Val d'Isere Ski Resort

Val d'Isere is one of France's most famous ski resorts.
The village of Val d'Isere is beautiful.
The Olympique gondola whisks skiers 1000m above Val d'isere.
Val d'Isere has a lively, bustling feel from lunchtime til late.
Linked with Tignes, Val d'Isere is a huge ski area.
Val d'Isere ski resort has over 10,000ha of freeride terrain.
Ski Val d'Isere's famous 'Face' run as fast as you can!
Powder skiing options are vast at Val d'Isere.
Modern lifts are du jour at Val d'Isere - the Solaise gondola.
Val d'isere base area faces the sunny south, perfect for beginners.
Vals Borsat chair serves beginner terrain in front of Tignes' La Grand Motte
Val d'Isere ski resort is child friendly.
Marmottes chair is the main link between tignes and Val d'Isere.
Freeride on Banane above Val d'Isere village.
Val d'Isere has some rocking apres ski.
Ski Val d'Isere.
Val d'Isere is a sun soakers delight, champagne in hand!
Enjoy Val d'Isere ski resort at the Sun Bar.
Val d'Isere ski terrain rises dramatically above the village.
Ski Val d'Isere at least once in your life.

Val d'Isere Ski Resort

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Val d'Isere

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    Val d'Isere Ski Trail Map
  • Val d'Isere Ski Trail Map
  • Vertical (m)
    1,550 – 3,456m (1,906m) (incl. Tignes)
  • Average Snow Fall
    7 - 10m+
  • Lifts (78)(incl. Tignes)
    11 Gondolas/cable cars/funiculars
    41 Chairlifts

    Summer Skiing - 2 lifts for skiing
  • Opening Dates & Times
    Winter: Mid-Nov to early May
    8:45am - 5:00pm

    Summer: Early-June to mid-July
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs - 300km (incl. Tignes)
    Longest run – 10km+
    Advanced - 18%
    Intermediate - 25%
    Beginner - 57%
    Off piste - 10,000ha
    Summer skiing - 20km
  • Lift Pass Price
    Day Ticket 20/21
    Tignes-Val d'Isere
    Adult - €50 to 62
    Child - €41 to 50
    Adult over 74yr - Free
    Child u/5yr - Free

    Summer Skiing at Val d’Isere
    Adult/Child - €30
    Tignes - Val d’Isere (Espace Killy) Ski Trail Map
  • Tignes-Val d'Isere Trail Map
    Val d’Isere Summer Ski Trail Map
  • Val d’Isere Summer Ski Map

Val d’Isere Ski Resort France

Val d’Isere is a premium alpine resort in France that oozes charm & panache, plus also happens to have some of the best ski terrain in the world, providing fun & challenge for everyone that skis there. Along with nearby Tignes ski resort, Val d’Isère forms the French Alps self-titled "Most Beautiful Ski Area in the World". Tignes-Val d'Isere 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. Its friends just call it 'Val'!

Whilst we don't necessarily think it is the most beautiful ski area in the world, Val d'Isere is certainly one of the world's best ski destinations. The vast & challenging terrain holds a lifetime of skiing & snowboarding, you'll just need to push your way through the crowd to get to it! Elbows up, here we go.....

Pros & Cons for Val d’Isere Ski Resort


  • Huge world class piste terrain for all levels of skier;
  • Most reliable snow cover in France;
  • Modern lifts and facilities;
  • Massive off-piste freeride & backcountry terrain for all levels;
  • Delightful resort village;
  • Lift pass linked to Tignes;
  • Very good après ski;
  • Relatively easy to get to via train and bus.


  • Busy to a point of being overcrowded;
  • Expensive accommodation;
  • Main piste trails become mogul fields by lunchtime;
  • Off-piste gets tracked quickly.

Pro or Con (depending on your perspective!)

  • Can be isolated in times of heavy snowfall and / or avalanche danger.

Skiing & Snowboarding Terrain

The Val d’Isere ski resort has three main ski areas; comparatively remote Le Fornet (includes the Glacier du Pissaillas), Solaise & Bellevarde. All are well served by modern high-speed lifts including high-volume gondolas and a funicular. The Bellevarde has no less than 5 lifts converging on its 2827m summit.

See the Val d’Isere ski trail map here.

On its own, Val d’Isere provides 150 km of piste on wide highway-like runs. However, it is what the 'highways' turn into through the day that marks down the ratings on Val's piste trails. Whilst beginner pistes make up nearly 60% of the resort's trails, skiers should note that many of these runs are 'dark blue' in the morning, evolving into 'dark red' or even black as the ski day progresses & the bumps start to appear in high traffic areas. Take care to avoid ending up black & blue!

An abundance of first class free-ride opportunities are throughout the resort. Val is an off-piste freeride skiing & snowboarding paradise.

See the Val d'Isere Skiing & Snowboarding page for more information.

Where is Val d’Isère France?

Val d'Isere lies in Tarentaise valley of the Rhône-Alpes region, southeast France, 5 km (3 miles) from the border of Italy. Chambéry (144km / 2.5hr) is the nearest airport to Val d'Isère , followed by Geneva (GVA)(187km / 3.5hr) & Lyon Saint Exupéry (LYS) (221km / 3.5hr). Regular buses serve all the airports and various airport transfers are available. Note that Chambery airport operates on a limited basis. Search & book direct private transfers to Val d'Isere here.

An excellent mode of travel to Val d'Isère is via train. The Bourg St. Maurice train station is 30km (20 miles) away and is on the schedule of numerous ‘fast’ train lines such as TGV and Eurostar from London & Paris. Book train tickets to Bourg St Maurice here. Bus services run regularly from Bourg St. Maurice direct to Val d'Isere, or you can take a local taxi. Buy bus tickets at the Bourg St Maurice train station.

See the Travel to Val d'Isere page for more information on the best ways to get to the ski resort.

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 several charming hamlets, namely Le Cret, Le Joseray, Le Chatelard, La Legettaz, Le Laisinant, Le Daille & Le Fornet. More recently the area of Les Carats (millionaires’ row as it's locally known!) has developed its own luxury character and charm.

Search & book all Val d'Isere Accommodation here.

There are about 50 Val d’Isère hotels with a range of rooms, suites & apartments, most of which are 3 & 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).

Non-Ski Activities

There is plenty for non-skiers to do in the valley including snowshoe 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 viewpoints (including sun decks!), visiting the local Alpine history museum, or some serious shopping in the fancy pants shops.

Ski Rentals & Equipment

Ski rentals are available from our partners in seven Val d’Isere village locations & another at the La Daille valley station. Receive a discount when you search & book via our Val d'Isere Ski & Snowboard Rentals page.

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Interlinked 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 & lift pass, effectively creatively one massive ski resort - how typically French! See the Tignes-Val d’Isere ski trail map here.

Summer Skiing & Snowboarding at Val d'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.

Nearby Ski Resorts

Val d'Isere is part of the legendary skiing region called the Tarentaise. Whilst you may not feel the need to visit anywhere else, a festival of wonderful French ski resorts, from mega resorts to 'secret stashes', are within an hour’s drive of Tignes. The world's largest fully interlinked resort, the 3 Vallees (Courchevel, Meribel and Val Thorens), huge Paradiski (Les Arcs and La Plagne) plus the smaller La Rosiere (linked to Italy's La Thuile) and the fabulous Sainte Foy are all close by. So easily to get distracted in the Tarentaise.


The Powderhounds reviewed Val d’Isere in 2018 & aside from the bumped-up piste & mega crowds, found it to be a fascinating ski experience that merits a longer stay than we could accomplish! Click on the review link on this page to read our sparkling repartee.

See how Val d'Isere compares to the rest of the European ski resorts on the Europe ski resort ratings page.

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Tours in or near Val d'Isere

Safari (Road Trip) Tours

Tarentaise Powder Ski Safari
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Days Skiing | 3+ Resorts
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Ski some of the most famous ski areas of the world in France with an experienced guide riding vertical descents of up to 2,000m through untracked powder even days after a snowfall. Join a "fixed date" tour or get your own group of 4+ together for a custom tour.
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AUD 3,230
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Single-Base, Multi-Ski-Area Tours

Tarentaise Valley Star Ski Tour
3 - 4 Days | 3 - 4 Nights | 3 - 4 Skiing Days | 3+ Resorts
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Ski some of the most famous ski areas of the world in France with an experienced guide riding vertical descents of up to 2,000m through untracked powder even days after a snowfall. Join a "fixed date" tour or get your own group of 4+ together for a custom tour.
Price p/p From price based on twin/double-share room occupancy & min group of 4.
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AUD 1,712
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Single-Base, Single-Ski-Area Tours

Val d'Isere Off Piste Ski Day
2-3hr, Half Day or Full Day
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
Ski & explore the massive off-piste terrain at Val d'Isere with an experienced local guide who will show you the best untracked lines around the resort & into the valley. Get your own group together for a custom 2hr, half day or full day tour, or inquire about joining another group. All abilities welcome.
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AUD 149
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