Val d’Isère is known as one of Europe’s finest ski resorts, sharing the huge Espace Killy ski area with its neighbor Tignes and with nightlife to match!
Having started life as a small alpine farming village, it has developed into a modern ski resort, but held onto its village feel and is complemented by 6 different hamlets: La Daille, Le Cret, La Legettaz, Le Chatelard, Le Laisinant and Le Fornet. Each different area of Val d’Isère is served by the free shuttle bus system, meaning that wherever you’re staying you’ll be able to reach the centre easily. Having a wide selection of shops, restaurants and bars, a swimming pool /sports complex and cinema, it really does offer something for everyone.
The ski area
The ski area is vast and ranges from free beginner slopes (served by 7 free lifts), through wide blue and red pistes and tree skiing, to the Black ‘Face’ run which was used as the men’s downhill in the 1992 Albertville Olympics. There are 3 main skiing areas: The Bellevarde area, the Solaise area and the Fornet/Pissailla Glacier area. Each area is interlinked and you can ski from one side to the other without taking your skis off. The Bellevarde ski area links over to the Tignes ski area and is also home to the very well-equipped Val d’Isère snow park.
Val d’Isère is in the Tarentaise Valley and is accessed by road from Bourg Saint Maurice. It has regular bus links to the train station in Bourg Saint Maurice (which is also a Eurostar terminal) and the airports of Geneva, Chambery and Lyon.
Attention: please note that the Col de l’Iseran is closed during the winter months and during this period, access is impossible from Bonneval.