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  • Ski area

    Named after Jean-Claude Killy the triple Olympic champion, this vast ski area offers over 300km of pistes. From Le Fornet to Tignes les Brevieres you would be hard pushed to cover the area in a week, let alone a weekend!

    With the Pissaillas Glacier in Le Fornet at the top of the valley, the Solaise ski area in the middle and Bellevarde area towards Tignes, all areas offer different ski routes back down to the village, for those who don’t want to get the lift down. Although some of these runs are marked green on the piste map, some parts of them may feel quite steep to novice skiiers, so if your legs are tired we recommend the lift.

    If your skiing is up to it there are a few challenging black runs in the Espace Killy, including the infamous ‘Face’ run on the Bellevarde side which comes back in to the village and was used for the mens down hill in the 1992 Winter Olympics as well as the 2009 World Championships.

    The Pissaillas Glacier in Le Fornet also offers skiing in the summer, as does the Grande Motte above Tignes.

    The resort

    Val d’Isere has been a firm favourite with the Brits, not only for it’s chocolate box chalets and village centre but also the après ski and night life. The ski area (Espace Killy) has something for everyone, from free access to the nursery slopes to some epic off piste terrain.

    Val d’Isere is made up of three main areas, up the valley towards Italy is Le Fornet, ‘Val Village’ in the centre and La Daille is down the valley and closest to Tignes. All three areas are linked with a very regular and free bus service (the Train Rouge) so wherever you stay it’s easy to get around.

    Val d’Isere is known for it’s party atmosphere as much as it’s skiing and has many bars to choose from for après ski, after dinner and night clubs. Worth a mention are Café Face for the après ski where the beer starts at 2€ at 4pm and goes up each hour, Blue Note where free nibbles are available from 3-5pm and Saloon and the Moris Pub often have live music.

    Elevation

    Top elevation: 3550m

    Resort: 1850m

    Lifts in area: 94

    Pistes: 300kms

    Val d'Isere profile

    • Beginner
    • Intermediate
    • Advanced
    • Snowboarding

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    Transfer details

    Transfer Time: From Geneva is approximately 3 hours

    Transfer Type: Minibus or Coach

  • We have a great choice of accommodation for you to choose from in Val d'Isere. Take a look at the options below and click for full details and prices

  • Top Tips

    Our top tips for Val d'Isere

    •  If you are up and out early enough start your day in Le Fornet and ski right across the ski area to the bottom of Tignes les Brevieres. You can either take the blues into Tignes Val Claret and Tignes le Lac or the black straight to Le Lac.

    •  If you are a keen off piste skier then Val d’Isere has lots to offer. There is a choice of expert ski schools who offer guiding and we can help you pre-book in advance.

    •  The local market on a Monday is where you can pick up some bargains from a new fleece or goggles to local delicacies from the cheese counter or sausage stall!

    •  The new aqua sports centre is certainly worth a visit to enjoy the Jacuzzi, massage jets, bubble beds or float around the current stream. Entry is free with certain lift passes (although some areas of the aqua centre may incur an extra upgrade cost).

    • For a hot chocolate to remember visit Maison Chevallot, the boulangerie on the main street for a super-rich velvety pit stop. Their cakes are worth a look too!

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  • Lessons

    Ski Weekends are teaming up this winter with the excellent Oxygène Ski and Snowboard School in Val d'lsere to offer you access to the best tuition and expert guiding available in the Alps.

    Oxygène is a leading family-friendly, English-speaking ski & snowboard school in the French Alps. They offer fantastic lessons for adults and children in Val d’Isere, Belle Plagne, La Plagne, Courchevel, La Tania, Méribel, Val Thorens and Les Menuires.

    Oxgène ensure their multilingual instructors are fluent in English to provide clear and coherent tuition for all their customers. Poles apart from traditional tuition, their down-to-earth instructors know how to get the most out of every pupil. Whether you’re in a group or private lesson, a complete beginner or seasoned pro, their inspiring teaching techniques makes learning to ski enjoyable and fun.

    Children will love their Magic Fun Factory lessons which will give them confidence on the slopes in a safe and fun environment as they work towards gaining their achievement medals. Lessons can be mornings, full days or afternoons to suit you.  Their Pro Rider groups are aimed at competent teenage skiers with a focus on freestyle, race technique and more.

    Oxygène's adult groups for skiing and snowboarding (for age 13+) are lessons for all abilities from beginners to advanced intermediates. Group sizes are limited to allow you to get great quality individual learning time within your group.

    We recommend that you get in touch directly with our ski school partners, as they will be able to propose the most suitable product for your enquiry and provide you with a quote. Please email skiweekends@oxygene.ski and one of the team will get back to you for further information and to process your booking. Ski Weekends does not directly sell ski school products.

     

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