Val d’Isère, France

Val d’Isère, France

Things to do - general

The resort of Val d’Isère is a firm favourite here at Powder White and many of us have been fortunate enough to enjoy our seasons’ indulging in everything from the thrills and spills to the steep and deep that is the endless playground of the ‘Espace Killy’. From ‘Le Face’ to the ‘OK Orange’ the famous slopes of this world class resort never fail to deliver the goods.

Val d’Isère has one of the best snow records around, making it a safe bet throughout the entire season – see our Snow History graph for proof! The fun doesn’t stop there though. The village itself has much to offer too. Whether it’s relaxing in the resorts indoor pool and wellness facility or testing your skills on the Audi Ice Driving Circuit there is plenty going on to keep everyone entertained.

The resort also hosts a weekly pedestrian evening which is a must. Ice sculptures, street entertainers, live music and much more delight the Vin Chaud sipping crowds into the night. If you haven’t sampled it yet, why not put Val d’Isère on your ‘to do’ list this winter.

Restaurants

With around 60 restaurants and about 10 takeaway shops, Val d’Isère will be sure to satisfy even the most discerning traveller.

Gourmet diners will rejoice in the multitude of eating places in Val d’Isère…
Whether you choose soft interior decors or picturesque views, gastronomic cuisine or Savoyard regional dishes, refined flavours or authentic recipes, the inspired chefs will serve up a feast…

Bars

Val d’Isère comes alive at night as its many dazzling bars overflow with a festive atmosphere where friends meet for a drink and party the night away.

Country France
Languages spokenFrench, English
Currency usedEuro
Ski Area Size2471 total skiable acres
Highest Point3456m
Vertical Drop1606m
Longest Run6km
Lifts42
SeasonDecember to April
TerrainBeginner Runs 22% Intermediate Runs 42% Advanced/Expert Runs 37%
Nearest AirportLyon (105 miles), Geneva (110 miles)
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Nightlife info

Val d’Isere is known for its nightlife and no doubt there is something for you. There are of course the rowdy, beer swigging pubs but also some more intimate bars where you can have a civilised conversation with your friends.

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Culture and history info

Until the late 1920s Val d'Isere was just a small farming village nestled in a wide valley beneath the imposing faces of the Solaise and Belvard peaks, linked by a rough mule track that is now probably makes up part of the skiing.. The farms themselves lay dormant for 8 months of the year due to snow and it wasn't until the 1930s that winter sports started to gain popularity in this now vibrant resort. Located in the Savoie area of France, at its lowest point, 1850 metres above sea level, it was the Parisian Jacques Mouflier who saw the resorts ideal potential for snow sports. Mouflier managed to get the backing of wealthy Parisians to open Hotel de Paris in 1932, which then brought the opening of the first drag lift in 1936 taking the first skiers up the Solaise slope, followed shortly after by the first cable car in 1936.

After the war, skiing became more and more accessible and Val d'Isere was becoming a much more established ski resort. It was in Val d'Isere where the skiing legend Jean Claude-Killy learnt his trade. He was a triple Olympic champion winning all 3 events in the 1968 Grenoble winter Olympics. It is him to which the Esapce Killy region derives its name. It was at the end of the 1960s when an agreement was made between Val d'Isere and their neighbours Tignes to open a lift in La Daille to link the two areas. Today, this region encompasses 300km of skiable terrain, serviced by 96 lifts with a carrying capacity of 149,425 persons every hour. Later, Killy spearheaded the organisation of the Albertville Olympic games in 1992, and more recently Val d'Isere's successful bid to host the World Alpine Skiing Championship in 2009 bore witness to the spirit of Killys. The local inhabitants worked hard to bring the Championships to the resort, and keep the flame of a living legend alive.

The town itself saw rapid development in the 50's and 60's, leading to the construction of less than aesthetically pleasing buildings. The 1992 Albertville Olympics spurred further redevelopment in Val d'Isere, but this time in a more Savoyard style with the use of Lauze (stone roof tiles) quarried from the Manchet valley and other local materials to make the properties in Val d'Isere more attractive. Now attracting thousands of tourists annually, Val d'Isere has established itself as one of the leading ski resorts in the world, for both the look and atmosphere of the village along with the great skiing on offer.
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Hotel Christiania, Val D'Isere

Rue du Parc des Sports B.P. 48 73152 VAL D’ISERE CEDEX
Located in the centre of Val D’Isere, Hotel Christiania is close to the slopes, the 5 star, chalet-s More info
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Activities

Val d' Isere as well as being a world class ski resort has an abundance of non-skiing activities to keep everyone entertained. There are numerous sporting activities for all you thrill seekers and for those of you that are looking to relax there are is large selection of spas to chose from and copious cultural activities including the traditional markets where you can buy those all important souvenirs.

Whatever you are looking for, Val d'Isere is sure to satisfy your craving.....

Unfortunately there are no self-catering offers at this location at the moment.

Unfortunately there are no tour offers at this location at the moment.

Ski Programs

Val d'Isère has a host of ski schools offering group and private instruction, independent instructors and mountain guides, as well as foreign-based instructors who are qualified under the French system and who offer courses in the resort over the winter.

Ski school can be a real hassle to organise so let us do all the hard work for you, we have built relationships with the top ski schools in Val d'Isere and we can book lessons for all ability levels, both private and group lessons.

For Christmas, New Year, Russian New Year and February Half Term, we strongly advise pre-booking your lessons as soon as possible as the group lesson and private lesson slots gets booked up very quickly!

Transfers

Transport... often the one thing that people put at the bottom of their ‘to do’ list and end up leaving until the last minute! Getting to Val d'Isere is easy, accessible via various different routes and modes of transport. Here is some information that should help you, but if you need a little more, please don't hesitate to contact our team in the office who will be more than happy to point you in the right direction...literally.

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Hot Deals

We know how valuable your skiing time is to you so that is why we offer to pre-book your lift passes for you, to save you the time and hassle of doing it once in resort, and there is no additional charge! The lift passes will then be ready and waiting for you in your chalet/hotel/apartment, so you can then hit the slopes!

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