What to do in Val d'Isere
Val d’Isere is established as one of the greatest ski resorts in the world, with great choice for all levels and an excellent all round offering.
Ski your socks off
Val d’Isere is without doubt one of the best places in the world for skiing. The resort shares its skiing area with next door Tignes and together they make up a vast terrain, with appropriate runs for every skiing level. It is an expert’s playground with challenging, steep, mogul ridden, off-piste areas. These should only be explored with a guide. Experts shouldn’t leave Val D’Isere without experiencing the famous black run Face and Epaule. Intermediates will enjoy the gentle confidence boosting runs of the Solaise sector; although only brave the home runs back to the resort when you’re feeling more confident. There are some excellent ski schools for beginners with some really motivated instructors. Nursery slopes are located near the town centre and have two free nursery lifts, leaving beginners with no excuses not to practice.
Après ski to after party
Après ski in Val d’Isere is like its skiing; exciting, buzzing and lives up to the hype. The only way to have the true Val d’Isere experience is to start while you’re still on the slopes. The perfect place is in Folie Douce at the top of La Daille gondola, or head to Morris Pub for the live music before dinner. For the more sophisticated après skier, there are some suave bars in the Blizzard Hotel, the Aigle des Neiges hotel and the Avenue Lodge Hotel, which has an extensive cocktail menu. After dinner is the after party. This usually gets started in Victor’s or Saloon, where there is live music, DJs and the Happy Hour. The legendary Dick’s Tea Bar is the essential party venue, while Graal Club is the perfect place for the chic crowd.
There is plenty of choice of restaurants for foodies to sink their teeth into in Val d’Isere. If you are looking for a Michelin star dining experience, the many top quality hotels are worth visiting, especially Hotel La Becca or le Barmes de L’Ours. Outside of the hotel scene, La Grande Ourse is a gastronomic treat in traditional surroundings. Sur La Montagne has some delicious options, serving local cuisine and is frequented by locals themselves. Or for something a little different, Le 1789 is renowned for its meat grilled on an open fire, and Le Perdrix Blanche specialises in seafood.
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