We love the world class skiing of Val d’Isere’s Espace Killy, with a huge variety of terrain so there is plenty for all levels of skier. Being fairly high altitude, the snow record is one of the best of any resort in the Alps. And we love the buzzing nightlife and lively après scene.
The nearest airports are Chambery, just under 2 hour’s drive and Geneva and Lyon, both of which are approximately 3 hours away.
Val d’Isere has a reputation as being one of the best ski resorts in the world, and for good reason. For a start, it’s vast. The Espace Killy ski area links in with Tignes and offers a plentiful supply of well groomed pistes for beginners and intermediates. For the more advanced skiers there are monster mogul fields, steep blacks, some epic off-piste bowls and couloirs and for the speed junkies, there’s the legendary Olympic men’s downhill run. Not forgetting the variety of luxury ski chalets on offer.
Val d’Isere also has the advantage of altitude, with most of the skiing being well above 2000m and extending up to an impressive 3450m. As a result, the snow record is extremely good and you can be confident of finding some decent snow on your luxury ski holiday.
Val d’Isere and the Espace Killy lift system is modern and efficient and copes with the crowds very well, so queuing is not really an issue even in peak times
Val d’Isere is one of the most lively ski resorts in the Alps in the après-ski department and offers a multitude of eating and drinking possibilities.
There is no shortage of bars, happy hours and clubs if you feel like hitting the town after dinner at your luxury catered ski chalet. And of the 70-plus restaurants, two stand out. Try La Becca – the young chef was awarded a Michelin-star in 2011, and Table de l’Ours, also Michelin-starred.
Up the mountain and away from your luxury ski chalet, most restaurants are of the self-serve variety, but the Edelweiss, above Le Fornet, is consistantly recommended by critics. Most of the better mountain restaurants are strung along the Verte piste from Rocher de Belvarde to La Daille, namely Belvarde Altitude, Les Marmottes, La Folie Douce, Le Trifollet and Les Tufs.
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