When we hear Val d’Isere, we immediately think prestige. Val d’Isere is most certainly one of the most prestigious resorts in the alps and really does set the bar in almost all areas. Unlike a number of the other large ski resorts, Val d’Isere manages to retain it’s rustic charm and village feel throughout. However don’t let this fool you, in terms of activities, skiing, restaurants and aprés, there are few resorts that do a better job than Val d’Isere. Although slightly more expensive than most other ski resorts, you certainly get what you pay for here. The resort is also linked with Tignes ski resort under the Espace Killy ski pass, offering one of the best ski domains in the Alps and just under 300km of perfect piste, complete with glacier skiing also.

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top runTop Run | 1785m (Bottom Run)
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runsBlue Runs | 67 Runs (Full)
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runsRed Runs | 41 Runs (Full)
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runsBlack Runs | 26 Runs (Full)
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Getting There

The Best Bits

Access to both Tignes and Val d’Isere ski area, totaling 300km of piste | Home of the original Folie Douce bar / restaurant | Home of some of the best bars and clubs in the Alps | Huge choice of catered and self-catered chalets | Authentic rustic feel and village atmosphere | Glacier skiing | One of the most prestigious ski resorts in the world

The Skiing

Val d’Isere offers great access to Green slopes for beginners right in the heart of the town as well as direct access via Gondola to the Tranquil ski zone (a speed restricted green haven for beginner skiers). As for the more advanced skier, there is plenty to keep you entertained here also. You have a brilliant mix of reds & blacks as well as off piste skiing and this is all before you even start to consider the Tignes area. Whatever level you are, Val d’Isere will accommodate you.

The Aprés

Val d’Isere as an aprés destination is second to none. You have the original (and best) Folie Douce up on the piste and their infamous aprés bar (which we guess is technically an aprés aprés bar after a session at Folie) down in Val d’Isere town. Then you have an excellent selection of bars and clubs to choose from for the rest of your evening. When it comes to going out in Val d’Isere, this resort really is a whole different ball game and most certainly one that will not disappoint.

Travel

Access to both Tignes and Val d’Isere ski area, totaling 300km of piste | Home of the Grand Motte Glacier, boasting all year skiing and guaranteed snow during the winter | Never more then a couple of minutes from the slopes, max | The original Folie Douce, enough said | One of the largest choices of accommodation of any resort | A large frozen lake right in the heart of the resort | Free 24 hour shuttle bus between all 3 areas. Ben’s Bus offer great value shared transfers to Val d’Isere.

Alternative Ski Activities

Just because you’re on a ski holiday, doesn’t mean you have to ski. You have world famous Alpine food, beautiful rustic buildings, the smell of wood smoke whether you go & heaps of the fluffy white stuff to play in. Other activities in resort include: Swimming Pool (free with Espace Killy Pass) | Ice Skating on the lake | Bowling | Cinema | Husky rides over the lake | Ice diving in the lake | Night sledging | Bun J Ride

Skiing Level

Tignes boasts skiing for all levels. If you’re a beginner, you probably want to stick to Le Lac & Lavachet, as this is where the bunny slopes are found. You also have the ‘Tranquil Ski Zone’ which consists of speed restricted greens. As for the more advanced skier, you have huge expanses of off-piste, miles of perfectly groomed piste & even 2 ski parks. Throw in the Espace Killy pass & also enjoy the whole of Val d’Isere too.

Is This Resort For Me?

In a nutshell, yes. Val d’Isre really does have everything to offer regardless of whether this is your 1st or 50th time skiing. If you are only interested in skiing, you have access to one of the best ski domains in the Espace Killy ski area. If you want a nice family break, the rustic charm of Val d’Isere will seduce and satisfy no end and if you really are just on a skiing holiday for the aprés, then there aren’t many places better than here. The only part of Val d’Isere that might not appeal to all is if you are looking for a budget ski trip. Generally speaking it is a more expensive destination than most, however if you are looking for self-catered accommodation and plan to eat in every night, then ultimately you shouldn’t notice a huge difference between this and most other resorts.