Skiing in Val d'Isère

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. The resort is renowned for quality mountain restaurants, of which there are in abundance.

SKIING IN VAL D'ISÈRE SUMMARY

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
Snow-making Yes

Skiing Val d'Isère Piste Map

Skiing in Val d'Isère Map

FAVOURITE VAL D'ISÈRE RUNS

Pistes (best in the morning)

  • Le Face
  • OK
  • Orange

Beginners

  • Ski Tranquille
  • Leissières
  • Isolée

Off-piste

  • The trees in Le Fornet
  • Vallee Perdue
  • Tour de Charvet
  • Cols Pers

THESE AREAS MAKE UP 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.
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