Val d'Isère is often regarded as France's answer to Verbier. It is not only one of the best loved ski resorts in the world, it also forms part of the Espace Killy Ski Area which encompasses the nearby resort of Tignes. It has over 300 km (190 miles) of pistes and is also famous for its great off-piste skiing.
The Espace Killy ski area is named after Jean-Claude Killy, a former World Cup Alpine ski champion, who was brought up in the region. During the 1992 Winter Olympics, the Face de Bellevarde was the site of the men's downhill race, the men's giant slalom and combined alpine skiing, making for a challenging ski.
Reasons why skiers choose Val d’Isere
Still one of the best loved French skiing destinations, Val d’Isere has kept the charm of its village roots whilst growing into a modern resort with a vibrant atmosphere. An added bonus for seasoned skiers is the reliable snow record.
Skiers choose this resort for its terrain. The nursery slopes are in the middle of the resort and beginners can enjoy learning while they take in the scenery above the tree line. Stronger skiers can explore the Espace Killy, from the challenging Solaise bumps to the open pistes of the glacier at Fornet.
Facilities and activities
With over 50 restaurants to suit all budgets and tastes you are guaranteed to find something to please your culinary pallet. Once you’ve wined and dined, you can enjoy the energetic après ski on offer.
For those wanting to book a family skiing holiday, there are excellent childcare facilities available throughout the resort area for ages 6 months - 8 years. When you wish to take part in non-ski activities, there is plenty to choose from including swimming, ice skating, and even ice diving for the more adventurous! Enjoy yourself with husky rides, and maybe take in a film at the local cinema after visiting the market.