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FranceVal d'Isere: Reviews

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Johan Baeckstrom
Posted: 04/05/17
Mr.
Overall rating: 5 stars
Johan Baeckstrom
Visited: January 2017

It is really bad that the Ski club never have any representants or ski teacher (with the only exemption that you might book a ski teacher through the web site) or anything at Val d'Isère and that all joy have to be based of engaged persons that very privately work to have people to come together that rarely have no connections to the ski club.
It would be of great value if the Ski Club could get some discounts AT the resort instead of on cars and other things that not primarily is connected to skiing. One is today normally overloaded with discount of different kind and IF it should be of any real value the discount have to be of great use.
WEBSITE
You presume that I stayed a month or shorter even though it was the opposite, several months.
Please see also if you could improve the wayof chossen the resort at your website review. It would be nice if you first might click on which country you visited and thereafter the resort.

Slopes:
5 stars
Accommodation:
5 stars
Eating:
4 stars
Apres:
5 stars
Value for money:
4 stars
Adrian Thomson
Posted: 11/04/17
Plenty of skiing - but not well connected to Tignes
Overall rating: 4 stars
Adrian Thomson
Visited: March 2017

The Espace Killy Ski Area is named after French Olympic champion downhill skier Jean-Claude Killy. Val d'Isère is located in a steep valley and it is these steep slopes that have attracted the hard core skiers since the resort opened for downhill skiing in the mid 1930's. I am an intermediate skier who has skied at Tignes before so found plenty of good blue/red runs for 6 days skiing albeit there is no easy way to ski from La Daille (Bellevarde) into Val d'Isere only an un-pisted Blue Santons or Black runs - experienced skiers in our group thought the Black easier than Santons! Skiing towards Tignes is straight forward in either direction and would be better for beginners. I found the Ski Bus offered the best and fastest way to access the Val d'Isere side of the Espace Killy so you can get the Ski Bus to Le Fornet (or Le Laisinant) first thing and spend the rest of the day skiing back using the Olympique Cable Car to return to Bellevarde and thence La Daille. There are a couple of flat spots in the resort where you may have to take skis off or pole along. Also the snow on lower areas like Tignes 1550 (Les Brévières) gets slushy in the afternoon so best do these in the morning. I did brave the infamous La Face Black run in Val d'Isère as first run on the last day - not for the faint hearted. Amongst our group the favourite runs we could all manage/enjoy were Red Cascade at Le Fornet and Blue Génépy at Val Claret. Best table service lunches we had were at La Tete de Solaise and La Bouida at Tignes 1550 (great pizzas) - we were also recommended to try the Edelweiss at Le Fornet. If you get fed up of skiing you could try a microlight flight 12 minutes is €80 or 18 minutes €100 - on a sunny day the views would be amazing!

Slopes:
4 stars
Accommodation:
4 stars
Eating:
5 stars
Apres:
5 stars
Value for money:
4 stars
Barry Hackett
Posted: 06/02/17
On-piste Development 1
Overall rating: 5 stars
Barry Hackett
Visited: January 2017

Terrific week following fresh snowfall. Our instructor Steven Groen and our Ski Club leader Kate Rowe could not have done more. We covered most of the Val d'Isere and Tignes resorts - La Grande Motte was breath taking - helped no doubt by blue skies, sunshine and minus 22 degrees! Great fun all round - The Lodge was perfect with keen staff on hand to make sure our glasses were rarely empty!

Slopes:
5 stars
Accommodation:
5 stars
Eating:
4 stars
Apres:
4 stars
Value for money:
4 stars
Val d'Isere
Val d'Isere
Gary Forbes
Posted: 23/04/16
Spring ski in Val
Overall rating: 5 stars
Gary Forbes
Visited: April 2016

Last minute ski in Val d'isere , I got a flight from Newcastle to Geneva hoping the snow report sent to me by the ski club would be correct, I arrived at my accomadation around 4pm and people were still skiing, after meeting the lovely people in the chalet, we had our meal and a few drinks, looking forward to skiing in the morning , I skied with 3 people the next day from the chalet, Cheryl , Helen and Steve . Cheryl was a member of the ski club and later in the day introduced me to Paul Mongon ,Kim , Paul , John, Gareth ,Laurence ,Dave, and other lovely season airs , I skied with the club the rest of the week, and we found some great off piste.the snow forecast was perfect and we did get some powder skiing, fantastic for April , I think the club members Paul Mongon, Kim,and Paul, deserve a commendation as they made my holiday. Thank you so much . Gary.

Slopes:
5 stars
Accommodation:
4 stars
Eating:
4 stars
Apres:
4 stars
Value for money:
4 stars
Simon Booker-milburn
Posted: 17/04/16
3rd Visit.
Overall rating: 5 stars
Simon Booker-milburn
Visited: March 2016

Another excellent time in Val d'Isere.
Based in La Daille, an excellent location across from the slopes and the funeral/gondola.
Just a shame the transfer time can't be improved!

Slopes:
5 stars
Accommodation:
5 stars
Eating:
5 stars
Value for money:
4 stars
Patricia Reeves
Posted: 11/04/16
Challenge fun inspiration and value
Overall rating: 5 stars
Patricia Reeves
Visited: April 2016

We skied with Nico of Evo 2 on 6 April. Our day out was one of challenge, fun, interest and inspiration. He searched out places where we could see on a day of poor visibility and the best snow as well as some off piste. Nico gave us individual tips on technique and answered numerous questions ranging from how to improve to different skis for different conditions. What's more we could borrow from Evo 2 ABS avalanche airbag, transceiver, probe, shovel and backpack. All of this for just £20. What value!

Peter Bergman
Posted: 24/03/16
Peter Bergman
Overall rating: 5 stars
Peter Bergman
Visited: March 2016

Had a great time on the 2 days that I skied with Nico from Evo 2 and organised by the ski club. On some of the other days we skied with the seasonnaires. They were great to help us and other members. Kim, Paul and others know the best coffee stops and lunch stops with plenty of skiing in between. Can't wait to get back to Val next season

Slopes:
5 stars
Accommodation:
5 stars
Eating:
5 stars
Apres:
5 stars
Value for money:
5 stars
Katherine Oakley
Posted: 27/02/16
Challenge and camaraderie in the Espace Killy
Overall rating: 5 stars
Katherine Oakley
Visited: February 2016

February half term wouldn't be everyone's first choice. But for teachers like me that choice is already made. I adore skiing, hate lift queues, worry about overcrowded pistes. I am also an independent traveller (husband no longer wants to ski). Val d'Isere met all my expectations, and more. Skiworld's Chalet Madeleine was a great base: comfortable, wonderful food, easy access to bus stop, and with friendly fellow guests. As for the skiing, I had a ball. I signed up for a morning's guided skiing with the club's Evolution 2 instructor. This was a splendid introduction to the resort, with plenty of travel and pace as we whizzed over to Tignes, and enjoyed spacious blues and reds. From then on I joined newly made friends from the Val d'Isere Ski Club branch. This I really loved. We went in different directions every day, and because these skiers, most of them seasonnaires, know the resort intimately, we took lift combinations that circumvented queues, got us quickly away from crowds and accessed beautifully groomed runs and fabulous views. Skiing with a group of friends gives you confidence; the club skiers don't guide or teach, but they do look after each other, and they know all the best places in Val d'Isere for lunch, coffee or even a quick loo trip on the mountain (boring but important). The duck dish of the day at Le Signal in the sit-down upstairs restaurant was memorably scrumptious. When the sun shines, as it did for four days, this massive resort provides plenty of space for hordes of half term skiers. My favourite run was the black off the Col de Ves. I did the curving path route with the long schusses, while my Ski Club friends tackled the off-piste snow fields in between. At the bottom all felt a great sense of achievement. If you like to get up early and enjoy a fresh adventure every day, this resort is for you. Thank you to the club skiers for sharing the fun.

Slopes:
5 stars
Accommodation:
5 stars
Eating:
5 stars
Value for money:
4 stars
Keith Wall
Posted: 06/02/16
Great skiing with the club
Overall rating: 5 stars
Keith Wall
Visited: January 2016

I spent the last week of January in Val d'Isere, staying in a Mark Warner chalet. I have stayed in Tignes before but was more than happy with this chalet, being right in the middle of the resort and therefore very handy for the lifts. The weather was good and the snow was good, if a bit hard, so the only thing wanting was good company and that was provided by the Ski Club.I had two days with the instructor, Nico, which I thoroughly enjoyed, and also joined the social skiing with the club. If possible, this was even better; the local members were very welcoming and I would be more than happy to go back there. A leg injury to one of the members put a dampener on the final day and I hope she makes a quick recovery.

The whole resort is really lovely, they have upgraded some of the facilities, and you can ski from one end to the other within a day. I have one recommendation for anybody, who does not yet have a helmet. It is to buy one. I invested in one a few years ago and this year, was very glad of it when I took a tumble; it's better to think about safety before you really need it. I was really surprised to see that so many of the instructors don't wear one but Nico does.

Slopes:
5 stars
Accommodation:
3 stars
Eating:
4 stars
Apres:
4 stars
Value for money:
3 stars
Patrick Gardner
Posted: 04/04/15
Mr Patrick Gardner
Overall rating: 5 stars
Patrick Gardner
Visited: March 2015

2 weeks have passed since my ski holiday in Val and I am still missing the company and conditions during the first 3 weeks of March. Although we have Ambassadors instead of leaders as a lone skier I had company to ski every day.
15-25 ski club members would turn up at the meeting place and the seasonaires would organise a day out but under the very discreet direction of the Ski Club Ambassador who for much of the time was Paul Mongan. Paul was great to ski with as he took account of the different abilities and was great company, especially with his huge resources of puns and jokes. I laughed a lot on this ski trip.
There did not seem any diminishing of the role of ski leaders, most planning seemed to take place at the Alex bar with key members such as Mike and Nicky Crompton with details arranged in the morning with the seasonaires and plain clothed Ski Club Ambassadors. In fact I have acquired about 20 new friends who have been most welcoming and indeed very good company!
Patrick Gardner

Slopes:
3 stars
Accommodation:
3 stars
Eating:
4 stars
Apres:
4 stars
Value for money:
3 stars
David Tubby
Posted: 15/03/15
Perfect week
Overall rating: 5 stars
David Tubby
Visited: March 2015

Just home after what might be my most enjoyable weeks skiing yet. I stayed at the Hotel Kandahar a lovely and recently restored property in the main street 10 mins from the slopes . As a lone skier I was wondering what the week would be like without a SCGB guide to follow in an unfamiliar resort, on the first night in the Bar Alex all doubts were dispelled on meeting the unofficial"Lord Mayor " of Val , Mike and his good Lady Nicky who instantly made me feel a part of the ex pat community. Next day a large group of club members meet and divided into groups to ski off . That was the form for the rest of the week.

The snow was in good but hard condition as a result of the bright sunshine and quite warm temperatures, so it was a mainly piste week there being little off piste worth hunting for. The pistes were kept in absolutley superb condition and the lift system so well organised that its easy to make best use of the wonderfully varied terrain in what is the premier resort in Europe . Theres something for everyone in this resort .

This isnt a budget place but you certainly get what you pay for.

Big thanks to all the new friends i made and skied with who made it such a blast and just like the Terminator I'll be back.

Slopes:
5 stars
Accommodation:
5 stars
Eating:
5 stars
Apres:
5 stars
Value for money:
5 stars
Ann Balmforth
Posted: 23/02/15
Very well planned resort
Overall rating: 5 stars
Ann Balmforth
Visited: January 2015

We stayed at a Ski-Val chalet which worked reasonably well except for the quality of the food, and the hot tub and sauna were temperamental. The resort has some lovely shops to browse in or to buy wine/cakes/provisions. The transport works brilliantly from the buses to the lifts. We skied with ski club members for 3 of the six days which was excellent. As the snow was late arriving this season, the resort runs were icy so we avoided them and skiied above 2700m as much as possible where the conditions were excellent. Unfortunately it blizzarded for the last 2 days, and as they only opened a few lifts we chose not to ski. We did have a fantastic meal at the Michelin star restaurant, L'Atelier d'Edmond (Le Fournet). It was worth every Euro! We had previously skiied in Tignes but prefer this resort as the runs are less crowded but you still have easy access to Tignes.

Slopes:
5 stars
Accommodation:
3 stars
Eating:
4 stars
Apres:
4 stars
Value for money:
4 stars
Chris Woolf
Posted: 27/04/14
SkiWorld
Overall rating: 4 stars
Chris Woolf
Visited: April 2014

Skiworlds freebie for group leaders in Val d'isere stain at their Lodge.

Accommodation basic but clean. SW staff as usual are second to none and the food was spot on once again.

The Lodge has its own bar which is great for the evening get together or if you want to sit quietly there are plenty of other areas for this too.

The best boot room ever

The slopes are a short bust ride away in both directions, or a ten minute walk if you go to the main centre.

Snow was not the best low down but plenty of nice runs at le Fornet and the Grand motte.

Overall a great couple of days, however one major injury to the party being a broken leg.

Fresh snow falling all last night and throughout the day but sadly too late for us to make use of it!

Slopes:
4 stars
Accommodation:
3 stars
Eating:
5 stars
Apres:
4 stars
Value for money:
5 stars
Malcolm Bentley
Posted: 05/04/14
Superb off piste as ever
Overall rating: 5 stars
Malcolm Bentley
Visited: January 2014

I've skied in Val d'Isere and Tignes many times and keep returning. It is the resort that suits most people, most of the time more than anywhere else: mixed groups, beginners to experts, on or off piste, party people to quiet luxury.
This season we just went for the off piste, staying down the valley in Sainte Foy. A few of our best runs, and much of this you should probably do with a guide, were superb fresh tracks off the Signal poma down Grand Vallon, across the Grande Motte glacier and over the wall, which has some steep couloir, and traversing high above the Col des Ves chair beyond the Pramecou piste for a long, steep pitch of deep powder.

Slopes:
5 stars
Accommodation:
4 stars
Eating:
5 stars
Apres:
4 stars
Value for money:
4 stars
Robert Wilson
Posted: 07/02/14
Many thanks to Ski Club
Overall rating: 5 stars
Robert Wilson
Visited: January 2014

Great resort, great skiing, great town. Understandably one of the top resorts in the world. Yes, it is expensive, but that goes with territory... It is one of the top resorts in the world. The lift pass by today's standards is good value for the amount of skiing on and off piste.
We travelled on a small budget and there is plenty of accommodation in or around the town to suite everyone.
We are new to the Ski Club so many thanks to Andy Thompson for making us welcome and looking after us on an intermediate day. Just goes to so that the Club caters for all, even us!
We will be back again next year.
Andrea & Bob Wilson

Slopes:
5 stars
Accommodation:
5 stars
Eating:
5 stars
Apres:
5 stars
Value for money:
3 stars
Jonathan Kaplan
Posted: 04/02/14
Jonathan Kaplan
Overall rating: 5 stars
Jonathan Kaplan
Visited: January 2014

Paul was excellent
Enjoyed the skiing

Slopes:
5 stars
Apres:
5 stars
Robert Bache
Posted: 03/02/14
Excellent Leading by Andy Thompson
Overall rating: 5 stars
Robert Bache
Visited: January 2014

I don't intend to provide a history of what we skied, I just want to congratulate Andy Thompson for making my holiday a very enjoyable week. His knowledge of the resort both on and off piste was impressive and gave me confidence in the full range of snow and weather conditions we experienced.

Slopes:
5 stars
Accommodation:
5 stars
Eating:
5 stars
Apres:
4 stars
Value for money:
4 stars
Paul Cartwright
Posted: 22/01/14
1 of 3 pages Well Young Paul Morgan what a week we had in Val d’lsere!
Overall rating: 5 stars
Paul Cartwright
Visited: January 2014

1 of 3 pages

I have always love Val d’lsere so after a 24 year break I decide to treat my children to a surprise skiing holiday after visiting the grandparents in the UK over Christmas and New Year travelling from Western Australia .
Well I turned up on Sunday afternoon with my three adolescent kids, Anna 13, Lisa 15 and Max 17. All good skiers having enjoyed the wonderful extensive snow covered ski runs on offer in Australia lol.
The Grandparents came as well, they love the Alps and snow, so they looked after the apartments food requirements. How good is that with home cooked food whilst on holiday…the chicken curry was fantastic!! Lunch at the restaurant at the top of the Solaise Express was the best mountain meals I had in years, try the Veal kidneys or the Steak tartar with great mountain views.
Having been a British ski club member in the early 1990s I was looking forward to spending a few days skiing with the ski club reps, so I went to meet Paul Morgan on Sunday evening at his hang out at the Alexander Bar at 7.30PM in Val (quick tip is to buy jugs of beer as is a lot cheaper than by the pint). What a crowd, skiers all having fun, recounting Sunday exploits and commenting on how good the snow was and getting to know me.
Following meeting the guys/girls and several beers I set off for home, which so happened to be in the same direction as Paul accommodation, so a few more at some local inns, I arrived safely home to dream about skiing or was that snoring?
Monday morning started early to be ready for the day, blue sky and winter sunshine, ideal and an empty resort as all the New Year holiday makers had gone home (recommendation never go skiing over the Christmas and New Year period enormous crowd and double the price). There was quite a large Ski club group at Val but with two reps, the Fast was led by Roo and the Steady by Paul and although I would love to hit the Fast group it was obvious that my kids need to get there ski legs back.

Slopes:
5 stars
Accommodation:
3 stars
Eating:
5 stars
Apres:
4 stars
Value for money:
5 stars
Val d'Isere
Val d'Isere
Paul Cartwright
Posted: 22/01/14
2 of 3 pages Fun with Paul Morgan
Overall rating: 5 stars
Paul Cartwright
Visited: January 2014

2 of 3 pages

Paul was great with the girls and Max, along with the rest of the group we set of up the Bellevarde Express and our first gentle run, basically Paul checking the ability of all the newly arrived ski member and I am sure he was watching me and the kids.

He obviously liked what he saw as before we knew it he was off, down this run, up this lift, no stopping except for a quick hot chocolate at noon, blue runs, red runs and a sneaky black, on piste and off piste, down this gully along this ridge what a day and of course he knows all the good lunch spots, yummy. Snow was good with large patches of un- skied light powder.
That was the start of the week and it only got better, his knowledge of the combined resorts was amazing (who needs to look at a map when you have a good rep?), his care and explanation of where we were skiing and his humour was welcomed by many, teasing my kids about their Australian accents was just funny to see.

An example of his care was late on Wednesday our last run home to La Daile, off-piste skiing my youngest girl Anna was beginning to get tired so she fell on steep skied hard snow in between the trees (just above the narrow bridge over the creek). She wasn’t hurt and before I could reach her (I was tail end monkey most of the day) Paul was there helping her put on her ski and then he slowly skied down with her, showing her how to reach the bottom some 60 feet lower down, just in front, side slipping down, snow ploughing all in control until we reached the more gentle slopes (Thanks again Paul that was a great job).

Slopes:
5 stars
Accommodation:
3 stars
Eating:
5 stars
Apres:
4 stars
Value for money:
5 stars
Val d'Isere
Val d'Isere
Paul Cartwright
Posted: 22/01/14
3 of 3 pages Well Young Paul Morgan what a week we had in Val d’lsere!
Overall rating: 5 stars
Paul Cartwright
Visited: January 2014

3/3 pages

Or his knowledge, explaining to me the real meaning of the Blue Santons run back into Val d’lsere, well worth a run or two so long as the snow is good, and the crowds are thin. If you haven’t skied it, the piste runs along the base of a steep sided gully with a steep gradient too that goes on for 1,000 metres or so, nowhere to stop on the side and tricky as lots of learning skier try to ski it because the map say blue, more like a red on a good day or a black on a bad one. Good advice Paul.

We really enjoyed our time in Val d’lsere and recommend anyone travelling on their own or with friends/family to join the club and go hit the slopes with Paul.

The only real problem is that come the following Sunday we had to leave.

Until next time which will not be 24 years as I look forward to chasing Paul down the piste again.

Cheers

Paul, Max, Lisa and Anna.

Slopes:
5 stars
Accommodation:
4 stars
Eating:
5 stars
Apres:
4 stars
Value for money:
5 stars
Douglas Murison
Posted: 25/03/13
Terrific
Overall rating: 5 stars
Douglas Murison
Visited: March 2013

Just back from our first visit to Val d'Isere and my wife and I had a wonderful time. As relatively new members to The Ski Club, we made use of the guiding option for the first time and were delighted with the service provided by John Parkinson on both the Sunday and Wednesday (intermediate) outings. There was lots of fresh snow and the visibility was poor at times (especially on the Sunday) but we skiied with confidence knowing that we were in good hands! Thanks John.
The Espace Killy offers a huge range of runs and some wonderful places to dine for those lovely lunches that the French are so good at. Of course, if you want to just stop for a quick snack, there are lots of options for that too!
The party atmosphere at La Follie Deuce at the end of the afternoon was great but our preference was to enjoy it from the natural amphitheatre for a while then ski down the green Verte piste to La Trifollet for a more peaceful refreshment in the setting sun before heading down to La Daille to catch the ski bus back to Val. By the way - the ski bus service is superb linking Val to La Daille (down the valley) and Le Fornet (up the valley) very effectively with buses every few minutes at peak times and almost as regularly during the day.
Can't wait to go back!

Slopes:
5 stars
Accommodation:
5 stars
Eating:
5 stars
Apres:
4 stars
Value for money:
4 stars
Clarke Pitts
Posted: 24/01/13
best in the world
Overall rating: 5 stars
Clarke Pitts
Visited: February 2012

We have been to VdI about ten times. Mostly as a family and on a couple of occassions without the kids. It's one of the best resorts in the world. There is a huge amount of terrain. There's excellent off piste and some very challenging marked trails too.

Many people complain about the food and it is quite expensive. There are some excellent slope side restaurants (Trifolet above La Daille, Le Signal and Edelweiss both of which are above Le Fornet). Others are less reliable.

At the top of the village there is a full scale dairy where they serve fondue and raclette with cheese made on the premises. It's good fun and ideal for kids. You can see the cows while you eat their cheese.

The resort is spread over a wide area and there's a bus service that connects everything. In many resorts the buses are inadequate for peak season traffic or just painfully infrequent but VdI is quite brilliant in this important respect. You dont need to pay up for ski-in:ski-out here, just be close to a bus stop and all will be well (not something I'd say about any other resort I have been to).

If you are staying in the main village then be aware that there are no easy approaches back to VdI. If you are timid or only a beginner then you are better off staying in La Daille or Le Fornet than in the main village, the good news is that this is much cheaper and has better access to the mountain - no queues first thing!

Slopes:
5 stars
Accommodation:
4 stars
Eating:
4 stars
Apres:
5 stars
Value for money:
4 stars
Thomas Spicer
Posted: 10/12/12
Mr
Overall rating: 5 stars
Thomas Spicer
Visited: February 2012

Brilliant resort, really friendly staff, and brilliant snow conditions, the snow cannons were a huge bonus. loved it.

Slopes:
5 stars
Accommodation:
5 stars
Eating:
4 stars
Apres:
3 stars
Value for money:
4 stars
Richard Barker
Posted: 07/12/12
Great skiing - rubbish resort
Overall rating: 2 stars
Richard Barker
Visited: January 2010

You can't argue with the skiing area. Its fantastic. All levels will have loads to do and it is snow sure.

The challenge i have is the expense. Food is generally of poor quality with over inflated prices combined with unhelpful, rude staff. The resort is full of rich english kids who don't understand the value of anything and have been spolit.

The result, if you fancy skiing the area, stay in Tignes or one of the smaller resorts and stay away from Val d'Lsere.

Slopes:
4 stars
Accommodation:
3 stars
Eating:
1 star
Apres:
2 stars
Value for money:
1 star
Martin Alton
Posted: 16/10/12
Alton/Shaw Ski 2012
Overall rating: 5 stars
Martin Alton
Visited: February 2012

Wow - what a place. Our second visit in as many years. Stayed at the Mark Warner Hotel in the centre (great for childcare).
We had absolutely perfect conditions all week - they'd had loads and loads of snow and then the skies cleared as we arrived and we had wall to wall blue sky all week !
Best side to ski is definitely Solaise and the link over to Le Fornet valley and the glacier.
We had an amazing lunch at Tete De Solaise on our last day - live rock music, a la carte food and wine ..... just perfect !
Runs are really well suited to intermediates too ..... mostly blues and some reds - all very enjoyable and not too busy when we were there.
Hotel Grand Paradis was the best place down in Val for lunches outside in the sun whilst the mountain cafes are great and numerous - especially the one on the run down to La Daille. You must ride the Fenicular back up to the top of Bellevarde also - quite an experience !

Slopes:
5 stars
Accommodation:
4 stars
Eating:
4 stars
Apres:
4 stars
Value for money:
2 stars
Alun Evans
Posted: 22/02/10
Val d'Isere review
Alun Evans

Just returned from Val after a week's skiing over the half term. Lots of good snow meant lots of good skiing - particularly higher up - where the pistes were remarkably uncrowded (even though it was half-term).


As other reviewers have mentioned, it can be expensive to apres-ski at 6 euros for a large beer - but it does pay to shop around and check out the happy hours on offer. Cafe Face seemed to be the cheapest at the start of apres ski - a large beer was 2.60 euros from 4pm to 5pm and it went up .20 euros every hour (but you also get a singer and some free nibbles).


On the slopes, if you are looking for some serious pumping music and people just having fun, then a stop at the mountain restaurant La Folie Douce (at the top of La Daille bubble) at about 3.00 pm - the food ain't bad either.

Altogether, it was a great week of skiing and apres-skiing

Gwyn Williams
Posted: 11/04/08
Val d'Isere review
Gwyn Williams

Visited Val d'Isere in a group with three other snowboarders for a week from the 28th of March 2008. We stayed at Les Verdets apartments and although these were pretty cosy, they were conveniently located for the slopes and resort center.


A couple of members of our group had visited Val d'Isere before and knew where the best skiing could be found. However, I have to say that the entire area was fantastic with no particularly poor runs and lots of memorable stuff (especially if you're at intermediate level). The crowds were light for the time of year and the snow conditions were fantastic. Any run can feel great if it's got a good covering of the white stuff! The only runs we didn't really enjoy were the blues down to Tignes from the Grand Motte glacier - way too much flat stuff to be enjoyable on a snowboard. Stick to the red "Piste M" - much more fun if you're on a board.

Can't say enough about the "Le Spot" region that they've opened above Tignes. It's a fantastic area for relatively safe off-piste without having to stray far off the beaten track. This un-pisted area provides a fantastic alternative to the impeccably groomed runs that this area has and provides a bit of a challenge and the feeling of a real mountain experience. Every resort should have an area like this!

The only criticism that I could have were the prices (particularly food on the mountain), but if you used the supermarkets in resort at lunchtime and didn't go too wild in the evenings it was bearable. Hopefully the exchange rate can improve a bit as this would really help!

Posted: 07/04/08
Val d'Isere review
Ski Club member

Just been to Val d’Isere with Club Med with my wife and two teenagers, returning on the 6th April. Probably the best Club I've been to and I have been to many. The Chef de Village is really top notch. The ski instruction/guide by ESF was brilliant. We spent 6/7 hours a day skiing on the slopes and the condition of the pistes could not be faulted no matter where we went - we covered all the slopes from the far left right across to below the dam.

The weather was a mix of white out heavy snow to brilliant sunshine. Great for skiing and my daughter who snowboards found the slopes excellent as well. Ski-in, ski-out was no problem with fresh snow almost every day, even in the town. We took the train via Paris both ways which other than a tight transfer was an excellent way to travel. Beats flying anytime!

Lindsey Gresham
Posted: 01/04/08
Val d'Isere review
Lindsey Gresham

Back from our second visit, our first with the girls. As last year, I would again recommend The Development Centre for excellent, holiday transforming tuition and good fun. This time we did a Development Plus Clinic with Colin Tanner and he transformed our attitude towards and skiing of blacks and bumps.


Our youngest, 11, was a keen beginner and despite its reputation for toughness Val d'Isere was a great choice for her. The Front de Neige area at the bottom of the Solaise Express offers free lifts including the Village chair which meant we saved the cost of a lift pass for the first couple of days. There are lovely wide motorway green pistes like the Madeleine and Grand Pre for beginners to then progress on to that nonetheless have a proper mountain feel to them.


Some of the blues are under-graded which is regrettable but the benefit of ski coaching is that the coaches know the area, as did we after a bit of exploring, and there are plenty of alternatives to avoid shattering emerging confidence. I would avoid the Mangard blue down to Le Fornet as well as Piste L from Solaise and the Santons from Bellevarde with timid novices as they can be tough and unpredictable, particularly at the end of the day. In contrast the blue from the top of the Aguille Percee chair lift above Tignes le Lac, all the way down to Tignes les Brevieres is a joy for novices and experts alike with sensational views and satisfaction to be derived from the length and vertical descent.


We were very grateful for the efficient free bus service and excellent links and lift system of the Espace Killy. This reduced the stress of meeting up with the children for lunch and meant that we didn't have to hang abou about in the immediate area for fear of being late for them. There are Gondolas down from all the main areas which is great for beginners for whom even easy greens can be a nightmare in the rush hour.


We booked our daughters in with the Oxygene Ski School which was not cheap but we were attracted by the website with its emphasis on small group sizes and top quality tuition. Whilst the girls both enjoyed their classes, liked their instructors and made good progress, I felt the company was failing to measure up to its own marketing. The organization was slick but group sizes were as high as 8 or 9 at times when we had gained the impression they would be a maximum of 6. Also one instructor (who was perfectly able and very nice) was teaching an early intermediate group on his second ever day in Val d'Isere – we saw a fellow instructor going through the piste map with him before the class which concerned me as familiarity with the terrain at different times of day and in different conditions is one of the benefits I feel I am purchasing along with pedagogical ability. This instructor was only teaching with Oxygene for one week which is hardly suggestive of a rigorous selection and induction protocol designed to promote the integrity of the school's quality and ethos. I got the impression of a successful company that has perhaps over-expanded and may be in danger of diluting the quality that gained it that success in the first place. I noticed that Mark Warner and Scott Dunn used them and wonder if the strain of guaranteeing tuition for these lucrative partners was contributing to bulging class sizes.


On the mountain we met a very nice instructor from the British ski school BASS which we had actually considered before booking with Oxygene. They sound like a very impressive organisation and we will probably book the girls in with them next time. I must emphasize that Oxgene was not bad, just disappointing in relation to its claims and it failed to convince me of any superiority over the cheaper ESF.


In resort there was no sign of the dreaded Mal d'Isere but an apparent epidemic of politeness, - never before have I encountered so many friendly, helpful lifties! We enjoyed a great lunch at La Fruitiere on Bellevarde next to the rocking Folie Douce and in town we became fans of Le Petit Danois for reasonable lunches and après ski beers with great live music. The Maison Chavollot, a chocolatier on the main street does heavenly hot chocolate and ludicrously cheap savoury and sweet snacks and lunch options of impeccable quality. It is a bit cramped so get there early. I also had an incredibly delicious and good value Plat de Jour at the Perdrix Blanc one lunchtime. The Samovar and Tufs in La Daille offer excellent good value food in friendly surroundings with open fires and French atmosphere.


We all adored our time in Val d'Isere and the Espace Killy was even more beautiful and extensive than I remembered. Don't let its supposed tough reputation put you off going as it has plenty for everyone. I can't wait to get back.

Maxine Field
Posted: 12/02/08
Val d'Isere review
Maxine Field

Just returned from a week's skiing in Val d'Isere. We were a group of ten ranging in experience from a complete beginner and a few cautious intermediates to people who could ski anything on the mountain.

Val d'Isere is definitely a resort for strong confident skiers. All the reviews we had read in advance - inconsistent grading of runs, poor runs back to the village - are true! We stayed in a catered chalet in the Legettez area booked through Ski Total. This area proved to be a good place to be to provide easier ski in/ski out access to the chalet that the cautious intermediates could tackle - from the village, take the Rogoney chair then a green traverse joins in at the bottom of the red Piste "M" from which the Legettez chalets can be accessed. Some of us skiied the blue Santons on the first day. After skiing around the carnage on that run we were relieved we were not staying in a supposedly ski in/out chalet off that run - our cautious intermediates would have never survived!

Four of our party skied with Ski Club rep Andy on the Tuesday which was his FreshTracks day. They had the day of their lives - it had snowed the previous day and they spent most of the day off piste, skiing pretty much the whole Espace Killy area, only missing out Le Fornet. The day was more than worth the Ski Club subscription - thanks Andy.

Our beginner had private lessons with The Development Centre which were highly rated. The intermediates tried both TDC and Mountain Masters.

Finally, most of us will definitely be making another visit to Val d'Isere. The ski area is amazing for those skiers strong enough to really make the most of it.

Eric Eisenhandler
Posted: 09/03/07
Val d'Isere review
Eric Eisenhandler

I was in Val d'Isere from 23 Feb. to 4 Mar. 2007. I arrived two days early for a Ski Club holiday (via altibus.com from Geneva airport) so I first stayed at the Auberge St. Hubert in the town centre, then moved to Mark Warner's Chalet/Hotel Toviere in La Daille for the holiday. It wasn't easy to find somewhere to stay in February that didn't require a full-week booking. St. Hubert was a little more expensive, but was friendly and the mandatory half-board was excellent, with very good dinners, breakfasts and even free tea and cake after skiing. The Toviere was pleasant, very close to the La Daille lifts, with friendly and helpful staff.
We had a strange week - snow had been lacking, but then it snowed most days and nights during our stay so we had very little sun, lots of high winds (up to 150 km/h) high on the mountains, bad visibility, and near the end maximum avalanche danger. The upper reaches of the all the mountains can be very unpleasant places in a blizzard!
Our guides managed to keep most of us skiing and very happy - many thanks to Elizabeth, Patrick, Serge, Cathy and Remy.
Since I was last in Val, many years ago, the lift system - already quite good - has been further upgraded, with numerous 6 and 8 person chairlifts and the excellent Olympique going up Bellevarde. There were a few queues, though not horrendous, on the some of the bottom lifts, especially when high winds closed other ways to get up.
As everyone says, Val has slightly "odd" piste classification. Greens with moguls, blues that should be reds, etc. But it's a very varied area, and in good conditions the off-piste is limitless.
We had some excellent lunches, at Chez Paolo at the Rond Point des Pistes, l'Arolay in Le Fornet, Trifollet on La Daille and Le Levanna in Tignes Lac. I especially single out Les Tufs upstairs in La Daille for its mind-blowing buffet (as much as you want of soup, salad, charcuterie, main course, cheese, dessert) - great quality at the price (15.50 euros) of most places' plat du jour, and since it's a buffet it doesn't take ages to get the food.
Val has finally embraced the hands-free lift-pass, and maybe it was worth waiting. If you follow their advice and put it in a left-hand pocket without other metal it works wonderfully (though they still don't bother checking at most lifts once you are up on the mountain). At other resorts these can be a bit hit and miss, and you see people wriggling around the gates, but at Val it seemed infallible.

Brian Flynn
Posted: 17/12/06
Val d'Isere review
Brian Flynn

Cracking week in Val starting 9 December 2006. Very lucky - little snow the week before but a big dump overnight before we arrived gave just enough to see the week out. It's the third week I've spent in Val over the past 12 months, and pretty much every day has seen blue sky. The breathtaking views from the Pissaillas and La Grande Motte in linked Tignes are worth the journey alone. Both also all but guarantee some decent skiing even when there's little new powder around.

Some observations from my trips:

1. Flying to Chambery is so much easier than via Geneva or Lyons. First, it is only two hours away rather than twice that, which makes a hell of a difference. It enabled me to ski on the Saturday afternoon when I arrived, for starters, and I also got there far less exhausted given that transfer on package holidays is invariably by cramped coach. Second, it's only a small airport so there has been less chaos (and fewer lost/delayed bags)! There is far less stress involved, and the queues at check-in etc are smaller.

2. Had a very bad experience with Snow Fun ski school. However, changed to Evolution 2 ski school and had great group lessons with charming, competent English-speaking teacher. I think I was paying more attention than the girls in the (small) group, though. They seemed to go all dreamy around him for some reason...

3. Have stayed twice at Le Fjord chalet. The food is excellent and both times the staff have worked hard to make the stay very pleasant. It's a relatively cheap chalet with a sauna but no hot tub etc, but would readily stay there again.

4. Have been both high and low season, and it seems there's no such thing as a queue at the ski lift. A 30-second wait at the Bellevarde Express is about the worst I've experienced. The switch to the new automatic card system this year should make it even easier.

5. The only problem I could foresee from my last visit was that none of the black runs were open. I'm only an intermediate, but I can imagine it would frustrate better skiers. That said, they seemed to be having plenty of fun playing in the off-piste powder.

6. One more thing: the Verte run is NOT a green. No way. My guess is that it is graded green on the piste map to give a green run back to the resort. However, it's a blue at best and when it ices up (which it does quite a lot in the afternoon with people heading back to the village) it can be more like a treacherous red. I've yet to meet anyone, regardless of their ability, who considers it a fair green. It can be terrifying even for an intermediate to get near the end and look over the edge to find a relatively steep gradient into town, ski-ed off and icy with barely anywhere to find an edge!

7. There are usually two Ski Club reps in town, which makes it much likelier on any day that one of them will be leading a group of the right level for you. Never had anything but a great experience with the reps I've had, and we've met plenty of great people to ski with by joining the groups (and sharing the 'occasional' beverage with them of an evening!)

8. I've never had any experience of the bug in my three visits, and nor has anyone I've either gone with or met. It sounds nasty, but don't let it put you off. If it was that pandemic I'd have come across someone who had suffered it. I'm not trying to belittle it, merely to put it into context.

All in all, if you are thinking of heading to Val d'Isere for a holiday then don't hesitate any longer. Book up now. We love it, we'll be back as soon as we can get some time off, and I'm sure you will love it too.

Laura Chamberlain
Posted: 26/09/06
Val d'Isere review
Laura Chamberlain

We had a lot of feedback last winter from skiers who were affected by Gastroenteritis in Val d'Isere, examples of which can be seen below. Val d'Isere Town Council has taken some positive steps to put an end to the rumours and to take greater control of future outbreaks by producing an educational pamphlet

Val d'Isere Town Council stress that Gastroenteritis does not just happen in Val d'Isere. The majority of Gastroenteritis cases in Val d'Isere are of viral origin that develop during cold periods. To dispel the rumours that the Gastroenteritis is caused by the water in Val d'Isere, the Town Council have strict procedures for analysing the water and the results are posted in front of the Town Hall.

Posted: 25/04/06
Val d'Isere review
Ski Club member

Regarding the Val d’Isere “Gastro-Bug”; we have just returned, three out of four party members got it, my wife for the 2nd time this year. Symptoms include marked nausea, sometimes with dizziness, vomiting, diarrhoea that may be watery and uncontrollable and severe abdominal cramps. Val has had a reputation for a D & V bug for many years, but it seems to be much more common for at least the last three. Some people blame the water, some blame hygiene. The Mayor’s Office/Tourist Office has sent out a letter to all holiday companies saying that the water has been tested and no pathogens found. A copy of the report on the testing is posted outside the Tourist Office. They suggest that a similar bug has swept Europe and general hygiene measures need to be implemented generally and whenever a case occurs. The kinds of measures include careful hand washing, using paper towels in washrooms instead of cloth towels etc. These are the kinds of measures which hospitals put in place when they have attacks of similar bugs such as the Norwalk virus. It would be interesting to know if similar episodes occur in other resorts, perhaps the Ski Club could conduct a survey of their Reps? One operator told me that there is no difference between Val & Courcheval, however without objective evidence it’s hard to know if the authorities in Val are ignoring/trying to suppress news of the problem or if there really is a widespread epidemic. Clearly it is not in the interests of resorts to suddenly put their heads above the parapet and announce that they have a problem, but equally its not in anyone’s interest for there to be an epidemic in holidaymakers, nor in the locals or resort staff. I think this is only likely to be sorted out by external agencies who can produce an evidence base, it probably doesn’t need a sensationalistic press response, however those of us who love skiing in Val, (and in other resorts) would like to know the truth, ideally from an independent source. In the meantime if, like us, you are going to Val (or Tignes) to enjoy the excellent late season snow, you might consider taking extra care of hygiene, particularly if anyone in your party does get the bug, and perhaps in the words of the Tom Lehrer song “Don’t drink the water, (and don’t breathe the air!)”

Posted: 25/04/06
Val d'Isere review
Ski Club member

Stayed at Barmes De L'Ours. Super hotel, very convenient for the Face side, just a little less so for Solaise, but no need to use buses! Great food, characteful accomodation, very friendly staff. I just wanted to say a quick word about the ski school we used. My wife is a near beginner, and I am fairly advanced, and we booked Paul and Colin from The Development Centre. Do not let the small size of this operation put you off. These guys are instructors to the instructors, and I cannot begin to describe how good they are and how much they have advanced our skiing in only 2 days. They are enthusiastic, and do not succumb to the typical instructor's temptation with an advanced skier, of just skiing off fast ahead, and hoping you keep up. Paul always had lots of tips, given in a fun way, given regularly. He got me over my fear of deep powder and took me off piste into some spectacular hidden bowls with virgin powder, all safely (with transponders etc), and is fully qualified to do so. I wholeheartedly recommend these guys....

Posted: 12/04/06
Val d'Isere review
Ski Club member

Am a big fan of Val d'Isere - fun place to be and the best skiing I have seen in the Alps makes it the best resort all round that I have been to. BUT, I have to concur with all those who are discussing the stomach bug there. I went twice this season and 1/2 the chalet fell ill on both visits; I caught the virus properly after returning home the second time & it is very unpleasant. It is clear that something is up and there is not much candour about it. If you decide to go beware; much as I love Val d'Isere I shall be stearing clear until I get feedback that going there is not running a 50% risk of catching a nasty stomach bug.

Posted: 12/04/06
Val d'Isere review
Ski Club member

We booked a last minute deal for the first week in April with Mark Warner and got the deal at half price. We stayed in the Chalet Hotel Toviere in La Daille. The standard of rooms leaves something to be desired, however, after a few days you seem to forget about this. The staff were excellent, couldn't do enough for you and the food was out of this world. The location was great just across the road from the Funival, chairlift (which we never used as it looked extremely slow), and the La Daille Bubble. These took you straight up to the ski area. As others have said the ski-ing is fantastic, you rarely have to ski one run more than twice. I would also stress that I thought the grading was more severe in Val D'Isere than other resorts we have visited. We had such a good breakfast that we rarely ate anything at lunch time but on the couple of occasions that we did we found the food on the mountain to be very good. OK it's expensive but no more than other resorts, in fact we thought it cheaper than Courcheval. Didn't really do the apres ski, however, we used to stop at the restaurant at the the top of the La Daille bubble every afternoon at about 4ish. They have a band that plays on the roof you could hear from miles away! There was always a good crowd and the atmosphere was great. We then used to come down in the bubble as all the runs back to resort got very slushy and mogully at the end of the day. All in all we had a great time and can't wait to go back again.

Posted: 27/03/06
Val d'Isere review
Ski Club member

Loved the resort - unbeatable snow and the nightlife was great. Will definitely return. Particularly recommend Le Petit Danois for excellent food, friendly service at reasonable prices. The restaurant is tiny, so booking is advisable. The bar there was pretty lively, too. We ate at Le Canyon three times - again excellent, and also has a cosy bar downstairs. Great atmosphere at Cafe Face later on.

Posted: 20/03/06
Val d'Isere review
Ski Club member

We spent 9 day over New Year 2005/06 in the Esprit Chalet Hotel Ducs de Savoie. Only the 2nd time for us in a chalet but would recommend it. Food was good almost excellent, accomodation was fine, staff were helpful. Flew into Chambery which is v. convenient, only 2hrs by private transfer, 2.5hrs on the coach, but wouldn't recommend Air Malta (!) from Birmingham - delays at both ends. As for Val ... well in my opinion its as good as it gets in the Alps for skiing. Yes, some runs aren't graded correctly but didn't bother my wife, 7 and 9 year olds who were on their 2nd week of skiing. a pricey resort in terms of drinks, lunches ... but it IS Val d'Isere so wouldn't expect anything else ! Ski school ... kids had a great time in Evolution, and the wife had private lessons from the Development Centre who (despite the price) I couldn't recommend highly enough. They are all English guys who really know their stuff. Ski hire - very friendly In Precision - apparently you should book online for the best deals ... I didn't !! Will definitely be going back next New Year !

Posted: 24/02/06
Val d'Isere review
Ski Club member

8 of us spent a great week skiing in Val D'Isere from the 4th Feb. I had not snowed in awhile but the skiing was still very enjoyable. However what has transpired since our return to Ireland in relation to our security deposit on the apartment has left a very bad taste. Val D'Isere Agence have refused to return our deposit on the basis that we damaged the front door to the block of apartments we stayed at! They contend that we broke the keypad on the front door, the fact that we never had to use the keypad as it was broken when we arrived or that there were many others staying there does not seem to enter the equation. Our €500 deposit is not being returned! We are of course dumbfounded. Be warned do not rent apartments/chalets from Val D'Isere Agence. I have since discovered that we are not the only people who have been ripped off in this manner. Be warned! The French seem to be very friendly taking your money but very slow to give it back, I'll be skiing in Austria and Switzerland from now on.

Posted: 02/02/06
Val d'Isere review
Ski Club member

Just returned from a great week (28 Jan 06) Val D'Isere is a fantastic resort. Ski area and piste preparation was superb. Difficult runs back into resort but that only adds to the apres ski banter. Our problem was Chalet hotel Moris run by Mark Warner - an absolute dump of a building run by a team of staff who are trying their best - superb food and service but seriously substandard accommodation. Do not book it until it has been completely rebuilt.

Posted: 19/01/06
Val d'Isere review
Ski Club member

Got back from Val on the 14th Jan 06 following a great weeks skiing, no fresh snow but credit to the piste bashers who were working hard to keep the place in very good nick , great conditions in the morning, but a little icy on the slopes back down to resort in the afternoon. I took part in one the their Development centre clinics - definitely worth a go, my skiing has significantly improved. A great resort will be going back.

Posted: 12/12/05
Val d'Isere review
Ski Club member

I have just returned from Val d'Isere from what should have been a great weekend. Unfortunately it was spoilt by French bureaucracy and inefficiency. It opened a week late and waited till a Saturday even though we were there on Friday in thick snow .Then there was only one run open- this was so packed with skiers of such mixed ability that it was positively dangerous.There was plenty of snow but no lifts operational to take you there.The one run was then closed to prepare it for the mens downhill meaning we had to travel to Tignes (the liaison not being open).We then waited over half an hour for our expensive lift passes to be validated watching the lift queues mount. The snow in Tignes was great but I will certainly think twice about going to Val early in the season if at all. To cap it all we booked a table for a large group at restaurant only to find it too closed when we got there.

Posted: 17/01/05
Val d'Isere review
Ski Club member

Having just returned from Val d'Isere on Jan 15 I would like to add a few coments. Firstly I had a thoroughly enjoyable holiday and would return there. What added to my enjoyment beyond the excellent skiing- if a little icy- was the pleasant and genuinely friendly nature of all the French people I met, be it in my hotel, in shops,lift staff or anywhere else. My only real niggle was the cost of eating and drinking out which I found to be expensive even by Alpine standards and taking into account the exchange rate.

Posted: 11/01/05
Val d'Isere review
Ski Club member

Val d'Isere has such variety that everyone can be kept happy. Plenty of easy green & blue runs for those that don't want anything too challenging, superb English speaking ski schools that cater for all abilities (especially children), and plenty of challenging runs and off-piste for the adventurous skier. The resort is reasonably picturesque, and there are some excellent restaurants catering for all tastes.

Posted: 10/01/05
Val d'Isere review
Ski Club member

Just been back to Val after a break of 10 years or so. I still love the place, but went with a mixed group of skiers this time and the 1 and 2 weekers found it difficult, too difficult really. Nearly every run we went on had a difficult bit, albeit only 100 yards or so, but for in-experienced skiers this proved a porblem. And as the others say it is expensive, a beer in the Morris Pub was about £6 after happy hour.

Posted: 10/01/05
Val d'Isere review
Ski Club member

I have just returned from a fantastic week in Val D'isere. If you want expert tuition, I would recommend without hesitation The Development Centre. You will be treated to small classes (no more than 6) and expert guidance. They spot every little error and help you to develop your style with the use of video if necessary. The lessons are fun and very worthwhile, old my old habits were quickly ironed out. One of the instructors from Evolution 2 said to me, if you can afford to pay a bit extra, they are the best! Praise indeed.

Posted: 16/12/04
Val d'Isere review
Ski Club member

I've spent a week in Val d'Isere and experienced some of the best skiing in my life. Racing down 1000 vertical metres of uninterrupted, wide, red to black powder snow piste and taking the funicular all the way back up in just 4 minutes is pure luxury. Can anyone ask for more? The first thing that struck me was the size of the place. Even in a whole week I didn't have the chance to try out all pistes. What I found irritating though were the many long green runs you have to take if you want to connect to the top rated pistes, wasting valuable ski pass time. The resort certainly isn't cheap. I went on a 450 pound all inclusive package and the accommodation was a little hostel with only enough warm water in the shower for one person. In Austria this would have bought me a 4 star Hotel.

Posted: 17/09/04
Val d'Isere review
Ski Club member

I just saw on the club website that Val D'Isere isn't recommended for gourmets! I was last there about five seasons ago with my wife and two friends. We all enjoy our food, and two are definitely gourmets or gourmands, and I can say without a doubt that the food we ate on the mountains around val D'Isere was the best (not the cheapest) I've eaten anywhere. Some of the mountain restaurants (I've forgotten what they were called of course) were absolutely superb, but do have to be booked in advance!

Posted: 30/04/04
Val d'Isere review
Ski Club member

A couple of hints for novice skiers from me, a novice skier! First of all, don't buy a lift pass until you need it! There are many lifts for short easy runs which are free. You won't need a lift pass until you decide to go up a mountain. Second, many runs are undergraded. I enjoyed the green Verte run but; * There's a short 'red' slope from the lifts down to the runs * There are 'red' areas on the run So, don't think about going up the mountain- even for those 'green' runs- unless you're comfortable on red runs. Finally, we stayed in a hotel in La Daille. This village has a very quick and easy train up (through!) the mountian, and a free bus connects it to Val D'Isere. Our boots and skis were hired from Precision Ski (http://www.precision-ski.com/) and I think they did a good job. They even did a talk about skis and boots at our hotel!

Posted: 29/03/04
Val d'Isere review
Ski Club member

Our party comprised novice & intermediate level skiers and Val offered plenty of serious terrain to meet all our requirements. Although I don't want to dis the competition, look no further than the "Development Centre," for ski school. Situated in the Precision Ski shop and managed by 6 British lads, its teaching philosophy is revolutionary, professional and very effective. Bars & restaurants were plentiful. Locals were very friendly & welcoming. We had a fantastic holiday & will return next year.

Posted: 27/02/04
Val d'Isere review
Ski Club member

Feb 2004 We have just enjoyed a wonderful week in Val d'isere.Blue skies and sun for much of the week. We drove to the resort and found access to the village surprisingly easy. Pierre et Vacances apartments were comfortable and provided a good leisure area for kids and adults and an outdoor swimming pool for those among brave enough to take a dip. The runs are truly wonderful particularly the reds from the glacier. The lift system is comprehensive and efficient,queues were rarely a problem. Despite being half term, there was not a feeling of the resort being overcrowded except on lower slopes at the end of the day. Our only critiscism was the ESF. The kids classes were overcrowded with some fairly grumpy instructors. My son was in a class of 30 mostly French speaking kids to one instructor in his goldstar class and really didn't feel he had any decent instruction some friends kids had similar experience. For our daughter however, as she hates ski school and until this year has had huge confidence problems, we booked with the British Alpine ski school who were fantastic. Not only is the instruction excellent but the kids have loads of fun.We will definitely be booking with them next year. All in all a great holiday. We will certainly be returning to val d'isere

Posted: 18/09/03
Val d'Isere review
Ski Club member

My first visit to Val d'Isere was last year(feb 2003), and to be honest I came to it a bit prejudiced, I'd just come back from Whistler with a friend who had spent the whole time going on about how good a resort that Val was, and I had only booked to go to Val through an internet last minute deal when a planned holiday to St Anton fell through. Well all I can say to those who were on the sharp end of my sceptism before I went there, all the people that I hade taken the mick out of for being too posh and not really into skiing for choosing Val as their favourite resort, is "I'm sorry, I was wrong!" I've been skiing for twenty years now, and generally don't go back to the same resort twice, however for Val d'Isere I shall be making an exception, the on-piste skiing being some of the most interesting and varied in beautiful surroundings that I have ever experienced. The Face and the Sache being two particular favourites. Unfortunately there had not been any fresh snow for a while when I had been there, so I was not able to try any of the famous off piste, something that I hope to rectify in the coming winter season. As for the resort itself I went with Mark Warner and stayed in the Chalethotel Moris (above the pub), although the service from the staff was excellent as was the food, the accomodation itself did leave something to be required, although it was at the budget end of the spectrum. For night life the Moris Pub, La Petit Dainoise, and Dicks were more than adequate for the Apres, and surprisingly for a ski resort had a fair number of girls in them as well! All I can say to anyone who is an Intermediate level skier and above and who is wondering what all the fuss is about is get to Val and experience it for yourself.

Posted: 01/05/02
Val d'Isere review
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This is feedback from a little kids point of view. Very child friendly. Most lifts are chair lifts, well attended with someone to help, or to slow the lift down as necessary. Cable cars were no problem and all attendents were happy to have a tiny helper watching the controls. The t-bar on the glacier was an excellent starting lift, very slow, someone to help and not too many downhill stretches. The favourite run was the natural halfpipe under Borsat Express and it's extension going down from here to the Tommeuses chairs. The top of the green from Borsat Express is undergraded, generally windy and very cold it's a very steep mogul field and would be red in many places, but the combination of this with the gully and the long runs makes for exciting skiing for kids. An other favourite was Santons, treated as a half pipe. This suffered bady from skiers showing off, skiing too fast down the centre, ignoring the little kids sking from side to side. These were never the good skiers, they were on 'Face', but the fast skiers, not quite in control. The run out at the end was quite tricky, very corrugated and I regularly had to collect tiny skis and sticks after my son had taken off. A surprising run the kids enjoyed was piste M, very narrow and bumpy, not often in good condition, with the very steep 'Plan' run to cover first, this became their after lunch favourite. Watching the stretchers go down was an interesting activity. We tried the runs to La Daille, the green was slushy at 10am, and no fun at all. OK was not open all the way, but it was a 'must' on my older son's list, so we did what we could, but it was more mud and slush than snow. The day trip to Le Fornet, using the buses and changing at Solaise was well enjoyed and easy, buses ran every few minutes whatever time of day. The first day we skied in the sun on the Glacier where the rest of Val was in cloud. This was the only sun in the week. It was not a resort for ice creams, they were very rare to find, and even then were in poor condition. We were surprised not to find pizza much, but ham and chips were a very popular lunch. All mountain restaurants seemed to be good, nothing was full, and we were there in the English school holidays, on the week after Easter. All has easily accessible toilets, the better ones were 30 or 40 cents, but tinies went for free. There was even room to sit inside on the very bad days. This trip provided about my worst day's skiing, with a warm sand storm, but a small amount of snow cover the next day covered up much of the yellow top, and gave us back a surface that would slide rather than bring the skis to an abrupt halt.

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Ski Club Freshtracks holidays to Val d'Isere

Premier Party
Off piste zone: 7 nights, 09 Dec 2016
Join us on our most popular holiday and get your fix of early season powder in the world famous...
Premier Party - Course Only
Off piste zone: 7 nights, 09 Dec 2016
  Join us on our most popular holiday and get your fix of early season powder in the world...
Val d'Isere On-Piste Dev 1 - Course Only
Development zone: 7 nights, 14 Jan 2017
An instruction ski holiday in the world famous Val d'Isere with the entirety of Espace Killy at...
Val d'Isere On-Piste Development 1
Development zone: 7 nights, 14 Jan 2017
An instruction ski holiday in the world famous Val d'Isere with the entirety of Espace Killy at...
Off Piste Progression 1
Off piste zone: 7 nights, 28 Jan 2017
For off piste skiing with mountain guides and instructors Espace Killy is the place to go. With over...
Off Piste Progression 1 - Course Only
Off piste zone: 7 nights, 28 Jan 2017
For off piste skiing with mountain guides and instructors Espace Killy is the place to go. With over...
Off Piste Progression 2
Off piste zone: 7 nights, 04 Feb 2017
For off piste skiing with mountain guides and instructors Espace Killy is the place to go. With over...
Off Piste Progression 2 - Course Only
Off piste zone: 7 nights, 04 Feb 2017
For off piste skiing with mountain guides and instructors Espace Killy is the place to go. With over...
Val d'Isere On-Piste Dev 2 - Course Only
Development zone: 7 nights, 25 Feb 2017
An instruction ski holiday in the world famous Val d'Isere with the entirety of Espace Killy at...
Val d'Isere On-Piste Development 2
Development zone: 7 nights, 25 Feb 2017
An instruction ski holiday in the world famous Val d'Isere with the entirety of Espace Killy at...
Off Piste Progression 3
Off piste zone: 7 nights, 04 Mar 2017
For off piste skiing with mountain guides and instructors Espace Killy is the place to go. With over...
Off Piste Progression 3 - Course Only
Off piste zone: 7 nights, 04 Mar 2017
For off piste skiing with mountain guides and instructors Espace Killy is the place to go. With over...
Off Piste Progression 4
Off piste zone: 7 nights, 11 Mar 2017
For off piste skiing with mountain guides and instructors Espace Killy is the place to go. With over...
Off Piste Progression 4 - Course Only
Off piste zone: 7 nights, 11 Mar 2017
For off piste skiing with mountain guides and instructors Espace Killy is the place to go. With over...
Val d'Isere On-Piste Dev 3 - Course Only
Development zone: 7 nights, 25 Mar 2017
An instruction ski holiday in the world famous Val d'Isere with the entirety of Espace Killy at...
Val d'Isere On-Piste Development 3
Development zone: 7 nights, 25 Mar 2017
An instruction ski holiday in the world famous Val d'Isere with the entirety of Espace Killy at...
End of Season Snowdown
Off piste zone: 7 nights, 16 Apr 2017
Spend six full days with off piste instructors covering as much of the 10,000 hectares of off piste...
End of Season Snowdown - Course Only
Off piste zone: 7 nights, 16 Apr 2017
Spend six full days off piste instructors covering as much of the 10,000 hectares of off piste as...

tour operators in Val d'Isere

Neilson Holidays - Winter
12% discount for Ski Club members
Up to 12% discount for Ski club members on all Neilson holidays! Ski holiday savings for 2016/17...
Alpine Elements
11% discount for Ski Club members
Founded in 1997, the Alpine Elements Group is a specialist ski & snowboard, beach club and...
Skiworld
10% discount for Ski Club members
The largest independent ski operator in the UK. Featuring over 140 catered chalets in superb...
Club Med
10% discount for Ski Club members
At Club Med you can expect style and chic on and off the slopes for big and little kids alike....
VIP Ski
10% discount for Ski Club members
VIP SKI is not an agent, we operate over 60 of our own luxury chalets and 3 luxury ski hotels in...
snow-wise
10% discount for Ski Club members
Snow-Wise is an independent ski tour operator, specialising in tailor-made ski holidays, luxury ski...
Mark Warner
10% discount for Ski Club members
Mark Warner have been operating ski holidays in the Alps for over 40 years. They operate their own...
Sunweb Holidays
10% discount for Ski Club members
The Worlds biggest ski tour operator! Packages to France and Austria with lift passes included for...
Ski Amis
10% discount for Ski Club members
Ski Amis offer catered chalet holidays of a high standard at affordable prices in the top French...
Erna Low
6% discount for Ski Club members
Erna Low is an independent ski specialist offering the widest range of self-catered and hotel...
Travel Club Elite
6% discount for Ski Club members
Travel Club Elite are an Awarding Wining Travel Agent. We are an ABTA member (82689) of 30 Years and...
Esprit Ski
5% discount for Ski Club members
Esprit Ski, No 1 for Family Skiing for over 34 years covers every angle for the skiing family. ...
Ski Independence
5% discount for Ski Club members
Ski Independence is one of the UK's leading tailor-made ski specialists offering the best hotels...
Crystal Ski Holidays
5% discount for Ski Club members
For us, the mountain is everything. We love it as much as you do. Since 1981, we’ve been finding the...
IGLU.COM
5% discount for Ski Club members
Igluski.com is an award-winning ski travel agency, working with over 70 tour operators to offer ski...
Ski Solutions
5% discount for Ski Club members
Ski Solutions is Britain's original and largest specialist ski travel agency and tailor-made...
SNO ski holidays
5% discount for Ski Club members
www.SNO.co.uk - ALL ski holidays, ONE search! Don't trawl dozens of ski holiday sites,...
Ski Total
5% discount for Ski Club members
Ski Total, the Ski Chalet Specialist, has over 34 years' experience and offers high quality...
Inghams
5% discount for Ski Club members
With over 80 years' experience in ski, offering holidays in 91 resorts in 10 countries, Inghams...
Ski-Val
5% discount for Ski Club members
Ski-Val has been successfully operating catered chalet holidays for over 40 years!. We remain an...
Lagrange Holidays
5% discount for Ski Club members
Lagrange specialises primarily in self-catering ski holidays to France, featuring accommodation to...
The Oxford Ski Company
5% discount for Ski Club members
With over eighteen years of experience, some 450+ personally inspected luxury ski chalets and 90...
Elegant Resorts
5% discount for Ski Club members
Elegant Resorts, the UK's leading luxury tour operator, provides exceptional client service and...

ski accommodation in Val d'Isere

Erna Low
6% discount for Ski Club members
Erna Low is an independent ski specialist offering the widest range of self-catered and hotel...
PowderBeds.com
5% discount for Ski Club members
PowderBeds is an online Ski Accommodation Retailer, offering a huge range of hotels, apartments and...

member discounts in Val d'Isere

Skiset
60% discount for Ski Club members
N.B. Online bookings will vary depending on resort and seasonal time. However Ski Club members will...
iSki-Val
15% discount for Ski Club members
Ski off-piste safely with iSki, Val d'Isere's premier specialist off-piste ski school....
New Generation Ski & Snowboard School
10% discount for Ski Club members
Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer. Subject to availability. A valid membership...
Oxygene Ski School Val d'Isere
10% discount for Ski Club members
10% discount off all lessons during low season weeks.To redeem the discount, members must enter '...
Skispeziali.com
10% discount for Ski Club members
10% off rates for Ski Club members On full day basis
TDC, The Development Centre - Val d'Isere
10% discount for Ski Club members
TDC - A Truly British Ski School. Young, dynamic, intelligent coaches. Small specialised clinics.
Huski
10% discount for Ski Club members
Say Hi to Huski, the Modern Mountain Delivery Company. Huski knows the best of the Alps offering a...
Evolution 2
10% discount for Ski Club members
Winter activities include: Ski & Snowboard courses, Husky rides, Ice Climbing, Snow-shoe tours,...
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