Val d’Isere is one of the iconic names of European skiing resorts, one that we all know and would like to visit. As a regular host of FIS Alpine Ski World Cup events and the venue for no less than three major races in the 1992 Albertville Winter Olympics, its allure to keen skiers is clear.
But once you get past the competition heritage, what will you find when you get there?
Here is our guide to getting the most from your visit to the Val d’Isere resort.
The piste at Val d’Isere is certainly among the most challenging that you will find anywhere in Europe and is best suited to intermediate and experienced skiers. Even the nursery slope here presents a significant challenge and those areas that are designated as black are really going to test the skill of even the most seasoned skier.
On the Val side of the resort, the mountain is split into four sections, all of which are easily reachable from the resort itself, with plenty of lift links around the piste. Even during the busiest times of the year, Val d’Isere copes admirably thanks to the eight main mountain access points that are available to skiers, along with the ever-reliable Train Rouge bus system that circulates throughout the day.
Places to eat
As you might imagine from a ski resort as famous as this one, Val d’Isere boasts some of the finest dining in the Alps. There are also some wonderful budget food options to be found in the area, such as the beautiful Les Marmottes self-service buffet. Located at the foot of the Borsat Express chair lift, Les Marmottes provides excellent, hearty dishes for between 10 and 20 euros per person, making it extremely popular with some younger skiers.
For those with a bigger budget, we would recommend somewhere like the lovely Perdix Blanche. Located on the main street in Val d’Isere, it boasts a menu ranging from fresh seafood to fresh pasta, so when you visit you are sure to be able to find something that whets your appetite.
If you feel like really splashing out, there is La Grande Ourse. Overlooking the nursery slope, the La Grande Ourse has been serving outstanding food since way back in 1936 and is considered by many to be among the finest restaurants in the Val d’Isere area. Here you can feast on lobster ravioli and grilled Dover sole, and sip one of the fine wines available from their extensive wine list.
During the summer season, Val d’Isere is still a great place to come and visit. You can go riding or walking through the local wildlife, and mountain biking is also a very popular pastime so you won’t be short on things to do. You can even spend some time sunbathing!
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