Skiing in Val d'Isère

Located at 1850m at the end of the Haute Tarentaise Valley, with access to top slopes at a heady 3400m, Val d’Isère is one of the most popular ski resorts for UK skiers and is perennially favoured by Erna Low clients.

With sister resort Tignes, it forms the excellent Val d’Isère - Tignes ski area formerly and more popularly known as Espace Killy. The ski domain has an impressive 300km of pistes and 78 lifts, with snow-sure slopes that are perfect for anyone from absolute beginners to grizzled veterans.

Val d’Isère has been operating as a ski resort since the 1930s, but its most major transformation over the years occurred on the lead-up to the 1992 Albertville Winter Olympics, when its Face de Bellevarde run (known to insiders as ‘La Face’) was the site of the men’s downhill, giant slalom and Super G events.

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In general, the skiing here is possibly more suited to intermediate and experienced enthusiasts than complete beginners, but the resort’s nursery slopes have been improved significantly over the years, especially with the Pim, Pam, Poum magic carpet lifts at the top of the Solaise lift and you can also access long, interconnected green runs from the Borsat chair that are ideal while you’re still finding your feet.

Last but not least, the après-ski at this lively resort is in a league of its own, with everything from fine restaurants offering haute cuisine to buzzing bars and clubs. When you want to experience the best of the winter wonderland that is the French Alps, Val d’Isère is the jewel in the crown for many visitors.

Travel Information
Distance to Calais
999.3 km
Driving time to Calais
9 hours 38 minutes
Approx tolls from Calais
Gateway Airports
Geneva (GVA), Chambery (CMF), Grenoble (GNB)
Val d'Isére in a Nutshell

Val d’Isere simply put, is breathtaking mountain scenery, crisp Alpine air and 300 km of pristine slopes at your disposal. But it's not all about skiing and snowboarding here. Val d'Isere offers a vibrant apres-ski scene that will keep you entertained well into the night. From cosy mountain chalets to lively bars and gourmet restaurants, there's something for everyone. Try the local Savoyard cuisine - melted cheese, hearty stews, and delicious wines. It's a treat for your taste buds!

For the adventure seekers, Val d'Isere has it all. Explore the expansive ski area, known for its diverse terrain and endless runs. There's off-piste skiing, snowshoeing, and even ice climbing. And don't forget the annual events and competitions that add an extra dose of excitement.

Val d'Isere isn't just a ski resort; it's a winter playground where memories are made. So, gear up, hit the slopes, and let the adventure begin!

Places to stay in Val d'Isére

There’s a perfect ski accommodation for everyone in Val d’Isere. Whether you are after opulent luxury in grand hotels, cosy chalets with relaxing spa amenities, spacious apartments with ample bedrooms, or affordable crash pads for budget-conscious adventurers, Val Thorens has you covered. Are you yearning for slopeside convenience, a central hub, a peaceful escape from the bustling bars, or perhaps the lively heart of the action? Whatever your preferences, this resort caters to your every desire!

Val d'Isére Best Bits

World cup ski slopestyle!

If you’re visiting at the right time, you might just witness world's most talented alpine skiers converging on the stunning Tignes-Val d'Isère ski area. The World Cup ski slopestyle is a mesmerizing winter event where speed, skill, and snow come together in a spectacle of sheer awesomeness. This event isn't just any ski competition; it's THE skiing extravaganza; a show-stopping spectacle that draws the world's best racers to these legendary slopes. And when the day's racing is done, the party begins. Imagine après-ski festivities that light up the night, where you can dance, cheer, and revel in the glory of the slopes.

L'Aiguille Percée - Nature's Masterpiece

It's all in the name! L'Aiguille Percée, which translates to "Pierced Needle” is a spectacular natural rock formation that appears like a tunnel-like opening; giving it a unique, almost surreal appearance. Picture a massive stone needle, and you've got the idea! Beyond its striking appearance, L'Aiguille Percée is an outdoor playground; hiking, rock climbing, and skiing are just a few of the thrilling activities that take place in its shadow. The nearby Aiguille Percée chairlift makes it easy for adventurers to reach this incredible spot.

An Epic Nightlife

Val d'Isère boasts a vibrant nightlife scene with numerous bars and clubs, perfect for those looking to dance the night away. More than just the slopes, Val d’Isere is renowned for its vibrant nightlife. After a day on the slopes, the action in Val d'Isère moves to its lively bars and clubs. The most famous après-ski spot is La Folie Douce, where you can dance on tables and enjoy live music at 2,550 meters above sea level. Cocorico and Dick's Tea Bar are other must-visit venues for après-ski fun.

Apres Ski in Val d’Isère

The apres ski experience in Val d'Isere is undoubtedly one of the highlights of the ski holiday. Val d'Isere is one of Frances's most popular resorts and does have a sterling reputation for being a party hub in the Alps. If you are looking to be out and about on your holiday, check out our recommendations for a great evening.

La Folie Douce is a well-known après ski spot in Val d'Isere that offers live music, dancing, and entertainment. It is one of the Alp's most famous slope parties, sometimes hosting up to 300 people! It's located on the slopes, so you can ski right up to the party and back down as well. There is a cable car right next to it that takes you back to the village but it closes at 4pm so keep an eye on the time if you want to catch it.

La Baraque is another popular après ski spot in Val d'Isere that has a lively atmosphere and serves a range of drinks and snacks. It's a great place to meet up with friends and socialize after a day on the slopes.

Cocorico If you're looking for a more upscale après ski experience, Cocorico is a great choice. A lively bar at the foot of the slopes with live bands, DJs and dancing on the tables. A great place to mingle with other skiers and snowboarders This trendy bar serves gourmet snacks and cocktails and has a sophisticated atmosphere.

Doudoune Club: If you want to continue the party into the evening, the Doudoune Club is a nightclub in Val d'Isere that is open until the early hours of the morning.

Restaurants in Val d'Isére

La Fruitière

Nestled at the Folie Douce, this restaurant combines mountain charm with gourmet cuisine. It's a favourite for delicious food and spectacular mountain views.

Loulou Restaurant

Located in the Mademoiselle Val d'Isère hotel, Loulou offers a refined dining experience with a menu that delights the taste buds.

La Mourra

A top pick for gourmet lovers, La Mourra serves up exquisite French cuisine and is perfect for a special evening out.

*L'Atelier d'Edmond

If you're looking for a Michelin-starred experience, L'Atelier d'Edmond is your destination. This restaurant offers a culinary journey that's hard to forget.

Bars and Clubs Val d'Isére

Dicks Tea Bar

A legendary nightclub in Val d'Isère, Dicks Tea Bar is known for its epic parties, live music, and top DJs. It's the go-to spot for dancing the night away.

La Folie Douce

If you're up for an unforgettable après-ski experience, head to La Folie Douce. This open-air club atop the slopes offers live music, dancing on tables, and a lively atmosphere.


A popular nightclub in Val d'Isère, Cocorico hosts themed parties and DJ nights. It's perfect for those looking to groove to great music.

La Baraque

This cosy bar is a great place to relax and enjoy cocktails after a day on the slopes. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming.

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