Have a great weekend in Val d’Isère

Val d’Isère is a legendary destination. It’s essentially the wonderful blend of a charming village surrounded by stunning landscapes, with a history forged by major champions and international sporting competitions. 

How to get to Val d’Isère

Your bags are packed, now head towards Savoie to get to Val d’Isère! 

If you’re arriving by car, allow 3 hours from Lyon or Geneva, 2 hours 30 minutes from Grenoble, and 40 minutes from Bourg Saint Maurice. Once on site, park in the space closest to your accommodation that you’ll have booked online beforehand.

Bourg Saint Maurice train station has regular high-speed services including the low-cost OuiGo TGV train. It’s the best way to arrive without having to worry about your car. Then take one of the regular shuttlebuses to the resort.

Once on site, you can either get around on foot or use the free shuttlebuses. We love the fact that the time until the next shuttlebus arrives is displayed in real time at every stop or via the Val D’Isère Ski app

Want to know our favourite places to ski?

Val d’Isère ski area is made up of 3 massifs with very different characteristics. 

Solaise massif. 

With lots of sunshine and gentle slopes, it’s ideal for family skiing. Our favourite run? The blue Arcelle run. Wide and perfectly groomed, we love practising our carving turns there and enjoying the views over Manchet Valley. We also recommend that you take your children to try out the ValKids playground. Fun and educational at the same time, it’s dedicated to discovering the many professions in the mountains.

Bellevarde massif.

This sector has been world-renowned since the 1992 Olympic Games and we love how committed it is to sport. Every year, we come here to cheer on our champions at the Critérium de la Première Neige. There are two runs in particular suited to the more daring skier. The legendary Face de Bellevarde with gradients of up to 71% and the OK Coupe du Monde which takes its name from two Olympic champions, Henri Oreiller and Jean-Claude Killy. This sector also connects to Tignes’ ski area.

Le Fornet massif. 

This is the wildest part of Val d’Isère’s ski area. There are plenty of off-piste spots, but always keep an eye out! Because of the Vanoise National Park, it’s not unusual to see mountain hares known as “blanchots” in the larch forests. If you’re not lucky enough to spot one, there’s another surprise in store. When you take the Pyramides blue run, you can see the remains of five pyramids. Built in the 19th century, they helped travellers to identify where they were on the Col de l’Iseran road towards Turin in Italy. One is still intact… it’s your job to find it!

Let’s round off this ski area tour with our two unmissable viewing points. 

The panoramic terrace at the Olympique cable car is where we come to gaze over the surrounding summits and test our identification skills using the interpretation boards. Personally, we’ve already identified the Grande Casse, the Grande Motte and the Pointe de la Sana. What about you? 

To take unforgettable photos to share on social media, go to the Grand Pré summit. With the giant Val d’Isère letters in shot and magnificent Vanoise National Park views in the background, click and it’s a winner! 

How about a bit of something different? 

Still have some energy left after skiing? Head to La Daille for an introduction to ice climbing with resort guides. Equipped with a harness, crampons and some well-sharpened pickaxes, embark on the ascent of this beautiful ice waterfall, which is floodlit between 6pm and 10pm.

And why not get off the beaten track this season? We’re talking about ski touring of course! Accompanied by a professional, learn how to put sealskins on your skis and set your boots in “walking” position. On touring skis, quickly discover new thrills and glide through wild, unspoilt landscapes.

Free Wi-Fi in Val d’Isère: in the resort and on the slopes!

Free unlimited, uninterrupted Wi-Fi for 7 days? That’s one of the bonuses of being in Val d’Isère’s! It’s so practical, especially for when you want to share your ski day on YouTube. What’s more, the 150 Wi-Fi hotspots are located in both the village and on the ski area.

© Photos : Andy Parant – Val D’Isère