Val d'Isere Ski Area

Val d’Isere is linked to Tignes to form one of the great ski domains in the world. There are more than 300km of ski runs served by 88 lifts in the Espace Killy ski area, and although the accent is on strong intermediates and advanced skiers there is something for everyone.

The Espace Killy ski area is rightly famed for being a paradise for strong intermediates and advanced skiers and when you look at the breakdown of the pistes it is easy to see why.  Val d’Isere, in conjunction with Tignes, forms one of the biggest and most varied ski areas in the world.

There are two glaciers in the Espace Killy area, one in Val d’Isere above the Col de l’Iseran called the Pissaillas, and La Grande Motte in Tignes. The vertical drop can be as much as 1,900 metres. There are two snowparks and for those who like Cross Country or Nordic skiing there are 44km of trails in the Espace Killy.

The large beginners’ area at Bellevarde has six of the 22 green pistes throughout the Espace Killy, but there are 26 black runs and some patrolled marked runs that remain ungroomed for the duration of the season. There are also 38 red runs and 74 blue runs, of which many would be described closer to red than blue.

A long standing agreement between Val d'Isere's STVI lift company and the Grande Motte lift company in Tignes enables skiers to pass freely and easily between the two French ski resorts. Today there are more than 300km of ski runs served by 88 lifts in the Espace Killy.  

Val d'Isere's vast ski domain is linked not only by its ski slopes, but also its superb free shuttle bus system that services the three sectors making up the ski resort. From 8:30 am to 2:15 am, the red, green or blue 'trains' link the different areas of the resort - La Daille, Centre, Le Chatelard, Legettaz, Le Laisinant and Le Fornet. This enables skiers and snowboarders to organise their day according to weather patterns and the type of ski slope they prefer. 

La Daille (1785m) is packed with wide and long ski runs ideal for a good early morning warm up. Then at 1850m, the ski trails from Bellevarde and those of Solaise converge in the village centre. At 1930m, the Le Fornet has preserved an authentic Haute Tarentaise character. It is an unspoilt area from which visitors can reach the highest spot of the ski area.

While everyone, from complete beginner to those in search of the steepest and deepest runs possible will find ski runs galore to suit them, it must be said that the stronger the skier or snowboarder, the more they will get from Val d'Isere's vast terrain.

The large area for beginners is accessible from La Daille and Val d’Isere centre but if you do not shape up beginners will be severely tested.

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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 
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  • Gondolas
  • Surface Lifts22 
  • Riders per hour78,110 

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