The resort caters for skiers of all abilities and other activities such as snowboarding are available too. Major skiing championships are often held in Val d’Isère. There are plenty of facilities for those who want to relax off the slopes. One of the downsides to the popularity of the resort is that it does tend to become crowded at certain times, although this does give visitors the chance to meet plenty of new people
Many of the hotels in Val d’Isère are family friendly and offer babysitting and nanny services for those children who may be too young to join in the skiing. This is in addition to the children’s clubs that are available in some areas of the resort. Plenty of the hotels that are available also have luxury amenities such as swimming pools, spa facilities and first class dining options. There are a few budget hotels but many are at the luxury end of the market.
The majority of the accommodation in the resort is in chalets. These offer self-contained accommodation in many cases and are a great way to enjoy the whole skiing holiday experience. Extra amenities include things such as internet access, hot tubs and pick-up and drop-off services. These also vary in the type of amenities available as there are budget options as well as luxury options. Apartments are another option and are practical for those who prefer to self cater. These are often good for those who are on a budget and are usually in good locations to reach the slopes.
Beginners will find that there are a number of good nursery slopes to be practising on and some of the lifts can be used free of charge for those who are new to the sport. Those who have a little more experience will be able to use the La Daille and the Bellevarde sections of the resort as well as La Grande Motte and Tignes. Advanced skiers can tackle some of the black runs and even have a go at the Olympic downhill run. Bellevarde can be easily reached by use of the underground funicular or the gondola which runs from the centre of town. Alternatively skiers can opt for Solaise and this can be accessed directly from the village.
It is not just during the winter months that visitors can indulge in skiing as there are ski runs on the Pissaillas Glacier which can be enjoyed during the summer. Many of the runs that are available are open although there are some wooded slopes in all areas of the resort. Visitors should be aware that some of the lifts do not run in bad weather.The DC Valpark is a popular destination with both beginners and experts. There are plenty of facilities there for those who want to practise their skills.
Beginners who move away from the nursery slopes will need to be aware that it is considered by experts that some of the green slopes should actually be categorised as blue or red slopes. With this in mind the Madeleine green run on the Solaise mountain is a good option as are the Col de l’Iseran runs. These are also less likely to be crowded.
Val d’Isère is a great place for nightlife with plenty of bars and restaurants open until late at night. There is an ice rink, climbing and parapenting for those who want something a little different. For a less sporty activity there are plenty of places where visitors can indulge in some retail therapy including a market which takes place each week.
Val d’Isère has more than 70 restaurants and visitors will find almost any cuisine here. From restaurants run by Michelin-star chefs to basic traditional French cuisine, there is something for everyone. There are also many which are family friendly. On the mountain itself the choice of restaurants is not as good. Many are self-service and some are considered to be over priced. Some even charge to use the restroom facilities. Even so, there are some which offer great meals and the option for alfresco dining.
Some of the bars in town offer a happy hour each evening and there is often live entertainment too. There are pubs which have large screen TVs for showing sports fixtures and many are open during the day too. However, there is also plenty to do for those who do not want to ski or spend time in a bar. Val d’Isère is a great place for shopping and there are great walking trails for those who prefer to go up the mountains on foot.