Val d'Isere is one of the most famous and popular ski resorts in the world, and many British skiers return year after year to enjoy its ski area. The village sits at an altitude of 1,850m, so snow conditions on even the beginner/nursery slopes will be perfect for learning on - no ice or slush to contend with! It is also a very attractive resort, mainly featuring traditional wood and stone buildings.
Val d'Isere has invested time and money into being a good, family friendly resort. It has created dedicated ski and play areas for children, and provides free lifts for beginners to use on the nursery slopes. Top-notch children's ski schools, modern ski lift infra-structure and a wide choice of pretty Alpine accommodation attracts an international clientele. It is a fairly upmarket resort so be prepared to pay a little more for your holiday.
Val d'Isere has a good selection of private childcare companies offering nannies and equipment rental, able to look after babies and upwards. Added to that are family entertainments organised by the tourist office during school holidays, both on and off the slopes. Various family ski passes are available - essentially, you get 10% off the public price. There are also special beginner passes and pedestrian passes available - children under five ski for free but you still need to get them a lift pass (with proof of age). Please see our Ski Lift Pass Prices page for further information.
Val d'Isere forms part of the Espace Killy ski area. The resort is spread out over several areas on a hillside, and for most of the accommodation, there is direct access to a ski slope even if you are not specifically ski-in, ski-out. This is important if you don't want to be carrying two or more sets of skis and all the paraphernalia that goes with skiing with children! There is also a free and frequent bus service that runs throughout the resort. Have a look at a Map of Val d'Isere to see how it's all connected. For a wider selection of ski-in ski-out accommodation, try the hamlets just outside Val d'Isere - Le Joseray, Le Chatelard, Le Laisinant and Le Fornet.
In addition to the top-notch skiing, Val d'Isere can offer families plenty of activities in the sports centre, with it's swimming pool and climbing wall, and there is an outdoor ice rink in the centre of the village. Many of the excellent restaurants are family-friendly and there are several independent childcare companies that can help you with looking after the kids.