Val d’Isere is a popular ski resort in the French Alps, just near the Italian border. With the nearby resort of Tignes, they form the ‘Espace Killy’ ski area, with terrain for everyone from the complete beginner to the veteran powder hound. Val d’Isere village is at an altitude of 1,850m with top slopes at 3,400m. This means the Winter season stretches from late November into the first week of May.
Most of the Val d’Isere lifts are long but rapid, travelling vertically and taking advantage of the resorts height. The Espace Killi ski area is vast and consists of 300km of well maintained pistes and 90 ski lifts along with some funicular railways. There are 20 green runs, 67 blue, 41 red, and 26 black runs, as well as 2 snow parks. The top lift is in Tignes on the Grande Motte and reaches 3,456m. Val d’Isere has its own glacier, the Pissaillas Glacier.
Val d’isere has an eclectic mix of restaurants to choose from, as well as plenty of traditional French restaurants. It is a top destination for apres-ski with a vibrant lively scene and La Folie Douce Bar and Dicks Tea Bar are both famous for their party atmosphere. La Cave de la Comptoir is a stylish wine bar in town and for those who want to dance the night away, there’s always the Doudoune Club.
Val d’Isere hosts many events during the Winter season but one of the more exciting is the Audi ski world cup where the world’s top men and lady downhill racers arrive for a fast paced fun packed week. In contrast Classicaval brings some of the world’s most famous classical musicians to town and provides a cultural break in Winter season. New Year’s eve is a big night out in Val d’Isere with most bars and restaurants offering tickets to special events.
The most helpful website for fact finding and general information about Val D’Isere is provided by Valdinet.