Val d'Isere3.5 out of 5 based on 6 reviews
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Val d'Isere is one of France's most famous ski resorts.
Val d'Isere is one of France's most famous ski resorts.
The village of Val d'Isere is beautiful.
The village of Val d'Isere is beautiful.
The Olympique gondola whisks skiers 1000m above Val d'isere.
The Olympique gondola whisks skiers 1000m above Val d'isere.
Val d'Isere has a lively, bustling feel from lunchtime til late.
Val d'Isere has a lively, bustling feel from lunchtime til late.
Linked with Tignes, Val d'Isere is a huge ski area.
Linked with Tignes, Val d'Isere is a huge ski area.
Val d'Isere ski resort has over 10,000ha of freeride terrain.
Val d'Isere ski resort has over 10,000ha of freeride terrain.
Ski Val d'Isere's famous 'Face' run as fast as you can!
Ski Val d'Isere's  famous 'Face' run as fast as you can!
Powder skiing options are vast at Val d'Isere.
Powder skiing options are vast at Val d'Isere.
Modern lifts are du jour at Val d'Isere - the Solaise gondola.
Modern lifts are du jour at Val d'Isere - the Solaise gondola.
Val d'isere base area faces the sunny south, perfect for beginners.
Val d'isere base area faces the sunny south, perfect for beginners.
Vals Borsat chair serves beginner terrain in front of Tignes' La Grand Motte
Vals Borsat chair serves beginner terrain in front of Tignes' La Grand Motte
Val d'Isere ski resort is child friendly.
Val d'Isere ski resort is child friendly.
Marmottes chair is the main link between tignes and Val d'Isere.
Marmottes chair is the main link between tignes and Val d'Isere.
Freeride on Banane above Val d'Isere village.
Freeride on Banane above Val d'Isere village.
Val d'Isere has some rocking apres ski.
Val d'Isere has some rocking apres ski.
Ski Val d'Isere.
Ski Val d'Isere.
Val d'Isere is a sun soakers delight, champagne in hand!
Val d'Isere is a sun soakers delight, champagne in hand!
Enjoy Val d'Isere ski resort at the Sun Bar.
Enjoy Val d'Isere ski resort at the Sun Bar.
Val d'Isere ski terrain rises dramatically above the village.
Val d'Isere ski terrain rises dramatically above the village.
Ski Val d'Isere at least once in your life.
Ski Val d'Isere at least once in your life.

Val d'Isere

Val d’Isere Ski Resort France

Val d’Isere is a premium French alpine resort that oozes charm and panache, plus also happens to have some of the best ski terrain in the world, providing fun and challenge for everyone that skis there. Along with nearby Tignes ski resort, Val d’Isere forms the self-titled "Most Beautiful Ski Area in the World". Tignes-Val d'Isere was formerly known as 'Espace Killy', named after Jean-Claude Killy, the legendary French champion alpine ski racer who dominated the sport in the late 1960s.

Whilst we don't necessarily think it is the most beautiful ski area in the world, Val d'Isere is certainly one of the world's best ski destinations. The vast and challenging terrain holds a lifetime of skiing and snowboarding, you'll just need to push your way through the crowd to get to it!

Summary of Pros & Cons for Val d’Isere Ski Resort

Pros

  • Huge world class piste terrain for all levels of skier;
  • France’s most reliable snow;
  • Modern lifts and facilities;
  • Massive off piste & backcountry terrain for all levels;
  • Delightful resort village;
  • Lift pass linked to Tignes;
  • Very good après ski;
  • Relatively easy to get to via train and bus.

Cons

  • Busy to a point of being overcrowded;
  • Expensive accommodation;
  • Main piste trails become mogul fields by lunchtime;
  • Off piste gets tracked quickly.

Pro or Con Depending On Your Perspective

  • Can be isolated in times of heavy snowfall and / or avalanche danger.

Val d'Isère Ski and Snowboard Terrain

The Val d’Isere ski resort has three main ski areas on the side of the valley; Le Fornet, Le Solaise, and Bellevarde. They are well served by modern high speed lifts including high-volume gondolas and a funicular.

Val d’Isere (a.k.a. Val) provides 150 km of piste on wide highway-like runs, and a somewhat unique experience for beginners with high altitude runs that afford spectacular scenery. However beginners should note that beginner runs are often “dark” blue, so take care to avoid ending up black and blue! Many green runs are available for beginners on the Borsat chair.

The terrain at Val d’Isere also has plenty of steep piste runs, an abundance of first class free-ride opportunities with over 10.000hectares of off piste terrain.

See the Skiing & Snowboarding Val d’Isere page for more information on the ski lifts, terrain and lift passes.

Interlinked with Tignes

In combination with the neighbouring Tignes, Val d’Isère offers 300km of piste, over 140 named runs, 102 ski lifts and 2 glaciers (both available in summer). It’s mega! The resorts are linked by lift, piste and lift pass, effectively creatively one massive ski resort - how typically French!

Summer Skiing and Snowboarding at Val d'Isere

The all round nature of the Val d'Isere ski resort continues into summer. From mid June to mid to July (depending on snow), 2 lifts access 6 piste trails on the Glacier du Pissaillas.

Where is Val d'Isere?

Val d'Isere lies in Tarentaise Valley in the Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France, 5 km (3 miles) from the border of Italy. Chambéry (144km)(Uk and European origins only) is the nearest airport to Val d'Isère (2.5hr away by road), followed by Geneva (187km / 3.5hr), and Lyon Saint-Exupéry (221km / 3.5hr). Regular buses serve all the airports and various airport transfers are available. Note that Chambery airport operates on a limited basis.

Another common mode of travel to Val d'Isère is via train. The Bourg St. Maurice train station is 30km (20 miles) from Val d'Isère and is on the schedule of numerous train lines such as TGV and Eurostar. Bus services run regularly from Bourg St. Maurice direct to Val d'Isere, or you can take a local taxi.

See the Travel to Val d'Isere page for more information on how to get there.

Nearby Ski Resorts

Val d'Isere is part of the legendary skiing region called the Tarentaise. A festival of wonderful French ski resorts, from mega resorts to 'secret stashes', are within a one hour drive of Val d'Isere. The world's largest fully interlinked resort the 3 Valleys (Courchevel, Meribel and Val Thorens), huge Paradiski (Les Arcs and La Plagne) plus the smaller La Rosiere (linked to Italy's La Thuile) and excellent Sainte Foy are all close by.

Val d'Isere Accommodation

Originally a small alpine farming village, Val d'Isere the town has developed into a modern alpine resort town whilst maintaining its village feel and sense of tradition. The 'Old Town' is undoubtedly very pretty, with quaint old stone properties lining narrow snow filled streets. Val d'Isere the valley (!) is made up of  several charming hamlets, namely Le Cret, Le Joseray, Le Chatelard, La Legettaz, Le Laisinant, Le Daille and Le Fornet. More recently the area of Les Carats (millionaires’ row as it's locally known!) has developed its own luxury character and charm.

There are about 50 Val d’Isère hotels with a range of rooms, suites and apartments, most of which are 3 and 4-star hotels. Generally, the hotel tariffs are high relative to other European ski resorts, but there are also a few 2 star hotels for those on a tight budget. Val d’Isere accommodation also includes many chalets (including some very luxurious chalets) and a high number of self-catering apartments (condos).

See all Val d'Isere Accommodation Listings here >>> 

Val d'Isere Activities

There is plenty for non-skiers to do in the valley including snow shoe walks, husky-sledding, ice-climbing, ice-skating, ice-diving, and indoor climbing. Less active entertainment includes visiting the wellness centres, the casino, taking the cable-cars to mountain restaurants and view points (including sun decks!), visiting the local Alpine history museum, or some serious shopping in the fancy pants shops.


Tours in or near Val d'Isere

Safari (Road Trip) Tours
Tarentaise Valley Ski Safari DETAILS
GUIDED OFF-PISTE ADVENTURE
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Days Skiing | 3+ Resorts
From price based on twin/double-share room occupancy.
Base/invoice currency is in EURO inc taxes.
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Price p/p
USD 2,189
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Ski some of the most famous ski areas of the world in France with an experienced guide riding vertical descents of up to 2,000m through untracked powder even days after a snowfall. Join a "fixed date" tour or get your own group of 4+ together for a custom tour.
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Single-Base, Multi-Ski-Area Tours
Tarentaise Valley Star Ski Safari DETAILS
GUIDED OFF-PISTE ADVENTURE
2 to 5 Days | 2 to 5 Nights | 2 to 5 Skiing Days | 3+ Resorts
From price based on twin/double-share room occupancy.
Base/invoice currency is in EURO inc taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
Price p/p
USD 763
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Ski some of the most famous ski areas of the world in France with an experienced guide riding vertical descents of up to 2,000m through untracked powder even days after a snowfall. Join a "fixed date" tour or get your own group of 4+ together for a custom tour.
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    Tignes Trail & Piste Map
  • Val d'Isere Trail & Piste Map
  • Vertical (m)
    1,550 – 3456 (1906m)
  • Average Snow Fall
    7 m+
  • Lifts (102)
    10 Gondolas/cable cars/funicular
    44 Chairlifts

    Summer Skiing - 2 lifts for skiing
  • Ski Hours
    Winter: Mid Nov to late April
    8:45am - 5:00pm

    Summer: Mid June to mid July
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs - 300km
    Longest run – 10km+
    Advanced - 18%
    Intermediate - 25%
    Beginner - 57%
    Off piste - 10,000ha
    Summer skiing - 20km
  • Lift Prices (Day Ticket 17/18)
    Val d'Isere - Tignes
    Adult - €57
    Child - €46
    Child under 5yrs - Free

    Summer Skiing at Val d’Isere
    Adult - €29
    Child - €23.50
    Child under 5yrs - Free
 

    Val d’Isere Summer Ski Trail & Piste Map
  • Val d’Isere Summer Ski Trail Map

    Val d’Isere Trail & Piste Map
  • Val d'Isere - Tignes Trail Map