Ski Val d’Isere
Comprehensive Ski Resort Guide including; Accommodation, Apres Ski, Ski guides and other useful Val d'Isere Information.
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Val d'Isere facts
- Area: Espace Killy
- Village Height: 1850m
- Avg. annual snowfall: 450cm
- No. of lifts: 90
- Season dates: Late-Nov - Early-May
- Km of piste: 300km
- Acreage of terrain: 2471 acres
- Terrain parks: 2
- Snow making: 30km of piste / 10% / 127 cannons
- Distance to airports: Geneva 180km
- Runs: 25466122
Val d'Isere Snow report
Spring conditions across the resort
Runs to resort: Good
lower/upper snow depth
Last snowed: 21st Apr
Report date: 30th Apr
Val d'Isere Webcams
Last update: 13:02 / 19 Jun 13
Tourist Information Office
Last update: 13:03 / 19 Jun 13
Overview of Val d'Isere Ski Resort
Val d'Isère is a name synonymous with skiing and although not strictly a ‘purpose built’ ski resort of the type of mountain-top concrete variety we imagine for France, it was largely created from next to nothing in a high valley of the Tarentaise region in the 1930s.
Apart from having a cool name, Val d'Isère has continued to attract guests for the best part of a century through constantly renewing and improving what it can offer each generation of skiers, always staying at the forefront of winter sports worldwide. At the same time it has maintained one of its key attractions – a picturesque main resort village built primarily from local wood and stone and with a compact heart, now largely pedestrianised and home to lots of enticing shops, restaurants and a wide variety of Val d'Isere accommodation.
In the 1960s Val d'Isère began its connection to Tignes ski resort with the great Espace Killy ski area named after France’s greatest skiing hero, Jean Claude Killy. This area now covers more than 300km (nearly 190 miles) of piste served by 90 lifts. Although it may not be the largest ski area in the world it is one of the 10 biggest and perhaps more importantly, a good many intermediate and advanced skiers think it is arguably the most exciting and entertaining ski areas on earth.
When you ski Val d'Isère you’ll be following many of the world’s greatest skiers as the resort has a long association with competitive skiing and is one of a handful of resorts worldwide to have staged World Cup, Olympic and Alpine Ski World Championships events, the latter as recently as 2009.
As well as being internationally renowned for it’s advanced off-piste terrain and freestyle park, Val d’Isere is an excellent resort for intermediates with dedicated beginner only slopes.
Despite being pricier than other resorts, nightlife in Val d’Isere is amongst the busiest in the alps and includes the famous Dicks Tea Bar.
Skiers with children will be attracted to Val d'Isere by the good range of family facilities and entertainment on offer and the childcare from 18 months.
Browse the Val d'Isere gift shops, art galleries and designer shops or get an aerial view of the resort buckle in on a tandem microlight flight.
Val d'Isere has a diverse range of restaurants with more emphasis on the higher end of things although there are options in line with most budgets.
The broad range of spa facilities on offer in Val dIsere has had a recent addition of a new huge complex under the name of Oxygen ‘Centre Sportif’.