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Val d'Isère

More Britons choose Val d'Isère for ski holidays than anywhere else in the world so that's a good recommendation in itself. The resort has a long season, thanks to the added attraction of the Pissailas glacier at high altitude, so make the most of the opportunity between the end of November and the first week of May.

You must have heard of Jean-Claude Killy. He's really famous! Okay - in the sixties he was the supreme French world cup alpine ski racer, triple Olympic champion in 1968. It's after him that the fantastic Espace Killy was named. That's Val d'Isère and neighbouring Tignes - an impressive 300km of pistes served by 94 lifts so no excuse for slacking.

Complete beginners and top powderhounds, and every skill level in between, will all find something to suit, making Val d'Isère a perfect choice of destination. And don't feel ignored, dear snowboarders, because there's the Oakley Valpark, just for you cool dudes, with every obstacle to challenge you, as well as a more gentle Acticross for family fun.

Skiing in Val d'Isère stretches from La Daille, through Val d'Isère centre to Le Fornet, all linked by a free bus service. High altitude skiing is magnificent and there's a World Cup piste - the OK - for the ambitious downhill, Super G and giant slalom nuts - or take a trip on the Funival funicular, via La Daille. If you like moguls, don't miss the Face piste on Bellevarde, used in the Olympics.

Apres-Ski in Val d'Isère

Especially since the Albertville Winter Olympics in 1992, Val d'Isère has grown into a beautiful, resource-filled resort with an Alpine village ambience. There's whizzy night life, there are cosy crêperies, fine-dining restaurants, loads of shops, a sports centre with indoor pool, a cinema…well, you name it, Val d'Isère has probably got it.

Dick's T Bar is a must if you like clubbing - oh my goodness, it's open until 5 a.m. - or there's La Folie Douce (Cirque de Soleil meets après ski) or go bananas in Bananas with a cocktail or three.

Brilliant skiing, fabulous après-ski and plenty for non-skiers too - what's not to like? Book a Val d'Isère holiday with GetSkiing and get a great deal.

Gary's Little Gems in Val d'Isère

Val d'Isère has to be one of the top ski resorts in the world with guaranteed snow, some great piste skiing across the 300 kms of Espace Killy and some great off-piste skiing. If you want to get away from the crowds, choose the Glacier du Pissaillas which has several blue and red runs, often with fresh snow because of its altitude - and often empty of other skiers because it's off the beaten track.

Accommodations in Val d'Isère

Resort Details

  • Resort Altitude: 1850 m
  • Highest Lift: 3450 m
  • Total Piste: 300 km
  • Longest Run: 10 km
  • Directions of Slopes: N, E, S, W
  • Uphill Capacity: 149425
  • Total Lifts: 89
  • Gondolas/Cable cars: 10
  • Chairlifts: 45
  • Drag Lifts: 34
  • Snow Parks: 1
  • Snow Cannons: 900
  • Good for Families
  • High Altitude
83 runs
Beginners A few nursery slopes in the resort
46 runs
Intermediates Exhilarating runs from Bellevarde down to La Daille, or cruise down the Iseran valley as far as Le Fornet
25 runs
Advanced The famous 'Face' piste - the men's Olympic downhill - is a must
- runs
Snowboarders Very few drag lifts and lots of off-piste

Flight info

Approx flight time:
1 hour 25 mins
Time zone:

Chambéry-savoie Airport
Geneva Cointrin International Airport
Calais Ferry Port
Bourg Saint Maurice