Val d’Isère and neighbouring Tignes form one of France’s biggest and best ski areas, Espace Killy, with 300km of piste. Combine this with a great snow record and a very lively night scene and you’ll see why Val, as it is affectionately known, attracts more British skiers than anywhere in the world.
Val has a huge amount of skiing for all, particularly good for intermediates to advanced, plus fabulous off-piste for experts. The area is so vast that you can ski non-stop for a fortnight without taking in every run.
Indeed, the scale of the resort and the huge amount of options on offer make it less suitable for beginners and timid intermediates, because whilst there may be plenty of runs for them, these frequently criss-cross with steeper pistes that the less advanced would and truly intimidating. The map frequently understates the steepness of runs, often catching out the unwary – some red runs in Val would be black elsewhere. We have been saying this for years but the lift company carries on cheating.
Resort -Val d’Isère
6 day ski pass-235 €
Height 1,850 – 3,300 m
When the ski day is over, Val comes to life like no other resort in France. Happy hour begins when the lifts close and the multitude of bars and Bistros fill up with thousands of thirsty fun-seekers. The action goes on well into the night in many of the establishments, and, with more than 60 British tour operators operating in Val, you’re as likely to meet your neighbour as a Frenchman. The place retains its Hooray Henry image, although many now disappear into luxury chalets, while the bars have the feel of a rugger club.