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. Val d'Isere is coonected to Tigne, a neighbouring resort, to form the Espace Killy. While it is possible to purchase individual tickets, the combined resort is oftemed referred to as Val d'Isere.
- 1 Location
- 2 Pros
- 3 Cons
- 4 Contacts
- 5 Planning
- 6 Resort Facilities
- 7 Ride Guide
- 8 Other
- 9 Resources
Val d'Isere is located 140 km east of Chambery, on the French/Italian border. Travel time from Geneva is about three hours.
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
Poor intervillage bus service between Tigne and Val d'Isere. The bus connecting the various bases in Val d-Isere is frequent and free.
At the end of the day there are few routes home from the plateaux of Solaise and Bellevarde. Those routes become icy and crowded, and at times downright scary.
Phone: 33 4 79 06 06 60
Postal: BP 228 F-73155 Val d'Isère Cedex, Savoie F 73155 France
Fly to Geneva and bus or train. Drive to Annecy, through Albertville to Bourg St Maurice and up the valley. Try and avoid weekends, particularly Saturday evening as traffic to the resorts in France can be absolutely horrendous. Trains go to Bourg St Maurice (the end of the line) direct from Paris without changes, 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 Bourg St Maurice, about 40 minutes down the valley.
Val d'Isere has a huge range of accommodation, from chalets to apartments to luxury hotels. There are Club Meds in Val d'Isere anf Tignes.
For a really cheap stay look at UCPA which gives bunk style accommodation for a typically (but not always) young crowd.
Unlike US and Australian resorts there is no monopoly ski school. There are a number of ski schools of various sizes offering different experiences, from standard ski lessons to adventure guiding.
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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 ;)
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