Resort of the Week: Val d’Isère
Val d’Isère is undoubtedly a leading resort in the world of skiing with a vast network of 150km of slopes just in Val d’Isère alone, combine this with its neighbour Tignes and together the Espace Killy offers 300km of pistes for you to explore. With altitude ranging from 1550 to 3455m, this ski area has one of the best snow records in the Alps.
Home to our SkiBro office it has a special place in our hearts and if when you visit you will understand why!
Explore Val d’Isère ahead of your trip by downloading the piste map here.
Resort height: 2100m
Highest point: 3450m
Total ski area: 300k
Green runs: 21
Blue runs: 67
Red runs: 41
Black runs: 29
Snow Parks: 2
Open from: November – May
Geneva Airport: 3hr30
Chambery Airport: 2hrs
Grenoble Airport: 3hrs
Family holiday destination
You can trust Val d’Isère to deliver the perfect family ski holiday, so much so that it is labelled a ‘Family Plus’ Ski resort.
With excellent ski schools such as Evolution 2, Prosneige and Progression Ski your children can learn to ski in no time! Generally, both ski schools and independent instructors will start teaching children from the age of 3. Are your children younger? Do not worry, you can still head off on the slopes and get some skiing in, just head down to the main village where your children can be looked after by qualified staff at the Val d’Isere Crèche, (Village des Enfants).
You will also find plenty of family discounts including reduced lift passes for children and lots of family-friendly restaurants.
The new Village Perdu is definitely not one to miss. Here your children can wander around this magical adventure area filled with lots of fun wooden walkways and treehouses. Accessible to skiers, the lost village is the perfect place to take a break and enjoy the enchanting forest.
Val d’Isere is arguably one of the best places in the Alps to learn how to Ski with three dedicated beginner areas! The Rond-Point-des-Pistes is the flat section where you’ll find two of Val d’Isère’s main lifts – the Olympique and the Solaise gondolas – as well as the largest of the free beginner’s areas.
Serviced by a free chair lift (Village) and a free drag lift (Savonette) this sector has some short, gentle inclines perfectly suited to learning the basics of skiing. If you’re staying in the hamlet of La Daille, just out of the main town, you’ll also find a free drag lift servicing a small slope that will inevitably be just steps away from your door.
At the top of the Solaise you will also find a beginners paradise with very gentle short runs served by magic-carpet lifts, long green runs like the Madeleine and several blue runs. This entire area is accessible on the reduced-price Solaise lift pass for just €30 and you even get to make the most of the fantastic view at 2550m above sea level!
With 53km of green runs and 147km of blue runs, Val d’Isere is the perfect place to develop your beginner turns.
Val d’Isère’s expansive network and variety of slopes make it an intermediate’s paradise. As an intermediate, you will likely enjoy both the Solaise sector and le Fornet. The slopes leading down to La Daille are also worth trying with plenty of suitable options including the OK downhill red piste.
Val d’Isère-Tignes is the mecca for experts, not least the professionals who compete in World Cup races on the Olympic slopes such as the Face de Bellevarde where the 1992 Winter Olympics – Men’s Downhill was held.
The legendary Pisteurs Couloir is another challenging slope that got its name from the Pisteurs, the ski patrol, as they used to be the only ones to plunge down this steep off-piste route.
Not to forget the ten-kilometre Black La Sache which ends directly in Tignes Les Breviers!
Val d’Isère has a great array of easily accessible off-piste routes. Head up to the Bellevarde side of the Mountain which has three main off-piste routes on offer: The Banana, the Charvet Tour and The Face du Charvet.
The Col Pers cannot be missed if you are an avid off-piste skier, this route starts at the Pissaillas Glacier through the Gorges de Malpasset and finishes at le Fornet cable car.
The Piste Perdu, also known as the lost valley, is a unique, fun and challenging off-piste route. If you feel like navigating your way down a narrow canyon through rocks and branches, then this is definitely the off-piste for you!
We would always recommend taking a Guide when going Off Piste. Qualified professionals can guide you safely down many routes suitable for your level.
If you’re an avid skier but your partner isn’t, don’t worry, Val d’Isere has you covered. In the town centre, there is a great sports centre including a swimming pool and an ice skating rink. There are also great opportunities for winter walking and many of the mountain lunch spots are accessible by foot, just hop on the gondola and meet the rest of your family for lunch.
Many professionals offer Chalet services, from a massage to your own Yoga instructor!
The Espace Killy serves the perfect summer skiing destination with the Glacier du Pissaillas in Val d’Isère and the Grande Motte Glacier in Tignes at an altitude of 3,656m and offers 20km of pistes. Open in mid-June this wonderful summer ski area is great for all skiers, from beginners to free-riders.
With a stunning outside terrace, Edelweiss is a great lunch spot on the Fornet side of Val d’Isère. If you’re looking for a good pizza then head to the popular Le Trifollet on the OK run but if you’re in the mood for a burger then the cosy Peu de Vache is the place to be.
If you’re looking for a luxurious dining experience with a panoramic view, head over to Le Panoramic which is situated in Tignes at the top of the Grande Mottes Glacier.
On a budget? Don’t worry we’ve got you covered. Ski down to Tignes Cuisine for some great Asian food and €8 burritos! TheCorner in Tignes Val Claret, offers some great Veggie and Vegan options from just €5!
If you’re a fan of après-ski, Val d’Isere is the place to be. Head to la Folie Douce on the slopes or down to Coco-Ricos for a dance, a drink and some music!
Not only can you enjoy one, two or many glasses of wine right on the slopes or in town, but you’ll also be accompanied by live music, circus tricks and big mountain parties.
Wanting to feel like a local amongst the instructors, head to Coin des Aimes. In the heart of the town, it offers you a bustling local vibe of drinks, music and laughter.
Finish your night in Dicks Tea-Bar where renowned DJs ensure that the dance floors are full until five in the morning!
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