Val d'Isère Ski Holidays
Val d’Isère is one of the world’s great ski resorts and one which every dedicated skier should visit at least once. Many people choose to return to Val d'Isère year on year.
You'll find all the ingredients of a classic ski area here: stunning mountain scenery; an attractive old Savoyard village centre – now largely pedestrianised; a great selection of shops, restaurants, hotels and apartments; and the vital ingredient: a spectacular ski area with a huge vertical of more than 2000m, descending from some of highest lift-served terrain in the Alps.
Though Val d'Isère is a traditional resort with a strong local heritage, there’s been heavy investment on and off the slopes to help keep Val d’Isère among the world’s top winter destinations, with fast, comfortable lifts and, in the resort, ever better facilities and attractions.
There’s been skiing here since the 1930s and in the intervening years Val d’Isère has joined an elite group of resorts worldwide that have staged World Cup, World Championship and Olympic events.
Reaching the resort is normally straightforward with Chambéry the closest airport, 140km away and Geneva at a distance of 180km, much of it on the motorway. Geneva offers the best choice of flight options with the greatest flexibility. We can also organise helicopter transfers to get you on the slopes in no time.
Val d'Isère Skiing
Although Val d’Isère has something of a reputation as a mecca for expert skiers – which indeed it is – any less experienced skiers or snowboarders should not be put off as the huge Espace Killy ski area the resort shares with neighbouring Tignes has plenty of terrain for every ability level, including hundreds of kilometres of pistes rated blue or red for intermediates, the longest 10km long.
The recent redevelopment of the Solaise side of the ski area has dramatically improved the facilities for beginners at the top of the new Tete de Solaise gondola (complete with WiFi and heated seats), which has been remodelled to reduce the slope gradient, magic carpets replacing old lifts and the creation of a secluded beginner's area for adults and kids where all can learn snowsports safely without worrying about more advanced skiers whizzing by. The new Day Lodge, housing a comfortable picnic area and views of the surrounding slopes, is also conveniently placed at the top of the Solaise lift.
There is a variety of ski schools to choose from in Val d'Isère, many of which have a high reputation for the quality of their tuition.
Experts will delight in Val d’Isère’s famous slopes and off-piste opportunities to explore with a local guide. Famous runs include the Bellevarde Olympic ski run, the nearly two mile long La Face, which is of course also home to the annual World Cup Downhill opener each December.
There are also several terrain parks for freestyle skiers to enjoy.
- Important information
Ski Area Val d'Isère - Tignes: 300km Ski Range 1850-3456m Green Runs 22 Blue Runs 68 Red Runs 43 Black Runs 24 Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Off-season Off-season Off-season Off-season Off-season Off-season On-season On-season On-season On-season On-season On-season
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- Distance from airports
Geneva 3hr10mins Chambery 2hr10mins Calais (ski drive) 613 miles