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  • Advanced 15 Pistes
  • Intermediate 34 Pistes
  • Beginner 91 Pistes
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Val d’Isere and the neighbouring resort of Tignes combine to form the Espace Killy ski area which is named after Jean Claude Killy who learnt to ski there and went on to win at the 1968 Winter Olympics.

The Espace Killy is the highest extended ski terrain in the Alps and this offers the best snow guarantee you can get. Val d’Isère is a very comfortable place to learn to ski with free lifts and nursery slopes in the centre of the village and confidence boosting greens above resort level. The Espace Killy is well known as the ‘promised land’ for intermediates. There is mile upon mile of wide gentle sunny pistes and many challenging red runs for those who want to expand their skiing horizons. More advanced skiers migrate from around the globe to challenge the steep slopes, bumps and endless off-piste. For those with a dislike of T-bars or drag lifts, fear not, virtually all of the lifts are chairlifts, many of which are high speed. Even at the busiest time of the season queuing is hardly ever a cause for concern.

Long rapid climbs to a height of 3500 meters allow extended uninterrupted vertical descents and guaranteed snow. For a quick run down of the resort’s vital statistics and the piste map, have a look at the links above.            

For beginners      

There are two nursery slopes in the resort, one in the resort centre and the other in La Daille. These gentle beginner slopes, which are the main meeting point for the ski schools, allow you and your children to progress quickly and safely. There are 2 chairlifts and 3 drag lifts in the resort centre and 2 drag lifts in La Daille which are completely free of charge for beginners.

Snowpark             

The French Snowboard Federation has approved the Val d’lsère park, which means that the park on offer is a good one. The snow park a half pipe, different hips and jumps, 2 quarters facing each other, hand rails, several single or double high and low rails, a boarder cross for all levels, snowboard chalet, a webcam, a repairs corner and a computer to check out the photos of the day. There’s also a recreational area with music, BBQ facilities, chairs and tables Val d’lsère’s snow park is situated on the Bellevarde/La Daille sector (2500m).

Off Piste

Few resorts can rival the extent of lift-served off-piste skiing in Val d'Isere. There are some more gentle routes ideal for adventurous intermediates looking to try off-piste for the first time and there's certainly plenty to keep the more experienced skier occupied. And this is just Val d'Isere, of course there's the whole of Tignes' extensive off-piste to explore too. It is imperative that you take all the safety precautions you can, shovels and probes and beepers can be purchased or hired. Speak to lift operators prior to going off piste as they will have a better idea of what is safe and what isn’t. To be extra safe professional guides can be hired who have all the local knowledge to take you to the best spots without sacrificing safety.

Cross Country Skiing

There’s nothing like cross country skiing for getting into shape...Val d’Isère has many different circuits to offer the cross country skier. Over 20km of specialised marked tracks available (many of which are free of charge). Cross country skiing circuits are to be found in the Manchet valley, La Daille, near Le Fornet and at the Ouillette Lake. You will find ‘walking, Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing maps’ at the Tourist Office, alternatively lessons and guided excursions are available from the various ski schools, ask a member of staff for details.

 

In Val d’Isere we provide our ski hire from 4 different shops. Depending on where you are staying we can either provide an in-chalet fitting service or equipment from a shop very close to the chalet.

We collect details such as ski ability, height, weight and shoe size beforehand, to ensure the team at hire shop know exactly what you’re looking for and therefore the whole fitting process is as quick and seamless as possible.

We are confident you’ll get the very best of service from the shops we have selected. We have also negotiated that they will stay open later on your day of arrival, or open earlier the next morning to ensure your ski fitting is as hassle free as possible, should any delays occur due to bad weather.

Ski rental equipment descriptions and categories vary from resort to resort, and even from shop to shop. To make this easier we describe ski equipment as bronze, silver, gold or platinum. We would advise you book the following according to your experience and ski ability;

Bronze – for complete beginners
Silver – for intermediate level
Gold – for intermediate/advanced level
Platinum – for advanced/expert level

Prices shown below are a guide and may fluctuate due to exchange rates. 

Adult bronze  
Skis only £93
Skis & boots £158
Board only £93
Board & boots £158
Adult silver  
Skis only £116
Skis & boots £178
Board only £116
Board & boots £178
Adult gold  
Skis only £145
Skis & boots £199
Board only £145
Board & boots £199
Adult platinum  
Skis only £168
Skis & boots £235
Board only £165
Board & boots £235
Child bronze (2-6 years)  
Skis & boots £74
Child bronze (6-11 years)  
Skis only £46
Skis & boots £95
Child silver (7-12 years)  
Skis only £74
Skis & boots £122
Board & boots £98
Child gold   
Skis only £90
Skis & boots £138
Board & boots £113
   
Adult or Child helmet hire £23

Possibly one of the most important aspects of a ski holiday, the lift pass is vital unless you plan to walk up the mountain before skiing down!

Pre-book your lift pass directly with us before you travel. Your lift passes will be delivered to your chalet before breakfast on the first morning, in plenty of time for you to make it up the first lift. 

Prices shown below are a guide and may fluctuate due to exchange rates

6 day Val d'Isere - Tignes lift pass

Adult - £267
Adult 65-74 years - £214
Child 5-13 years - £214

3 day Val d'Isere - Tignes lift pass

Adult - £139
Adult 65-74 years - £113
Child 5-13 years - £113

Adult & Child Carre Neige - £15

Family passes are also available, please call us for details on 0208 875 1957

There are several ski school providers in Val d'Isere, each will offer a variety of tuition options from beginner groups to private lessons and off piste guiding, however, some may specialise in a particular area. 

We have listed a few of our recommended suppliers below, and highlighted those we pre-book on your behalf.

Oxygene ski school +33(0)4 79 41 99 58

We can pre-book lessons on your behalf - please call us on 0208 875 1957

Our childrens ski school Val d'Isere, is run in partnership with award-winning Oxygene who are a highly respected and professionally run ski school, with a refreshingly forward thinking and innovative attitude. Oxygene understand the importance of their role in your holiday and share our own ethos of total satisfaction. We work tirelessly with them to create a relaxed environment for our children to learn or improve, without barrier of language and at times that suit our guests. All the instructors selected for our ski school have been hand-picked for their fluency in English, particular affinity and experience with children and friendly, encouraging manner. Click here to see prices for our childrens ski school.

In addition to our dedicated VIP SKI child lessons, Oxygene provide group ski & snowboard classes for adults and children of all abilities. They also provide Off-piste courses and tailor-made private lessons. All with small group sizes of no more than 6-10 per class.

TDC +33(0)6 15 55 31 56

We can pre-book lessons on your behalf - please call us on 0208 875 1957

TDC in Val d’Isère is a truly British ski coaching centre and ski school. If you want to get more out of your skiing, and you have tried traditional ski schools and ski lessons, then go and see the team at TDC, and they will help you move your skiing to the next level. They offer clinics (3-6 people) and private tuition for adults, teenagers and kids. All native English speaking instructors. Small groups ensure the highest standard of personalised coaching.

New Generation +33(0)4 79 01 03 18

We can pre-book lessons on your behalf - please call us on 0208 875 1957

New Generation is a British-run ski school with teams in 16 resorts across the French, Swiss and Austrian Alps, including an international team here in Val d'Isere. With 19 years' experience they'll help you get the most out of your time on the hill, and pride themselves on providing excellent customer service. They offer a wide range of ski and snowboard lessons for all ages and abilities from tiny tots to those young at heart. And whether you're looking to join a group, a private lesson, or an off piste adventure they will help you improve, develop technique and have fun. You are on holiday after all!

Top Ski +33(0)7 82 85 88 89

Skiing and boarding group lessons, on and off piste. Top Ski specialise mainly in off piste ski schools. There is a maximum of 8 people per group and the meeting point is at the big piste map opposite the pool.

Progression Ski +33(0)6 21 93 93 80/ +44(0)208 123 3001

A fully qualified team of British instructors based in Val d’lsere. They offer a full range of class types and levels using progressive and innovative techniques appropriate to modern equipment.

ESF +33(0)4 79 06 02 34

ESF are a local branch of the French Ski School and provide private and group ski & snowboard lessons, for children, teens and adults. ESF are unique in offering Kindergarten ski school for children from the age of 3 years. Lessons are available for beginners or advanced abilities and you will find all their instructors are not only highly competent but extremely friendly to ensure you enjoy your lessons.

Mountain Masters +33(0)4 79 06 05 14

Mountain Masters provide innovative and forward thinking instructors who are all at the top of their respective fields. All have the ability to adapt their knowledge and experience to get the most out of any skier. A lesson or series of lessons with Mountain Masters will give you a skiing awareness and tools for improvement that you can then take away to develop at your own pace. Private lessons in skiing, telemarking and snowboarding and children's group lessons are available, for a morning afternoon or all day. Video analysis is used where possible to help get the most from your performance.

Evolution 2 +33(0)7 60 82 10 12

Evolution 2 offer a personal approach to learning and offer small groups and English speaking instructors. Their emphasis is on real progression and FUN. They offer group and private ski & snowboard lessons, for all ages and abilities.

BASS (British Alpine Ski School) +33(0)6 19 77 85 57

Bass supply BASI trained, English speaking instructors, with small group sizes to ensure personal and thorough instruction service. They have an effective lesson program that caters for absolute beginners to advanced, and are committed to helping their customers advance quickly, safely and enjoyably. Group and private ski lessons for adults and children.

Val d'Isere plays host to a variety of activities and snow sports during the winter months.

Please note there are numerous choices of companies for all options so please speak to your Chalet Host once in resort for further details. With all extreme sporting activities please ensure you check your own insurance policy to see if you are covered to take part.

Husky Sleigh Rides

Photo of Husky Sleigh Rides

Get a taste of Alaska on a husky powered sledge whilst taking in the breathtaking mountain scenery. This activity takes place every day in the resort of either Tignes or Ste Foy and only on Thursdays in Val d’Isère. Booking early is essential for the Val d’Isère slots.

Snowmobile / Skidooing

Once the ski runs have closed for the day, try your hand at driving these 500cc two-seater motorbikes built specially for the snow. With the rear wheel replaced by a caterpillar track for momentum and the front wheel swapped for a pair of skis for steering, these snowmobiles are incredibly quick. After some expert instruction you will soon be out on an open country trail enjoying the buzz and adrenalin rush of being in control of a snow scooter. 

Ice Karting

Go karts and cars! The perfect way to have fun on the ice! From 10 am to noon and from 2pm to 8pm. Depending on the weather conditions. The circuit is located in Val d’Isère in the Les Crets area.

Paragliding

Want to try something new? Tired of having your feet firmly on the ground? For the ultimate exhilaration, experience the silence and taste the freedom of flying in perfect safety. Paragliding can be experienced in numerous interesting and beautiful places worldwide but it truly has to be said none more beautiful than the Alps.

Ice Diving

Explore the underside of the ice covering the local Tignes mountain lakes. You will go down through a hole cut in the ice (always tethered to the surface - you won’t get lost!) and spend around 15 minutes by the side of the instructor, exploring the magical ice formations. No previous diving experience is necessary, all divers, however, must be a minimum height of 1m50.

Ice Climbing

For the true mountain enthusiast, why not scale an amazing frozen waterfall? The waterfall is located at the entrance of Val d’Isère and is 40m wide and 200m high. A mountain guide will teach you the basics of climbing with the aid of ice axes and crampons. During the day by sunlight, or at night by floodlight.

Helicopter Rides

For a truly amazing, thrilling and exhilarating panoramic bird’s eye view of the mountains choose a sightseeing scenic helicopter tourist flight. Hover around the Espace Killy or tour around the Olympic resorts in a helicopter, marvelling at the wonderful scenery beneath you.

Snake Gliss

Finally available to earthlings these contraptions from the future, resembling something between a bobsleigh and a tramway, may be enjoyed with no-limits in groups of 2 to 20 people. These bizarre sledges that couple together may be enjoyed by all ages from 7 to 77 years. Gloves are compulsory and ski boots are not allowed. It takes place late afternoon on the Savonnette Nursery slope.

Fun on the snow!

From 5.30pm, on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, you can discover an activity area on the nursery slopes. The activity leader will introduce the joys of ice football, snake gliss, curling...

Massage and Beauty Therapists

Ski Physio offer a full mobile massage service to all our guests. For maximum convenience, qualified therapists will visit you in the privacy of your own chalet bedroom and offer a range of massage options. Appointments can be made at times to suit you. Whatever your needs, the highly trained masseurs have a treatment to soothe aching limbs and replenish energy levels, leaving you looking and feeling your very best and therefore helping you to get the most from your precious week’s holiday. For a full range of treatments and prices please ask your Chalet Host.

Farm

Xavier will happily welcome you and your kids to his farm and show you around. Cheese making, visit the farm, discover the animals. Guided tour of the farm with cheese tasting.

Walking & snow shoeing

Snow-shoeing is a great way to see the mountains. You can truly find yourself in another world, with nothing but the sound of a marmotte scurrying in the undergrowth and maybe a mountain spring trickling by. Perhaps the best way to enjoy this breath taking natural environment is to sign up for a guided trek with professional guides/instructors. They take you to the most remote spots to see the best of alpine scenery and wildlife, well away from the crowds. Ask for the “walking, Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing map ” at the Tourist Office or ask your chalet host for more details.

Swimming Pool & Sports Centre

The leisure centre, by the Olympique lift, is a world of nothing but stone, wood and glass that lets the mountains and the light of Val d’Isère come right up to the water’s edge! For water babies this 800m² aquatic centre offers plenty for everyone: play pool, fragranced pool, current stream, water cannons, massage jets, bubble bed, paddling pool, 25m x 10m swimming pool...

 

For those who prefer to stay dry the leisure centre also offers a range of facilities including basketball, table tennis, volley ball, badminton, squash courts, aerobics, yoga, gymnastics and a climbing wall.

Ice Skating

Val d'Isere has an open air ice rink in the resort centre just behind the nursery slopes…keep the kids happy for a while, somewhere to behave like a kid for a few hours or a romantic skate at dusk with a loved one before dinner.

Cinema

The cinema in Val d'Isere shows a variety of films in both French and English. VO stands for ‘Version Originale’, which means it will be shown in its original language – perhaps with French subtitles (sous titres). Watching a film with subtitles can be a great way to learn a few new French phrases - their usefulness will depend entirely on the kind of film you are watching though! Located in the centre of town opposite the bus station.

Microlight

Microlights have small engines and along with the Instructor you fly above all the slopes. Take off and landing is just below the Bellevarde restaurant at the top of the Face.

Airboard

The Airboard is a new high-tech winter sports invention. Piloted by weight transfer on an inflatable tube, the snowbodyboard gives its rider the impression of flying above the snow. Gloves compulsory and no ski boots are allowed. It takes place most weeks throughout the season, late afternoon, from 5.30pm on the Savonnette nursery slope.

Local crafts

Guided tours (French) can be experienced covering a range of crafts including spinning, taxidermy, gold/silversmith, blacksmith and tannery.

French patisserie classes

‘Best French Pastry Cook Award’ offers patisserie classes, where different baking techniques will be covered followed by a tasting session. 

Art galleries

Jane Griffiths Art Gallery is situated on the main high street through Val d’Isère next to the cinema and opposite the bus station. The Gallery works in conjunction with Galleri GKM Siwert Bergstrom from Sweden. It is open Tuesday to Sunday from 3pm to 7pm

Igloo evenings

If you’re a skier who loves a change of scene, why not spend an unforgettable evening. Ascent by helicopter, drive on snow scooter, enjoy dinner followed by a torchlight descent, all at an altitude of 2400m and then spend the night in a genuine igloo!

We understand that for many guests an important part of their ski holiday is enjoying an après ski beer or dancing the night away into the early hours. We’ve listed below just a few of our favourite bars in Val d'Isere. Don’t forget to ask your Chalet Host for advice on which venues are the best, they will after all, probably have frequented most of them!

La Folie Douce - One of the most infamous après ski venues in the Alps. This place provides an open air party, on the piste. Check it out from 2pm (weather dependent) to enjoy live musicians, cabaret and an après-ski party like you’ve never experienced before!

Blue Note - Next to the Mercure Hotel. A chilled bar serving up all your classic drinks to a mixture of Jazz and funk. Atmospheric and friendly with nibbles and specials at après (3pm-6pm).

Café Face - A trendy bar with live funky music. Beers go up in price by 20 cents every half an hour from 4pm. Get there early!

The Lodge - Downstairs bar serving good value cocktails, it can be quite busy with loud music (live DJ every night).There is a happy hour every evening between 7pm - 8.30pm.

Alexandra Bar - Located near the Post Office, it's the best snooker and pool venue in town. There's also a top level sound system for great parties. They serve a mean Mojito! Phil & Al play an acoustic set on a regular basis, which is well worth seeing.

Moris Pub - English style bar with live music daily. Their happy hour is 4.30pm - 6pm. Watch out for their themed party nights!

Pacific Bar - A large underground venue with two separate bars.  Perfect for sports-loving British guests, there's Football showing on most nights.  The beer is at a reasonable price and check out the several flavours of Absolut Vodka. Music is varied and mainstream.  They also have a raffle every Friday where you can win a pair of skis, a snowboard and other skiing paraphernalia.

Petit Danois - Popular Danish bar, serving English breakfasts, lunch and dinner. Between 3 pm and 6 pm they have happy hour and between 9pm and 10pm all drinks are two for one.

Saloon - Busy bar with loud music and good value cocktails (known for their Long Island Iced Teas). Live music for après ski and more popular bands during the night. Happy hour is between 3pm and 5pm and between 8pm and 10pm when they serve two for one cocktails.

Victor’s - Guests and visitors, locals, ski instructors all enjoy the lively atmosphere and good music at Victor’s, not to mention the famous cocktails, and daily 2-4-1 Happy Hour from 9pm-11pm.

XV (bar 15) - Rugby-lovers will be right at home at The XV Bar, which is half-mountain hut and half-rugby club dressing room. The rugby theme continues through to the rugby ball-shaped beer glasses, while matches are shown on large screens dotted around the bar.There's also a cocktail menu with expertly-mixed drinks such as Pina Colada, Bloody Mary, White Russian and Tequila Sunrise.

Blizzard - Located in the Blizzard hotel this bar is great for quiet pre dinner drinks in front of a roaring log fire. Table service with nibbles is provided.

M Bar @ Hotel Tsanteleina - This bar is a great place for an après-ski drinks or for even an after dinner tipple next to their cosy open fire place. The bar serves a fine selection of wines, beers, cocktails, champagnes and liquors. 

For those looking to party on into the early hours...

Dicks Tea Bar - Infamous in the alps Dicks is a busy club with a dance area, open till 4am. Free admission before 11pm, drinks are fairly expensive.

The Graal - The Graal is more of a locals and tourists mixed nightclub. The dance floor is reminiscent to that of Saturday Night Fever. The music is quite different to that of Dick’s but drink prices remain just as expensive. Free admission before 1am.

Doudoune - The newest addition to Val d’Isere’s club scene. This French run nightclub often has live bands on Friday night. You’ll find it under the piste near the Rond Point des Piste.

Once you’re on the slopes, you probably won’t feel like going back to your chalet to have lunch! There are a variety of restaurants to choose from for lunch, either on the mountain or in the village.

Many of the lunch time restaurants also offer dinner in the evening. As your chalet host will have one night off in the week, this provides the perfect opportunity for you to sample the local cuisine.

In busy periods don’t forget to ask your Chalet Host to make a reservation to ensure that you get the restaurant of your choice. Below we’ve listed a few of the many restaurants in Val d'Isere.

Mountain Restaurants;

Le Signal - In the magical surroundings of the Fornet ski area, situated at the arrival of the cable car, welcome to Le Signal, a colourful, convivial and atmospheric mountain restaurant.

L'Edelweiss - Excellent cuisine, fine wines, a friendly atmosphere and a terrace with exceptional views of the valley. Located in the Fornet area of Val d’Isere, on the blue Mangard run.

Le Bellevarde - Le Bellevarde restaurants offer you an amazing view of the Grand Paradis massifs to the Mont Blanc.Located at the top of the mythic Face of Bellevarde

La Fruitière - La Frutiere is an A la Carte restaurant providing high class dining on the mountain. The menu's are designed around sourcing high quality local produce. La Fruitiere is equally original in it's interior design, taking its inspiration from the old mountain diaries, with a modern interpretation. The young, enthusiastic, dynamic team guarantees you a good service in a friendly, welcoming atmosphere.

Bar de l’Ouillette - The terrace outside is one of the best places to grab a drink, a bite to eat or just relax in the sunshine. With bright coloured furniture and a fun atmosphere you can choose from a variety of food and drink. There is limited seating indoors so this restaurant is best on a good weather day where you can sit in the sun and soak up the mountain atmosphere. Bar de l'Ouillette is located on the Solaise side of Val d'isere, at the bottom of the Madeline piste.

La Datcha - Near to the bottom of the Glacier Express chairlift you will find La Datcha. With an outdoor terrace and warm, cosy indoors serving food and drink throughout the day it is a great place to stop for a bite to eat or a relaxing drink in the sunshine. With traditional Savoyard dishes and French cooking you can enjoy a delicious mountian meal.

Village restaurants;

L’Arolay - L'Arolay is a hidden gem of a restaurant tucked away near the Le Fornet cable car, accessible by skis or on foot. Serving a choice of Savoyard specialities such as cheese fondue, raclette and tartiflette they offer a 3 course set menu including wine for €40 and there is a selection of lighter dishes such as salads and cheese platters. There is a large terrace with views of the ski area.

Quicksilver - This is a cool diner-style cafe in the back of the Quicksilver / Billabong store in the centre of town. You can sit and watch the chefs making lunch and preparing dinner in the open plan kitchen, or enjoy people-watching from the terrace right on the main square. The service is fast and friendly with a great atmosphere.

Sur La Montagne - This place offers a friendly service and a good menu. Located directly opposite our Aspen Lodge chalets it's a favourite for a relaxed evening with good food. It also has a quiet bar with a good choice of wines and beers.

La Grande Ourse - One of the older restaurants in the village, with a great atmosphere. They offer a weekly set menu plus specials in the evening.

La Casa Scara - Excellent Italian restaurant open for lunch and dinner. Typical dishes include Carpaccio de boeuf, fresh lobster tagliatelle, parma ham and mozzarella piccata.

Les Barmes De L’Ours - This is an elegant restaurant inside a beautiful hotel. It is ideal for fine dining and connoisseurs of fine wines. It is also a great place to relax in a fireside armchair for pre-dinner drinks. There is also slightly more informal dining available in the Brasserie.

Corniche - Serving some of the best steaks in town, this restaurant is popular with locals and tourists. The wine list is extensive.

La Vieille Maison - Take the free bus down to La Daille to experience this traditional French restaurant. Situated in the old village, it has an authentic interior with wells and traditional beds where sheep slept underneath. Excellent wines and astronomic food. Always popular and busy with locals as well as tourists.

Our luxury chalets in Val d'Isere

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