There's a reason more Brits come to Val d'Isere than any other ski resort - it is widely considered one of the world's best resorts in the world, offering that sought after balance of near unbeatable range of on snow terrain coupled with off snow experience and amenities that are hard to match, all nestled within a charming 17th century town.

Visitors return again and again for Val d'Isere's near unrivaled slopes not least of all experts who are attracted by the Olympic and World Cup runs, and more importantly the extent of the lift-served off-piste, which is among the most varied and snowsure in Europe. You don't have to be particularly adventurous to enjoy the resort, confident, mileage-hungry intermediates will come away equally satisfied. This of course, is before you even consider the neighboring resort of Tignes, together making up the 300km of pistes that form the Espace Killy ski area. With the village sitting at 1850m, and upper slopes reaching as high as 3400m, it can also boast one of the best snow records in the Alps, with seasons stretching from November to May. With all this terrain on offer, no wonder Val d'Isere is the most popular destination for our Instructor Led Guiding service, as well as our Freshtracks holidays.

The off-snow options in Val d'Isere are no less impressive - among many others it is the birthplace of the now famous Folie Douce apres,its pounding music and flamboyant shows now a mainstay of the unashamedly extravagant resort. Off the slopes you will find lively bars, restaurants and clubs to keep you entertained until the small hours. Best of all, these offerings have not been traded off against village charm, far from it. Centered around a 17th century church, the cosy Savoie architecture and increasingly tasteful developments quickly jettison any comparisons to other less attractive French resorts. 

 

Pros

Huge area shared with Tignes, with lots of runs for all abilities

One of the great resorts for lift-served off-piste runs

Once the snow has fallen, high altitude of slopes keeps it good

Wide choice of schools, especially for off-piste lessons and guiding

Cons

Some green and blue runs are too challenging, and all runs back to the village are tricky

You're quite likely to need buses at the start and end of the day (but they are very frequent and efficient)

Many lifts and slopes are liable to close when the weather is bad

Expensive eating and drinking; it's one of the priciest resorts in France for this

Getting there

  • Chambery airport: 2 hours
  • Geneva airport: 2.5 hours
  • Lyon airport: 2.5 hours
  • Bourg-St-Maurice train station: 1 hours

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Good For

Ability
  • Advanced
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
In Resort
  • Family Friendly
  • Ski To Door
  • Village Charm
On Slope
  • Boarder
  • Fast Lifts
  • No Queues
  • Snow Reliability
  • Terrain Parks

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