Val d'Isere, France
Val d’Isere has earned the reputation of being one of the greatest ski resorts in the world as a result of its sensational high altitude skiing and chic village setting.
Linked with the neighbouring resort of Tignes to create L’Espace Killy, the combined ski area offers an astounding variety of terrain, both on and off piste, for skiers and snowboarders of all abilities. It is no surprise that this resort has hosted Olympic and World Cup competitions.
Dating back to the 11th century, Val d’Isere still retains much of its traditional Tarentaise architecture and authentic village atmosphere. The town is a shopper’s paradise, with upmarket boutiques and traditional French patisseries lining its main street. Visitors are spoilt for choice by the resort’s renowned range of cafes, restaurants and après ski bars. As several of the pistes come right into the centre of town, non-skiers can choose a sunny terrace to enjoy the fun from the comfort of a deck-chair.
Val d’Isere offers a good range of nursery slopes as well as extensive skiing for intermediates. For more advanced skiers and snowboarders, the Espace Killy area is well known for its challenging black runs and sensational off-piste skiing. From Val d’Isere, you are within easy skiing distance of the base of the Grand Motte, one of Europe’s largest pisted glaciers. At 3400m, the glacier offers over 40km of huge sweeping runs and breath-taking views out over the Alps.
“Val d'Isère combines with neighbouring Tignes to form one of the principal winter playgrounds of Europe.”
The Ski Club
|Town height||1850m||Longest run||10km|
|Top Lift||3456m||Max vert drop||1552m|
|Pisted Runs||300km||Snow cannons||240|