Val d’Isere (Val d’Isere-Tignes) 

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Val d’Isere

The charming French village of Val d’Isère is one of Europe’s most popular ski resorts.

The historical village is built around stone farmhouses. It has an 11th century church and a bell tower built in the 1600s.

Val d’Isere is linked to Tignes to create the huge 300-kilometre Val d’Isère-Tignes ski area.

It has hosted the Winter Olympic Games and World Alpine Ski Championships.

There is a lively après ski scene and Michelin-star restaurants and a free shuttle bus to get around.

Season

November 28, 2020 – May 1, 2021 

Ski area

Val d’Isere is divided into three sections in a steep valley.

In 2019 a new 10-person gondola with heated seats and Wi-Fi  was opened in the central ski area, Le Solaise.

A second section, Bellevarde faces three directions in a triangular shape bowl.

The third section is Le Fornet in the quietest part of the resort.  It has long and often empty runs and great opportunities for off-piste skiing.

Altogether Val d’Isère-Tignes has 90 lifts, with 20 green runs, 67 blue, 41 red and 26 black.

For snow-boarders and freestyle skiers, Val d’Isère also has a terrain park catering for all levels.

Accommodation

There’s a wide range of high-quality apartments, hotels and chalets to choose from, both catered and self-catered.

Non-ski Activities

Val d’Isere has an outdoor ice-skating rink and offers activities including ice driving, paragliding, snowmobiling, dog sledding, snowshoeing and ice climbing.

Throughout the snow season there is a strong calendar of festivals and concerts.

There’s around 60 restaurants, including Michelin-starred L’ Atelier d’ Edmond and La Table de l’Ours.

For après entertainment head to the iconic Dick’s Tea Bar, La Bananas or Cocorico for live music.

Resort altitude1,850m
Linked ski area

Val d’Isere – Tignes

Skiable area

300 km of slopes
154 runs (20 green runs, 67 blues, 41 reds, 26 blacks)
2 snowparks

Number of lifts90

Chalet La Bergerie
|Val d'Isere

6 Bedroom - sleeps 13. La Bergerie is located on the site of an old “Bergerie” or shepherd’s hut, dating back to the 17th century.This unique chalet has been built using many of the original features blending traditional wood and stone with modern facilities. Decorated with care, there is a prevailing sense of calm and tranquillity and the floor to

Chalet Lhotse
|Val d'Isere

6 Bedrooms sleeps 12 (+2). Located in the heart of the high altitude resort of Val d’Isère, the unique luxury Chalet Lhotse retains a feeling of exclusivity and enjoys stunning views of the infamous La Face piste.This fabulous chalet is spread over 500m2, sleeping 12 adults in six en-suite bedrooms. An additional two children can sleep in an adjoining bunk

Chalet Le Rocher
|Val d'Isere

7 Bedrooms - sleeps 14. Chalet Le Rocher truly is an extraordinary chalet, perfectly merging cutting edge style and innovation. Everything has been considered to bring you the ultimate ski chalet.

Chalet Ambre
|Val d'Isere

5 Bedrooms - sleeps 12. Chalet Ambre features 5 Bedrooms with en suite bathrooms (Bath & Shower) and Separate toilet, Living room with fireplace, Dining room, Open kitchen fully equipped, Spa with indoor swimming pool, steam room, sauna and massage cabin, Ski room, Lift.

Chalet Chene 
|Val d'Isere

7 Bedrooms - sleeps 16. Chalet Chene features 7 Bedrooms with en suite bathrooms (Bath & Shower) and Separate toilet, Living room with fireplace, Dining room, Open kitchen fully equipped, Home Cinema, Spa with indoor swimming pool, steam room, sauna and massage cabin, Ski room, Lift.

Chalet Ebene
|Val d'Isere

5 Bedrooms - sleeps 12. Chalet Ebene has 5 Bedrooms with en suite bathrooms (Bath & Shower) and Separate toilet, Living room with fireplace, Dining room, Open kitchen fully equipped, Home Cinema, Spa with indoor swimming pool, steam room, sauna and massage cabin, Ski room, Lift.

Chalet Sequoia
|Val d'Isere

5 Bedrooms - sleeps 11. Chalet Sequoia features 5 Bedrooms with en suite bathrooms (Bath & Shower) and Separate toilet, Living roomwith fireplace, Dining room, Open kitchen fully equipped, Home Cinema, Spa with indoor swimming pool, steam room, sauna and massage cabin, Ski room, Lift.

Chalet White Pearl 
|Val d'Isere

5 Bedrooms - sleeps 10. The twin chalets Black & White , were conceived to answer the most demanding criteria in terms of luxury, comfort and service. Ideally situated between the center of Val d’Isère and the Funival, both chalets are perfectly located to discover the most exciting and breathtaking ski area in the world.

Chalet Black Pearl
|Val d'Isere

5 Bedrooms - sleeps 10. Ideally located between the village of Val d’Isere and La Daille Funival, the Chalet Black Pearl is definitly oriented contemporary interior design. Built by Philippe Capezzone, owner and designer of the 5-stars hotels Kilimandjaro and K2 in Courchevel 1850, this luxury chalet was conceived to answer the most demanding criteria in terms of luxury and

Chalet Marco Polo
|Val d'Isere

6 Bedroom, sleeps 10 (+4). Chalet Marco Polo is situated in the heart of the French ski resort of Val d’Isère. Discreetly set back from the main road, it offers dual benefit of privacy and easy access to the town centre.

Chalet Himalaya
|Val d'Isere

4 Bedrooms - sleeps 8. Chalet Himalaya and Chalet Toit du Monde are magnificent chalets created after extensive and expensive conversion of a 1682 monastery, itself a rare and important historic building in the Alps.

Chalet Toit du Monde
|Val d'Isere

4 Bedrooms - sleeps 8. Chalet Himalaya and Chalet Toit du Monde are magnificent chalets created after extensive and expensive conversion of a 1682 monastery, itself a rare and important historic building in the Alps.

Chalet Elephant Blanc
|Val d'Isere

5 Bedrooms - sleeps 10. Chalet Elephant Blanc is wonderfully located, with something special that makes clients return year after year, enjoying all the benefits of the recent renovation in 2017. The blue Solaise piste is literally on your doorstep and you can ski right into the boot room at the end of the day.

Chalet Montana
|Val d'Isere

6 Bedroom - sleeps 10 Adults + 5 Children. Chalet Montana offers extraordinary levels of luxury at the heart of the high altitude resort of Val d’Isère. It is located in a prime spot in the exclusive enclave of Les Carats, towering over the resort and providing ski in and out access with incredible vistas across the valley.

Chalet des Alpes
|Val d'Isere

5 Bedrooms - sleeps 10. Chalet des Alpes is a prestigious independent chalet of 7 rooms in old wood, with heated swimming pool and hammam located in the main street. Wonderful view on the old village and the mythic slope of Bellevarde. 350 m2 on 4 levels welcoming 10 people.

Chalet Lafitenia
|Val d'Isere

6 Bedrooms - sleeps 12. Situated in a private enclave above Val d’Isere, Chalet Lafitenia boasts breathtaking uninterrupted views down the Manchet Valley. Combining luxury and comfort with traditional touches and warm furnishings, the chalet is a cosy haven ideal for family and friends. The large south facing picture windows give the chalet a light and airy feel, further complementing the sumptuous

Chalet Le Chardon
|Val d'Isere

Undoubtedly one of the most desirable ski chalets in Val d’Isere. Chalet Le Chardon combines both elegance and grandeur in a sophisticated alpine style.Discreetly located in private grounds, Le Chardon rests elegantly on the side of the Solaise Mountain, the perfect ski-in / ski-out location to access the vast and beautiful terrain of the Espace Killy.

Chalet Mistral
|Val d'Isere

7 Bedrooms - sleeps 14. As the guest book repeatedly reads, Chalet Mistral is a home away from home, perfectly located with outstanding views overlooking the Manchet Valley and only a short chauffeured drive to the centre of Val d’Isere. On entering Chalet Mistral the quirky beams, high ceilings and rustic decoration is demonstrative of the relaxing and homely ambiance that

Chalet La Tene
|Val d'Isere

6 Bedrooms - sleeps 12. Chalet la Tene is a magnificent 5* chalet in the heart of Val d’Isère. The newly renovated chalet is now one of the most sought after properties in the resort and, coupled with unrivalled service, guarantees you the perfect skiing holiday.

Chalet sur Le Toit
|Val d'Isere

4 Bedrooms - sleeps 8. Chalet sur le Toit is a luxurious 4 bedroom apartment on the top floor of the residence with large volume under roof, for 8 people.

Chalet Cachoban
|Val d'Isere

4 Bedrooms - sleeps 9. Independent semi detached chalet with 4 bedrooms, of 230 m2 on 3 levels, with sauna, for 9 people with a South/West facing terrace.Luxuous independent attached chalet, built in 2005, 10 minutes walk from the center and all amenities (shops, restaurants, ski hire, ski lessons …).

Chalet Skadi
|Val d'Isere

2 to 5 bedroom apartments. Chalet Skadi offers an excellent range of newly built (2016) 2 to 5 bedroom self-catered apartments some with fireplace and all located 300m from the slopes and the old village. This property features a beautiful spa area with heated indoor swimming pool, sauna, hammam...

Chalet La Marsa
|Val d'Isere

6 Bedrooms - sleeps 12. Chalet La Marsa is a very cosy, luxury and typical Savoyard accommodation of 240m2 spread over 4 floors. Sunday – Sunday rental.

Chalet Le Cabri
|Val d'Isere

5 Bedrooms - sleeps 12. Chalet Le Cabri has been fully renovated. Situated at the foot of the slopes with a beautiful view of the ski area, the Solaise and Bellevarde mountains. You will appreciate its prime location in this popular ski resort facing the chairlift Solaise Express, no need to even cross a road to head up into the

Les Chalets du Jardin Alpin
|Val d'Isere

1 to 5 Bedroom Apartments. Les Chalets du Jardin is Ski-in Ski-out in the Quartier de La Legettaz, Val d'Isere. The residence is situated in Val d’Isère, in the “La Legettaz” neighbourhood , in the Val d'Isère-Tignes ski area, at the foot of the Solaise Massif, ski in and ski out. La Legettaz is a quiet residential area at about

Chalet Eterlou
|Val d'Isere

4 Bedroom apartment - sleeps 8. Chalet Eterlou is a 4 bedroom duplex apartment of 130m2 for 8 people located on the first floor of the residence with a South facing balcony with beautiful view on the church of the historic village and the mythic face of Bellevarde.

Grand Cocor 4 Bdr – A4042
|Val d'Isere

4 Bedroom apartment - sleeps 10. Luxurious newly-built 4 bedroom duplex of 140 m2 with fire place and hammam for 10 people. Located on the 5th floor of this renovated residence at Autumn 2017, along the slopes with a balcony offering a North to South/East panorama onto the village and the surounding mountains. Interior of character combining contemporary decoration with

Hotel Le Blizzard
|Val d'Isere

Welcome to the 5***** luxury hotel, Le Blizzard in Val d’Isere 1850, in the heart of the Espace Killy, for an unforgettable ski experience in France, at the foot of the ski runs and in the center of the village. Warmly welcoming rooms… facing the mountain or the village… cosy love nests or large family spaces. Spacious fireside suites, each

Hotel Village La Mourra
|Val d'Isere

Located on the edge of the charming old town of Val d’Isere, the Hotel La Mourra 5*, a sister property of the renowned Hotel Le Blizzard 5*, is resembling a mountain hamlet and consists of: a Hotel with Spa a restaurant a lounge bar 4 luxury private chalets A unique concept offering exclusive services in Val d’Isère

Hotel Les Barmes de l’Ours
|Val d'Isere

First opened in 2003, hôtel les barmes de l’ours was built on our passion for the mountains. designed with noble and authentic materials, the hotel delights guests with its priviledged location at the foot of the legendary bellevarde run, not to mention its artistic and family spirit.

Hotel Le Yule
|Val d'Isere

In a vintage Scandinavian style, our 41 rooms are spread out over five floors with a range of sizes and compositions, starting from our standard rooms to our family suite. Most of our rooms are south facing with stunning views of the ski slopes and large balconies, our other rooms have privileged views of the village.

Chalets Izia
|Val d'Isere

2 to 4 bedroom apartments. Chalets Izia is decorated "Mountain Chic" style combining contemporary design with the cosy atmosphere of old wood. As soon as you arrive you can enjoy the comfort of the couches and the warmth of the fire-places in the spacious reception lobby.

Hotel Christiania
|Val d'Isere

Le Christiania is the perfect combination of mountain hotel charm and sophisticated elegance.It offers 69 rooms and suites featuring décor where the warm stone, wood and fabric harmonize beautifully creating an atmosphere of extreme comfort and restful privacy.

Hotel Avenue Lodge
|Val d'Isere

Located on the most beautiful avenue in Val d’Isère ski resort, in France, the 5-stars Hotel Avenue Lodge combines lifestyle, leisure and the exceptional Val d'Isere-Tignes ski area.This elegant Savoyard-style Chalet offers a contemporary, sophisticated and aesthetically pleasing interior. Particular care was taken in selecting the materials used, between modernity and tradition…

Hotel Le Tsanteleina
|Val d'Isere

Hotel Tsanteleina. This beautiful, traditionally decorated hotel overlooks the centre of Val d’Isere and is situated just 150m from the lift system, amidst shops and restaurants.

Hotel l’Aigle des Neiges
|Val d'Isere

erched at 1,850 m above sea level, Hotel L’Aigle des Neiges enjoys a privileged location in the heart of the old village of Val d’Isere on the edge of the snow front. It allows you to enjoy all the benefits of the station in one of the trendiest hotels in the region.

Le Refuge de Solaise
|Val d'Isere

With amazing views, le Refuge de Solaise creates a unique experience and is the highest altitude hotel in France. The hotel is built using traditional stone, wood and slate keeping in touch with its mountain location.

Hotel Ormelune
|Val d'Isere

Hotel Ormelune welcomes you in its 56 refurbish rooms and its new atmosphere in the heart of Val d’Isere facing French Ski School (E.S.F.) , close to the ski lift. Let the mountains shake up your senses. Explore another dimension, jam-packed with vibrant fun and intense colour.

Hotel Kandahar 
|Val d'Isere

Located in the heart of Val d’Isère, the 46 rooms of the 3 star Hotel Kandahar are cosy and comfortable. The rooms and suites have balconies and half of our rooms are designed for families: a children’s corner with bunk beds and a large room for the parents.

Residence Les Andes
|Val d'Isere

2 Bedroom apartment - sleeps 5. Residence Les Andes is a 2 bedroom high standing apartment at the heart of the resort entirely renovated of 60 m2 (7m2<1m80) for 5 people. It is located on the 3rd floor of the residence, with South facing balcony with view onto the mountains and the old village.

Grand Cocor 4 Bdr – A4043
|Val d'Isere

4 Bedroom duplex apartment - sleeps 8. Luxurious newly-built 4 bedroom duplex of 100 m2 with fire place for 8 people. Located on the 5th floor of this renovated residence at Autumn 2017, along the slopes with a balcony offering a South/East panorama onto the village and the surounding mountains. Interior of character combining contemporary decoration with authentic Savoyard and

Grand Cocor 2 Bdr + Cabin
|Val d'Isere

2 Bedroom + Cabin apartment - sleeps 6. Grand Cocor 2 bedroom + cabin apartment of 77m2 has been entirely renovated for 6 people. Located on the 2nd floor of the residence, with a West facing balcony, ski-in ski-out access as well as a being in the heart of the village centre of Val d'Isere, it offers one of the best

Chalet Myrtilles – B3601
|Val d'Isere

4 Bedroom apartment - sleeps 8. Luxurious 4 bedroom apartment of 139 m2 for up to 8 people. Located on the 4rth floor of this newly-built residence of 7 apartments along the Solaise forest, achieved in December 2017, with a balcony offering a West facing view onto the village and the Face of Bellevarde.

La Ferme du Vieux Clos
|Val d'Isere

3 Bedroom + cabin apartment - sleeps 8. Wonderful 3 bedroom + cabin apartment in duplex with fire place of 110 m2 in a small residence close to the slopes for 8 people Refined apartment with mountain charm at 2nd and last floor of the residence with beautiful volume under beams and large South/West facing balcony with view onto Bellevarde slope

Grand Paradis
|Val d'Isere

2 Bedroom + cabin apartment - sleeps 6. Grand Paradis 2 bedroom + cabin apartment 62m2 has been entirely renovated for 6 people. This ski-in ski-out 2 bedroom + cabin apartment is located on the 1rst floor of the residence with a large East facing terrasse and in the heart of the village centre with an unbelievable location.

Chalet Fanal – 3 Bdr
|Val d'Isere

3 Bedroom apartment - sleeps 6. Chalet Fanal is a 3 Bedroom apartment of 100m2 for 6 people located on the 1st floor of the residence in the village center (without lift), with a large South facing balcony.

Residence Valcoeur
|Val d'Isere

3 Bedroom apartment - sleeps 6. Residence Valcoeur is a 3 Bedroom apartment of high standing of 95 m2 for 6 people located on the 1st floor with a South/West facing balcony.

Val d’Isere Village C
|Val d'Isere

2 Bedroom + cabin apartment - sleeps 6. Val d'Isere Village C 2 bedroom + cabin duplex 52m2 apartment has been entirely renovated and for 6 people. Incredible location in the village centre and ski-in ski-out access. The apartment is located on the 4th and last floor of the residence with a West facing balcony.

Les Chalets de Solaise
|Val d'Isere

Studio & Studio mezzanine apartments. Les Chalets de Solaise is located in the heart of Val D’Isere, close to shops, restaurants and nightlife.It has its own relaxation lounge which opens out into a good sized heated outdoor swimming pool and spa area with gym and sauna.

Chalet Les Pignes
|Val d'Isere

2 Bedroom apartment - sleeps 4. Chalet Les Pignes is a 2 Bedroom rustic apartment of 70m2 located 100m from the Village centre & 200m from the slopes and lifts in Val d’Isere.

Crocus Residence – 1 Bdr
|Val d'Isere

1 Bedroom apartment - sleeps 2. Crocus Residence is a 1 Bedroom apartment of 54m2 for 2 people located on the 3rd floor of the residence in the heart of the village centre of Val d'Isere, with a South facing view, without balcony.

Choucas Residence
|Val d'Isere

2 Bedroom apartment - sleeps 4. Choucas Residence is a 2 bedroom apartment of 56m2 right in the heart of the village, on the main street. Located on the 1st floor with a South facing large terrace.

Le Praz d’Aval – 2 Bdr
|Val d'Isere

2 Bedroom apartment - sleeps 4. Le Praz d'Aval 2 Bedroom apartment of 63m2 for 4 people is located on the floor -1 of the residence with a South/West facing terrace on the face of Bellevarde.

Approximate (private) transfer time to Val d’Isere from:

  • Bourg St Maurice train station (closest): 35min
  • Chambéry airport: 1hr 50min
  • Geneva airport: 2hrs 30min 
  • Lyon airport: 2hrs 30min 

Resort altitude: 1,850m

Val d’Isère-Tignes ski area

Val Disere Tignes Trail Map Large 1 2
What makes Val d’Isere ski resort special?

Val d’Isère is a charming, traditional French village in a unique location. It is nestled at the bottom of a valley and at 1,850m altitude is the highest authentic mountain village in France. 

This means that for the whole winter season from the end of November until May, you are surrounded by a white fluffy blanket of snow that never really melts.

The village centre features a fine Baroque church and a cluster of ancient chalets built in traditional style using local stone, wood and slate. This gives the resort a warm and welcoming atmosphere that borders on the magical.

Who would love Val d’Isere ski resort the most?

Those looking for a high-altitude, snow-sure, traditional village with high end services, hotels, shops and restaurants.

With plenty of catered and self-catered chalets, apartments and hotels to choose from, Val d’Isère caters well for families, groups of friends and couples.

With more than 80 restaurants, 30 bars and 4 night clubs, Val d’Isère offers the best and liveliest après ski atmosphere in the French Alps, along with Méribel in the 3 Valleys.

How do we get to Val d’Isere?

Val d’Isere is a 2.5 hour drive by private transfer from Geneva airport or train station.

It’s a 35min drive from Bourg St Maurice train station, the closest French train station.

A shared shuttle transfer from Geneva will take about 4hrs and will only drop you off at the village bus stop, not at your accommodation – not ideal if you are travelling with ski gear and luggage and don’t know your way around.

The most magical way to get there, from Geneva airport to Val d’Isère, Is by helicopter. This takes just 30 minutes and on the way you enjoy stunning scenic views of Mont-Blanc and the Alps on a journey you will never forget!

What is there to do for non-skiers in Val d’Isere?

There are plenty of activities for non-skiers including an outdoor ice-skating rink, ice driving, ice karting,  paragliding, snowmobiling, dog sledding, snowshoeing and ice climbing.

You will also find the impressive Aquasportif which offers classes such as Aquagym, aquatraining, aquacardio, aquabike, paddle, kids swimming classes, yoga, HIT, bikes, zumba, maxiforme, piloxing, pilates, bodystyp, stretching, etc… and  sports facilities such as climbing walls, sports hall, a weights room, treadmills, TRX and Omnia.

There is also Beach World, Spa World and Well-Being World.

What are the best Festivals and events in Val d’Isere?

First tracks – 28 Nov 2020; Giants snow sculptures (around 10 Dec); Critérium de la Première Neige (ski world cup) around 13 Dec; Enchanted Christmas village with a host of festive illuminations, activities and events to get you in to the Christmas spirit; French National Ski Instructors Annual Christmas Show and Firework display; Festi Light every Thursday from January 9th to March 5th 2020 , where the main street is magically transformed into a snow covered pedestrian zone, with many twinkling AIRSTAR lights transporting you to a dreamlike world of fantasy with jugglers, musicians, DJ’s, ice sculptors and last but not least, the New Year`s Eve Fireworks Display

How long does the Val d’Isere ski season last?

Val d’Isère-Tignes’ 300kms of groomed slopes and easily-accessible off-piste ski areas are open from November 28th 2020 to May 2nd 2021.

When is the best time to go skiing in Val d'Isere?

January 2nd to Feb 6th 2021 is the cheapest and best time to go (low season), followed by 6th March until mid-April 2021 (the shoulder season).

For Australians travelling to France to ski during our January summer holidays, we benefit from the cheaper rates on offer in the French ski resorts’ low season.  This happens to be when the French and Europeans go back to work and school after the 2 week Christmas and New Year holiday period.

Europeans and the Brits flock to the resorts through February into March (DO NOT TRAVEL from 6th Feb to 6th Mar 2021 as this is the French school holidays). The slopes are extremely busy, the queues at the lifts are long and the price for accommodation is very expensive during that time.  Even all the restaurants are booked out!

Typically, in January, the snow is dry with the largest build up. It is also the coldest time, so you will need to make sure that you dress warmly. It is still wise to choose a high-altitude resort in case mother nature has not been kind earlier in the season. Bear in mind though, that snow-making is used to supplement natural snowfall in high traffic areas.

So, not only is January the cheapest time to go skiing in the French Alps, it is also the best time to go thanks to the weather conditions, the lack of queues, more availability and choice of accommodation and you get to breathe fresh air with your loved ones, rather than with thousands of other people!