Val d’Isère Resort

 Summary

Val D’Isere is a firm favourite of  both British and French snow lovers. Combined with its neighbouring resort, Tignes, the ski area is known as the Espace Killy and is the major rival to the Trois Vallées and of equal excellence. It is has over 300km of marked pistes and unlimited fantastic off piste skiing thus ticking boxes for all skiers from total beginners to powder hunting experts.

The ski resort itself is full of character and charm. Nestled in the Manchet Valley with soaring mountains either side and the Isère River running through it, the scenery in Val d’Isère is breathtaking and you get a real sense of being in the mountains here. Originally a small farming village, Val d’Isère ski resort has developed into a modern, stylish and bustling Alpine Village. It grew up around its church and beautiful old town which is still the centre point today.

Val d’Isère is jam-packed full of shops, bars, restaurants and non-skiing activities to keep everyone occupied from the moment you come off the slopes to the time your head hits the pillow. The village is on the flat which makes getting around really easy and being purpose built means that the lifts, slopes and town centre are only a stone’s throw away. Val d’Isère ski resort has a superb and complimentary bus service which is on a loop from morning ’til night giving access to Le Fornet and La Daille. Travel to the resort is 2-3hrs from any of the major airports and only 40 minutes from Bourg St Maurice station, the final stop for the train from St Pancras, London.

Resort Features

  • Over 300km of marked pistes
  • Breathtaking scenery
  • Great for non-skiers
  • Complimentary bus service
  • 2-3hrs from any of the major airports
  • 40 minutes from Bourg St Maurice station

 Skiing

The Val d’Isère ski area offers some of the best skiing in the world. Combined with its neighbouring resort, Tignes, Val d’Isère makes up one half of the Espace Killy ski area – the major rival to the Trois Vallées and of equal excellence.

It is has over 300km of piste (both challenging and wide blues) and unlimited excellent off-piste skiing, enough to keep everyone happy from beginner to expert. The lift company are always investing in improving the fast and modern lift system which is now one of the best in the Europe. Because of its height, the sophisticated snow-making and high level of maintenance, Val d’Isère has a superb snow record history and perfectly groomed pistes from the end of November to the beginning of May.

Skiing in Val d’Isère Key Stats

Height

Slopes from 1550m to 3456m

Pistes

300km

Skiing/snowboarding level

Beginners/Intermediate/Advanced

Glaciers

2

Snow Parks

2

Lifts

94 modern

Cross-country

44kms

Snowmaking

Yes

Val d’Isère Pistes

Our Favourite Pistes (best in the morning)
Le Face
OK
Orange
Georges Mauduit
Combe Vallon
Bartaevelle
Beginner Pistes
Ski Tranquille
Leissières
 Isolée
Off-piste
The trees in Le Fornet
Vallee Perdue
Tour de Charvet
Cols Pers

The Val d’Isère Skiing Area

Bellevarde

One of the main ski areas in Val d’Isère with slopes that offer something for all – the fantastic green run – the Grand Pre, to the infamous black run, the Face. The snowpark here is under the Mont Blanc chairlift and there are several links to the Tignes terrain.

Solaise

This is for those of you who are beginners or simply want to warm up their ski legs on the first day. The pistes are wide and easy, ‘hero skiing’ we like to call it! It gets the sun most of the day with lots of hot chocolate stops.

Le Fornet

This area is often forgotten as it takes a couple of lifts to get there but it is worth the effort. The slopes are often empty, the scenery stunning, the pistes are rolling and the off-piste (especially in the trees) is untouched.

La Daille

Home to some great early morning pistes, fantastic runs home, the Folie Douce and the gateway to the Grand Motte.

Tignes

Make a day trip of it and ski over to Tignes. Here you’ll find the Grand Motte (glacier) which offers some of the finest piste skiing and views around. The glacier is a spectacle in itself. The ski area is made up of bowls of blues, mogul fields and challenging reds. Make sure you ski to Tignes La Lac and Tignes Les Brevièeres.

Beginners

Val d’Isère boasts its very own beginner’s chairlift and a few drags lifts on the nursery slopes. From here you progress to the Solaise area for gentle blues and can come back down to resort in the cable car.

Off-piste

Val d’Isère has some of the most extensive and varied off-piste available in the French Alps. There is tree skiing in Le Fornet, couloirs and faces within the ski area, and over the back is the vast expanse of the Vanoise National Park. The safest way to explore these areas is with an instructor or guide from our recommended ski schools.

Val d’Isère Piste Map

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 Non-Skiing

The Val d’Isère Valley has much to see and do, not only for the skiers amongst us. If skis or boards are not for you, or you just fancy a day off the mountain then there is plenty on offer here.

Centre Aquasportif

The new Oxygen centre provides fantastic wellness and fitness facilities in 4 different areas – Beach World for aquatic and fun activities; Exercise World with the gym and squash; Sports World for team sports and climbing; and Lounge World for pure relaxation with the sauna, steam bath and Jacuzzi. Entrance to Oxygen is from 14 Euros.

Walking & Snow-Shoeing

There are 24km of marked and maintained paths in available for walkers. These are gentle for ramblers and more challenging for hikers. It’s a great and peaceful alternative way of seeing the resort and its breath-taking scenery. We can provide maps and trails, and the Tourist Office gives daily updates. You can also book a guide for the day; you don’t need much to get going, just a good pair of walking shoes and some poles help for the steeper bits. There are a number of lifts open to pedestrians:

  • Cable cars – Solaise, Olympique and Fornet
  • Gondolas – La Daille and Le Vallon
  • Funicular lift – Funival
  • Chair lift – Solaise Express
  • Chairlifts (ascent only) – Manchet Express (only when connecting slope Lac Ouillette is open), Bellevarde Express and Loyes Express

It’s worth venturing up on the lifts to take in the views, try out some of the mountain restaurants and experience some of Val d’Isère’s notorious après ski.

Cross Country Skiing

There are 21km of cross country tracks in Val d’Isère. You can hire fairly inexpensive kit from most sport shops in town and book lessons with most of the ski schools. It is perfect for those wanting to escape busy slopes for tranquillity; it can be as highly aerobic or as a leisurely as you like.
For more details on activities in Val d’Isère have a look at the Valdinet website www.valdinet.com.

Available Activities

  • Walking
  • Cinema
  • Ice Rink
  • Ice Hockey
  • Tobogganing
  • Skidooing
  • Swimming Pool
  • Climbing Wall
  • Fitness centre
  • Paragliding
  • Ice driving
  • Ice climbing
  • Casino
  • Dog sledding
  • Bowling alley
  • Sightseeing flights
  • Sledging
  • Walking
  • Cross-country skiing

 Weather

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 Webcams

Have a look at the webcams below, courtesy of Valdinet, for live views from Val d'Isère.

Le Manchet Valley:

Le Manchet Valley

 

La Folie Douce:

La Folie Douce

 

La Dalle:

La Dalle