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One of the most popular ski destinations in the Alps, Val d’Isère not only offers visitors to the French ski resort world class ski runs but also an abundance of things to do off the slopes. From lively après ski parties to dog sledding and spa treatments, those looking for a ski holiday with a variety of things to do visit Val d’Isère for fun both on and off the mountain. Keep reading our resort guide for Val d’Isère and find out about the top things to do in this buzzing resort.
Part of the fantastic Val d’Isère & Tignes ski area, formally known as the Espace Killy, Val d’Isère offers visitors some of the best ski experiences in the Alps. Boasting over 300km of pistes, getting out and exploring the world class runs of this combined mountain range is one of top things to do in Val d’Isère. The mountain range connects Val d’Isère to the neighbouring resort of Tignes and is home to 156 ski runs of varying levels. Stay connected while on the mountain with the free Wi-Fi available throughout the ski zone. Look out for ‘Val-free-Wi-Fi’ in your Wi-Fi settings.
For adrenaline junkies, the resort offers two snow parks and the opportunity to practice your off-piste skiing under controlled conditions in the SPOT zone. For advanced skiers, the renowned Le Face black run down to the resort provides the perfect opportunity to really test your skiing abilities. If you prefer to stick to the beginner slopes, Val d’Isère & Tignes ski area has over 60 blue runs and 23 green runs stretching across the mountain range for you to enjoy.
You won’t find a much better view of Val d’Isère than the one from the top of La Grande Motte in Tignes. With views of the town and the rambling mountains surrounding the resort, on a clear blue day this is the best place to stop and take a break and snap some amazing pictures while admiring the view. Take a look at our map of Val d’Isère for a closer look at both the town and ski area.
As well as having some of the best ski runs in the world, what makes Val d’Isère so popular with skiers is the town’s buzzing atmosphere and host of off the mountain attractions. Choose from a variety of other activities when out in the resort like ice driving, dog sledding, ice skating and parapenting. You will not find yourself short of things to do throughout your visit.
For a truly unique ski holiday, try your hand at one of the unforgettable activities located around Val d’Isère. Adrenaline junkies can head over to the ice driving circuit for the opportunity to race a car around a track made of ice. Or why not test your skiing ability with a heli-skiing trip to the most remote parts of the mountain? For those who prefer to keep their feet firmly on the ground, dog sledding is a great way to try something new and explore the surrounding area with family and friends.
If you are looking for a great place to take the kids, the local leisure centre has a host of activities to keep the whole family entertained. Here you will find a swimming pool, complete with a lazy river and water cannons, fun for all the family. The centre also has a golf simulator, climbing wall and fitness classes for those looking to squeeze in a workout.
When the sun sets, Val d’Isère comes alive. From traditional Savoyard restaurants to buzzing nightlife, when it comes to evening activities, Val d’Isère excels. For après skiing, head to La Folie Douce - their original home or Café Face where you will find international DJ’s and plenty of live entertainment.
Nowhere does après ski quite like Val d’Isère. From extravagant parties with live music to more relaxed, quieter bars, the tradition of après ski is taken seriously in Val d’Isère. For those looking for a quieter après scene, head down to the town where there are multiple cosy bars serving up winter warmers to rosy faced skiers.
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In terms of restaurants, Val d’Isère has a variety of establishments offering up both local and international cuisine. For those looking to dance the night away, Val d’Isère’s nightlife will not disappoint with plenty of bars and night clubs open until the small hours. For those looking for entertainment, there are a number of bars offering live music from bands for two to three hours a night.
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Guests can get involved in a variety of fun experiences throughout their visit to the resort of Val d'Isère. Create magical memories during a night skiing experience, learn how to ski on the beginner slopes or for the adventurous, take part in a thrilling heli-skiing experience.
In terms of skiing, advanced skiers relish Val d’Isère vertical descents and nail biting black runs, the most popular of which being the infamous 3km long Le Face run. As well as the fantastic piste skiing, Val d’Isère is renowned for its superb off-piste skiing. Don’t fret if you are new to skiing, the combined ski area has a total of 22 green runs and 64 blue ideal for beginner skiing. There are also nursery slopes at the bottom of the pistes for complete beginners.
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When travelling with friends or family for a special occasion, make the most of your trip to stunning Val d'Isère and organise a fabulous event to create wonderful memories. Whether you are visiting to celebrate a birthday, an anniversary or bring in the bells in style at New Year, Val d'Isère has much to offer. For more, click here.
Mark Warner's chalet hotel in Val d’Isère located right in the centre of the action in the middle of the town. The Chalet Hotel Le Val d’Isère is perfect for those looking for a comfy hotel to kick back and relax in after a long day on the slopes. With a heated outdoor pool and spacious rooms, the Chalet Hotel Le Val d’Isère is ideal for families or couples looking to make the most of their time in the Alps. For those visiting with young children, the in-house crèche run by qualified nannies allows your children to play in and out doors in the snow in a supervised and safe environment.