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Val d'Isere Ski Resort Guide

Val d'Isere Ski Resort Guide

Val d'Isere Jan 2006, Val d'Isere photo

Val d'Isere

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Val d'Isere photo

Val d'Isere

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Grand Vallon, Val d'Isere photo

Val d'Isere

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Latest Snow Report

Issued: 30 Mar

  • Last Snowfall: 30 March 2015
  • Snow Depth (upper): 150 cm
  • Snow Depth (lower): 85 cm
  • Piste: Fair
  • Off-piste: Varied

Today’s Weather (2700 m)

AM
light snow
30 WNW30
-1 °C F-Level
2250m
PM
light snow
40 WNW40
-3 °C F-Level
2050m
night
light snow
30 WNW30
-6 °C F-Level
1050m

Val d'Isere, in the Savoie area of France, is a colourful winter sports haven that began as a farm community in the years BC. It is the better-known part of Espace Killy. The huge skiing domain, shares itself with purpose-built Tignes. The area is named for Olympic hero Jean-Claude Killy, who grew up in Val d'Isere. The charming village finds its 1,800 residents outnumbered 15 to one by guests in winter. Espace Killy has 300 kilometres of maintained slopes cut through vast snowfields that stretch to the horizon. Ninety-nine lifts can move more than 135,000 skiers an hour, uphill. Much of the terrain is ideal for cruisers, but there are many opportunities for snowboarders and powder skiers to show their stuff. A lot of skiers accept the challenge of the Bellevarde downhill, designed for the 1992 Olympics. Some parts of the 915 metre drop have a 63 percent angle and running it earns bragging rights in the lively Val d'Isere apres-ski scene.

Resorts close to Val d'Isere include: Tignes (4 km), Bonneval sur Arc (12 km), Bessans Val D'Arc (15 km), Sainte Foy (16 km), Villaroger (16 km),

Val d'Isere ski chalets, resort hotel accomodation and ski lodging Val d'Isere Chalets, Ski Hotels & Lodging


Val d'Isere Location Maps

Val d'Isere Location Map

All Val d'Isere Resort Stats

Piste info

  • Trails (Pistes): 124
  • Beginner: 60%
  • Intermediate: 30%
  • Advanced: 10%
  • Cross-country: 44 km
  • Snowmaking: 15%
  • Acres of ski: 2471
  • Terrain Parks: 1
  • Halfpipes: 1

Social

  • Restaurants: 70
  • Bars: 10
  • Slopeside accommodation: Y

Mountain info

  • Vertical Drop: 1700 m

Lifts

  • Draglifts: 21
  • Chairlifts: 24
  • Gondolas / Cable Cars: 6
  • Toplift: m

Travel

NEW! Announcements & News from the Val d'Isere ski resort manager

Val-d-Isere logo
  • Season opens: 29 Nov 2014
  • Season closes: 3 May 2015

Information supplied 28 Nov 2014




Visitor Reviews of Val d'Isere


Martin from United Kingdom writes:

I'm in 2 minds about Val d'Isere. I've just returned from my second trip there and while I had a great time, for some reason it just doesn't stack up against other resorts for my kind of skier. I ski on and off-piste but haven't been ski-touring. I suspect it's terrific for touring and saw several groups in the distance, clearly on big trips into the wild.

For lift served off-piste I prefer La Plagne. There, I've said it. Essentially, because it has bags of terrain like Espace Killy but unlike EK it takes all week to get tracked out. It's probably marginally better than 3 Vallees for this though.

For pistes, I think it has some great runs, e.g. Face early in the morning is great and Trolles into Tignes is a fast, flattering run that's really only like an easy wide red. The blues below the Grand Motte feel pleasantly remote too. But a lot of pistes are quite short, a bit samey and not that scenic. It's nothing like as well connected as the 3 Vallees with some really obvious places where an upgrade is needed, e.g. the slow chairs above Les Boisses/Les Brevieres and the inexplicable slow Grand Huit chair. In fairness to Val, these are all in Tignes but they're a key part of the area and really slow you down. In our week the trees at La Daille were much appreciated as the clouds closed in at times. For a high resort, this area is a real bonus.

The village itself is generally quite attractive with shops, restaurants and bars to suit all tastes. The bar scene is about as good as any ski resort, i.e. a bit pants compared to any decent town back home. But it's good enough for a week. The buses were very good from town to La Daille.

Final point, I also had 3 days in Tignes in the summer as altitude training for some climbing. I had a great time and skiing the Grande Motte for a morning was actually great fun. The atmosphere in summer is entirely different and I really enjoyed that trip.

Would I go again? I reckon I would if my group insisted on it. But I'd prefer 3 Vallees, La Plagne or St Anton.

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City Forecasts
Closest to Val d'Isere

city forecasts
Aosta, Italy 43 km
Rivoli, Italy 62 km
Collegno, Italy 64 km
Grugliasco, Italy 65 km
Venaria Reale, Italy 65 km

Surf Breaks
Closest to Val d'Isere

surf forecast
Acque-Calde (Savona), Italy 176 km
Varazze, Italy 176 km
Cogoleto, Italy 178 km
Finale Ligure, Italy 180 km
Voltri, Italy 181 km

Resorts and Mountain Peaks Surrounding Val d'Isere

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Mountain Peaks
Closest to Val d'Isere

mountain forecasts
Tsanteleina, France 7 km
Grande Motte, France 7 km
Pointe de la Sana, France 7 km
Aiguille de La Grande Sassiere, France 8 km
Dome de la Sache, France 9 km