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Welcome to Val d'Isere
Val d'Isère 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 high-end hotels spread between the central town and its outlying villages. It remains a firm favourite with both British and French holidaymakers, many who come here year on year. Linked with nearby Tignes, it also gives you a massive ski area to play with.
Val d'Isère'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 farming village, Val d'Isere has developed into a modern Alpine resort while maintaining its village feel and sense of tradition. The old town of Val d'Isère consists of charming stone and wooden-clad chalets, shops and hotels, centred around a buzzing high street with a number of small hamlets on its outskirts, namely Le Cret, Le Joseray, Le Chatelard, La Legettaz and Le Laisinant.
Latest news, reviews & events in Val d'Isere
Find out what's happening in Val d'Isère and how to make the most of your time here. The latest news, reviews, current events and the trendiest restaurants, as well as interviews with leading locals, insider's guides and things to do, see and experience in the region. Plus, during the winter season, our famous snow reports and dump alerts, all in the same place.
Val d'Isère hosts a wide range of events throughout the year. There are constant ski racing competitions throughout the winter, as well as the much anticipated La Scara youth event each April. In the summer, the resort plays home to some major trail running events such as the High Trail Vanoise in July, with Tour de France stages often passing nearby in July.
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What to see & do in Avoriaz
Apart from the obvious benefits of choosing Val d'Isère for skiing, the resort also has a number of luxury spas that you can book for some relaxation time. Coupled with high-end boutiques to browse, a cinema, a sports centre with a swimming pool, climbing wall, squash courts and a gym, there is plenty to do in Val d'Isère both on and off the slopes.
The Vanoise National Park is one of the highlights of the entire Tarentaise region. A haven for all sorts of wildlife, as well as a magnet for outdoor sports enthusiasts, it is well worth a visit at any time of year. All of the creatures most commonly associated with the Alps are well represented here, such as chamois, marmots, ibex and even and eagles.