Life in Val started at the Church and the place gradually grew from there. The Church is still very much part of the town in the Old Village. This sector is undoubtedly the prettiest, with quaint, old stone properties lining little snow filled streets. From the Church, the town is one long high street with an abundance of shops and services on offer.
All our accommodation is well situated with lifts, shops and bus stops in mind. A free bus service operates in Val running from early morning until late at night. This is ideal if you don't fancy walking with heavy skis or after a cocktail or two!
Val d'Isere as a resort actually has 4 distinct localities:
As you pass the ‘Welcome to Val d’Isere sign’ you come in to La Daille. This is hamlet of Val but is still very much part of Val d’Isere. This is where the Funival is located and where the World Cup racing takes place. It is easy to hop on a bus to town if you finish your ski day here and it is a great place to start your day as the queues tend to be much lighter than Solaise. Walking in to town from here is not a great idea as it takes about 25 minutes so the bus is a much better bet! The La Daille sector is where we do most of our skiing as you get the vertical very quickly and the runs are challenging, fast and just exceptional.
Centre of Val
This is the area we all talk about and detailed at the beginning of this section. All the commerce & main restaurants are based here. You can start your ski day from the centre by walking or taking a bus to get to the Solaise Express that takes you up the Solaise sector or the Bellevarde Express that whisks you up to the Bellevarde sector. They go their separate ways but start from the same place (or rather very near to each other in case a seasoned client notices!). If you don’t want to take an Express chair, you can also start or finish your day using a cable car. Both go from the town centre very near to the lifts mentioned above.
Laisinant Val d'Isere
Another hamlet of Val and just a short walk outside the centre of town. This is a quaint, quiet part of town as it is away from the madding crowd. You can ski back to it at night off the Solaise sector and catch a bus from the main road to start your day. We have one rental property up here and it is becoming more and more popular. There are a few bars and restaurants there that are well worth sampling or a 15 min walk (max) will take you to the centre of town. People tend to forget about Laisinant w hich for some guests is perfect!
This is another hamlet of Val that houses the cable car that takes you to the Glacier and some amazing off-piste runs. It has wonderful mountain views, a great restaurant called Arolay (well worth a visit) and the hamlet has winding, small, cobbled streets where a lot of the old Val d’Isere families live.
A calendar of events is available throughout the winter and clients can be updated in resort with upcoming events during their stay.
When to visit resort
The ski season in Val d'Isere consists of 21 rental weeks. There are very quiet weeks, quiet weeks, busy and chocca bloc weeks. If you are lucky enough to be flexible on dates, and would like to tailor your holiday around these, then please note how the season breaks down.
Come early , come late - the best times of the season when the slopes are empty and the snow is good. Remember , Val d'Isere is high so don't be fooled into thinking that once Easter is over, there is no skiing - quite the opposite, and often the best time of the season.
As a guide, these are how the weeks pan out during the season -
27 November - 18 December - a quiet time to be in resort, fresh snow and the buzz of a new season
18 December - 27th December - Christmas falls on a Saturday this winter so we are doing a 9 night stay from Saturday 18th - Monday 27th December. A great way to make up a little for missing out on a ski trip last season.27th December - 3rd January - this year we will do a Monday to Monday stay over the New Year period. It is a busy time in resort as it is the Christmas & New Year hols although Christmas can often be quietish and has a very special feel.
3 January - 8 January - a 5 night stay that allows you to extend your New Year week if you like, it should be quiet ; if you would prefer to stay for a full 7 nights, then do ask us as where possible, we can be flexible.8 January - 12th February - a fantastic time to ski with quiet slopes and flexibility on number of nights
12 February - 5 March - UK, French and the rest of Europe half term holidays so a busy few weeks.
March - a fantastic time to be in resort, quieter and with longer days
26 March - 9 April - the main two Easter school holiday weeks
9 April - 16 April - the less popular school holiday week so a great time to be in resort. Quiet and crowds have gone.16 April - 1 May - Easter Sunday is 17th April this year but most schools have gone back by now so this is a great time to visit. We think this is when keen, true lovers of skiing visit. Nearly always amazing snow, always quiet on and off piste, the best time in our opinion.
Unfortunately there are no longer any free car spaces in Val D’Isere. There are 6 short stay public car parks, which are listed with their prices below.
|Car Park||Location||7 or 8 Days|
|P0 Centre||Across from Dicks Tea Bar. Underground parking. Height restriction 2.05m||€110|
|P1 Face de Bellevarde||Between Convention Centre and the Solaise Piste (near small tunnel). Underground parking. Height restriction 2.10m||€96|
|P2 Daille||In La Daille on left hand side as you enter town. Underground parking. Height restriction 1.90m||€96|
|P3 Du Cret||Located between Le Cret & La Daille over several levels. Covered parking. Height restriction 2.10m||€96|
|P5 Plain de la Daille||On right hand side of road, before you enter Val D’Isere. Open air parking. Height restriction for entrance 2.00m||€76|
|P6 Laisinant||The top of Val D’Isere, toward the Fornet lifts. Open air parking. Height restriction for entrance 2m.||€76|
|P7 Manchet||Behind Le Chatelard (other side of the piste). Open air parking. Height restriction for entrance 2m||€76|
To book your parking space, go to www.parkingvaldisere.com
Val d'Isere webcam
The webcam view of the Bellevarde Pistes, connecting Val d'Isere and La Daille to Tignes. The mountain restaurant in the picture is the original, (in)famous and popular 'La Folie Douce'. The image updates every 15 minutes when operational (can be offline in bad weather and in the summer).