Five good reasons to come to Val d’Isère
Number 1 : the skiing
Val d’Isère’s ski area is truly special, with 300km of prepared pistes, 78 lifts, challenging off-piste opportunities, and sensational views.
If you’re a piste skier you can tackle the famous Face de Bellevarde or the Oreiller Killy (OK) race courses, where some of of the greatest champions of World Cup skiing have competed (Jean-Claude Killy, Ingemar Stenmark, Franck Piccard, Lindsey Vonn, Marcel Hirscher, Alexis Pinturault, Tessa Worley…). Each December, the world’s top athletes gather on these two pistes for the Critérium de la 1ère neige which offers a breathtaking spectacle.
If you prefer skiing off-piste, you’ve come to the right place – the possibilities are endless. It makes sense to explore the area with a guide or ski instructor to ensure that you stay safe while enjoying yourself. Frequent snowfalls throughout the winter regularly result in light powder conditions that are a dream for freeriders.
Beginners and families are well catered for, particularly on Solaise, the sunniest sector of the ski area. The pistes here are easy to reach and there are dedicated fun areas such as Valkids.
Number 2 : the Après-ski
After a great day’s skiing the choice of what to do next is up to you.
You can chill over a relaxing cup of tea back at your chalet, in your hotel, or in a café. You can wile away the hours in one the resort’s numerous spas, or have a go at one of the alternative activities on offer.
You can chill over a glass of something stronger in any of the resort’s numerous lively bars. Après-ski fun starts up on the slopes at the Ouillette, the Signal and the Folie Douce. The action then continues at the foot of the pistes at Cocorico, the XV or the Victor’s. Try to assist to the entertainement in the village, you’ll enjoy it. Val d’Isère rocks and you’ll have a ball!
Number 3 : the village
It’s impossible not to be bowled over by the sheer beauty of this mountain village, with its ancient houses and more modern chalets built in stone, wood, and slate in the traditional style. The architecture reflects the long history of Val d’Isère. You really have to take a look around the quaint, sleepy hamlet of Le Fornet.
Number 4 : eating out
For a great culinary experience there’s nowhere quite llike France. A visit to Val d’Isère,gives you the opportunity to sample the gastronomic cuisine of two-star Michelin chef Benoît Vidal.
If you’re a foodie, you also need to check out the two shops of Patrick Chevallot, master pâtissier of France and the creator some truly incredible cakes and pastries (you have to try l’Ancolie, impossible to describe…just eat it !)
If you want to sample some Savoyard cheesy specialities then go for traditional fondue, raclette or tartiflette. After a full day on the slopes, these hearty dishes are perfect for recharging your batteries.
Finally, for healthy eating, head to Arctic Cafe for organic dishes and superfoods, washed down with their signature Get Sexy smoothie.
Number 5 : Val, for all tastes
Val d’Isère offers something for everyone
You want to ski, but also to hang out together as a couple ? You’ll enjoy yourselves at hotels such as the Tsanteleina, the Barmes de l’Ours, and l’Aigle des Neiges.
You want to spend time with your friends, ski, and generally make merry? Rent a chalet or apartment, ride the first lift of the day and party until dawn.
You’re a family and you want to spend quality time with your children? Ski on Solaise, spend the afternoon at the skating rink and the Centre Aquasportif, or go dog-sledding in the scenic Manchet Valley.