The coveted resort:A technical ski area and a deeply humane resort
Val d'Isère > The resort
At the source of the Isere river which has dug the valley of the Tarentaise, concentration of the largest number of ski resorts, nestles Val d'Isere.
By choosing its resort for its skiing holiday, one leans sometimes for the quality of the ski area, sometimes for the life of village, or for the quality of service, for the excellence of the accommodation, or for the authenticity ...
Many resorts offer some of these assets, Val d'Isere is one of the very few resorts to concentrate them all.
If Val d'Isere retains a very technical resort reputation, let's remind that the domain is quite suitable for beginners with 21% green runs and 38% blue runs throughout the area.
Finally, Val d'Isere is the paradise of freeriders and ski touring with an infinity of off-piste skiing.
In a very mineral valley, surrounded by 360 °of mountains and larches, the resort of Val d'Isere stretches 4 kilometres from La Daille to Fornet. Obligatory passage of the mythical Col de l'Iseran, Val d'Isere is alive winter and summer, with the advantage of being near Italy.
This geography gives Val d'Isere a snowfall envied by its European sisters. Indeed, the meteorological phenomenon called "east return", coming from the Italian summits, sprinkle the ski area of Val d'Isere with snow generally more abundant than on the other Alpine massifs. So that at the equivalent altitude (1850m), Val d'Isere enjoys guaranteed snow and a superior snow quality than other resorts.
Val d'Isere enjoys one of the longest winter seasons in Europe, from late November to early May.
The ski area of Val d'Isere, linked to Tignes, forms the so-called Espace Killy, among the largest, most technical and varied ski areas in the world. You can not talk about skiing in Val d'Isere without evoking the mythical Face of Bellevarde. It impresses all the skiers and walkers of the center of Val d'Isere although an easier ski return is planned for novices. The Face connects the rock of Bellevarde with the snow front in the center and offers technical and slope to its skiers.
More generally, the massif of Bellevarde is very extensive and allows to easily switch over to the estate of Tignes or to return to La Daille. Going down to the snow front, you reach the Solaise domain, which leads to Italy, on more flared trails, the big boulevards but also the Pissaillas glacier or the Iseran Signal.
On this side of Val d'Isere, there is also skiing on the Laisinant domain and up to Fornet, which offers its share of small technical corridors as well as intermediate level slopes.
Because the village existed before skiing, Val d'Isere has kept its charm, its authenticity and its very Savoyard character.
The municipality has always been careful to preserve an architecture of old Savoyard village with the systematic use of Val d'Isere stone, lauzes, spruce essence, etc.
Like the internationally renowned resorts, Val d'Isere has a number of mythical establishments, such as the Blizzard, Les Barmes de l'Ours, the Yule, and the restoration of L'Atelier d'Edmond ** , and after skiing thanks to the Folie Douce, the Baraque, Chez Jules ....
... and families of locals who have forged the character of the resort for decades to give to Val d'Isere a real personality: friendly, warm, engaging, sporty, proud and demanding. Each year, the resort is animated by numerous events of diverse themes, which range from music festivals to competition and leisure sports.
The center of Val d'Isere, the Old Village and the Snow Front, essentially pedestrian, are the obligatory passages of all avaliners. The lively squares and streets, the light show and the music give the heart of Val d'Isere its subtly festive atmosphere and without excess.
After skiing activities are appreciated as much on the snow front by drinking a glass (at Cocorico, at La Doudoune ...) or by tasting pancakes (La Grande Ourse, Brussel's, Sun Bar ...) An authentic old village where the alleys tangle around the baroque church.
Close to the center, the Legettaz district offers a natural and mineral environment with views over the very wild Manchet valley or Bellevarde.
Completely skis on foot or almost, the Legettaz concentrates a very good choice of high-end accommodation such as Club Med, the Centaurée apartment.
The Carats district is undoubtedly the most "VIP" of Val d'Isere. There, some large chalets (Eagle's Nest, Jade) and residences overlook Val d'Isere from their rocky promontory that borders the Bellevarde trail. The Carats district is reached by a spiral tunnel with barriers. The privileged guests of the chalets reach the centre by an elevator on the mountainside.
The hamlet of Petit Alaska is unique in Val d'Isere: 400 meters from the snow front, nestled against the cliff, ten top-quality chalets such as the Tasna or Silvretta and the prestigious residence La Canadienne (picture) cohabit In a small hamlet with a cozy and residential atmosphere.
The Fornet is a charming authentic village was built on each side of the river that crosses a charming small bridge. It is made up with old stones chalets, of which we can notably quote the Chalet du Petit Fornet
At the end of the valley, the village of Fornet offers a very alpine decor and a postcard landscape of a mountain village frozen in time. One minute by car from the centre, the Fornet is served by the eponymous cable car and offers an ideal ski return for all the chalets of the village.
It is also home to L'Atelier d'Edmond, a restaurant that has received two stars in the Michelin Guide.