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Val d'Isère Events Guide

Classicaval – January

Classical music festival held in Val d'Isere's old baroque church, St Bernard Menthon. Classicaval was first held 1993 as a place for lovers of classical music to be brought together in a symbolic and beautiful place . The event is hosted by great musicians and singers from all over the world.

The four artistic directors, Anne-Lise Gastaldi, Elena Rozanova, David Lefevre and Frédérique Lagarde ensure that the event is entertaining and thoroughly enjoyed by people of all ages. The programme includes classical pieces composed by well-known favourites including Beethoven and Schumann.

Criterium de la Premiere Neige

Criterium de la Premiere Neige literally means the first races of the new snow and Val d’Isere has now been hosting this event for over 50 years. The competition brings the world’s top male and female skiers together to compete in Downhill, Super G and Slalom races.

Races are held on the La Daille pistes so ensure you get there early to get the best view of the action. In previous years due to the weather (lack of snow!) the event has been cancelled or moved to an alternative location, bare this in mind and check local weather forecasts.

International Adventure and Discovery Film Festival – Late April

The Festival du Film Aventure et Decouverte has been running annually for nearly 20 years. Entrants are invited to submit a short film featuring at least one of the following themes: adventure, exploration, ethnic encounters, sport or expeditions. Eleven of the best are then shown throughout the week and are judged by a group of well-known adventurers and the public. Entry to the films is free and each one is followed by a debate with the film-maker. It’s a great event whether you are a spectator or a participant.

La Scara Race – April

Created over 30 years ago this race was originally an event for children from Val d’Isere and other local ski clubs, but increasing numbers of entrants resulted in the race becoming an international event.

La Scara is now considered as one of the world’s most important children’s races is now used as qualification for the selection process at national level. The race is open to both boys and girls, runs over 4 days and attracts a staggering 1400 competitors from nearly 30 different countries. The level of skiing is incredibly high and is a great event to watch.

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What We Like

Polo Masters

The top international polo players compete in this incredible 4-day tournament at the foot of Bellevarde "Face".

Expert Skiing

Many of the black runs have recently been converted to ‘naturides’, which means they are never groomed and offer leg-aching moguls or deep fresh powder while still being safe, marked, and avalanche protected.

La Folie Douce

La Folie Douce undoubtedly has it going on; the liveliness and activities comes from all quarters. We love the crazy cabaret that goes on from early afternoon until late