Welcome to Val d'Isere
Val d'Isere has to be one of the most beautiful French ski resorts, nestled in a valley at the foot of the mountains with its chocolate box chalets and hotels, spread between the central town and its outlying villages. It remains a firm favourite with both British and French holiday makers, many who come here year on year.
Val d'Isere's record of snowfall is exceptional. Whilst benefiting from the same Atlantic depressions as other French resorts, it often receives heavy falls of snow from the Mediterranean low pressures which dump their snow on the Italian Alps. The snow coverage tends to be one of the best in Europe and conditions normally facilitate good skiing right to the end of the season at the beginning of May.
Originally a small alpine farming village, Val d'Isere has developed into a modern alpine resort whilst maintaining its village feel and sense of tradition. The old town of Val d'Isere consists of charming stone and wooden clad chalets, shops and hotels, centred around a buzzing high street. Sadly there are some "interesting" apartment creations and designs left over from the 1970's dotted around the village, but recent legislation on building regulations and greater emphasis on traditional chalet-style renovations to existing buildings means that the traditional Savoyard architecture has made a comeback.
Val d'Isere has a number of small hamlets on it's outskirts, namely Le Cret, Le Joseray, Le Chatelard, La Legettaz, and Le Laisinant. More recently the area of Les Carats by the Bellevarde Express has developed it's own exclusivity with several luxury chalet companies operating here. The hamlets of La Daille and Le Fornet are the furthest away from Val d'Isere and are essentially 'villages' in their own right.