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Val d'Isere, France

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Ski Holidays in Val d'Isère, France

Val d’Isère is thought by many to be one top winter sports resorts in Europe. The sophisticated and charming village teamed with world class ski terrain attracts devoted ski, snowboard and party enthusiasts year after year. Being part of the Espace Killy ski area that boasts excellent snow records, Val d’Isère has smooth links to Tignes, making it an even more attractive holiday location.

Historically Val d’Isere has mainly been suited for intermediate to advanced skiers and snowboarders, but a new 2 year project starting in early 2015 aims to redevelop the Solaise area that’ll improve the terrain for beginners and families. New additions include a gondola with heated seats and Wi-Fi, a giant magic carpet, reduced slope gradient and a new day lodge.

Conditions in Val d’Isère

The snow conditions in Val d’Isère are difficult to beat, wherever you go. Even in bad snow years, Val d’Isère remains accessible in most places due to the high altitude. A big plus point is the fact that all runs back into the town stay open almost all of the time, because of how high the town is. The majority of the runs are above mid-mountain, ensuring long-term accessibility.

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Val d’Isere’s snowmaking facility is the largest in Europe, and this year it has been improved to provide guaranteed snow-cover from November until May. The artificial snow will play a key role in keeping the 300km in pristine condition even in a dry winter.

Take a look at the Val d’Isère Snow History, where you can also check the current snow report, forecast and webcams.

Val d'Isère Ski Resort

Val d'Isere is a lively town packed with bars, restaurants and upmarket shops. You won't have to go far to hear English voices as Val is full of chalets which, in turn, are full of Brits. It's a great place to ski with 300km of slopes linking with Tignes and its glacier. Lifts fan out from the centre of town although many take the free bus to La Daille with its funicular offering swift access to Tignes. Buses between La Daille and Val d’Isere centre take 7 minutes, or it’s a 15 minute flat walk.

Skiing in Val d’isere

The village of Val d’Isere sits at 1850m and the ski area peaks at 3350m on the Glacier Du Pissaillas. Together with Tignes there is a vast 300km of varied, world class pistes that attract holiday makers and seasoned skiers from all around the globe. 

Intermediates will enjoy the extensive blue and red ski runs that span across Espace Killy; this ski area is perfect for cruising and clocking up the ski miles on the long wide pistes.

There's plenty of difficult terrain on offer (especially back into the centre of town, particularly the mogul-packed Face run) but equally lots for the whole family to discover and love.

Accommodation in Val d’Isère

Accommodation in town is mostly traditional but there's a lot of new development near the lifts in the Solaise and Bellevarde areas, plus modern blocks at the base of La Daille. La Daille is where the majority of self-catering apartments are located.

There is a large selection of chalets located throughout the resort that cater for all budgets and group sizes, which is one of the reasons why Val d’Isere is so popular. Browse through Chalets in Val d’Isere.

If you prefer staying in hotels there is an abundance of choices including the new luxury Chalet Hotel Le Savoie and the All Inclusive Club Med Val d’Isere.

Après-ski, Restaurants and Activities in Val d’Isère

Après ski is big, notably the Folie Douce at the top of the La Daille gondola with its live music, DJs and crowds in late afternoon, and the veteran Dick's Tea Bar disco in town. Prices are expensive in this neck of the woods, but worth every penny. Val d’Isere is one of the top après spots in Europe with countless bars across the resort. Other notable hot spots include The Morris Bar, Cocoricos, Petit Danois, The Underground and Bar La Rosee.

View more information about the nightlife here in our best après ski guide.

Other activities in resort include:

  • Aqua Leisure Complex
  • Sports centre with gym, sports hall and climbing wall
  • Sledging
  • Ice rink
  • Paragliding
  • Ice driving
  • Snowmobiling
  • Husky sleigh rides
  • Ice climbing
  • Snowshoeing

Transfer Times and Airports Used for Val d’Isère

Chambery Airport: approx. 2h 15min
Geneva Airport: approx. 3h 00min
Grenoble Airport: approx. 2h 45min
Lyon Airport: approx. 4h 00min

Take a look at the full list of airports and transfer times for Val d’Isère.

Lift Pass/Resort Prices in Val d’Isère

Val d’Isère ski passes cost around 250 € for an adult for 7 days, and 200 € for a child for 7 days. However, it is suggested that you book tickets for the Espace Killy ski area (linking to Tignes), as prices are only about 10 € extra for any type of pass.

Val d'Isere Ski Deals

Chalet Millega ***
Chalet Millega
16 Apr 16
Chalet Les Danaides ***
Chalet Les Danaides
16 Apr 16
Chalet Hotel Champs Avalins ***
Chalet Hotel Champs Avalins
20 Mar 16
Upper Slopes: 250cm
Lower Slopes: 145cm
Total Runs: 144
  • 1850m
  • Resort Altitude

  • 300km
  • Of Piste

  • N, S, E, W
  • Direction of Slopes

  • 10km
  • Longest Run

  • 39
  • Draglifts
  • 97
  • Ski Lifts

  • 2
  • Snowboard Park

  • 3550m
  • Highest Lift

  • 48
  • Chairlifts

  • 8
  • Cable-cars
  • Nightclub
  • Health Spa
  • Bowling
  • Skidoo
  • Gym
  • Parapenting
  • Snowshoeing
  • Snow sure
  • Glacier Resort
  • High altitude skiing
  • High altitude resort
  • Lively après ski
  • Picturesque
  • Resort bus
  • Supermarket
  • Tourist Office
Chambery (2h 15min)
Geneva (3h 00min)
Grenoble (2h 45min)
Lyon (4h 00min)
Times above are estimations for guidance only.
Children From £202.00
Adults From £252.50
Seniors From £252.50
Prices fluctuate daily & those shown are approximations.We do not sell lift passes separately from packages.
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"Just home from Christmas in Val d'Isere... this was the best ski holiday I have ever been on. Val is stunning, the hotel fabulous, staff sensational and skiing out of this world. We booked through Iglu. They were fantastic. Peter had great ski knowledge, offered advice and went the extra mile. " - Pamela (Dec 2015)