Project postponed for the moment.
Giant £170 million redevelopment project for Val d’Isère, France
Val d’Isère has confirmed its claim as Europe’s top ski destination with the largest and most ambitious building project seen in the French Alps over the past 20 years, eclipsing even the creation of Arc 1950.
The resort officially announced that work on Le Coin de Val, a giant 200 million euro (£170 million) redevelopment of the heart of the village, will begin this autumn. The five-year project will add 900 extra guest beds in two luxury hotels and two tourist residences, along with a host of chalets, new shops, services, and restaurants..
The prospect of around 100 new private homes in prime locations in the very centre of such a world-class resort is unprecedented. More than 60% of Val’s clientele is English-speaking and keen interest is expected from potential British buyers, as well as from other international guests.
Unlike other French resorts, the number of visitors to Val d’Isère has steadily increased in recent years and is continuing to do so in 2017, despite Brexit and a substantial drop in the value of sterling against the euro.
In these uncertain winters Val’s guaranteed snow cover from late November until the beginning of May plays an important role in its popularity.
Two sectors of the 300km ski area that it shares with neighbouring Tignes rise to well over 3,000m and the majority of slopes are above 2,000m.
In early December 2016, the FIS took the decision to move World Cup races here from Colorado, because Val at that time had the best snow cover in the world. Men’s and women’s races were successfully hosted in Val over the subsequent three weeks in ideal snow conditions.
While in 2016/17 for the third consecutive season other resorts experienced scant cover – or even no snow at all – over the Christmas period, Val d’Isère enjoyed its best start to the season in a generation. The resort has an exceptional weather pattern. Most of the snow comes from the Atlantic. However, localised storms coming up from the western Mediterranean can dump huge amounts of snow on the ski area – more than 200cm last November alone. This abundant cover is backed up by Europe’s largest artificial snowmaking facility.
The go-ahead for Le Coin de Val falls hot on the heels of the complete redevelopment of the resort’s Solaise ski area with a new high-speed gondola, surface lifts, beginner area, and an American-style mid-mountain day lodge.
The village redevelopment will cover 22,000 square metres and replaces a whole range of 30-year-old buildings. These are bounded by the bus station roundabout, Dick’s Tea Bar and a 250m stretch of the Avenue Olympique towards La Daille. An underground moving walkway will connect with the main mountain access lifts and guests will be able to ski back to their accommodation.
The new buildings will be constructed in stone, slate and wood – the traditional mountain style of the Haute Tarentaise Valley. They incorporate a guest arrival centre within an enclosed bus station, childcare facilities, and a concierge desk. Val Tower (La Tour de Val) on the Avenue Olympique will be the showpiece of the development, featuring a restaurant with panoramic views of the resort.
Respect for the environment is a key component of Le Coin de Val, with smart systems designed to minimise energy consumption. Notably rainwater and snowmelt are employed in the buildings’ sanitation system and geothermal energy is harnessed to heat the hotel rooms and apartments.
The project is a partnership between Val d’Isère’s Town Hall and local architect Jean-Charles Covarel, who has been responsible for key parts of the renaissance of the resort in recent years.