Val d’Isere is a charming, truly European resort perched high up in the picturesque Tarentaise Valley. A fabulous ski area, a modern lift system, a vibrant après scene and loads of accommodation make this a favourite destination for families, couples and groups alike. The central village of Val d’Isere is compact, pedestrian friendly and filled with welcoming locals and happy tourists making the most of the sensational snow and soaking up the atmosphere.
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AccommodationVal d’Isere has a range of accommodation, from luxurious hotels and mountain style catered chalets through to self-contained apartments. Much of the accommodation is at the more expensive end, so it’s probably not the place to stay if you’re holidaying on a tighter budget. The central village of Val d’Isere is the best place to stay, particularly if you are bringing children as this is where you’ll be close to the mountain’s facilities, including the beginners’ slopes. The central village is also home to childcare for ages 18 months to 13 years, the ski schools and the Aqua Complex. Alternative accommodation can be found in the villages of La Daille, which is well connected to the slopes and lifts, and the tiny hamlet of Le Fornet. Shuttle buses will get you between La Daille, Le Fornet and the central village of Val d’Isere.
Skiing & BoardingVal d’Isere’s ski area is connected to the entire area of Tignes, which means you’ll have endless terrain, with plenty of off-piste and steeps to explore while you’re here. This sensational ski resort has 140 marked trails serviced by 97 lifts and the longest run is a thigh burning 5.5km. If you’re up for it, be sure to have a go at the super steep Bellevarde run, which was the 1992 men’s Winter Olympics downhill course, and head out to the back country, where you’ll find some pretty demanding cross country trails. If you’re new to skiing or boarding, your best bet is the beginners’ area, which is conveniently located at the base of the mountain and close to the village facilities and accommodation. Form here, venture to one of several areas known as “Piste Tranquille” for some gentle runs. Don’t miss a ride on the Leissiers chair, which will take you up, over a ridge then down the other side… and back if that’s what you’d like to do.
ActivitiesBeing a ‘Famille Plus’ destination, there’s plenty to keep your kids busy and entertained at Val d’Isere – starting with the ice rink right in the centre of the village. Here they can also enjoy ice climbing, snowshoeing and dog sledding, and even experience the thrill of ice driving – as a passenger of course! For a more relaxed time off the mountain head to one Val d’Isere’s spas or the Aqua Complex where there are saunas, steam rooms and massage as well as a play pool, a lap pool and a gym.
Getting There & AroundTo get there, fly into Chambéry which is two hours from Val d’Isere by airport bus, or Grenoble, Lyon and Geneva, all of which are around three hours’ drive, by bus, from the village. If you’re travelling by train, disembark at Bourg-St-Maurice, which is 30km from the village and from here you’ll be able to catch a bus.
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Hotel Avenue Lodge is located in the heart of the famous Val d’Isere ski resort, just 250 metres from the ski lift. The rooms have a contemporary Savoyard-style, with spacious bathrooms. Onsite free WiFi, restaurant, bar, indoor pool, day spa with Hammam, Jacuzzi, sauna, spa, fitness room, beauty salon.
Grand traditional hotel located near the lift base. Spacious rooms and suites are furnished in an Alpine style. Onsite indoor pool, sauna, steam room, solarium, massage, fitness centre, restaurant, elegant lounge, bar, concierge, panoramic terrace.
Recharge your batteries and discover a new version of the mountain holiday on offer at the Hotel Ormelune, a stone's throw from the ski slopes in the centre of Old Val d'Isere Village. Onsite sauna, Hammam, massage therapy, parking, Wi-Fi.
Chalet style 3 star hotel located in the village close to the ski slope with warm alpine decor. There are 41 rooms with pleasant views. Onsite jacuzzi, sauna, restaurant, bar, lounge, steam bath.
Ski in the heart of the French Alps and take the time to indulge from a fresh perspective. Les Barmes de L'Ours is an authentic and refined chalet magnificently located at the foot of the legendary Bellevarde run. Onsite heated pool, Hammam, sauna, Jacuzzi, fitness room, wellness Spa, free Wi-Fi.
Renovated ski-in/ski-out apartments located in the Jardin Alpin area, 800m from the centre. Apartments with full kitchens, satellite TV and safe. All units with either a balcony or terrace. Onsite shuttle service to village centre, guest laundry, sauna/steam room.