Luxury Chalets in Val d’Isère
Chalet MachapuchareSleeps 14 + 1
BramettesSleeps 6 + 2
Chalet InokoSleeps 12 + 2
Apartment LorenzoSleeps 6 + 2
Apartment KenzoSleeps 4
Apartment KilcoSleeps 4
Luxury Hotels in Val d’Isère
Val d’Isère sits proudly at the end of the Isère valley, within the wider Tarentaise valley, on the border with Italy. It has a well-earned reputation for it’s snow-sure climate, quality pistes, classy ambiance and buzzing nightlife.
Since the 1992 Olympics in Val d’Isère, there has been a noticeable ‘beautification’ of the resort, including the replacement of all parking in the town centre with now-matured trees, as well as a push to construct new builds in the traditional style of the town’s historic aesthetic. The charming St Bernard de Menthon Church sits proudly as the centrepiece of the town centre, around which local events still occur. Throughout winter, the town maintains its quaint winter-wonderland ambience, with opulent timber-clad chalets adding to its quintessential rustic beauty.
Great snow record
Terrain for all abilities
Val d’Isère Ski Overview
With incredible skiing for enthusiasts of all abilities, about 50% is for beginners and lower intermediates, with a plethora of of reds and black runs and off-piste for the more experienced. Val D’isère belongs to the Espace Killy ski region, which boasts more than 300km of perfectly groomed runs, including olympic downhill runs such as le Face, if you can stomach the vertigo. It is a favourite amongst families, with two ski nurseries found near the centre, a multitude of non-skiing activities, accommodation of all varieties and many excellent restaurants. An impressive 90 state-of-the-art lifts to link Val D’isère to the ever-popular resort of Tignes. Few manage to cover the vast majority of runs to hand in the Espace Killy, another reason Val D’isère sees groups return year on year, to finish off what they started.
As far as European resorts go, Val D’isère is a contender amongst the elite of all alpine resorts. It claims some of the most challenging black runs and off-piste in France, as well as opens the European racing season each year with the Criterium de la Première Neige ski competition. There is no question as to why it consistently ranks among the top French ski destinations.
The skiing in the Espace Killy is great for intermediates and the lift-served off-piste is fantastic. The Solaise gondola was updated for the 2016/17 season, with a state-of-the-art lift to replace the old Solaise Express chairlift. The 10-person gondola, complete with heated seats and wifi, has increased capacity by 40 per cent and can carry up to 3,600 passengers per hour, bringing an end to bottlenecks in high-season. At the top of the gondola, a new North American-style lodge (not a restaurant) and a free-to-use picnic area featuring microwaves and vending machines were added at the beginning of the 2016/17 season.
- Ski area: Espace Killy
- Resort: 1850m // Top: 3455m
- Pistes: 300km
- Beginners: 44
- Intermediate: 85
- Advanced: 21
- Ski Lifts: 136
- Snow Park: 1
- Nursery Areas: 2
- Cross Country: 21km
Val d'Isère is a sportsperson's paradise. There are unparalleled opportunities to try your hand at something new, every hour of your holiday, just take care not to oversleep!
Hiking & Snowshoeing
If you fancy getting out on the snow without strapping on a pair of skis or a board then why not try out glacier walking or snowshoeing? A brilliant way to see the Espace Killy are and get a chance to experience either the Grande Motte or Pissaillas glaciers. Most guiding companies organise walks around the area and the local tourist office also runs 3 to 4 adventures per month, well worth checking out. You are bound to see some crevasses when you are walking on the glaciers which is exciting, however that means it is imperative that you only venture out with a guide!
The last activity we highly recommend for adrenaline junkies is paragliding – an unrivalled way to take in the spectacular scenery, with some of the world’s best vistas and panoramas to hand, it is the perfect means to explore such epic beauty.
If a day on your skis or board has not been exhilarating enough for you then get a team together and try some husky racing, you can even be in charge or your own dogs and sled! Or have a go at ice driving to get your heart rate racing!
Alongside its reputation as a world-class ski resort, it’s reputation for gastronomy does not disappoint either. Home to more fine-dining establishments than you could manage in a fortnight, Val d’Isère is a foodie’s dream. This resort's nightlife is also legendary; try the Saloon bar for apres-ski, Victor's for cocktails and Dicks Tea Bar if you want to dance till dawn.
La Taverne d'AlsaceFrench, Alpine, European
A low key yet delightful choice of restaurant is La Taverne d'Alsace. Whilst it doesn't get much hype, this quaint but charming establishment serves gorgeous Alsatian food that's not too stodgy – like choucroute and excellent ham hock. The service is good and the whole place is very welcoming, spoiler: you’re likely to return several times.
Le Peau de VacheFrench, Vegetarian Friendly, Alpine
Le Peau de Vache is an excellent choice for a taste of la vieille France, where your biggest problem will be leaving your seat, followed by the challenge of le face (or a return chairlift if in doubt)! There is an exquisite selection of wine, but their true speciality is anything de vache, from their succulent steaks to the amazing Bousse de vache (the cowpat), you won’t be leaving here disappointed.
La Folie DouceFrench, European, Bar, Après-Ski
For the real showstopper, you must get up on the slopes to La Folie Douce if you want to experience what Modern Après has become! Complete with professional dancers, international DJs, speakers capable of setting off avalanches, and tables strong enough to hold 10 ski boot-clad dancers, the excitement is addictive such that many revellers fail to catch their last chairlifts home.
We rate Val d’Isère highly as a place to come with your family, with a huge array of activities to do, your children will not be in any rush to leave this winter wonderland.
Children will certainly be taken care of in Val d’Isère with lots to do and a good choice of places to eat. Improvements to the base of the slopes in recent years has further enhanced the environment for families with most facilities close together and the village centre pedestrianised.
There are also plenty of off-snow activities for anybody too small for skis, or for little legs tired out by big days on the piste. There is a great sports centre, Oxygen, an ideal location to keep the whole family entertained. Stay there for the whole day if your legs need a break from the slopes or just pop in after a day on the slopes to relax in the pool or burn off a bit of that famous Savoyard cuisine!
There is a great swimming area with Jacuzzis, steam rooms and saunas as well as water jets and a river rapid for the kids. There are also several sports facilities including indoor football, basketball, tennis, squash courts and a climbing wall.