Val d'Isere

Ski resorts in France
The village by the river Iséres boasts its status as Europe's most expensive year round open grocery store, no less than three World cup status downhill runs, stores with designer garments worth insane amounts of money, a nightlife that during certain seasons can compare to the Mediterranean islands, you get the picture - Val d’Isère wants to be over the top. At the same time it is a very idyllic village which has been located in Savoie's most remote valleys since the 1600's, and all types of skiers will find appropriate slopes here. It isn't just crazy people and party animals, even though they are usually the majority of the bunch.
Together with Tigne, Val d’Isère makes up the enormous area called Espace Killy, which was named after a hero in this region, Jean-Claude, who brought home quite a lot of medals during the Olympic Games in Grenoble in 1968. He wasn't the only one who was a talented skier, the ski club in this area happily lets people know that it is the most successful alpine club in France.
In fact, Val d’Isère really only has two disadvantages - price, and possibly the longest and the most curvy transfer time in all the French Alps.
Val d'Isere includes the ski resorts Tignes

Val d'Isere Snow forecast

  • Sunday
    0 ft
    Fair
    35°F
    3 mph
  • Monday
    0.02 in rain
    Partly cloudy
    40°F
    5 mph
  • Tuesday
    0.17 in rain
    Rain
    43°F
    4 mph
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Best Off-Piste:
Off the back of Le Fornet, there is more than enough to go round. Feels like you’re a million miles from anywhere! Pack your beeps and shovel.

Best Black Run:
La Face Bellevarde – home to the Olympic downhill in 1992, and will be used again for the 2009 FIS World Championships. Do some non-stop runs down here and your legs will know about it. Renowned as a 3-4pm icy slide-slip of a route for all but the most competent. Sometimes ressembles a rugby field!

Best Red Run:
Arcelle – from the easy Madeline express, you can drop down to Le Manchet down a wide open run with lots of inviting rollers. A real blast.

Best Blue/Green:
The only challenging part is the first section as you leave the Borsat Express lift, then it is an enjoyable cruise down to Fontaine Froide chair. Complete the loop by taking the Mont Blanc. Great for the kids.

By: Graham Bell 5 time British Olympic skier (& presenter of BBC’s Ski Sunday)

 

Facts about Val d'Isere


Vertical drop
Val d'Isere Vertical drop
Highest Point: 11483 ft
Vertical drop: 5413 ft
Base Point: 6070 ft

Season
Start:27 November
End: 1 May

Areas
Snowparks:1
Childrens area:4
Country: France
Rhône-Alpes

Reviews for Val d'Isere

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jespersundstrom
12/11/2021
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Cozy village, big mountains and fantastic skiing, what is there not to like about Val d'Isere? That would be the price level then ... After several... Read more (182 words)
frosthelena
10/11/2021
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Spent a whole month in Valdisere. My friends fixed a small room with an old aunt for me and I really enjoyed this little nest to paradise. We skied b... Read more (59 words)
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Anela
Anela (Guest)
03/11/2021
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Loved the slopes and off-piste, the village was not the biggest but incredibly cozy and everyone was kind and nice. It was also easy to get to Tignes... Read more (58 words)
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verbier1980
09/03/2020
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After not being in Val d Isere for over 40 years it was time again v10 2020. Here are slopes that fit everyone in abundance. Unfortunately, it snowed... Read more (188 words)
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moneysister
28/12/2018 (Modified: 15/01/2019)
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Val d'Isere is the ski resort that I recommend to all friends who want a ski trip with everything close at hand. It is the ski resort that suits every... Read more (331 words)
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Pillard
21/12/2018
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If Chamonix is the best city in the Alps to live in, then the best ski resort of the Val d'Isere Alps is all together. My internal jury is still out o... Read more (398 words)
JohannaEriksson
21/12/2018
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Val D'Isere is the village that has everything and provides access to world-class skiing. Certainly, it is powder and you need to be first in the elev... Read more (81 words)
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Matthias
Matthias (Guest)
11/12/2018
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Va there 13/1 18 for a week and it snowed every day except one ... 3-5m all week, I think so there were pillows every day except first. The best place... Read more (97 words)
Rebecca
Rebecca (Guest)
06/12/2018
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Sick beautiful and good ski resort! Uterable slopes and well thought out system. Both for beginners and more advanced riders. Lovely range of restaura... Read more (42 words)
NICCON
21/03/2018
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Very good ski resort. Extremely big with good slopes. The offpiste can be awesome if it has snowed a lot.

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Rider: James Adlington Photo: David Grahn

Trail map

Trail map Val d'Isere

Nearby ski resorts

Tignes3.7 miles
Bonneval Sur Arc6.2 miles
Bessans8.7 miles
Sainte Foy9.9 miles
Val Cenis12.4 miles
Peisey Vallandry12.4 miles
Les Arcs13 miles
Pralognan La Vanoise13.7 miles

Airports near Val d'Isere

Chambery Airport
Driving time: 1 hour, 55 minutes (90 miles)
Distance: 55 miles
Lyon–Saint Exupéry Airport
Driving time: 2 hours, 36 minutes (138 miles)
Distance: 93 miles
Grenoble Alpes-Isère Airport
Driving time: 2 hours, 39 minutes (135 miles)
Distance: 80 miles
Genève Aéroport
Driving time: 2 hours, 46 minutes (142 miles)
Distance: 69 miles
Torino Airport
Driving time: 3 hours, 38 minutes (178 miles)
Distance: 37 miles
Milano-Malpensa Airport
Driving time: 4 hours, 56 minutes (253 miles)
Distance: 85 miles