Ski Weekends in Val d'Isere

To many devotees, the Espace Killy ski area shared by Val d'Isere and adjoining Tignes is the best in Europe. This high-altitude glacial resort has a reliable snow record and modern lift system. Recommended for complete beginners, strong intermediates, and experts – but not for wobbly second-weekers.

The Resort

Val d`Isère is one of the truly great ski resorts of the world. It is the prime destination in Europe for many devoted enthusiasts who are drawn back year after year by the endless variety of the slopes and off-piste skiing. A very attractive Alpine village that has improved greatly over recent years; restrictions on building styles have resulted in some stunning wood and stone, chalet style buildings and grand hotels that come alive, beautifully lit by night.

Val d'Isere has a bustling social scene, great shops and some excellent hotel and chalet accommodation. Its main draw back is a relatively long transfer time compared to some resorts, that can be between 2.5 to 3 hours from Geneva or Lyon. That said, it remains one of the most popular ski destinations in the world, owing to the 300km of pistes that fan out in every direction. A great choice, especially if you're planning a slightly longer ski weekend, where you will be in resort for a few days to make up for the longer journey.

The Mountain

Val d'Isère itself is located in a steep valley and split into a number of villages. It is these slopes with their challenging skiing that have attracted the hard core skiers since the resort opened for downhill skiing in the mid 1930s. The ski area is linked with neighbouring Tignes, which, thanks to an excellent lift system, can be reached in around 10 minutes on skis or 25 minutes by local bus. Together these excellent resorts provide some impressive statistics: 102 lifts including two high-speed underground funiculars, six gondolas and four cable cars, serving 300km of skiable terrain spread over 128 pistes (Espace Killy). At 1850m and with its own micro-climate, Val’ d’Isère is often one of the first resorts in Europe to turn white for winter.

Val d'Isere Mountain Information

Resort height 1850m
Ski & Snowboard Suitability
Beginner average
Intermediate excellent
Advanced excellent
Top station 3448m
Pisted runs 300km
Longest run 13km
Direction of slopes N, S, E, W
Max vertical drop 1703m
Off-piste skiing excellent
Cross country 17km
Nursery slopes 2
Mountain restaurants 16
Glacier yes
Snow making yes
Drags 34
Chairs 42
Gondolas 6
Cable cars 4
Funiculars 2