One of Europe’s most famous ski resorts, the historic village Val d’Isere was built around stone farmhouses and has an 11th century church and a bell tower built in the 1600s. Linked to Tignes to create the 300-kilometre Espace Killy ski area, it has hosted the Winter Olympics Games and World Alpine Ski Championships. It has a lively après ski scene and Michelin-star restaurants, with a free shuttle bus to get around.
November 25, 2017 – May 1, 2018
Located in a steep valley, Val d’Isere is divided into three sections. The central ski area Le Solaise welcomed a new 10-person gondola with heated seats and Wi-Fi last year. Bellevarde faces three directions in a triangular shape bowl, while Le Fornet is the quietest part of the resort with long and often empty runs and great opportunities for off-piste skiing. Altogether Espace Killy has 90 lifts, with 20 green runs, 67 blue, 41 red and 26 blacks. Val d’Isere also has a terrain park catering for all levels.
There’s a wide range of high quality apartments, hotels and chalets to choose from.
Where to stay in Val d’Isere
Val d’Isere has an outdoor ice skating rink and offers activities including ice driving, paragliding, snowmobiling, dog sledding, snowshoeing and ice climbing, with a strong calendar of festivals and concerts. There’s around 60 restaurants, including Michelin-star nosheries L’ Atelier d’ Edmond and La Table de l’Ours. For après head to the iconic Dick’s Tea Bar, La Bananas or Cocorico for live music.
Unlike historic Val d’Isère, Tignes is a purpose-built resort set around a natural lake fed by the Grande Motte glacier, which is the symbol of the resort at 3,656 metres. A free shuttle bus runs between its five villages.
November 25, 2017 – May 1, 2018
Tignes has the area’s longest run – a 10-kilometre black run called La Sache that descends from the L’Aiguille Percée rock formation (also known as Eye of the Needle). It is one of 26 black runs that make up the 300-kilometre Espace Killy ski area, which includes neighbouring Val d’Isere. Altogether the ski area has 90 lifts, with 20 green runs, 67 blue and 41 red. Tignes also has a terrain park, a half-pipe, air bag, boardercross and introductory freestyle zone called gliss’park.
Choose Val Claret or Tignes Le Lac to be close to shops, restaurants and bars, or a more affordable ski-in/ski-out apartment at the quieter Lavachet. Or stay a bit further away from the action in a traditional chalet at Les Brevieres or in the newest village Tignes 1800.
Activities include ice diving in the lake, a Bun J Ride jump, ice driving, paragliding, snow tubing, ice climbing, karting on ice, dog sledding, snowmobiling, mountaineering and snowshoeing. There’s also an aquatic and wellness centre. Val Claret and Tignes Le Lac have the most restaurants and après options, with an inviting terrace at Dropzone which converts to a nightclub in the evening, live music at Coiloir and an inviting fire pit at Grizzly’s log cabin.
Where to stay in Tignes
Meet at 17.00 at the Tommeuse chairlift, you will take the snow-groomer to reach the Yurt. You will reach the Yurt Camp and a mulled wine is served around a campfire. The group will have a Savoyard dinner. Other menus are possible on request. The evening concludes with a Génépi offered by the team before joining the ski area for a return to La Daille by snow-groomer at the latest at 23.00. Options with extra additional costs: it is possible to go on skidoo rides before dinner or to leave with the snow-groomer after 20.00.
From $149 pp (minimum 10 pax)
Skidoo rides / Snow groomer
– Location on Plateau de Tovière
– Access to the circuit by foot or on skis
SKIDOO RIDE – 20 min. (1 or 2 people per skidoo) $99 per skidoo
SNOW GROOMER – 30 min. (Introduction) $149 pp
SNOW GROOMER PASSENGER (max 10 pax) $25 pp
Put your crampons on, adjust your ice axes and harness, and discover the most beautiful ice falls of Tignes and Val d’Isère, during the day time or evening on a lighten ice fall.
All equipment provided and included in the price: Harness, belaying device, helmet, climbing boots, crampons, ice-axes.
Individuals, groups, business trips
Afternoon (starting at 3 pm) or evening (starting at 5 pm), 3 hours
Evening, starting 5 pm – $139 pp
Afternoon, starting 3 pm – $169 pp
Description Seminars, team building, groups, families. Biathlon combines air rifle-shooting at tilting targets with the exciting challenge of a timer. It is a fun activity in a friendly atmosphere, suitable for all ages from 7 years old. Take part and test your ability. Bring your family, friends, and colleagues.
Come and have some biathlon fun by foot or on cross country skis! You will be given the opportunity to relax while taking a challenge, to enjoy new thrills with team games and relays and to engage in a friendly competition. Please wear good boots or shoes (like trekking boots or après-ski shoes). By booking only. Minimum of 4 shooting stands for 1 hour of activity and more if required. Complementary quality tea break + prize for the winning team (bottle of Génépi of 500ml)
1hr Session (Minimum of 4 shooting positions) $195 per shooting position
Home-made mulled wine 3€ per person
Local cheese and smoked meats 4€ per person
Professional photos on CD (150€)
Professional video on DVD (500€)
Biathlon by night with projectors 50€ per hour
Come and share fabulous moments of flight with us!
The tandem flight is the best way to discover the activity. Or you desire to go further and learn to fly?
The winter aerology is soft and makes you evolve in better conditions…
Tandem flight adult $140 pp
Tandem flight child $110 pp (from 4 to 12 years)
– 2h discovery $49 pp
– 3h half-day $65 pp
– Whole day $95 pp
– Private morning $320
– Private day $475
– 1h30 by night $39 pp
Driving on Ice
Private lessons, Coaching Course, Professional training, Piste rental ,Kart rental ,Buggy rental, Snowmobile rental.
20 mn private lesson, coaching with a Peugeot 206 S16 or equivalent or your own car Other cars available (rates depending of the type of car) : Porsche, BMW, Audi, Subaru, Mitsubishi, Nissan – From $149 pp
1h private lesson, coaching with a Peugeot 206 S16 or equivalent or your own car Other cars available (rates depending the type of car) : Porsche, BMW, Audi, Subaru, Mitsubishi, Nissan – From $299 pp
10 laps with a Peugeot 206 S16 or équivalent (+ caution) – $185 pp
Course / professional training / piste rental / Kart / Buggy / Snowmobile : On request
A real taste of the far North!
These beautiful dogs are trained from an early age to pull the sledges.
For the pleasure of adults and children alike, dog sledding allows everyone to discover these wonderful animals who love the physical work, the cold and the snow.
An activity to suit everyone!
Passenger pack for 2 people: $135
Passenger pack for 3 people: $185 (2 adults and 1 child or 1 adult and 2 children)
Passenger pack for 4 people: $210 (2 adults and 2 children under the age of 6)
Driver*: $95 pp (> 16 ans)
Warm clothing, gloves and hats advised. (Drivers are not allowed to wear ski boots).
We do not take pre-reservations for this activity. Must be booked locally as soon as you arrive in resort in order to reserve your space.
Discover the beauty and wonder of a frozen lake!
Come and explore underwater life in a magical and mysterious environment. Try a surprising exploration of Tignes’ lake, covered six months of the year by ice.
At your own pace and with a professional diver, you will dive to a depth of up to 80 cm. You will enter a fascinating world of beams of light, translucent colors and surreal atmosphere.
Ice diving is accessible to all, for complete beginners who have never dived, as well as those with previous experience.
Daytime dive: $135 pp
Night-time dive: $159 pp
To be able to dive participants need to be at least 1m45. We will equip you with a full dry suit. Please wear base-layer/thermals (nothing with a hood) and ski socks to help keep you warm.
Info & Stats
||Total lifts: 42
|Vertical drop: 1606m
||Beginner runs: 22%
|Bottom lift: 1850m
||Intermediate runs: 42%
|Ski area: 150km
||Advanced/expert runs: 37%
|Total runs: 79
||Average annual snow fall: 5m
|Longest run: 6km
||Terrain park: yes
|Lift operating times: 8.30am to 4.30pm
Getting to Val d’Isere
Bourg St Maurice train station: 40 min
Chambery Airport: 2hrs
Lyon, Geneva & Grenoble Airport: 2h45
300 Km Of Slopes; Two Leading Resorts
The Espace Killy Ski Area, set in the French Alps, comprises the two big-name ski resorts of Tignes (2100 metres) and Val d’Isere (1850 metres). It offers a total ski area of 300 kilometres with a wide choice of terrain (22 green runs, 61 blue, 46 red, and 25 black). It also boasts 44 kilometres of cross-country skiing, two terrain parks, and two glaciers (Pissaillas Glacier and Le Grand Motte Glacier).
The Espace Killy Ski Area can be accessed via the surrounding airports of Geneva, Lyon, Chambery, and Grenoble. The closest railway station is located in Bourg St. Maurice, 30 kilometres away. If driving, the following alpine passes are closed during winter: Petit St Bernard, Iseran, and Mont Cenis.
Don’t forget Jean-Claude Killy learnt to ski in Val d’Isère. The skiing area is not called Espace Killy for nothing.