Welcome to

Val d'Isère

Of all the “Vals” in the world (such as Val d’Arly, Val Thorens, Val Doonican, Val Kilmer and my Aunt Val), it is telling that “Val” refers to Val d’Isère. It’s a cult thing; many aficionados of Val d’Isère would just not ski elsewhere. It’s the steeps & deeps, the snowpark and the abundance of world class free-ride zones with more than 25000 acres of accessible backcountry skiing. It’s not all insanity though, there is plenty for the green and blue runners too!

The Ski Company has some fantastic accommodation in Val d’Isere including a five-star résidence close to the centre of town!


Skier's Guide

One of the world’s foremost ski areas, l’Espace Killy is an interconnected ski area comprising the resorts of Val d’Isère and nearby Tignes to offer more than 300km of piste, over 140 named runs, 102 ski lifts and 2 glaciers (both of which are open for skiing in the summer). Whether or not its claims of being “the most beautiful ski area in the world” can be substantiated, it does offer world-class skiing with France’s best free-ride terrain and sufficient altitude to ensure a reliable snowfall.

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Getting to

Val d'Isère

Flying is the best way to cover off the largest part of your journey to Val d’Isère. There are a few options when it comes to your destination airport; which are considered below:

  • Chambery: 135km, 1h 55m
  • Grenoble: 216km, 2h 43m
  • Lyon: 221km, 2h 45m
  • Geneva (recommended): 225km, 2h 53m

Geneva is the recommended option because there is a greater volume and a great flexibility of ground transportation options onto Val d’Isère from Geneva Airport.

Taking the train is another option, the Eurostar glides through France directly from London St Pancras to Bourg-Saint-Maurice in a little over seven-and-a-half hours and, from there, it’s 31km on to Val d’Isère.

Drivers will find the roads through France faster and emptier than those in the UK and this is largely down to them being toll roads…so there is a price to pay! With passage through the Eurotunnel + petrol + tolls, you should expect the journey to cost around £175 each way. Total journey time from London is about eleven-and-a-half hours…90 minutes to Dover, 30 minutes in the tunnel and nine-and-a-half hours from Calais to Val d’Isère.

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Food and Drink at

Val d'Isère

If you are driving, it is recommended that you stop at the supermarket in Bourg Saint Maurice or Albertville as they are significantly larger and cheaper than those in resort.

In the centre of Val, there are two supermarkets – Casino which is by the roundabout/ bus stop and Spar which is on the main street. The Spar is our preferred option as it has a butchers and a deli counter whereas Casino is all wrapped-up in plastic.

If you fancy bread/ cakes that is not industrially produced, check out Patrick Chevallot’s boulangerie in the main street. I am not going to tell you why…just trust me (and don’t worry about the calories)

As you would expect from a ski resort whose name is known throughout the world, there are a few restaurants for punters to choose from. Restaurants can be stopped at and enjoyed from the majority of the more arterial pistes heading into the village of Val d’Isère. In the town itself, the Arctic Café is a good place to start the day with a healthy breakfast and the aforementioned bakery of M. Chevallot’s serves up a storm at lunchtime.

For dinner, the choice is endless. There are plenty of French restaurants (known in France as “restaurants”) such as The Fondue Factory, Le Casserole and Le Lodge, there are also some that serve Italian fayre (i.e. pizza) such as Flash Pizza and there is also Sushi Party which offers the Japanese staple for take-away.

L’Atelier d’Edmond heads up the Michelin-recommended group of restaurants with two of the coveted stars. Others are recommended by the tyre-maker-cum-restaurant-critic…La Table de L’Ours Table des Neiges, La Luge, Bistrot Gourmand, and La Baraque.

Val d’Isère also has a vegetarian restaurant…possibly the only one in France! No idea what it is like but if you prefer not to eat meat, I would check it out!

Val d’Isère has one of the best nightlife scenes in Europe from la Folie Douce up on the slopes to some “institutions” in town: Dick’s Tea Bar, Cocorico & Le Petit Danois. You won’t have to look too hard for a place to drink…

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Non-Ski Activities at

Val d'Isère

Most of you will finish the day’s skiing pretty pooped after skiing your hearts out in Val d’Isère and, of course, some of the best evenings are spent watching logs burn away in the grate whilst throwing tasty morsels and bubbly liquids into your mouth.

Not all of us are so relaxed, however and there are many parents who know that 20 minutes is all the rest time needed by some kids before they crave further stimulation. Having the swimming pool within Chalet Skadi therefore is a dream. Without having to walk outside (or open your wallet), you can go for a swim or a relax in the Jacuzzi or a sweat-up in the sauna or hammam.

Further afield there are plenty of distractions in Val d’Isère…cinema, husky-dog ride, the usual ice activities (including ice-diving!), sledging, skidooing, spas & swimming…but our favourite thing to do in Val d’Isère is to spend an evening having dinner in a wilderness camp and finishing the night with a drink by the fire and torchlit sledge ride back down the mountain. It is only open to those over the age of 14 years old but a great thing to do with the family!

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Val d'Isère Statistics

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Min Average
Winter Temp

-3C (26.6F)

Max Average
Winter Temp

3C (37.4F)

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