Welcome to Val d’Isere, a stunning Alpine resort nestled in the heart of the French Alps. Known for its breathtaking scenery, world-class skiing and snowboarding, and fantastic array of restaurants and hotels, Val d’Isere is a true paradise for winter sports enthusiasts and luxury travellers alike. In this guide, we’ll take a closer look at some of the many things to do in Val d’Isere, from skiing to dining and everything in between.
1. Skiing and Snowboarding
First and foremost, Val d’Isere is renowned for its skiing and snowboarding. With over 300 kilometres of ski runs, Val d’Isere is one of the largest ski areas in the world. From gentle slopes for beginners to challenging black runs for experts, there is something for everyone here. The Face de Bellevarde and Stade Olympique Black run is Val d’Isere’s steepest run and allows you to ski almost the entirety of the 1992 Olympic downhill run.
The resort also boasts one of the best snow records in Europe, with plenty of powder and fresh tracks to be found throughout the season. The ski resort is so vast that it connects with Tignes and makes it one of the best places to ski in the world.
2. Off-Piste Adventures
If skiing or snowboarding on the regular slopes isn’t enough to get your adrenaline pumping, then Val d’Isere has plenty of off-piste adventures to offer. Take a helicopter ride to some of the most remote and untouched parts of the mountain range, or strap on some snowshoes and explore the winter wonderland on foot. Alternatively, you could try ice climbing, snowmobiling, or even dog-sledging. Off-piste skiing is also possible with experienced guides.
3. Restaurants and Cafes
After a day of skiing or snowboarding, you’ll be ready to unwind and refuel with some delicious food and drinks. Val d’Isere has a wide range of restaurants and cafes to choose from, serving up everything from traditional French cuisine to international dishes. Some of our top picks include La Table de l’Ours, a Michelin-starred restaurant with stunning views over the slopes, and Le Barillon, a cosy, family-run restaurant with a fantastic wine list. There are also plenty of bars and pubs to choose from in the village, where you can enjoy a drink and some live music.
4. Hotels and Accommodation
Val d’Isere has no shortage of luxury hotels and accommodation options, from boutique chalets to grand five-star resorts. Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway or a family-friendly vacation, there is something for everyone here. Some of our favourite hotels include the Hotel Christiania, a chic, contemporary hotel with an outdoor hot tub and stunning views of the mountains, and the Le Blizzard, a luxurious ski-in/ski-out hotel with an indoor pool and spa.
5. Après-Ski Activities
Of course, no trip to Val d’Isere would be complete without experiencing some of the famous après-ski activities. After a day on the slopes, head to La Folie Douce, a lively bar with live music, DJs, and dancing. Alternatively, you could try out the indoor ice rink or take a dip in one of the many outdoor hot tubs or saunas. For those who are looking for something quieter, there are also cultural activities such as exhibitions and events.
Another popular activity in Val d’Isere is ice skating. The resort boasts a large indoor rink that is open to the public. It’s a great way to spend an afternoon or evening, especially if you’re travelling with kids. The rink is also used for ice hockey games and figure skating shows.
For a truly unforgettable experience, why not try dog sledging? You’ll be taken on a thrilling ride through the snowy landscapes, pulled by a team of huskies. It’s a unique way to explore the area and experience the true spirit of the mountains.
8. Spas and Wellness Centers
Val d’Isere is home to some of the most luxurious spas and wellness centres in the Alps. After a long day on the slopes, you can relax and unwind with a massage, sauna, or hot tub. One of the top spas in Val d’Isere includes the Hotel Le Yule, which has a fantastic spa and wellness centre.
9. Wine Tasting
France is known for its incredible wines, and Val d’Isere is no exception. The resort has a range of wine bars and tasting rooms where you can sample some of the best wines from the region. Whether you’re a wine connoisseur or simply enjoy a good glass of red, Val d’Isere has something for everyone.
If you’re looking to do some shopping during your trip, Val d’Isere has plenty of options. You’ll find everything from designer ski wear to local handicrafts and souvenirs. Some of the top shopping destinations in Val d’Isere include Avenue Olympique, which has a range of luxury boutiques, and the weekly market, which sells a range of local produce and artisanal goods.
In conclusion, Val d’Isere is a truly magical destination with something for everyone. Whether you’re an avid skier or simply looking for a luxurious second home, you’ll find plenty to do and see in Val d’Isere. From snowshoeing and dog-sledging to fine dining and wine tasting, this Alpine resort has it all. So why not get in touch to find out about our properties and how you can experience all that Val d’Isere has to offer?