Val d’Isere: skiing and fun for all abilities
Ski resort:
Val d'Isere
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Val d’Isere in brief

 

Visit Val d’Isere for Olympic-standard skiing, glacier skiing, access to Tignes, a great snow park and a range of restaurants.

Resort name:

Val d’Isere

Location:

South-east France

Nearest airport:

Chambery

Transfer time:

1.5 hrs (by car)

Altitude:

1,850 m (resort)

Total ski runs:

300 km

Beginner runs:

67

Intermediate runs:

41

Advanced runs:

26

Activities:

Alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, snowboarding, hiking, snowshoeing, ice skating, parasailing, ice driving, ice climbing

Did you know?

World Cup alpine ski racer Jean-Claude Killy learnt to ski at Val d’Isere - hence the ski area’s name, Espace Killy. He won three Olympic alpine events in 1968.

 

Skiing in Val d’Isere

 

Val d’Isere is a hugely popular ski resort thanks to its wide range of pistes and challenging runs that really are challenging. Both skiers and snowboarders from all over the world flock here in their droves each winter to test their skills and soak up the unique atmosphere created by the great apres-ski and the charm of the village centre.

The ski area, Espace Killy, is shared with Tignes and offers 300 km of slopes. The good thing about the ski area is that the slopes at Val d’Isere and Tignes are naturally connected and don’t require very long lift rides to move from one area to another.

There are four main areas for skiing in Val d’Isere. Solaise is accessible from the village centre and is particularly ideal for beginners and intermediate skiers, with some black runs up near the top. Lifts take skiers up to an altitude of 2,560 m from where a FIS women's downhill course, the Rhone-Alpes black run, can be accessed.

Bellevarde is also accessible from the centre of Val d’Isere using the Olympique gondola and is more appealing to expert skiers thanks to its challenging pistes. Notable runs here include the black La Face run, which has been used in both Olympic and World Championship events and isn’t for the faint-hearted, and the L’Epaule du Charvet black run.

La Daille at the valley’s east end is a ski area on the way to Tignes with some nice, easy runs for beginners and for warming up accessible via a chairlift. From here, you can also hop on the Funival underground funicular to Rocher de Bellevarde and try the OK black run back down the mountain.

At the other end of the valley, Le Fornet at nearly 2,000 m offers the highest lifts in Val d’Isere, taking skiers up to 3,100 m on the Pissaillas glacier for access to some great intermediate runs on the way down. You can even get all the way to Tignes Les Brevières via skiing and lifts from here.

The Val d’Isere ski pass covers the lifts in the above areas, while the Espace Killy ski pass covered both these and the ones in Tignes.

Highlights of the skiing at Tignes include the Grande Motte glacier, which is accessible from Val Claret and has a summit at 3,656 m, from where both on and -off-piste descents can be enjoyed. There are some challenging runs elsewhere in the ski area, including some steep pistes near Le Grande and Petite Balmes.

Cross-country skiing is also available and Val d’Isere’s snow park is another highlight, featuring a boardercross course, kids’ zone and all kinds of units moulded from snow.

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