Val d’Isère will make you sigh long before your arrival there. The route to the ski resort goes through winding roads, past farms and forests lost in the middle of the mountains. Upon reaching the historic center of the village, the scenery changes to a sequence of alpine chalets built with a
lot of wood and stone, which culminate in a rustic 17th century church. A source of local pride, it is one of the few churches from that era that
withstood attacks during the French Revolution.
Filled with shops, hotels and restaurants, the village is a delight, and visitors also have a free shuttle service that runs until three in the morning. The resort is known for being one of the most festive in the European winter and attracts all different profiles – couples, young people and families with children. Its history with skiing goes back a long way: skiers have been going there since the 19th century, attracted by the promise of soft snow at an altitude of 1,850 meters. This same feature is what makes many sporting events choose the resort as their host. It was even here that the Olympic medalist Jean-Claude Killy got his start in the sport and that is why the ski area comprising Val d’Isère and neighboring Tignes was named “Espace Killy” – today it is called Tignes-Val d’Isere. We are talking about the second largest ski area in France, with 150 slopes linked by a system of 80 lifts and more than 40 km of cross-country trails. All of this, plus a breathtaking view, with the French and Italian Alps blending into the horizon.
Northern Hemisphere December to May
Base - 6069 feet
Top - 11,338 feet
156 SKI RUNS
In the village: There are two Michelin-starred restaurants: L’Atelier d’Edmond, with two stars, and La Table de l’Ours, with one. In the village, in general, there are good options for gourmet restaurants and a predominance of houses specializing in the typical cuisine of the Savoia region: good fondues and raclettes are served at La Corniche, for example. For desserts, be sure to check out La Grande Ourse, which has its own patisserie master chef. On the mountain: In the middle of the Mangard lane, L’Edelweiss has incredible views of the region – especially from the outdoor deck – and dishes from different parts of the world. Le Signal, located at the top of the Le Fornet cable car, is known for its variety of soups and self-service buffet. Quite popular at lunchtime, Les Tufs is next to the Funival lift.
WHAT TO DO BEYOND THE SKIING
Ski racing lovers will love this experience that brings together the best and youngest skiers in France, aged between 12 and 15 years old, on the famous "OK" downhill track. In addition, the resort offers a range of outdoor activities, including fat bike rides, snowshoe rides and husky sled rides. The more adventurous can also climb the frozen La Daille waterfall or even go paragliding to admire the landscape from above.
ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS
Winter is a great season to go with the kids! They can go sledding in the Sleigh Area, skate on the artificial rink in the middle of the village or play Snake Gliss and airboard in the Recreational Fun Zone. Furthermore, the Ski Kindergarten takes care of teaching the little ones to ski and the Village des Enfants organizes games for them while their parents are enjoying the slopes. Another interesting program is Val Kids, where children learn about skiing, the station and the people who work there through games in a themed playground.
Part of the charm of Val d'Isère is being able to walk through its charming streets after a day in the mountains. There, you can find brands such as Columbia, Patagonia, Billabong and QuikSilver, as well as local clothing stores and beauty salons. Every Monday, in the center of the city, there is an open-air market, where cheeses and sausages from the Savoia region are sold.
Val d’Isère has legendary after-ski parties. The most famous are Cocorico and La Folie Douce. To dance until dawn, the tip is to go to Dick’s Tea Bar or to the Doudoune Club – the latter has one of the best sound systems in the Alps and has hosted DJs like David Guetta.
HOW TO GET HERE
At the Place de Neige in the heart of Val d’Isère, a wooden and stone tower stands proudly at the edge of the slopes, giving fierce competition to the majestic peaks of the Vanoise massif. Airelles hotel collection invites mountain lovers to live a magical experience chez Mademoiselle, at an…
Built at a base altitude of 6,069 feet and three miles from the border with Italy, the village of Val d’Isère is home to a charming old town with amazing restaurants, bars, and a 17th century church. The all-inclusive Club Med is perfect for families or couples looking for total…
This hotel is filled with perks and luxuries: from the Clarins spa to its impeccable decoration, turning it into a cozy mountain getaway for guests. The charming accommodations at Le Blizzard provide guests with the ultimate relaxation after enjoying the slopes during the ski season in Val D’Isère. Rooms are…
Le Yule combines elegance, exclusivity, and comfort in Scandinavian style–the result is a perk-filled stay in one of the most charming ski resorts in Europe. Le Yule, a small, Scandinavian-style hotel neighboring the ski slopes, has cozy rooms with beautiful views. Their ski shop organizes guests’ ski equipment before and…