Non-Skiing Activities in Val d'Isère
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.
OXYGEN CENTERThe 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-SHOEINGThere 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 SKIINGThere 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.