Luxury chalets in Val d'Isere offer our discerning clients one of Europe's top 5 ski destinations, offering world class skiing, beautiful crafted ski chalets in stone and wood, and a lively, high class apres-ski nightlife. With over 300km of ski pistes, there is something for everyone to ski although it is particularly suited to competent intermediates and experts in particular.
Skiing Val d’Isere
Val d’Isere is one of the best luxury ski resorts in the world and features in nearly every skiers Top 5 European ski resorts. With skiing up to 3,450m and over 300kms of pistes, skiing starts in November and often continues well into May.
Whilst Val d’Isere attracts the more competent skiers for its challenging on piste and off-piste, it is far from a one trick pony and has something for all levels with over 40 blue runs across the Espace Killy ski region that is covered on your ski pass.
Val d’Isere has it all, fabulous skiing, charming chalets designed in wood and Isere stone, sophisticated bars, restaurants and boutique shops, spectacular scenery and great deal of sunshine! Enjoy a night in your chalet in front of the fire or party until dawn with the well heeled set. Either way it is definitely one of the places to be seen on and off the slopes.
Most chalets are just a stones throw away from the piste and many close to the bars and nightlife also, although recent developments in the last decade mean one or two others are a little further away. Therefore if nightlife is a critical aspect just check with your Chalet Ski Holidays consultant the location to be sure.
Val d’Isere is also just one hour from the Bourg St Maurice train station which is served by overnight sleeper trains from Paris (SNCF) and the Eurostar from St Pancras.
Family Skiing Val d’Isere
Whilst Val d’Isere predominantly appeals to intermediates and experts, and a distinctly younger up market crowd, it has over 35 blue pistes and two beginners ski areas and a very good ski school for younger children. One right below the Solaise ski lifts which is perfect for beginners with its wide green slopes. And at 1,850m the beginner slopes offer good snow typically throughout the season from December through to late April.
Mixed ability families will therefore love Val d’Isere and the Espace Killy ski region resort as it really has something for every ability with a great snow sure record.
Expert and Off-Piste Skiing and Snowboarding
Val d’Isere’s off-piste is legendary and hence its status as one of the best luxury ski resorts in Europe. The Bellevarde has to in our opinion be top of the list as it has a wide variety of off-piste routes for all levels of competent off-skiers. The Solaise tree line skiing is also extremely popular for experts but please been warned that some of the routes are steep and make sure you have the competencies to ski it and as long falls are possible. The Pissaillas high altitude glacier skiing offers great snow most of the season but being a glacier requires appropriate skills and venturing too far off the piste beware of the cliffs and snow stability. The Lavancher couloir is another favourite worth a mention although looks are somewhat deceiving as it looks quite wide and relatively easy. The reality is however that t is not one to underestimate and take heed of its name!
Eating Out On The Mountain
There some good choices in and around Val d’Isere for lunchtime breaks and the L’Arolay in the Le Fornet area produced a very good three course lunch that is worth stopping for. We rarely list self-service restaurants but the L'Ouillette in the Solaise ski area is a surprisingly good place to stop. La Fruitiere I guess has to mention for its excellent food and very popular with the trendy crowd and generates a great atmosphere lunchtime and for apes-ski too when the cabaret is on!
Le Signal at the top of the Fornet cable car is not one of our favourites for décor, but the food makes its slightly modern exterior (some will love its look others won’t. Simply stunning food however and a must visit Val d’Isere restaurant in our view. The other that shouldn’t be missed we would suggest is La Peau de Vache (cowhide) which is on the Face de Bellevarde. Cowhide seats and for those of you who think burgers are not for the well heeled or sophisticated diners, here you may want to think again!
Ecole Suisse de Ski are the established and highly respected local ski school that has operated for decades in Verbier. European Snowsports offer a popular and alternative ski and snowboard option with lessons with English speaking instructors. Ecole Suisse de Ski. Other ski schools in Verbier include Altitude, Adrenalin and Performance.
Val d’Isere Après-Ski
Legendary! Val d’Isere is probably is on a par with Verbier and second only to St Anton for Apres-ski. For many it starts in the infamous Folie Douce (other half of the La Fruitiere restaurant) with its saxophonist and badn playing on top with the throngs below dancing on the tables. The fun starts from 3pm and lasts until sundown where the après-skiers try to remember how to ski again! Reat theatre with dancers and other artist performing in front and amongst you whilst champagne and jagerbombs are consumed in equal measure. Le Chalet at the bottom of the Solaise lift is another popular place to visit and the partying here continues until the early hours of the morning. In the town the Saloon is a popular haunt, as is the Le Bananas and Café Bar. Dick’s Tea Bar is also very popular.
Whilst Val d’Isere is famous for its energetic and boisterous well-heeled partygoers, it also has a sophisticated style too so younger members can hit the more lively bars whilst parents have a more refined wine tasting at La Cave sue le Comptoir where you can enjoy fine reds with meats and cheeses and get expert advise from the very knowledgeable proprietor. Alternatively a G and Tor at the Blizzard Hotel bars . The Hotel les Barmes de l’Ours, whilst not in the centre of the town, it is a very stylish bar and worth the walk to find.
For a middle of the road, halfway house Bar La Rosee Blanche in La Daille is a good choice and the Toffee Vodka even had the doubters amongst us purring!
Val d’Isere Restaurants
If you have stopped at the Hotel les Barmes de l’Ours then we suggest you ask for a table in its restaurant La Table d’Ours for a highly sophisticated evening and probably one of the top dining experiences in Val d’Isere. L’Atelier d’Edmond is also worth a visit, situated 200m from the Fornet lift.
Closer to the centre by the Solaise slopes is La Grande Ourse which has been delighting visitors for over 75 years. One of our favourite as it not only provides probably the best dining in Val d’Isere, its centre and service is perfect too, professional but not too stuffy. This said, it is not a low cost option, nor is it easy to get a table without booking in advance!
More reasonably priced alternatives include l’Avancher which is slightly out of the centre (on the road to Fornet about 400m past the tourist office), but serves great food and has been doing so for nearly 60 years. The hidden jem is however the l’Arbre de Vie. Found off the main streets (Immeuble des Cimes) it is a small restaurant that really knows its food and wine!
The main nightclubs in Val d’Isere are the Doudoune and Graal Club. The Doudoune is particular lively and boisterous and the place to mingle with all nationalities.
Dick’s Tea Bar turns into party time after 9pm with DJs, dancing and a large chalet crowd (visitors and employees) and is very popular with the British crowd.
Val d’Isere has an excellent bus service. 10 years ago it wasn’t really needed as everything seemed a short walk from wherever you stayed (piste and nightlife). Nowadays the area has sprawled up and down the valley and whilst most places are still no more than 15 minutes from the main centre, on cold evening this service can be a welcome sight if you are in one of the satellite areas.
Excellent, paragliding, husky and sleigh rides, ice climbing and much more.