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Explore the surrounding area On foot or cross-country skis

On foot, snowshoes or cross-country skis Discover our itineraries

Slip on your snow boots or snowshoes and become an explorer for a morning, discovering the little trails that criss-cross the surrounding mountains! Some, perched at an altitude of over 2,500 m, allow you to admire grandiose landscapes, while others, a little lower down, pass through forests of snow-covered fir trees… Here, time stands still.

For cross-country skiing fans, here we have all the trails you could wish for! Train at La Daille, Le Manchet, Le Laisinant or even on the Solaise sector.

If you’d like to take to the heights and climb aboard a gondola or chairlift, don’t forget your pedestrian pass.

La Daille sector

The La Daille plain offers two pedestrian trails and a cross-country ski loop. The first 2km trail, Chemin des Sources, leads from La Daille to Val d’Isère along the torrent. The other option is the same 3km loop for cross-country skiers and pedestrians, easy/blue level – accessible to families. The La Daille gondola gives pedestrians access to La Folie Douce and its restaurants.

Cross-country ski trail:

  • Blue trail – length 3,000 m

Pedestrian trails:

  • Les Sources (le Centre – La Daille) 3,000 m
  • Boucle de la Daille – 3,000 m

Access by free shuttle, the red train – Direction La Daille – Stop Funival

Solaise sector

At the summit of Solaise, a footpath leads to Lac de l’Ouillette. Perched at an altitude of 2500m, you can walk around the snow-covered lake. The sunny terrace of the Ouillette restaurant welcomes walkers. There are 2 red and blue cross-country ski loops for altitude training. The Lounge, at the top of the Solaise gondola, is the perfect place to enjoy a picnic or hot chocolate at altitude.

Cross-country ski trails:

  • Blue trail – around the lake – length 2,000 m
  • Red trail – length 6,000 m

Pedestrian trail:

  • Boucle de l’Ouillette

Access via Solaise gondola – pedestrian pass required

Le Manchet sector

In winter, the Manchet valley welcomes walkers and cross-country skiers to its sumptuous setting. The green, blue and red cross-country ski trails stretch right up to the gates of the Vanoise National Park. It’s great to stroll along the pedestrian loop, away from the alpine skiers. The 1.5km Joseray loop links the heart of the village to the Manchet valley. Enjoy a relaxing break in the Au bout du monde restaurant.

Cross-country ski trails:

  • Green trail – Eau Rousse – length 4,000 m
  • Blue trail – Le Manchet – length 7,000 m
  • Red trail – Cascade – length 8,000 m

Pedestrian trails:

  • Le Joseray – les Clochetons

Bellevarde sector

Bellevarde is THE mythical rock of Val d’Isère. A breathtaking panorama can be enjoyed from the arrival point of the Olympique cable car. For lunch, the Le Bellevarde restaurant is accessible to pedestrians (remember to bring your poles to cross the piste!). You can also take the Bellevarde Express chairlift to the La Peau de Vache restaurant, with a view over the whole of Val d’Isère. From La Daille, access to the top of Bellevarde is via the Funival.

Pedestrian trail:

  • Return via Olympique cable car, Funival and Bellevarde Express chairlift. Pedestrian pass required.

Laisinant sector

Le Laisinant offers a 1.3km blue cross-country ski trail for a gentle start. It’s the gateway to the sixth pedestrian trail along the Isère between Val d’Isère and Le Fornet, on the banks of the nascent Isère. Take the opportunity to stroll through the narrow streets of this tiny hamlet of exceptional charm!

Cross-country ski trail:

  • Blue trail – Le Laisinant – length 1,300 m

Access by free shuttle, the Train Rouge – Direction Le Fornet – Stop Laisinant

Fornet sector

Le Fornet is the starting point for the trail that links it to Val d’Isère along the river. It also links Pont Saint-Charles with the snow-covered road to the Col de l’Iseran. This nature trail takes you right up to the gateway to the Vanoise National Park, where you can catch a glimpse of its wildlife: ibex, chamois, bearded vultures and golden eagles… On the way back, there’s a panoramic view of Val d’Isère and the imposing Rocher de Bellevarde.

Pedestrian paths:

  • Front de neige / Le Fornet via the chemin du Laisinant – outward distance 2,500 m
  • Le fornet / Le pont St Charles – outward / return distance 6,000 m

Access by the free shuttle bus, the Train Rouge – direction Le Fornet – Stop Village du Fornet and téléphérique du Fornet.

Iseran sector

At an altitude of 2770 m, Europe’s highest road pass and its chapel, Notre-Dame de Toute Prudence, can be reached by the Fornet cable car and the Vallon gondola. Pedestrians can also visit the high-altitude restaurant La Cascade. The panorama of the Haute Maurienne mountains and glaciers is breathtaking.

Pedestrian path:

  • Haute Maurienne

Fornet cable car and Vallon gondola access

Val d'Isère Sous toutes ses facettes

Val d’Isère tient à garder son esprit authentique et pionnier et à vous faire vivre la vraie expérience de la montagne.

❄️ Winter season: December 2nd, 2023 to May 5th, 2024
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