Val d'Isere – France
Val d'Isère is a mixture of traditional village and purpose built resort in the heart of the Espace Killy. The terrain available to ski is some of the best in the world. The resort is also home to a great selection of bars and restaurants. You will find a full range of accomodation in Val d'Isere: from budget chalets to the truly deluxe you'll also find apartments throughout the resort and most hotels in Val d'Isere are in the main village.
Whilst Bono and Richard Branson come here all the time to enjoy 5-star chalets and fine dining in Val d'Isere's restaurants, you are also just as likely to find snowboarders who live and breathe their sport. The main thing is that, whatever your preferences, it seems that once you’ve visited you’ll keep coming back! With access to over 300km of slopes, awesome off-piste and plenty of blue-sky days the Espace Killy region is one of the big hitters in European skiing.
Three villages make up the resort (read our guide to Val d'Isere villages). La Daille is definitely not the prettiest resort you will ever stay in but the majority of the accommodation is close to the slopes, and some of the best runs end up here. Your Val d'Isere ski pass lets you use the free bus to take you back to the other villages. Most of the chalets in Val d'Isère are to be found in the main village along with most of the bars, restaurants and shops. Finally, Le Fornet at the far end of the Isère valley is the most recently developed village and has retained many of the original buildings making it arguable the prettiest village of the three.
Après ski in Val d'Isère can be as quiet or as lively as you wish and leisure activities are everything you’d expect of a top international resort. In summary, Val d’Isère is a good old-fashioned all-rounder of a resort!
- Have a go at a local pastry cookery class with top chef, Patrick Chevallot
- Have a quiet afternoon in the local art galleries.
- You must try the driving school at Circuit de Glace for the chance to drive on ice in a BMW
- Have a go at ice skating for an afternoon - great fun for everyone
- Get brave and take a tandem paraglide
Val d'Isere blogs
Posted by Liz Woods on 13th February 2012
Val d'Isere have some great fine dining experiences on and off the slopes. The snow is so amazing this year, add to that the tempting Michelin star cuisine on offer and you could be in seventh heaven! So even if you don't ski you could spend your time choosing the best places to eat or attending a cooking class at one of the best restaurants in town, or sample the delights at a wine tasting evening.
At a glance
|Resort altitude||1850 m|
|Highest lift||3450 m|
|Lowest lift||1550 m|
|km of piste||300|
|Number of lifts||89|
|Lift pass price||£242.50 / 6 days|
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