Val d’Isère Resort

Situated within the Manchet Valley, Val d’Isère is well known as one of the best ski resorts in the world.

Certainly, a favourite among the British as well as the French it is a beautiful, charming village, buzzing with life; and with access to over 300km of superb pistes, what more could you want?

Val d’Isère resort is made up of 3 areas- La Daille as you drive into the resort, Le Fornet as you leave with the centre village in between the two.
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The Old Village dates back to the 1500s and Val d’Isère ski resort as we know it today was built up from this 16th Century village outwards. Val d’Isère is a purpose built resort that has remained in the sporting spotlight since its first lift (Rogoney) was built in 1934.

Having hosted more than 150 World Cup competitions Val d’Isère has become one of the most prestigious and long standing resorts in France; here you can guarantee an excellent skiing experience in every respect. From getting around the resort on the free buses to accessing the mountains from the first-rate lift system, Val disere has everything covered.

When not skiing

The idyllic scenery of Val d’Isère teamed with the picturesque village makes Val d’Isère ski resort a hotspot for holidays. When you aren’t up the mountain skiing there are shops a plenty to buy everything you need from quaint souvenirs to the latest ski gear. Val d’Isère is also famous for its variety of restaurants, especially those nestled between pistes all over the Espace Killy.

Most of these open at around noon for lunch time service and some, including the infamous Follie Douce, will stay open almost until the pistes close.

There isn’t exactly a lack of places to eat and drink down in the village either; with numerous wonderful local French cuisine restaurants and a choice of different food styles from American style burgers at the Quiksilver café to Thai noodles at the 4 Seasons.

But what if you aren’t a skier? As famous as Val disere is for its snowsports, there are also plenty of other activities available for the non skier. Val d’Isère resort boasts a brand new sports centre, Oxygen, built in 2009 which is a haven for those that want a break from the snowy mountains.

Oxygen is over 5000M and includes 2 large pools, 3 saunas, a steam room, Jacuzzi, gym and various sporting rooms (squash, climbing etc). If you want to pamper yourself even further there are many companies in Val disere that offer private massages.

See the links page for details of these. Val disere resort also has a cinema on the high street, an ice rink where various snow fun activities take place and a real working dairy farm.

Other pastimes include snow shoeing, snowmobiling, helicopter rides, paragliding, mushing (riding on a Husky pulled sled), ice-driving and good old fashioned walking.

 

 

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