Standing at 1,850m, Val d’Isere is a snow sure resort with a growing popularity. The village stretches for a total of 3 miles with steep mountains on both sides. With a link to neighbouring resort Tignes, there is a total of 300km of pistes and plenty of challenging off-piste skiing. On top of that, the lift system is constantly being upgraded. Val d’Isere with its upmarket apres-ski venues, top-class hotels and deluxe chalets can make a holiday expensive but its still possible to have holiday here on a budget. The range of off-slope activities Val d’Isere has to offer is also good including a sort centre with 2 swimming pools, saunas, steam room, a fitness centre and climbing walls. Or for an adventure why not try ice circuit driving, ice climbing and more. Since 2017 the town have been working on a £170 million building project expected to take 5 years to complete.
The slopes of Val d’Isere can be enjoyed by anyone however, they are known to be more suitable for intermediate or strong skiers. After some redevelopment within the Solaise section which was completed in 2016. Part of this redevelopment included 3 covered moving carpets, which are great for any beginner. The Oakaley Valpark is the place to be for anyone looking for adventure with a choice of different rails, grind bars and kickers and all at different heights and difficulties, suitable for all. Or if you’re looking for a challenge the Bellevarde section has a black run which was used during the 1992 Albertville Winter Olympics.
Like most resorts Val d’Isere has lots to offer when it come to accommodation and most if not all accommodation here is ski-in/ski-out, so the only real question is where about in town would you like to stay. Most of the accommodation is catered however you can still get a self-catered apartment with a decent sized kitchenette. Last year started a new £170 million building project which will see the rise of two new hotels. Plus the old Solaise cable car station is being redeveloped and will be the highest hotel in France, expected to be fully open in December 2019.
The vibrant apres-ski scene normally starts around 3pm onward in the well known Folie Douce and its slope-side terrace bar, or you can go back to the village and head out to Saloon Bar. With live music frequently playing throughout the night you could even head straight from your apres-ski to your night out, with lots of bars open late and 4 nightclubs to choose from the party never has to end.
There is a variety of activities to do when you’re not on the slopes, the sports centre, rock climbing wall, swimming pools. If you want to make it a holiday to remember why not try Ice Diving up to 80m under the frozen lake or join a dog handler on a dog sledding trip. You can relax whilst the handler takes you on a magical journey around the slopes with beautiful views, or take control and create your own adventure. The must do thing for any adrenaline junkie is the BMW ice driving circuit or challenge your friends a race around the GoKart ice track. When dining out in Val d’Isere there are a total of 60 restaurants for you to choose ranging from snack-bars to Michelin starred eateries, with lots in between.