It’s an exciting year for Val d’Isere as work completes on their 2 year redevelopment project on the Solaise Mountain. The € 16 million upgrades will benefit all types of skier and snowboarder, from the seasoned experts to the first timers.
Val d’Isere has a picturesque alpine village and 300km of first-class slopes that link with Tignes to make up the grand Espace Killy ski area. Val d’Isere is one of Iglu Ski’s top selling ski resorts, only to be out-rivalled by its neighbouring Tignes.
New Solaise gondola
December will see the opening of the new state-of-the-art gondola that will transform access across the Val d’Isere Mountain for all skiers and snowboarders.
The old Solaise Express chairlift and even older Solaise cable car are being replaced by the new 10 person gondola with 91 cabins with heated seats and Wi-Fi. The new cableway will increase capacity by 40% and can carry up to 3600 skiers an hour, reducing queues during peak times. The journey will be just 7 minutes, making it one of the fastest ski lifts in the world.
Val d’Isere have made every attempt to minimise the environmental impact of the new project, including reducing the number of lift stations from 8 with 34 pylons to just 2 with 16 pylons and the gondola machinery is buried underground to reduce the noise impact for both two and four legged inhabitants in the area.
New Day Lodge
Located at the top of the new Solaise gondola, the new North-America style Day Lodge will be a large indoor space where skiers and snowboarders can relax and take a break during the ski day. Facilities in the new Day Lodge will be:
- A café serving hot drinks and pastries
- Vending machine
- A comfortable picnic area where skiers can bring their own lunches, equipped with a microwave.
- Kids’ Corner and table football for the kids
- 2 sun terraces
New beginner area
A new beginner ski area on Solaise aims to encourage novice skiers to head up the mountain and away from the Front de Neige so they can experience the mountain in its full glory. New beginner slopes at the top of the Solaise gondola have been regraded to provide the perfect pistes for learning to ski and snowboard. The slopes are served by 3 magic carpet lifts.
New ski chalets
We are delighted to have these new chalets in Val d’Isere this ski season. Located in the heart of the village and just off the main high street are Chalet Pic Noir, Ptarmigan and Perdrix making these the perfect chalets for quick access to the slopes and amenities.
New ski chalets in Val d'Isere:
Chalet Pic Noir
Take a look at more new ski chalets for 2017
New ski deals
New introduction to off piste and further off piste weeks at Chalet Hotel le Val d’isere.
New ski guiding weeks are available on ski holidays at Chalet Hotel Moris and Chalet Hotel Le Val d’Isere
New reduced lift pass for beginners
To celebrate the redevelopment of the new area, Val d’Isere is offering a special lift pass for beginners for winter 2016/2017.
The pass includes access to 9 lifts and costs just 35 Euros for one day, instead of 50.50 Euros for the full area. The pass includes use of:
- The two village lifts – Legettaz and Rogoney
- The Solaise Gondola
- The 3 magic carpets
- Madeleine, Datcha and Glacier chairlifts