Altitude: 1850 Meters

Val d'Isère in short

  • Resort centre renovated in a traditional style
  • Extensive ski area with excellent lift system
  • Great hotels and apres-ski options

Val d'Isere has come a long way since opening its first hotel back in 1888. The ski scene developed in the 1930's and the resort centre was renovated in 1992 in keeping with the traditional mountain architecture style. Val d'Isere is now a charming ski resort with a reputation that extends well beyond France. Val d’Isère owes this reputation in no small measure to the vast ski area that it shares with Tignes. Tignes-Val d'Isère was formerly known as the Espace Killy in honour of Jean-Claude Killy, the famous Olympic skier who, along with other pro skiers Henri Oreiller and the Goitschel sisters, called the village home.

An incredible number of ski runs, good facilities for snowboarders and a spectacular choice of off-piste skiing also amply justify Val d'Isère's reputation. Skiers of all levels will find what they are looking for on the ski slopes of Tignes-Val d'Isère, particularly with the recent installation of areas dedicated to beginners and families. Val d'Isère enjoys a long ski season and often opens for skiing in the summer months as well. This venerable ski area near the border with Italy has hosted its fair share of international skiing events, including the Winter Olympics (most recently in 1992), the FIS Alpine Ski World Championships in 2009 and numerous World Cup races. All this comes at a price, and ski holidays in Val d'Isère require a higher budget than other ski resorts - but it's worth it! Thanks to its high altitudes, north-facing slopes and snowmaking equipment, Val d'Isère is all but guaranteed decent snow cover throughout the ski season. Val d'Isère is easy to reach from the UK on the Eurostar ski train via Bourg Saint-Maurice.

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Skiing in Tignes-Val d'Isère

Between them, Tignes and Val d'Isère share 300km of pistes as well as some spectacular and easily accessible off-piste terrain. The ski area reaches an altitude of 3456m and has guaranteed snow cover thanks to the Grande Motte and Pissaillas glaciers. Off the Olympic gondola you'll find the infamous Face de Bellevarde, a long, winding black run with panoramic mountain views that joins the Rocher de Bellevarde to the village of Val d'Isère. This run is best done early in the morning, before the groomed piste gets skied out. For freestylers, Val d'Isère has a large snow park with boxes, rails, three boardercross routes and special areas for beginners and pros alike. Val d'Isère has invested in eco-friendly piste bashers, snowmaking infrastructure and electric cars in an effort to mitigate the effects of climate change on French ski areas.

At one with nature in Val d'Isere

If you love the snow and mountains but not the ski lifts and crowds, if you prefer peace and quiet and feeling at one with nature, a lot of options are available to you in Val d'Isère. The resort offers great hiking trails and several beautiful cross-country skiing trails at the bottom of the Manchet valley around Lake Ouillette. Professional guides offer snowshoeing hikes that reveal secret landscapes, with the chance to glimpse wild animals that often remain out of sight closer to the hustle and bustle of the downhill ski area. Or, simply take a ride in a horse-drawn carriage. The resort also has an outdoor ice skating rink, a luge track and an ice climbing wall. If you want to take the excitement up a notch, you can try paragliding, luge, dogsledding, or speedriding - this last one combines skiing and paragliding for an adrenaline-filled experience!

Val d'Isère: Home to La Folie Douce

Ski holidays in Val d'Isere certainly don’t have to involve putting your feet up in front of the fireplace after a day of skiing – not unless you want to, of course! On the contrary, Val d’Isere is renowned for its lively après-ski and wide choice of events and festivities. If you're looking for lively après-ski, you've come to the right place. There's a wide choice for all tastes and budgets and even the wildest party animal won't be disappointed here in Val d'Isère. Venues such as Dick's Tea bar, Victors Bar and of course the legendary La Folie Douce. Located just off the Oreiller Kelly piste, this is the institution that kicked off the après-ski craze in France. RDV every day here for champagne, live DJs and partying with your ski boots still on!

Val d'Isère for everyone

The prestigious Famille Plus label guarantees a high level of dedicated services and facilities for families. The Children's Village and Le Petit Poucet nurseries welcome tots as young as age 3. The Centre Aquasportif offers swimming fun for the whole family, and is a great way to relax and unwind after a day on the slopes. As for skiing, the Val Kids programme introduces children to the ski area through a variety of innovative activities. These include a funslope with games, a toboggan run, a mini skicross and a playground where they can learn more about the roles of different figures in the ski area. There are three free ski lifts for beginners in the Solaise and Daille sectors, and special rates are available on ski passes for families with children under the age of 21. Every week at the Front de Neige, Val d'Isère puts on exciting activities for young and old such as "snake gliss", "yooner" and "airboard".

 Apres-ski & entertainment Val d'Isère

Restaurants 73 Theatre -
Bars & cafes 30 Casino -
Nightclubs & discos 3 Concert hall
Cinema 1  

 Ski school and ski lessons Val d'Isère

No. of ski schools 21Private ski lessons € 550
No. of ski instructors 600Ski lessons6 Days, 36 Hours, € 560
Area for beginnersSnowboarding lessons6 Days, 36 Hours, € 560
Ski lessons in Cross-country skiing6 Days, 36 Hours, € 560

 Book ski schools in Val d'Isère online

Kids-Ski-Lessons 21 Offers available
Adult-Ski-Lessons 13 Offers available
Snowboard-Lessons 12 Offers available
Off-Piste-Skiing 5 Offers available

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 Facilities Val d'Isère

No. of hotels 27 Supermarkets 7
Total no. of hotel beds 2572 Banks
Total no. of beds 12200

 Tourist information for Val d'Isère

Office de Tourisme Val d´Isère
0033 - 04790 - 60660

 Distances from Val d'Isère

Railway station
Bourg - St. Maurice approx. 34 km by bus
Genève et Lyon approx. 200 km by bus
From the motorway:approx. 100 km anderhalf uur by car

 Val d'Isère for families and children

Childcare Magic carpet
Playground Ski lift for children
Merry-go-round -

  Leisure & sports activities Val d'Isère

Public saunaFootpaths 22 km
Fitness centreTorchlight descentfakkeltochten 1 x per week tijdens de schoolvakanties in december en februari
Public solarium Indoor ice rink
Massage Outdoor ice rink
Spa & wellness Curling -
Indoor swimming pool Snow rafting -
Hot air ballooning - Dog sledding
Paragliding Snowmobile tours
Indoor tennis court Toboggan run
Squash court

Ski blog about Val d'Isère

2 September 2020 by Danielle in 'Destinations''

The French skiing airport par excellence, Chambéry Airport comes alive in the winter and welcomes hordes of British skiers and snowboarders. A short flight to this pretty little town will drop you right in the heart of French skiing territory, with access to almost every big French ski area including Chamonix, Les Trois Vallées and Les Portes du Soleil. Chambéry Airport operates seasonal winter flights to more than half a dozen destinations in the UK, mostly with BA. This means it’s entirely fea... More ›

20 August 2020 by Danielle in 'Ski areas''

One of the biggest hassles about any ski holiday in the Alps is how to get there in the first place! Complicated transfers with long wait times are not the best way to start your ski holiday, so next time you book, why not choose one of these easy-to-reach resorts? We've avoided resorts that require costly private shuttles or car hire. All of the ski resorts on this list can be easily accessed from the UK using a combination of plane or train plus an easy shuttle bus or cable car. Remember to pr... More ›

26 May 2020 by Danielle in 'Destinations''

France is known for having a good number of the world’s largest linked ski areas, with some of the ski areas measuring over 600km of pistes at altitudes of more than 3000m above sea level. But that’s not all France has to offer, and skiers and snowboarders are starting to discover the smaller resorts whose pretty scenery, village atmosphere and varied terrain can easily compete with the biggest names in the Alps. In our list of the top 15 French ski resorts, we've selected some up-and-comers alo... More ›

31 July 2019 by Danielle in 'Latest news''

The French ski resort of Tignes is one of the only glacier ski areas to remain open for skiing in the summer months. Traditionally, it was possible to ski every day of the year. Due to the glacier melting over the last few decades, the summer ski season has been reduced to just a few weeks. And this summer, Tignes announced it would be closing the glacier ski area ten days early in light of the heatwave that ravaged France this month. The ski area closed on July 25th instead of August 4th as was... More ›
(Photo: © © Tignes)

Ski area
Tignes-Val d'Isère

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Total slopes 300 (km)
Green slopes 53 km
Blue slopes 147 km
Red slopes 72 km
Black slopes 28 km
Off-piste 0 km
Lifts (78 )
Drag lifts 26
Chair lifts 43
Gondola lifts 9
Train 2
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