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Skiing in Val d'Isere

01 January 0001

  •  Over 300km of skiing/snowboarding in the Espace Killy ski area with a great variety of runs.
  • Great modern lift system which connects the whole resort well, with less queues.
  • Great links between Val d’Isere and its sister resort Tignes if you are looking for another challenge.
  • Lots of runs on offer for intermediates – nice wide cruising blues and some challenging reds for those wanting to take them on!
  • Challenging blacks in the area and incredible off-piste on offer that you can find with a local guide.
  • Great for snowboarders with fewer drag lifts and some great terrain parks.

Ski Area Overview

300km of the best runs. From Le Fornet all the way to Les Brevieres you would be hard pushed to cover the ski area in a week, let alone a weekend! 

The Espace Killy ski area has something for everyone which is why it makes such an amazing winter holiday destination! With those fiddly tree lines around Val d’Isere and La Daille mixed with the high altitude, expansive glacier skiing on both the Glacier du Pissaillas and the Glacier la Grande Motte, there is such a variety of skiing on offer, and plenty to make you feel alive! 

Whilst having some truly fantastic long runs that bring you back down towards Val d’Isere and La Daille, the runs are better suited towards intermediate and advanced skiers. So if your legs aren’t quite feeling up for it after a bit of après ski, we suggest kicking back and letting the lifts do the hard work for you and ferry you back down to the bottom! 

The Val d’Isere lift pass covers 4 of the 8 ever expanding Espace Killy area, these are Bellevarde, Solaise, Fornet/Iseran and Pissaillas areas. If anything there may be too much on offer for you in this area! But don’t take our word for it – get yourselves out to Val d’Isere to see how many runs you can tame…

Take a look below at our breakdown to find out more information relevant to your ability:

Advanced

If you are looking for more thrills on piste then ‘Face de Bellevarde’ is a must do. ‘Face’ as it is known as for short, is guaranteed to get your legs burning and provides a whole host of challenges to overcome! Be sure to catch this World Cup run in the morning though when there are no other tracks on it and you will have the ride of your life. Otherwise, some of the better runs for expert skiers are over by Tignes, with plenty of black runs to have a crack at.

Intermediates

Where to start for intermediates? Well, if you are looking to get the miles in then where better to start than heading up the Olympique gondola towards Tignes les Brevieres! With plenty of runs to cover in between, there is some superb skiing to be had. And it’s a similar kind of story if you head towards Le Fornet and Pissaillas. Check out the Plan Milet blue run if you fancy a nice cruise down the mountain, with beautiful snow and stunning views, this run is a winner in our books!

Beginners

With designated areas for beginners right down in Val d’Isere Village, there is a great opportunity to learn and progress without having to travel too far or pay for a lift pass! The Savonnette drag lift tends to be where instructors take the first timers, and once they have started to get the hang of their chosen discipline they can head onto the Village chairlift. 

When ready, the Bellevarde area is a great place to head to at the top of the Olympique gondola. From here there are several greens, including one of the resorts longest runs – Verte. This green run goes all the way down to La Daille where it is easy to hop on a bus back up to Val d’Isere, but does present several challenges to beginners with a couple of steeper patches!

Snowboarders 

With the majority of lifts either gondolas or chairlifts, it is pretty easy for snowboarders to get around the Espace Killy area – just watch out for some of the flat spots! There is also plenty to keep snowboarders of all levels entertained, whether it be the terrain parks in both the Bellevarde area and in the Palet area or some excellent cruisey blues up towards the Glacier du Pissaillas. For those looking for a challenge away from the marked pistes, grab a guide and head for some of the awesome off-piste, just ask for the ‘Banane’ area and enjoy what comes next!

Off Piste*

Grab a guide and hit the off-piste for a truly unforgettable experience on your winter holiday! With such a diverse range of terrain, the off-piste conjures up something different on each line you take. The whole area presents a great variety of off-piste for all abilities of powder skiers and snowboarders to go in and have a blast in the deep pow. 

Why not have a go at some ski touring and head further afield? There are instructors that can take you to the best spots in the mountains that are completely untouched, sound like something you are interested in? Right, we’ll go and get the touring skins! 

* Ski Weekends strongly advise that off piste skiing should only be undertaken when in the company of a professional ski instructor or guide.

To find out more about skiing in Val d'Isere feel free to contact one of our friendly Ski Experts on 023 8020 6971 or email [email protected]

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