Ski in Val d'Isère

Val d'Isère - Ski Resort and Snow Summary

Val d'Isère - Ski Resort in Espace Killy, French Alps - 150km of Piste (1550m to 3450m)

The French Ski Resort of Val d'Isère is part of the Espace Killy ski area with access to 300km of downhill skiing, with 308 individual pistes, served by 90 ski lifts. In addition to the skiing in Val d'Isère itself (150km of pisted ski runs), the appropriate ski Lift Pass will allow you to ski or snowboard in the other Espace Killy ski resorts of Tignes.

The ski resort itself is above 1500m, so skiing or boarding back to the resort is usually possible. With pistes above 2500 metres, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.

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Who is Val d'Isère good for?

5-StarExpert Skiers
5-StarIntermediate Skiers
3-StarBeginners
5-StarSnowboarding
5-StarSnow
4-StarApres-Ski

Val d'Isère Ski Area

25Black Pistes
46Red Pistes
61Blue Pistes
22Green Pistes
150kmDownhill Pistes
44kmCross Country Pistes
50Ski Lifts

Espace Killy Ski Area

50Black Pistes
92Red Pistes
122Blue Pistes
44Green Pistes
300kmDownhill Pistes
44kmCross Country Pistes
90Ski Lifts

Val d'Isère Ski Area Height

1900mMax Vertical
3450mHighest Lift
1850mResort Altitude (Val d'Isère)
1550mLowest Piste

Val d'Isère

There is an airport within two hours drive, so ski weekends, snowboard breaks and short ski holidays to Val d'Isère are perfectly feasible.

Skiing in Val d'Isère

The Espace Killy, the name of the ski region which Val d'Isère shares with Tignes, is huge, part of over 10,000 hectares of snow fields. As you would expect, this means there is something to attract all levels of skier, which in itself is of particular interest to serious skiers, who are usually the ones who run out of options on a week's ski holiday first. Not so at Val, which must make the world top 10 choice of any expert skier. This is the venue chosen by the International Ski Federation to stage the first European downhill race in the annual World Cup each December, using the OK trail.

Choose the Solaise bumps run above the resort or the Olympic Men's Downhill from Bellevarde (a good first choice as it gets the sun early and accessed by the high speed underground 'Funival' funicular). Later on take off in to the powder fields (remember a Guide...). Otherwise the descents from the Pissaillas glacier or the Tour de Charvet basin runs are equally recommended.

Intermediate level skiers are equally spoiled, if not more so, with numerous long, fast, wide trails heading off in all directions through the six skiing sectors of the Espace Killy.

Beginners again have all they need to progress rapidly, including free lifts in the resort's nursery slopes area and a choice of over 500 ski school instructors to help them on their way. Novices only risk is of being daunted by the huge terrain around them. First steps up the mountain are normally taken on the Solaise plateau, immediately above the resort.

The lift system has been designed so that it's possible to move around the Espace Killy without having to drop back in to the resort, so study that map carefully!

Snowboarding in Val d'Isère

As you would expect from a 'with it' resort, snowboarding and Val d'Isère have been friends for a long time. There's a lot to satisfy boarders of all levels in the Espace Killy where kids as young as 14 and 15 can be seen happily turning 360s in the terrain park.

The Snowpark is one of the world's largest at 35,000 square metres and include two boardercross courses, a half pipe, quarter pipes, bumps, big air, tables and all with music. There's even a chalet for repairs.

Boarders looking to improve their technique have a huge choice of public and independent tuition options, including the Billabong Snowboard School which specialises in off-piste. Year round boarding is possible on the neighbouring glacier at Tignes with summer 'boarding on Val's own glacier in mid-summer.

You can even go to the trampolining school, on a snowboard, in the summer.

Val d'Isère Aprés Ski

Val d'Isère has a 50 / 50 split of clientele between domestic and international, but half of the international market is British, making a sizeable impact on the après ski atmosphere at establishments such as Dick's T Bar with its lasers and videos and pubs like the Pacific Bar and the 'Karaoke-friendly' La Foret. The other major night spot is Le Graal.

Cultural events are staged throughout the season, including concerts at the resort's church whilst festivals are ataged at the Centre Henri Oreiller. The 'red train' a series of over 20 shuttle buses circling the various key sections of Val d'Isère runs until midnight.

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Val d'Isère in brief

Val d'Isère Ski Resort is:
Excellent for Expert Skiers.
Excellent for Intermediate Skiers.
Good for Beginners.
Excellent for Snowboarding.

Val d'Isère Season Dates

 Opened : November 30, 2013.

 Closes : May 4, 2014.

Usual opening - Late Nov. Re-opens for summer skiing from early June to early July.

Usual closing - Early May.

NOTE:- Opening subject to Snow Conditions in Val d'Isère.

Val d'Isère Piste Map

Val d'Isère Piste Map
Val d'Isère

Map of Val d'Isère

Full Page Map of Val d'Isère

Val d'Isère Snow Making

Snowmaking :- Val d'Isère is able to augment natural snow, on 30km of ski runs, with 300 Snow Cannons.

Val d'Isère Ski Lift Capacity

Ski Lift Capacity :- The 50 Ski Lifts of Val d'Isère are able to uplift 64,480 skiers / snowboarders per hour.

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3-Star
7nts CC from
₤409
per person
  inc. Flights
4-Star
1nt RO from
€69
Room only
1-Star
7nts SC from
₤224
₤249
per week
Accom. only

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