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One of the liveliest and best-loved of French ski resorts, Val d'Isere offers a ski holiday with reliable snow, wide open spaces, varied terrain and great nightlife. From a small farming village, Val d'Isere has evolved into an exciting, modern ski resort without losing any of its charm and atmosphere. Both on and off the slopes Val d'Isere really does provide something for everyone. Along with Tignes, it forms part of the vast Espace Killy ski domain, named after Jean-Claude Killy, France's triple-gold medal from the 1968 Winter Olympics, who was brought up in Val d'Isere.
Starting on the nursery slopes in the middle of the resort (where there is a children's toboggan run set to one side), beginners progress to easy runs in breathtaking scenery above the tree line. More experienced skiers have the famed Espace Killy to explore, from the infamous bumps on Solaise to the open pistes of the glacier at Fornet. Off-piste enthusiasts are spoiled for choice, and with one of Val d'Isere's many off-piste specialist ski and snowboard schools you can combine guiding and instruction at an affordable price.
The jewel in the crown, however, is the legendary - perhaps infamous - La Face, considered by many to be the daddy of all black runs. Often icy, sometimes bumpy, always steep, this challenging run was the 'venue' for the Men's Downhill at the 1992 Albertville Winter Olympics. The Gold Medal, for the record, was won by Austria's Patrick Ortlieb. Try it if you dare - and you will be tempted!
Lift passes available include a full Espace Killy pass, local Val d'Isere ski area pass, group pass discounts, family ski pass & free passes for ski lifts designed to encourage beginners.
Val d'Isere Piste Guide:
Resort Height: 1,850m
Snow Range: 1,550-3,550m
Pistes: 87 Easy | 41 Intermediate | 26 Difficult
Lifts 85: 2 Funiculars | 3 Cable Cars | 6 Gondolas | 43 Chairlifts | 31 Drag Lifts
2 Snow Parks
Val d'Isere Piste Map >>