

  • *wide range of skis - beginners, carving, off piste, ski touring, freestyle, and competition 
  • *wide range of snowboards - all-round, freestyle, and freeride
  • *top quality equipment, renewed every year
  • *knowledgeable, friendly, helpful, and flexible service
  • *free helmets for children
  • *open all day (not closed at lunchtime)

Even with a 20% discount, the prices won't necessarily be the lowest in resort. For the lowest prices, you get the cheapest equipment. At Zenith, they only have quality skis and snowboards. They are committed to customer service, and they have lots of happy customers, including many ski instructors, and other locals and season workers. 

They don't work with big tour operators, so you won't queue up for 45 minutes on Saturday evening or Sunday morning for your kit. 

Val Thorens ski hire: categories

The categories of skis and snowboards are:Scott Crus' Air


  • Prestige (the very best test skis)
  • Zenith (suitable for expert skiers or boarders)
  • Star (suitable for intermediates)
  • Eco (beginners' skis and snowboards, and snowblades)


  • Competition skis
  • 120-160cm skis
  • 80-110 cm skis
  • snowboards (up to 140cm)

Examples of skis in the Prestige category include Scott The Ski, Salomon X Race, Salomon Q98, Rossignol Soul 7, Rossignol Radical 9SL, Atomic Redster SL and GS, Atomic Vantage 90/85, and Vuarnet. 

In the Zenith category are Salomon Q85, Salomon Q88 Luxe, Rossignol Experience 80, Salomon 24h x max, Dynastar Cham 87, Atomic Cloud Nine. 

In the Star category there is, for example, Rossignol Temptation, Volkl Adora, and Salomon LX750.

Rossignol Temptation           Rossignol Soul 7

Val Thorens ski hire: prices

ValThorensGuide can offer a 20% discount on the public prices for hire equipment.

The prices for 6 days are as follows:

Adults                Full public price - discounted ValThorensGuide price

Category 6 days' ski hire 6 days' snowboard hire 6 days' boot hire
Prestige 152.00      €121.60
48.10   €38.48
Zenith 127.80      €102.24 127.80      €102.24
Star 100.90      €80.72 111.20      €88.96
Eco 78.80        €63.04 78.80        €63.04


Category 6 days' ski hire 6 days' snowboard hire 6 days' boot hire
Competition 63.20   €50.56 63.20   €50.56 26.30   €21.04
120-160cm 43.70   €34.96
80-110cm 26.30   €21.04

For other rates, and notes on children's sizes, see the full price list.

Val Thorens ski hire: bookingScott Luna

Book your ski or snowboard hire through ValThorensGuide and get a 20% discount. The booking form asks for details including the name, age, height, weight, and boot size of each person hiring equipment, plus the category of equipment, so that it can be prepared and reserved for you.

Payment is direct to Zenith ski shop at the end of the week. If for any reason you change your mind after you've booked, we ask that you let us know as soon as you can.

Book ski and snowboard hire now.

Val Thorens ski hire: flexible options

Zenith customers benefit from the following flexible options:

  • *you can change from skis to snowboard, or vice versa, during the week
  • *if you wish, you can leave your equipment in Zenith overnight
  • *come to the shop to hire your equipment, and if it's too far to carry it to your accommodation, it can be delivered

Val Thorens ski hire: shop owner Ludo

Ludo Doucet, Zenith Ski Shop

Zenith was founded in 1985 by Gérard Doucet, and it is now run by his son Ludo Doucet. 

Ludo says, 'I worked in the shop during the school holidays when I was growing up, from the age of 12, and I took it over from my father in 2010.'

'I've carried on the tradition of excellent customer service. That's possible because of the continuity we have from season to season: nearly all the staff at Zenith come back year after year, bringing their knowledge and commitment to help Zenith customers.'

Val Thorens ski hire: location of Zenith ski shop

Here's a map showing where to find Zenith ski shop:

Val Thorens ski hire and snowboard hire booking, location of Zenith ski shop, Val Thorens

It's on the place de Caron, next door to Face West Café. Tel: 00 33 479 00 05 28. Open 0830-2000, 7 days a week. 

(See our full-size location map)

Val Thorens ski hire: off piste equipment

Transceiver, shovel, & probe at Zenith Ski Shop, Val Thorens

Zenith rent touring skis, skins, transceivers, shovels and probes, and ABS airbag rucksacks. See our off piste equipment page.

Zenith Ski Shop, Val Thorens

Boots at Zenith Ski Shop, Val Thorens

Zenith Ski Shop is long-established and centrally-located. It's an independent ski and snowboard shop, focused on providing a quality service to customers. It has an excellent reputation in resort.

One of the specialities at Zenith is boot-fitting. Ever since Gérard Doucet founded the shop more than 30 years ago, they have provided the best boot-fitting service in resort. Now, Ludo Doucet, the founder's son, and his team, continue the tradition.

Read more about boot-fitting and other services at Zenith Ski Shop.

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