Val d’Isère, France

Huge ski area shared with Tignes that is suitable for all abilities...

*  Excellent snow record...

*  Some of the best lift-served off-piste in the world...

*  Attractive village centre and lively nightlife...

For many, Val d’Isère is simply the best ski resort in the world. Not only are its slopes (shared with Tignes) vast and varied, they are also exceptionally snow-sure, with no less than two glaciers and an extent of high altitude skiing that is unmatched in the Alps.

 

Although the skiing suits all levels (there are plenty of easy runs higher up) the area is best suited to more adventurous types and offers some of the best lift-served off-piste in the world. The resort is also appealing with a lively atmosphere and charming pedestrianised centre.

Val d’Isère at a glance...

 Resort height:

1850m

 Slopes:

1550-3455m

 

 Pistes:

150km

(300km - Espace Killy)

 Snow rating:

☆☆☆☆☆

 

 Suitability

Skiing

 Beginners

☆☆

Green runs

15%

 Intermediate

☆☆

Blue runs  

42%

 Advanced

☆☆

Red runs

26%

 

 

Black runs

17%

 

 Resort

Transfer time

 Charm

☆☆☆☆

Chambéry

2hr15

 Convenience

☆☆☆

Geneva

3hr

 Après-ski

☆☆☆☆☆

Lyon

3hr

 Family

☆☆☆

Grenoble

3hr

 Non-skiers

☆☆☆☆☆

 

 

 

Snow reliability

General snow cover

5/5

Snow quality – upper

5/5

Snow quality – lower

4/5

Resort level snow

5/5

Powder potential

4.5/5

The skiing

Val d'Isère shares a huge area of world class skiing with nearby Tignes, known as L'Espace Killy.

 

Although often regarded as unsuitable for beginners, Val d'Isère has a perfectly adequate nursery slope and a lot of easy runs on the top half of its mountains (from where you can return to base by lift).

 

Intermediates are superbly catered for, with mile upon mile of easy cruising up top and plenty of challenges lower down. There are also several genuine blacks dotted around, including the infamous Face, which hosted the 1992 Olympic men's downhill. What really draws the experts though is the quality and quantity of off-piste on offer, much of it accessible from the lifts.

The resort

With its vibrant main street and carefully restored old village centre, Val d'Isère is much more attractive than most high French resorts. Although all our hotels are within easy walking distance of the slopes, Val d'Isère boasts one of the most efficient bus systems in the Alps, running every few minutes all the way out to La Daille and Le Fornet (satellite resorts and alternative ways up the mountain).

 

Val d'Isère offers a wide choice of après-ski entertainment, starting on the slopes and continuing late into the night. This is also a reasonable resort for non-skiers, with lots of shops, an excellent new sports centre and a few interesting winter walks.

Our hotels in Val d’Isère

Hotel Christiania *****

 

* Top quality traditional hotel

* Superb gourmet cuisine

* Excellent location

 

Guide price: £1240pp   Read more 

Le Blizzard *****

 

* Top all-round luxury hotel

* Exceptional lounge/bar

* Fabulous pool and spa

 

Guide price: £1795pp   Read more 

Hotel Avenue Lodge *****

 

* Cool luxury hotel

* Excellent central location

* Superb pool and spa

 

Guide price: £1475pp   Read more 

Le Tsanteleina ****

 

* Charming lodge-style hotel

* Perfect central location

* Fabulous pool and spa

 

Guide price: £1495pp   Read more 

Hotel Ormelune ****

 

* Innovative design hotel

* Great central location

* Fabulous French cuisine

 

Guide price: £995pp   Read more

Hotel Le Samovar ****

 

* Small charming hotel

* Excellent location

* Friendly laid-back atmosphere

 

Guide price: £845pp   Read more 

Location

Val d'Isère is located in the Savoie region of the northern French Alps.

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