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=== Getting There ===
 
=== Getting There ===
Fly to Geneva and bus or train. Drive to Annecy, through Albertville and up the valley. Try and avoid weekends, particullarly Saturday evening as trafic in france can be absoultely horendous.
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Fly to Geneva and bus or train. Drive to Annecy, through Albertville and up the valley. Try and avoid weekends, particullarly Saturday evening as traffic in france can be absoultely horendous.  Trains go to Bourg St Maurice, and there are buses up to the resort from there.  Trains leave from the Gare de Lyon in Paris and the journey takes a tad over 4 hours.
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The Europcar website claims that they have a depot in Val d'Isere for car hire.  However, it is closed from Sunday to Saturday.  There might be a window of opportunity to pick up a car there on the stroke of midnight on any Saturday, but I don't like your chances.  There is a depot in Bour St Maurice, about 30 minutes down the valley.
  
 
=== Accommodation ===  
 
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Revision as of 11:15, 14 December 2012

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Val d'Isère
Resort Summary
Resort Name Val d'Isère
Location {{{location}}}
Resort Altitude 1,550 - 3,450 m
Winter Season
Terrain Overall: 300 km
Beginner:
Intermediate:
Advanced:
Lift System 100 (2 railways, 4 trams, 4 gondolas, 50 chairs, 40 surface)
Highest Lift 3,450m
Lowest Lift 1,550m
Vertical 1,900m
Longest Run
Avg Snowfall
Terrain Parks
Snow Sports
Facilities
Nearest Town
Lift Pass
Adult 5 Day $
Adult 1 Day $
Child 5 Day $
Child 1 Day $


Overview 

Val d'Isere ranks alongside St Moritz, Stowe and Cortina among the "most famous names of skiing." With a huge ski area, much of it at a high altitude, world class lift infrastructure and a vast array of apres ski activity and you have the archetypal world class mountain resort.

Location

Val d'Isere is located 140 km east of Chambery, on the French/Italian border. Travel time from Geneva is about three hours.

Pros

Espace Killy, the ski area of which Val d'Isere is part, is huge ... bigger than huge, it is enormous. Snow quality is generally good as temperatures remain low thanks to the altitude Excellent, easily accesible off piste Stunning scenery


Cons

Weak nightlife Poor intervillage bus service

Contacts

Phone: 33 4 79 06 06 60

Postal: BP 228 F-73155 Val d'Isère Cedex, Savoie F 73155 France


Planning

Getting There

Fly to Geneva and bus or train. Drive to Annecy, through Albertville and up the valley. Try and avoid weekends, particullarly Saturday evening as traffic in france can be absoultely horendous. Trains go to Bourg St Maurice, and there are buses up to the resort from there. Trains leave from the Gare de Lyon in Paris and the journey takes a tad over 4 hours.

The Europcar website claims that they have a depot in Val d'Isere for car hire. However, it is closed from Sunday to Saturday. There might be a window of opportunity to pick up a car there on the stroke of midnight on any Saturday, but I don't like your chances. There is a depot in Bour St Maurice, about 30 minutes down the valley.

Accommodation

On Mountain

For a really cheap stay look at UCPA which gives bunk style accommodation for a typically (but not always) young crowd.

Off Mountain

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Resort Facilities

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Activities

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Dining

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Bars & Entertainment

To be honest there is not a huge amount of nightlife in Val d'Isere. After ski on the slopes at the top of Daille is huge, but you either have to wait for the Gondala to go down, or you ski the 4-5km back down a red slope after a few healthy beers ... hhmmmm your choice ;)

Shopping

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Children

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Ride Guide

Val d'Isère Trail Map

Beginner Areas

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Groomed Runs

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