Val d’Isere which has an altitude of 1850-3456m is one of the most popular resorts in the French Alps with more British skiers going here than any other resort in the world. Val d’Isere is a high-altitude glacial resort and being part of the Espace Killy ski region, shares 300 km of linked skiing with nearby Tignes. As one of Europe’s highest resorts, snow can be guaranteed for most of the season and it boasts a wide variety of terrain, beginners, strong intermediates and experts are especially catered for in this ski field. There is also plenty of off-piste for those more experienced skiers and boarders!
The Espace Killy ski area has 96 lifts and 8 entry points so queuing at the lifts is never a major problem even during the peak weeks. This ski area is most popular with free riders who will find lots of gullies and cliffs. La Daille terrain park has a half pipe and a host of obstacles as well as 2 snowcross courses. For the younger visitors to Val d’Isere there are nurseries and for those brand new beginners to the slopes there are plenty of ski schools for all ages of skiers and snowboarders or for those who are already experienced on the slopes who wish to better their technique.
Val d’Isere is a lively resort with numerous boutiques, shops, restaurant and bars, majority of which are in the ‘Centre Village’ area of the resort. Val d’Isere is well known for its lively après ski and nightlife many places of which are open until 6am, just time to have breakfast and catch the first lift of the day!
Val d’Isere stretches from purpose built La Daille to La Fornet. Centre Village being the main area of Val d’Isere, was created in 1992 for the Winter Olympics and was built around the 11th century church and the handful of genuine old farm houses. Getting from one end of Val d’Isere to the other is never a problem with its free bus system ‘Train Rouge’ which runs frequently during the day. Buses also run between Val d’Isere and Tignes but make sure you check the timetables as they are not as frequent as you might think, especially if you get caught out after a late afternoon ski to Tignes and the lifts have closed! Why not visit the health, fitness and relaxation centre after hard hard day on the slopes.
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