Val d'IsèreResort Guide - The Skiing
The Skiing in Val d'Isère
The skiing on offer in Val d’Isere’s ski area can only be described as vast and varied. In combination with its neighbouring resort, Tignes, the Espace Killy area has over 300km of marked pistes and some of the best skiing in the world. Originally a small Alpine Village, Val d’Isere has transformed over the years into a modern resort which attracts skiers and snowboarders from across the globe; yet it has never lost its village charm and friendliness.
Complete beginners will enjoy the nursery slope in the centre of town. The slope is serviced by a chairlift which is free to use and is brilliantly located right in the centre of town. It is however down at resort level and therefore the snow is artificial most of the time and it can be very warm in all your gear. Off the nursery slopes there are many gentle blues and greens to be found up the mountain; but only if you know where to look. Val d’Isere is notorious for its misleading piste maps, and some ‘greens’ feel a lot more like reds. Slope conditions can also vastly change the difficulty of a run so if you are a beginner ask a local guide or your instructor for advice on where to ski. We recommend heading to the Solaise area for the best blues in resort.Intermediate skiers will be impressed by the quantity and quality of the red and black runs that Espace Killy has to offer. Intermediates will enjoy the Bellevarde area as it has a huge variety of runs ideally suited to intermediates of all levels. If you would like to really test your skills we recommend The World Cup Downhill OK piste after it has been freshly groomed, however, beware of ice as it makes this run 10 times more difficult. For experts Val d’Isere offers some of the best skiing in the world; the possibilities are seemingly endless. 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. Other black runs around Bellevarde and Epaule are well worth a visit. After a long day skiing all the runs back into town are rather tricky and crowded. You may find your skiing skills tested on these supposedly easy pistes back to Val d’Isere! Due to its location against the peaks of the Italian border, Val d'Isere's record of snowfall is exceptional. The snow coverage tends to be one of the best in Europe and conditions normally facilitate good skiing even into May!
What We Like
The top international polo players compete in this incredible 4-day tournament at the foot of Bellevarde "Face".
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