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   Val d'Isère

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resort height
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snow range
6,069 - 11,715 ft
snow probability
transfer times
Chambery 2.75hrs 
Lyons 3.25hrs
Geneva 3.75hrs

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Serious enthusiasts of ski and aprés-ski from all over the world return time after time to this real favourite of ski resorts.

Val d'Isère makes up one half of the enormous L'Espace Killy area, providing an abundance of piste and off-piste skiing. This is the undisputed capital of modern alpine skiing. The European season kicks off here in early December.

The heart of Val d'Isère dates back to the 13th century, a great contrast to its futuristic neighbour, Tignes. A variety of bars and clubs keeps the nightlife kicking into the early hours. The Le Forent glacier guarantees snow. The Funicular railway lifts 272 skiers in 4.5 mins to the top of Bellevarde at over 9000ft.

good points bad points
  • great for beginners
  • superb skiing
  • lively après-ski
  • reliable snow record
  • tough runs
  • extensive off-piste
  • variety of intermediate and expert skiing
  • some of the best lift served off piste runs in the world
  • lots to do for non-skiers
  • some runs to village are challenging and are unsuitable for beginners 
  • expensive
  • piste grading understates the difficulty of runs
  • lack of tree level runs
  • limited child care

mountain restaurants

whilst many of the self-service restaurants leave a lot to be desired, most of them have fantastic restaurants upstairs or attached offering very reasonable prices for the Plat du Jour. Le Signal at Le Fornet, La Fruitiere, the Edelweiss and the Trifollet all offer great food and there are numerous good restaurants on the edge of the beginners' slopes - Grand Ourse, Bananas.

aprés ski

Recommended is Dick's T-Bar for the laser show and videos. For a pub atmosphere try The Pacific Bar and for live bands, visit the  Moris Pub


accompanied snow-shoe walks (short walk every morning and longer one in the afternoon), skating, swimming, a fitness centre (plus several more in various hotels), bridge sessions, lots of sun terraces, cinema (with films in english) * fitness centre (english tuition) * indoor swimming pool (free with 7-21 day liftpass) *  parapenting *  skidooing * Ice rink * ice climbing * dog sledding

eating out

more than 50 restaurants. * 3 course set menu approx €23 * local fondues with wine and desert €22 * Pizzas €7.60 * try "1789" for fondues, La Perdix Blanche and Le lodge for pizzas and Bananas for mexican food 

other amenities

weekly open air market * supermarket * lots of boutiques * art exhibitions 


The ESF take children from three in their Jardin des Enfants. Snowfun take children from three in their Club Nonours and from four in the Marmottons. Infants and children are taught in separate groups
tourist office 
BP 228, F73155 VAL D'ISERE
tel 33 479 06 06 60
fax 33 479 06 04 56

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