Val d’Isère is world-class resort much beloved of Brits; along with Tignes it makes up the 300km Espace Killy. The terrain is some of the best in the world – varied, extensive, good for all abilities, and with the kind of expert skiing that makes a resort legendary. Most of the pistes are high and north facing (plus Tignes has a glacier), so piste condition is usually guaranteed. As well as long black runs, there is a wealth of famous, lift-accessed off-piste. Val d’Isère is a good resort for vigorous intermediates too, with a real sense of travelling about the mountains, and beginners will enjoy the many cruisy blues in the Solaise area.
Three villages make up the resort, with a free bus between them. La Daille is definitely not the prettiest, but the majority of the accommodation is close to the slopes, and some of the best runs end up here. The main village has most of the bars, restaurants and shops, while Le Fornet, at the top end of the valley, is the most recent development but has retained many original buildings making it the prettiest of the three.
Après ski in Val d’Isère is renowned, but it’s a big enough place that there’s variety too. Food options in the resort are great but expensive. In fact, that’s Val d’Isère all over – great but expensive.