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Ski Guides Val d'Isere

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  1. Resort Information
  2. Ski Resort
  3. Ski Slopes
  4. Apres Ski

Resort information for Val d'Isere

Useful Resort Contacts

Evolution 2 Ski School:0033 479 411672
Tourist Information:0033 479 060660
Hotel Blizzard (4 star):0033 479 060207
Hotel Brussels' (3 star):0033 479 060539
Medical Centre:0033 479 060611
Taxi Bozzetto:0033 479 060250

Useful Resort Information

  • Weather and Snow report for Val d'Isere
  • Val d'Isere webcams for snow conditions
  • Download Val d'Isere piste map
  • Piste Rating for Val d'Isere

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    Transfer Times

    Geneva:4 hours
    Lyon:4 hours
    Chambery:3 hours

    The Ski Resort

    Val d'Isère is spread along a remote valley, which becomes a dead end in winter. The outskirts of Val proper are dreary, but as you approach the centre, wood- and stone-cladding culminates in the tasteful pedestrian-only Val Village complex. Many first-time visitors find the resort much more pleasant than they expect a high French resort to be. The main lift stations are linked by efficient free shuttle-buses; in peak periods you never have to wait more than a few minutes. But in the evening frequency plummets and dedicated après-skiers will want to be within walking distance of the centre.

    The Ski Slopes

    Although there are wooded slopes above the village on all sectors, in practice most of the runs here are on open slopes above the tree line, and a lot of lifts can close in bad weather. Poor piste classification means that many blue and some green runs are simply too steep, narrow and even bumpy. Val d'Isère's slopes divide into three main sectors, Bellevarde, Solaise and Col de l'Iseran, the first two reachable from the village. In years when lower resorts have suffered, Val d'Isère has rarely been short of snow. Once a big dump of snow has fallen, the resort's height means you can almost always get back to the village. But even more important is that in each sector there are lots of lifts and runs above mid-mountain, between about 2300m and 2900m (7,550ft and 9,510ft). Many of the slopes face roughly north and there is access to glaciers and to Tignes. There are few problems with queues here.

    Apres Ski

    The mountain restaurants, mainly big self-service places at the top of major lifts, are acceptable at long last. The 70-odd restaurants in the village itself offer a wide variety of cuisine, with plenty of mid-priced places. Nightlife is surprisingly energetic, given that most people have spent a hard day on the slopes. There are lots of bars, many with happy hours followed by music and dancing later on.

    We'd like to wish you an enjoyable holiday in the snow and please don't hesitate to get in touch with us if you have any queries regarding your insurance cover.

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