Val d’Isère has a total of 21km of tracks for cross-country skiing and most of the ski schools also offer instruction in this discipline.
Tracks are maintained for both the classic and skating styles, usually side by side on specially prepared pistes. These trails all operate on a one-way system (for obvious reasons), are generally open from 09:00 to 17:00 each day (snow cover permitting) and are maintained each evening. Walkers (and their dogs) are requested to keep to the marked pedestrian trails (which are free access) and not stray onto the marked ski trails.
Once you have grasped the essentials, head off into the beautiful and tranquil cross-country trails situated in the Manchet Valley, La Daille, near Le Fornet and by the Ouillette lake. No lift pass is needed, and you can be as energetic or slow as you like.
Cross country circuits are free to use and are shown on the piste map with their level gradings – green, blue, red or black.
- La Daille – To the left of the main road just past La Daille is an easy, green,1.5km long trail.
- Manchet Valley – There is a 1km track running from the Solaise cable car to the Clochetons restaurant (green) and then a further 3km to the Manchet old hamlet (blue) - this trail is sunny in the morning and early afternoon. There is also a 6.5km long red run – Le Manchet.
- Ouillette lake – At the top of the Solaise cable car, walk to the Madeleine chairlift and there is a 2km blue trail around the ‘Ouillette lake’ on the right hand side.
- Le Fornet – From the Le Fornet cable car, there is a 5km blue trail out of Val d’Isère to the border of the Vanoise National Park.
The Tignes cross country circuits are free to use and are shown on the piste map with their level gradings – green, blue, red or black. Most of them are situated at the foot of the ski area, on or around the lake.