Val d’Isere which has an altitude of 1,850-3,456m is one of the most popular resorts in the French Alps with more British skiers going here than any other resort in the world.ﾠ Val d’Isere is aﾠhigh-altitude glacial resort and being part of the Espace Killy ski region,ﾠshares 300 km of linked skiing with nearby Tignes.ﾠ As one of Europe’s highest resorts, snow can be guaranteed for most of the season and it boasts a wide variety of terrain, beginners, strong intermediates and experts are especially catered for in this ski field.ﾠ There is also plenty of off-piste for those more experienced skiers and boarders!
The Espace Killy ski area has 94 lifts and ﾠ8 entry points so queuing at the lifts is never a major problem even during the peak weeks.ﾠ This ski area is most popular with free riders who will find lots of gullies and cliffs.ﾠ La Daille terrain park has a half pipe and a host of obstacles as well as 2 snowcross courses.ﾠ For the younger visitors to Val d’Isere there are nurseries and for those brand new beginners to the slopes there are plenty of ski schools for all ages of skiers and snowboarders or for those who are already experienced on the slopes who wish to better their technique.
Val d’Isere is a lively resort with ﾠnumerous boutiques, shops, restaurant and bars,ﾠ majority of which are in the ‘Centre Village’ area of the resort.ﾠ Val d’Isere is well known for its lively après ski and nightlife, many places of which are open until 6am, just time to have breakfast and catch the first lift of the day!
Val d’Isere stretches from purpose built La Daille to La Fornet. Centre Village being the main area of Val d’Isereﾠwas created in 1992 for the Winter Olympics and was built around the 11th century church and the handful of genuine old ﾠfarm houses.ﾠ Getting from one end of Val d’Isere to the other is never a problem with its free bus system ‘Train Rouge’ which runs frequently during the day. Buses also run between Val d’Isere and Tignes butﾠmake sure you check the timetables as they are not as frequent as you might think, especially if you get caught outﾠafter a late afternoon ski to Tignes and the lifts have closed!
Skiing Val d’isere
Snow can be guaranteed for most of the season with Val d’Isere being one of Europe’s highest resorts. The Espace Killy ski area (1,550m – 3,456m) combines Val d’Isere and Tignes which was named after France’s Olympic downhill skiing champion, Jean Claude Killy. Espace Killy has a combined 300km of marked pistes and a wide variety of terrain. There is also plenty of off-piste for those more experienced skiers and boarders.
The Val d’Isere ski area can be broken down into 3 main areas, Bellevarde, Le Fornet and Le Solaise. Each area varies in style and difficulty. You will find the Glacier du Pissaillas above Val d’Isere making it possible to ski in the summer.
Bellevarde – you can quickly access this ski area by taking the underground funicular from La Daille or by taking the Bellevarde Express chair lift or the Olympique cable car if you are staying closer to the town centre. The Bellevarde area overlooking Val d’Isere centre is known for its challenging runs including the 1992 winter Olympic ‘Face de Bellevarde’ black run with the option of diverting to the ‘Joseray’ red run part of the way down! At the top of the Bellevarde area you have the more tranquil green and blue runs. Over on La Daille side you will find long, gentle slopes as well as more difficult options for intermediates. You can cross over to Tignes from this area by taking the Borsat and Tommeuses chair lifts.
Le Fornet – offers glacier skiing along with some quiet, long and easy runs and the highest lifts on the Val d’Isere side of the Espace Killy. You can ski blue runs from the highest point on the glacier down to the hamlet of Le Fornet which sits at 1,930m. In this area with the proper experience, equipment and using knowledgeable guides you will be able to take advantage of some of the best off-piste skiing in the Espace Killy.
Le Solaise – faces the Bellevarde area and can be accessed from the town centre using the Solaise Express chair lift or the Solaise cable car. Le Solaise is Val d’Isere’s central and busiest ski area and is the best area for beginners and intermediates with most ski schools meeting at the base of the 2 Solaise lifts. You will find a number of free lifts in the dedicated beginner zone near the town centre. You can access Le Fornet area from Le Solaise area by taking the Leissieres chair lift.
The Tignes ski area can be broken down into four main areas, La Grande Motte Massif, Palet/L’Aiguille Percée, Toviere and Les Brévières. Summer skiing is possible on the Grande Motte glacier up at 3,456m.
La Grande Motte Massif – is the highest area of the whole of the Espace Killy at 3,456m and has a permanent snow cover, quick and easy access is by taking the funicular underground railway and then the Grand Motte cable car to the very top of the glacier. You have a good choice of wide blues, more challenging reds and a couple of black runs thrown in up on the glacier.
L’Aigulle Percée/Palet Massif – is accessed from the Val Claret area of Tignes by taking the Tichot chair lift and from Le Lac by taking the Palafour chair lift. There are a larger number of blue and red runs in this area compared to the number of black runs but if you like a challenge try the ‘Sache’ black run from the L’Aiguille Percée (the famous eye of the needle) all the way down to the hamlet of Les Brévières which sits at 1,550m.
Toviere – provides links across of Val d’Isere and tends to be busy because of this. You can access the Toviere area from Le Lac and from Val Claret. Blue and red runs are predominant in this area, the ‘Trolles’ is a steep black run which takes you down to Le Lac.
Les Brévières – is the lowest part of the Tignes ski area, 1,550m at village height up to 2,748m at L’Aigulle Percee. Easy wide blues and slightly challenging red runs can be found in this area.
All of our ski passes are valid for 6 days starting on Sunday and ending on Friday each week. If you require your ski passes for a shorter/longer duration or to start/end on different days of the week please ask us for an amended price.
Proof of age will be required for infant, children’s and senior passes.
Espace Killy 6 day ski pass rates, 21 December 2019 – 3 May 2020
Adults 14-64 years: 304€
Children 5-13 years and seniors 65-74 years: 244€
Infants 4 years and under and seniors 75 years and over: Free (a photo is required)
Pre-season 6 day rates, 30 November 2019 – 20 December 2019
Val d’Isere with access to Tignes depending on conditions – Adults: 244€, children/seniors: 196€
Ski pass rates are in Euros and will be converted to Sterling at the current exchange rate on the day of enquiry/booking.