When the bull wheel stops running—or your legs give out—Val d’Isere village offers a plethora of off-mountain things to do. The shopping scene is one of the best of all French resorts, and the upmarket dining is not to be missed. But if you’re looking for some relaxation Val d’Isere offers a sports and wellness center, the Aqua Leisure Complex, with two pools, a steam room and a sauna. This facility also offers a fitness center and climbing wall.
Val d’Isere plays host to a variety of great outdoor activities, sure to hold your off-mountain interests. See Val d’Isere and the L’Espace Killy region from a bird’s eye perspective on a paragliding tour. Spend a sunny afternoon on Val d’Isere’s outdoor ice rink, or experience the gorgeous Savoie views on a snowshoe hike, winter walk or dog sled ride. For a truly unique experience head to the winter driving school and learn how to navigate nasty, slick conditions.
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Val d’Isere beginner skiing offers an ideal experience, since the “learn to ski” slope comes right into the center of town. The lift that accesses this slope is complimentary, too. Once beginners feel ready to explore more of the resort’s green runs head up to the Solaise ski area—the Madeleine run is particularly ideal. The Bellevard zone also provides a great setting for beginner skiing, with wide open runs. When it’s time to head back to your hotel, or to an après-ski hot spot, beginners will want to take the lifts back down, since nearly all of the base village descents are challenging.
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Val d’Isere isn’t known as a budget ski vacation destination. In fact, it’s among the Alps most expensive. However there are a couple of three-star Val d’Isere lodging options that offer great value and a great experience. Plus, there are a handful of in-town dining options to suite someone on a budget, like Iseran Traiteur on Avenue Olympique, which searches deli items, wine and tapas, or Flash Pizza on Immeuble Iseran 2000.
Here are Ski.com’s budget ski vacation lodging picks, for more options pick up the phone or chat with one of our knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.
• Chalet Hotel Les Sorbiers is a delightful, modern hotel in traditional chalet style is located just a minute's walk from the center of Val d'Isere and is less than 250 yards from the chairlifts. Accommodation is based on bed and breakfast allowing penny-pinchers the opportunity to customize their rates to fit their budget.
• Conveniently located less than 250 yards from the La Daille chairlifts, Le Samovar is a small, comfortable hotel with 45 beds, including six family-sized duplex rooms. The hotel is French run but is most popular with foreign visitors as the hotel is fairly relaxed. Downstairs the hotel has a convenient, large, traditional restaurant/pizzeria and bar.
• Located a short walk from Solaise and Bellevarde chairlifts, Hotel Kandahar provides warm, simple, chalet style atmosphere with wooden furniture and soft fabrics. This family-friendly hotel has 41 charming rooms and suites and offers a sauna and Hammam. The hotel bar provides a great view of the Bellevarde Face run, making it a great place to sip on cocktails and take in the scenery.
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Renowned as an upscale Alpine destination, the Val D’Isere dining will treat to you an exceptional experience—but you may be hard-pressed to find affordable eats. Some of the best restaurants are found on the mountain, so be sure to check out Ski.com’s on-mountain restaurant picks. If you’re in the village and you’re in the mood for traditional cuisine head to Restaurant Le Barrilon at La Daille, or Le Lodge, which is renowned as having the best fondue in town.
On-Mountain Val d’Isere Restaurants
Discerning foodies and gourmets will think revel in the on-mountain Val d’Isere restaurant scene. The majority of the dining experience sway towards upmarket cuisine and wine, but you’re on vacation after all—splurge a little!
• L’Edelweiss, located near Le Fornet area, is ideally situated near an accessible blue run and features incredible traditional chalet-style cuisine and other European favorites. Don’t miss the duck fois-gras burger if they’re serving it. Reservations are highly recommended.
• Le Signal, also located in Le Fornert, offers incredible, traditional “Haute” cuisine, and offers an exceptional wine list. Reservations are recommended.
• Located in the La Daille area, families and larger groups looking for a varied menu will want to head La Folie Douce, which offers self-service options, and La Fruitière, which provides sit-down dining. The restaurant features an unbeatable patio and transforms to the après-ski hot spot around 2 p.m.
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Val d’Isere expert skiing is right up there with St. Anton and Chamonix. The seemingly never-ending off-piste options are its biggest draw, and the Glacier de Pissailles is the place to go. Challenge-seekers will find off-piste terrain just about everywhere though. Experts looking for some on-piste steeps will enjoy the mogulled Face Olympic de Bellevarde, in the Bellevard ski area and the Epaule du Charvet.
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Val D’Isere provides families with an unforgettable experience. Both children and parents alike will appreciate the many exceptional kid-friendly ski schools, day care facilities, winter fun zones and gentle slopes. The whole family will love the sledding runs off the Savonette chairlift—lift access is complimentary.
Val D’Isere lodging sways towards upscale experience and price tags, but the village also provides some exceptional family-friendly accommodations. Here’s Ski.com’s top Val d’Isere family ski vacation lodging picks, but for more options pick up the phone or chat with our knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.
• For the budget-conscious family looking for a great bang for their buck, Hotel Kandahar should be a top choice. Located a short walk from Solaise and Bellevarde chairlifts, the hotel provides warm, simple, chalet style atmosphere. This family-friendly hotel has 41 charming rooms and suites and offers complimentary breakfast, a sauna and Hammam.
• Conveniently located, the four-star, ski in, ski out Hotel Aigle des Neiges takes the guesswork out of a Val d’Isere family ski vacation. There’s no schlepping gear around at this location or getting lost in the public transportation system. Plus it offers an indoor pool, sure to please the whole family.
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Val d’Isère offers intermediates an exceptional array of terrain options from early intermediate to advanced. The Col de l’Iseran glacier area, which offers gentle, wide-open blue runs. Offering progressive, spread-out trails, Solaise is a popular zone for intermediates as well. More advanced intermediates have a lot of options, they’ll want to test their mettle on the World Cup downhill run, which features fun, rolling terrain, or head to Bellevard, featuring a variety of intermediate terrain options.
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As a popular destination for the international jet set, most of Val d’Isere’s lodging accomdations lean towards upscale experiences and price tags. Budget-aware skiers and snowboarders have a couple niche, affordable options. To learn more about Val d’Isere’s hotels, call, or chat with one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.
• Chalet Hotel Les Sorbiers is a delightfully modest, chalet-stye hotel located just a minute's walk from the heart of Val d'Isere’s village, and is less than 250 yards from the chairlifts. Accommodation offerings are based on bed and breakfast allowing penny-pinchers the opportunity to customize their rates to fit their budget.
• Conveniently located, the four-star, ski in, ski out Hotel Aigle des Neiges takes a lot of planning out of a Val d’Isere family ski vacation. Parents will be pleased to learn there’s no schlepping gear around at this location, or getting lost in the public transportation system. The indoor pool is sure to please the whole family.
• Hotel Christiana combines traditional Alpine charm and subdued elegance. The hotel’s furnishings of stone, wood and fabrics make for a harmonious, welcoming interior. All the suites and rooms provide you with all the comforts and indulgences of home. The onsite dining provides daily culinary delights from the gorgeous breakfast buffet to gourmet dinner.
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A Val d’Isere luxury ski vacation is all about five-star properties, and the fine dining and high-end shopping are nothing to sneeze at, either. Hotel Christiana has successfully combined Alpine charm and understated elegance. The interior stones, the wood, and the fabrics make for a harmonious atmosphere. In an ambiance of superb comfort, intimacy and relaxation, all the suites and chalet-style rooms provide you with all the comforts of home. The hotel dining provides daily culinary delights, from the sumptuous breakfast buffet to the gastronomic dinners you won’t soon forget. The hotel provides spacious facilities for small or large gatherings. Five-star Hotel Le Blizzard will appease those looking to surround themselves in style on their Val d’Isere luxury ski vacation. The hotel features traditional and modern with natural wood and raw stone blends. Conveniently located in the heart of the resort and facing the Bellevarde Olympic ski-run and within walking distance to the old part of the village, Hotel Le Blizzard is an accessible option, too.
For personal attention, the historic Relais & Chateaux Le Savoie is ideal choice. This hotel has been caterging to Val d’Isere visitors since 1937. The Relais & Chateaux Le Savoie, which was recently renovated, provides a nice array of spacious rooms and suites. Relax in the hotel’s sauna, Hamman, Jacuzzi or luxurious spa, and experience a signature beauty treatment or massages.
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The Val d’Isere nightlife offers a little something for everyone, from sophisticated cocktails in loungy settings to wild dance clubs that go all night. Blue Note is a great option for those looking for a quiet cocktail, while La Doudoune night club provides a state-of-the-art sound system and two international DJs, making for an unforgettable late night experience. No matter your preference everyone ends the evening at Dick’s Tea Bar, a 30-plus-year late night hot spot.
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