Val d'Isere Ski Resort

Val d’Isere is one of the greatest ski resorts in the world. It has extensive, high, snow-sure slopes which it shares with Tignes, forming the Espace Killy. The town, although rather large, is more attractive than most ski resorts and has a wide range of restaurants, bars and nightclubs.

At the end of France's Haute Tarentaise valley, close to the Italian border, Val d’Isere and Tignes make up the celebrated Espace Killy. There are 300kms of snow-sure pistes and nearly 90 lifts, more than enough to keep even the most energetic intermediate happy for a week. And for experts there is plenty of off-piste, most of which can be accessed through the lift system, although sometimes a brief uphill climb or long traverse is needed. For experienced ski tourers with skins and strong legs, the possibilities are almost limitless.

Beginners are not entirely neglected, because there are free nursery slopes and a wide choice of ski schools and instructors. Nervous intermediates should be aware however, that some of Val d'Isere's blue pistes would be reds elsewhere, and some of its reds would be blacks.

Off the mountain, buried roads direct most of the traffic away from Val d'Isere's semi-pedestrianised centre. Genuine old Savoyard buildings are outnumbered by more modern creations, but the area has been developed sensitively and it has a pleasant ambience. Surrounded by mountains and full of restaurants and bars, it also has a definite buzz about it. The suburbs stretch out a long way, and some like Le Fornet, Le Laisinant and La Daille are now almost separate resorts with their own lifts and home runs. An efficient ski bus service links everything together, so cars aren't needed, and the easiest way to get to Val d'Isere from the airport is by a specialist transfer service.

In short Val d'Isere is a strong contender for the title of the world's best ski resort. Such accolades, however, come at a price: Val d’Isere is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the Alps. There are some cheaper places to stay away from centre, most notably in La Daille, but those on a tight budget should also look at Tignes.

Ski & Board hire in Val d'Isere

There are plenty of rental outlets, but the shops tend not to compete on price if you just walk into them, and although many of the hotels and tour operators have recommended shops, they are seldom the best value. SKISET has eight outlets covering Val d'Isere and La Daille, and will give discounts of up to 50% if you book online in advance here.

ALPINRESORTS.com works with several ski hire shops in and around the resort and can secure discounts of up to 60% if you book here.

Val d'Isere Pros & Cons

+ Huge ski area shared with Tignes
+ Snowsure
+ Fantastic lift-served off-piste
+ Attractive centre with good night life
+ Efficient ski busses, day and night

- Expensive
- Challenging runs home for novices
- The resort is now very strung out
- Long transfers from airports

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Val d'Isere Statistics

  • CountryFrance
  • RegionSavoie
  • Base1,850 metres
  • Summit3,450 metres
  • Vertical1,600 metres
  • Beginner58 %
  • Intermediate27 %
  • Advanced15 %
  • Longest Trail6 km
  • Total Lifts21 
  • Cable Cars
  • Funicular
  • Gondolas
  • Surface Lifts22 
  • Riders per hour78,110 

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