Val d’Isere continues to progress and innovate season after season. Their efforts have paid off as visitor numbers continues to rise and Val d’Isere becomes Iglu Ski's number 1 selling ski resort of winter 2017/18.
After the 2 year Solaise project completed in 2016, the new 5 year Le Coin De Val d’Isere project is underway with a scheduled completion date of 2022. This includes a €200 million plan to redevelop a section of the village with new hotels, apartments, shops, bars, underground walkways and more. We’ll update this page as we get new information about Val d’Isere.
New Gondola in La Daille
The original 4 seater gondola in La Daille has been running since 1966 and after 52 years it will be replaced by a new 10 seater gondola with Wi-Fi and heater seats. The new cabins will take the overall passenger transport rate up to 2800 people an hour (compared to 933 before) and will take 4 mins 30 secs to reach the top (compared to 9 mins before). In total, fifty 10-seater gondolas will make their way along the line, as well as a VIP gondola.
The future gondola lift will follow an identical route to the existing lift. Starting at 1,802 metres and going up to 2,294 metres, the lift will still finish at La Folie Douce. The total cost for this project is 10 million euros.
The new 'Symphony 10' gondolas, created by Italian designer Pininfarina
New black run
After a 6 year closure, Teleski des 3000 will re-open for 2018/19. The drag lift transports skiers to the Leissieres ridge that separates the Solaise and the Fornet ski area. It’s an extreme 76% slope and is only recommended for accomplished skiers.
New highest hotel in France
The old cable car station at Solaise is being transformed into a new hotel, Le Refuge De Solaise. Located at 2551m this will be France’s highest hotel and will offer a unique holiday experience in Val d’Isere.
Le Refuge has 34 rooms, 3 larger luxury apartments and a dormitory with 14 beds. The hotel will feature a 300-seat gourmet restaurant, a cocktail bar, a seminar room, a children’s play area, and a spa with a pool. Le Rege De Solaise will be open from December 2018 for the ultimate ski-in ski-out holiday in Val d’isere. Read more about the new highest hotel in France.
New four star hotel
Hotel La Toviere in La Daille village has had a complete makeover and now upgraded to a 4 star hotel. The hotel will be open this winter in time for the new La Daille gondola opening in December 2018. 3 top floor suites have been added and all 29 rooms have been renovated to a high standard of comfort. The hotel features a large wellness area with a swimming pool, sauna, steam room and treatment rooms, a games room, children’s play area, a library, a bar/lounge with a grand piano and open fireplace.
Hotel La Toviere
New charity event
Organised by former English rugy captain Mike Tindall, next spring Val d’isere will play host to the first ‘Val d’Istance Challenge’ in aid of 3 charities: Matt Hapson Foundation, Wings for Life & The Cure Parkinson’s Trust. Teams of 4 skiers or snowboarders will compete to see which of them can cover the most terrain over 3 days. As well as world class skiing, there will be plenty of first class entertainment. The event will take place between 24th-28th March 2019.
New at Folie Douce
For winter 2018/19 party-goers will be able to step from the new La Daille gondola to an escalator that brings you directly from the lift to the terrace of Folie Douce. Also new for this season is The Beaufort Gallery, a cheese maturing room with spectacular views of Mont Blanc. This new space can be booked for private parties.
Children will have even more fun in Val d’Isere this winter with the new Valkids play area designed for children aged 4-10 years. The new space is located below the beginner Sunny Ride piste on the Solaise Mountain. Little ones will be able to learn about snow making, finding out how to ‘drive’ a cable-car, piste grooming and mountain rescue. Valkids has its own stretch of piste along with toboggans, deck chairs and picnic tables.