Val D’Isere is without doubt, one of the most popular ski resorts in the French Alps and it’s hardly surprising with over 300km of piste, 99 lifts and unlimited off-piste skiing to explore. With a wide range of runs to choose from, there’s skiing for all abilities. For some, it is considered a ‘snow-sure’ resort due to its high altitude ranging from 1850m to 3500m and because its position bordering the Italian Alps often benefits from the Mediterranean low pressures bringing heavy snow fall. The snowfall record is indeed exceptional and like Chamonix, the season extends to early May.
Access to the slopes is relatively easy with 8 lifts taking you up into the mountains from La Daille, Le Laisinant, Le Fornet and of course, from the centre of town. The ski area is combined with the neighbouring resort of Tignes and named L’Espace Killy after Jean-Claude Killy, the French ski champion who grew up in Val D’Isere.
The resort was originally a small alpine farming community and the village atmosphere is still clear today in the old part of the town that surrounds the church. Val D’Isere has retained its Savoyard charm despite its transformation to one of the world’s premier ski destinations.