Val d'Isere3.5 out of 5 based on 4 reviews
  • Recommend
    100%
  • Would Revisit
    100%
Chamonix off piste guided ski tours

Val d'Isere France.
Val d'Isere France.
Glorious French Alps skiing near Val d'Isere.
Glorious French Alps skiing near Val d'Isere.
Val d'Isere has developed into a modern alpine resort town.
Val d'Isere has developed into a modern alpine resort town.
Val d’Isere.
Val d’Isere.
Val d'Isere is interlinked with Tignes to form a classic French mega ski resort.
Val d'Isere is interlinked with Tignes to form a classic French mega ski resort.
Val d'Isere is the self proclaimed "Most Beautiful Ski Area in the World"!
Val d'Isere is the self proclaimed
Val d'Isere lies in Tarentaise Valley in the Rhône-Alpes region
Val d'Isere lies in Tarentaise Valley in the Rhône-Alpes region
Val d’Isère is in a beautiful valley near the Italian border.
 Val d’Isère is in a beautiful valley near the Italian border.
Val d'Isere ski resort.
Val d'Isere ski resort.
Fun for the family at Val d'Isere.
Fun for the family at Val d'Isere.
A classic French ski resort - put your feet up and relax!
A classic French ski resort - put your feet up and relax!
Val d'Isere has excellent resort facilities.
Val d'Isere has excellent resort facilities.
Val d'Isere has fun events for all the family.
Val d'Isere has fun events for all the family.
Val d’Isere has modern lifts and serious terrain for experts.
Val d’Isere has modern lifts and serious terrain for experts.
The immense terrain available at Val D'Isere.
The immense terrain available at Val D'Isere.
Deep snow buries Val d'Isere.
Deep snow buries Val d'Isere.
Val d'Isere has become a chic alpine ski village.
Val d'Isere has become a chic alpine ski village.
Val d’Isere
Val d’Isere
Ski Val d’Isere.
Ski Val d’Isere.

Val d'Isere

Val d’Isere Ski Resort France

Val d’Isere is a premium French alpine resort that oozes charm and panache. The calibre of the skiing is also world class, and the resort hosts numerous international skiing competitions annually. Along with nearby Tignes ski resort, Val d’Isere forms the self-titled "Most Beautiful Ski Area in the World". Val d'Isere - Tignes was formerly known as 'Espace Killy' named after Jean-Claude Killy, the legendary French champion alpine ski racer who dominated the sport in the late 1960s.

The Powderhounds will be reviewing Val d'Isere again in the coming 2017/18 season.

Val d'Isère Ski and Snowboard Terrain

The Val d’Isere ski resort has three main ski areas on the side of the valley; Le Fornet, Le Solaise, and Bellevarde. They are well served by modern high speed lifts including a high-volume gondola and fun and speedy funicular.

Val d’Isere (a.k.a. Val) provides 150 km of piste on wide highway-like runs, and a somewhat unique experience for beginners with high altitude runs that afford spectacular scenery. However beginners should note that beginner runs are often “dark” blue, so take care to avoid ending up black and blue!

The terrain at Val d’Isere also has plenty of steep piste runs, an abundance of first class free-ride opportunities with over 10.000hectares of off piste terrain.

See the Skiing & Snowboarding Val d’Isere page for more information on the ski lifts, terrain and lift passes.

Inerlinked with Tignes

In combination with the neighbouring Tignes, Val d’Isère offers 300km of piste, over 140 named runs, 102 ski lifts and 2 glaciers (both available in summer). It’s mega! The resorts are linked by lift, piste and lift pass, effectively creatively one massive ski resort - how typically French!

Summer Skiing and Snowboarding at Vald'Isere

The all round nature of the Val d'Isere ski resort continues into summer. From mid June to mid to July (depending on snow, 2 lifts access 6 piste trails on the Glacier du Pissaillas.

Where is Val d'Isere?

Val d'Isere lies in Tarentaise Valley in the Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France, 5 km (3 miles) from the border of Italy. Chambéry (144km) is the nearest airport to Val d'Isère (about 2.5 hours away by road), followed by Geneva (187km / 3.5 hours), and Lyon Saint-Exupéry (221km / 3.5 hours). There are regular buses serving all the airports and various airport transfers available.

Another common mode of travel to Val d'Isère is via train. The Bourg St. Maurice train station is 30km (20 miles) from Val d'Isère and is on the schedule of numerous train lines such as TGV and Eurostar. Bus services run regularly from Bourg St. Maurice to Val d'Isere, or you can take a local taxi.

See the Travel to Val d'Isere page for more information on how to get there.

Nearby Ski Resorts

Val d'Isere is part of the legendary skiing region called the Tarentaise. A festival of wonderful French ski resorts, from mega resorts to 'secret stashes', are within an hours drive of Val d'Isere. The world's largest fully interlinked resort the 3 Valleys (Courchevel, Meribel and Val Thorens), huge Paradiski (Les Arcs and La Plagne) plus the small La Rosiere (linked to Italy's La Thuile) and excellent Sainte Foy are all close  by.

Val d'Isere Accommodation

Originally a small alpine farming village, Val d'Isere the town has developed into a modern alpine resort town whilst maintaining its village feel and sense of tradition. The 'Old Town' is undoubtedly very pretty, with quaint old stone properties lining narrow snow filled streets. Val d'Isere the valley (!) is made up of a number of charming little hamlets, namely Le Cret, Le Joseray, Le Chatelard, La Legettaz, Le Laisinant, Le Daille and Le Fornet. More recently the area of Les Carats (millionaires’ row as it's locally known!) has developed its own luxury character and charm.

There are about 50 Val d’Isère hotels with a range of rooms, suites and apartments, most of which are 3 and 4 star hotels. Generally the hotel tariffs are high relative to other European ski resorts, but there are also a few 2 star hotels for those on a tight budget. Val d’Isere accommodation also includes many chalets (including some very luxurious chalets) and a high number of self-catering apartments (condos).

See all Val d'Isere Accommodation Listings - options for lodging only.

Val d'Isere Activities

There is plenty for non-skiers to do in the valley including snow shoe walks, husky-sledding, ice-climbing, ice-skating, ice-diving, and indoor climbing. Less active entertainment includes visiting the wellness centres, the casino, taking the cable-cars to mountain restaurants and view points (including sun decks!), visiting the local Alpine history museum, or some serious shopping in the fancy pants shops.

Why Ski or Snowboard at Val d'Isere?

Val d’Isere is one of the world’s most famous, classically French ski resorts. The ski resort is large and the skiing and snowboarding is sensational. However this comes at a price as it’s probably one of the most expensive places in the world to enjoy the fresh white stuff.

Relatively easy to reach by train, plane and automobile, this traditional and Olympic class ski region has sensational après ski and plenty to offer all levels of ski and snowboard enthusiasts.


Tours in or near Val d'Isere

Single-Base, Multi-Ski-Area Tours
Tarentaise Valley Ski Safari DETAILS
GUIDED OFF-PISTE ADVENTURE
8 Days | 7 Nights | 7 Skiing | 3+ Resorts
From price based on twin/double-share room occupancy.
Base/invoice currency is in EURO inc taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
Price p/p
USD 1,882
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Ski some of the most famous ski areas in the world in France with an experienced guide riding vertical descents of up to 2,000 metres in untracked powder even days after a snowfall. Join a "fixed date" tour or get your own group of 4+ together for a custom tour.
More
See all Single-Base, Multi-Ski-Area tours that visit Val d'Isere here

Ski & Snowboard Holiday Package Quote
Ski lodging & accommodations
Hosted Ski Tours & Multi-Resort Safaris
Val d’Isere

View Larger Map

Compare Europe Ski Resorts Best Europe Ski Resorts
Europe Ski Resort Ratings


    Tignes Trail & Piste Map
  • Val d'Isere Trail & Piste Map
  • Vertical (m)
    1,550 – 3456 (1906m)
  • Average Snow Fall
    7 m+
  • Lifts (102)
    10 Gondolas/cable cars/funicular
    44 Chairlifts

    Summer Skiing - 2 lifts for skiing
  • Ski Hours
    Winter: Mid Nov to late April
    8:45am - 5:00pm

    Summer: Mid June to mid July
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs - 300km
    Longest run – 10km+
    Advanced - 18%
    Intermediate - 25%
    Beginner - 57%
    Off piste - 10,000ha
    Summer skiing - 20km
  • Lift Prices (Day Ticket 17/18)
    Val d'Isere - Tignes
    Adult - €57
    Child - €46
    Child under 5yrs - Free

    Summer Skiing at Val d’Isere
    Adult - €29
    Child - €23.50
    Child under 5yrs - Free
 

    Val d’Isere Summer Ski Trail & Piste Map
  • Val d’Isere Summer Ski Trail Map

    Val d’Isere Trail & Piste Map
  • Val d'Isere - Tignes Trail Map