Val d'Isere

A firm favourite with us Brits. Head to the slopes, go husky racing or simply enjoy the apres ski.

 

 

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What to do

For party people

Val d'Isere is well known amongst British visitors as a party town, but the après-ski isn't limited to the village itself. At the end of the afternoon, the mountain bars have their happy hours and some even have live music - dancing in ski boots anyone?!

Once back in the village you'll find one of France's most famous ski resort night spots - Dick's Tea Bar. Open until 4am, this is THE place to party the night away.

If you're after a quiet meal after a hard day's skiing, you'll be spoilt for choice with Val d'Isere's wide range of restaurants.  Whether you're looking for a gourmet Michelin-starred restaurant, a mountainside bar or a cosy restaurant serving local Savoyarde specialities including Tartiflette or cheese fondue you certainly won't go hungry.


For non-skiers

Val d'Isere has a whole variety of fun activities you can try out if you don't want to ski, or simply fancy a day off the slopes.

Strap on your snowshoes and take a walk with a mountain guide to discover tiny villages and alpine plants and animals. What could be nicer on a sunny winter's day? Or for a really unique experience, take a guided walk on one of the Espace Killy's glaciers, seeing crevasses and spectacular views.

If you fancy something a little more adrenaline fuelled, test out your ice driving skills in specially adapted cars or go-karts, or maybe take charge of a team of huskies and drive a sled along forest paths.

At the end of a long day, relax your aching muscles, with a visit to the Aqua Leisure Complex, for a swim or maybe a enjoy a sauna or steam bath in its Wellness World.


For skiers

Along with Tignes, Val d'Isere forms the Espace Killy - 300km of world class pistes and 2 glaciers, which have hosted both Olympic and World Alpine Ski Championship races. Perennially popular with British skiers, Val d'Isere not only offers great skiing but also legendary night life.

The resort centre of Val d'Isere is at 1850m and runs reach 3550m, offering great snow conditions throughout the season. Although the number of black runs is fairly low for experts seeking a real challenge, the off-piste action is considered to be some of the best in Europe, if not the world. But don't be deterred if you're a novice, the nursery slope in the centre of Val d'Isere is served by free lifts, so you don't even have to buy a lift pass to be able to have a go!

Val Kids Park offers young skiers and boarders the chance to learn new freestyle skills in the learn to ride zone. They'll soon be tackling jumps, rails and half-pipes!

If downhill isn't your thing, have a go at cross-country or Nordic skiing. There are 21km of trails in Val d'Isere, and the local ski schools offer lessons to help you to grasp the basics.