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 ski area. The town itself, although rather large, is more attractive than most ski resorts and has a wide and varied array of restaurants, bars and nightclubs.

Right 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 ski region. There are 300kms of snow-sure pistes and nearly 90 lifts here, more than enough to keep even the most energetic intermediate happy for a week. And for experts there is plenty of off-piste, some of which is very testing and 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 specialist nursery slopes. 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 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 characters, valley-level lifts and home runs. There is a good ski bus service linking them all to the center of Val d'Isere, 

In short Val d'Isere is a strong contender for the title of the world's best ski resort. Such accolades, however, comes 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.

Val D'Isere Pros & Cons

+ Huge ski area shared with Tignes

+ Snow-sure

+ 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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