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The top 5 A must-see in Val d'Isère This summer

The call of summer is making itself felt, the sun is warming the atmosphere and making our hearts beat faster. The mood is right for hiking in the great outdoors, escaping in total freedom, discovering hidden paths and contemplating verdant peaks…

This summer, come and recharge your batteries in the fresh air and discover the art of mountain living.

1- Hiking in the Vanoise National Park

Open all year round, the Parc National de la Vanoise offers a multitude of trails to discover the beauty of the landscape, fauna and flora.

Located at the gateway to Val d’Isère, it offers a variety of itineraries with grandiose views over Italy and the surrounding peaks. Accessible to all types of hikers, the routes criss-cross the mountains amid rich vegetation (over 1,200 plant species), passing through typical villages with slate roofs and taking us to the top of Savoie’s highest peaks. The Park’s strict standards benefit the animals, who live together in peace and quiet. It’s not uncommon to come across ibex, chamois, marmots, black grouse and ptarmigan on a hike.

Discover the Grand Paradis Vanoise Nature Trek itineraries, linking the Parc National de la Vanoise and the Gran Paradiso National Park in Italy.

Discover day hikes on our pedestrian map.

For further information, a topo guide is available from the Tourist Office (€8.50) or from our online store.

2 - Discover the village and its history

Take a stroll through the narrow streets of the traditional village of Val d’Isère and stop to admire its stone buildings, typical little restaurants and superb bell tower dating back to 1664! If you’d like to find out more, why not join one of our guided tours, where an enthusiastic guide will tell you all about the history of Val d’Isère, which started out as a small mountain village.

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3 - Spend the night in a refuge among the marmots

Along your hiking itinerary, you can combine business with pleasure by spending the night in one of Haute Tarentaise’s guarded refuges. The completely rebuilt Refuge du Prariond has been redesigned to be eco-responsible and sustainable. This charming wooden refuge offers a splendid view over the Prariond valley. From here, you can set off on one of the Grand Paradis Vanoise Nature Trek itineraries.

At night, astrology enthusiasts can contemplate the stars at their leisure, away from any light pollution.

4 - Cycling up the Col de l'Iseran and discover incredible landscapes

Considered the highest mountain pass in the Alps, the 2770 m-high Col de l’Iseran is one of the Tour de France‘s legendary stages. Departing from Val d’Isère or Bourg-Saint-Maurice, take up the challenge of the Route des Grandes Alpes to discover an area of exceptional natural and cultural heritage.

Hardened riders can mount their road bikes for a sporty ascent, while others can take it easy on their electric bikes or E-Bikes. At the summit, a breathtaking panorama of the Maurienne glaciers. From here, you can descend to Bonneval-sur-Arc, a charming village listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Climbing the Col de l’Iseran: road bike or e-bike?

5 - Beginning mountain biking on dedicated trails

With a 200 km Bike Park open all summer long, the shared Val d’Isère and Tignes mountain biking area is a veritable playground. As with skiing, the trails are classified by difficulty level, and include green, blue, red, black and even double-black enduro, downhill and uphill trails dedicated to VTTAE.

Before tackling the Bellev’hard, a black track that literally plunges down to the village for a vertiginous descent, we take a gentle introduction to the sport on the long greens and new circuits dedicated to the village. In the learning zone at the foot of Bellevarde, you can get to grips with the different types of trails before moving on to the mountain bike area. These portions of the trails are designed to help you learn the techniques required for downhill riding.

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❄️ Winter season: December 2nd, 2023 to May 5th, 2024 ☀️Summer season: June 29th to September 1st, 2024
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