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Best Advanced Ski Areas in Val d'Isere

Discover the top Val d'Isere advanced skiing


The Espace Killy has a fabulous range of terrain for intermediate and advanced skiers, with 25 black runs to test yourself on, you are not short of finding a challenge in this ski area.

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Val d'Isere has a number of challenging steep & deep pistes that are great for the advanced skier. There is the world-renowned 1992 Winter Olympics downhill run called 'The Face' (pronounced 'fass'), which took Patric Ortlieb a mere two minutes to ski from top to bottom (we don’t recommend you try and match it!) You can challenge yourself with the Epaule du Charvet, the Face or the S.

Advanced pistes in Le Fornet

Top of Fornet

Le Fornet has a range of intermediate runs that are perfect for practising your technique or great for a challenge. To get to the skiing at Le Fornet take the free shuttle bus out of Val d’Isere centre to Le Fornet and the Le Fornet cable car followed by the Vallon de l’Iseran bubble to the base of the glacier.

From here you can warm up on some blue runs in and around the Vallon bubble and back down to resort,  the pistes should be very quiet over here as most people head to the Solaise or Bellevarde areas. Have a shot at the Cognon - a red run which finishes at the Le Fornet cable car. You can stop for lunch in Le Signal or l’Edelweiss (half way down the Mangard blue piste).

On the glacier in the afternoon, there are four red runs which are usually in fantastic condition. Roches, Géant, Moraine and Cascade can be skied over and over again - and tend to be less busy than the Solaise and Bellevarde side of the mountain. 

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Advanced pistes in Le Solaise

Enjoy the Solaise Pistes

The Solaise ski area has some great runs for those who are at the intermediate stage of skiing. A few challenging red runs as well as some more gentle blues make it a great place to improve and enjoy a day skiing. 

From Val d’Isere centre, take the Solaise Express chairlift up to the Solaise skiing area. From here you can take the rope pulley across, much easier than pushing, and you will have access to the lovely blue, reds and greens in the Solaise bowl. 

Intermediate Skiers can cover the Madeleine area and ski the runs in and around the Glacier Express where there are nice and easy blues and greens. There are then options for lunch in La DatchaTete de Solaise or De l'Ouillette. After lunch try the Cugnai and Arcelle which are red runs providing more of a challenge.

If you are tired, avoid the runs down to Solaise from the top as these are busy at the end of the day and can often be very challenging. It is best to take the cable car or chair down when this is the case. 

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Advanced pistes in Bellevarde

A fantastic opener on-piste on the Face du Bellevarde

The Bellevarde area is a great place to improve your technique and enjoy some more challenging pistes as an intermediate skier or snowboarder. With various blues and reds you can loop some of the runs multiple times with the express chairlifts whisking you up the mountains in no time. 

Take the Olympique from the Solaise area or the Funival from La Daille up to the top of Bellevarde. From here, there are several green and blue run options in the La Daille direction. You can aim to cover these as the Marmottes chairlift will bring you up to the same spot. If you fancy adding in a red run try the red Fontaine Froid piste which runs under the lift.

After a spot of lunch, there are also some red run options off the top of the Tommeuses lift – Rocs and Crêtes – although look out for moguls as you go up the lift as they are often mogul covered. There are a couple of options back down to La Daille for the intermediate skier, but one of the nicest runs is OK, with its rolling piste at a slightly steeper gradient it tends to be less busy at the end of the day than the other runs down to La Daille.

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Advanced pistes in Tignes

Skiing on the Grande Motte glacier

Tignes has a number of extremely challenging and advanced pistes. With a host of "naturide" (un-groomed) black runs, steep pisted blacks and some reds that are verging on blacks you can test skiing and enjoy some of the challenges Tignes has to offer. Tignes boasts the area's longest run, an exhilarating 10km black run called La Sache, that descends from the top of the L’Aiguille Percée and 'the eye of the needle', through a spectacular valley to Tignes Les Brévières.

Grande Motte & The Palet / L'Aiguille
Access Val Claret (highest village of Tignes) from the top of the Tommeuses lift and down Piste H. From here, head straight up the Grande Motte glacier. All of the red runs on this glacier are worth skiing due to the fantastic snow and views and Leisse is definitely worth skiing more than once. There are some tempting moguls down either side of this piste and it is nice and quiet in the mornings.

Come down the glacier on the red runs before taking Tichot and Grattalu on the opposite side of Val Claret. For more challenging skiing off these lifts, there is the red mogul run – Le Mur – and also take Col des Ves which leads to the top of Guerlain Chicherit, the naturide piste. This is un-groomed and is usually home to some challenging moguls. You can also take the challening black piste Pramecou which is more groomed but still has plenty of challenging moguls and steep descents. The Col des Ves lift is currently the slowest in resort at 22mins, so although the runs are well worth it, bear this in mind in poor weather, and in time-planning to get back to Val!

Toviere, Les Brevieres / L'Aiguille Percee
The easiest way into Tignes Le Lac is straight down Trolles off Piste H at the top of Tommeuses. This is a wide black run with a steep pitch and a long schuss at the end. It is then worth going back up the Aeroski (if you are feeling confident with naturide runs) to do Paquerettes under the lift if it is open.

Once in Tignes Le Lac, there are a few options at the top of the Palafour lift including red runs that you can take off the top of the Grand Huit and Aiguille Percee lifts. Epilobe is another naturide off the Chaudannes chair which may also be worth a ski if conditions are right.

In the afternoon, ski to Tignes les Brevieres on Sache, probably the most challenging black run in the resort, as it is usually full of moguls! Providing the snow conditions are good, it can be a fantastic run. There is an escape route on Echappatoire and Pavot if it does prove too tricky. Alternatively try the Silene black naturide piste under the Marais lifts, it is not always open so if it is, it is definitely one to try.  Head back to Le Lac and Val by taking the Sache bubble, Aiguille Rouge, Bleuets run, and Aeroski back to Val d’Isere.

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