History & Cultural heritage

Some villages have a soul and capture our heart from the word go. In Val d’Isère, every street is loaded with history..
Once upon a time, Val d’Isère was born…

The fabric of pioneers

The story began in 1888 with the opening of the first hotel in Val d’Isère. From 1930 onwards, skiing became popular and Val d’Isère was immediately the destination of choice. The post-war period marked the advent of winter sports and Val d’Isère became an internationally renowned resort thanks to its unique ski area and the authentic charm of its village.

Landmark events

  • 1888 Val d’Isère’s first hotel open
  • 1932  Ski school opens
  • 1934 1st ski lift built: Le Rogoney
  • 1937 Col de l’Iseran road first used
  • 1955 Critérium de la 1ère Neige launched
  • 1963 Vanoise National Park created
  • 1968 J-C Killy and the Goitschel sisters shine in the Olympic Games.
  • 1992 Albertville Olympic Games downhill race on the Face de Bellevarde
  • 2009 World Ski Championships
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Patrimoine : Gastronomie et architecture savoyarde

Savoyard specialties such as cheeses, sausages, cured hams and Savoy cakes and pastries will all tickle your taste buds.The numerous restaurants in the resort offer a warm welcome and serve a variety of local specialities such as the Savoyard cheese fondue; a welcome respite after a hard day on the slopes … Too bad if you’re on a diet, too good to miss !

Savoy’s traditional architecture features local stone, wood, metal and lauze (stone roof tiles), a harmonious blend of raw materials creating a wonderful palette of colours.
Although the wooden chalet is the most well known rural dwelling, Avalin architecture is replete with a variety of different structures.
Today, Val d’Isère includes a variety of traditional dwellings ; a tasteful blend of tradition and modernity.
Numerous chalets may be found in the different hamlets of the resort (Le Joseray, Le Fornet, Le Crêt…)

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Val d’Isère is a village with a past dating back several centuries, and where the local architectural inheritance is preserved and embellished year after year. Whilst wandering around the village one will come across :
– the church dating from the 11th century
– a bell tower dated 1664
– houses with sloping roofs, built of stone and wood
– several isolated hamlets which bring further charm to the village
The warm alpine atmosphere reigning in the village is one of Val d’Isère’s major assets.