INFINITY AT THE TIPS OF YOUR SKIS
Located in south-eastern France, in the very heart of Savoy, Val d’Isere opens up the great white gateway to the Espace Killy. The setting is magnificent. Listen to the call of the vast white expanse. Enjoy every modern comfort imaginable that this charming village at an altitude of 6000 ft has to offer. From November to May the slate roofs of the wood and stone built chalets are adorned with a becoming coat of snow, as is the local Baroque church. Their cosmopolitan clientele particularly appreciates this unique atmosphere. In a few short years, this international resort has evolved in to a genuine capital of art de vivre with an increasing number of luxury hotels, a new Aqua Leisure Complex, and fine dining. Val d’Isere has retained the heart and soul of a village thus creating a harmonious blend of tradition and modernity. Surrounded by a protective range of breathtaking summits you can simply sense the magic emanating from the mountains right up to the high glacier peaks. This timeless magic is created everyday by the indomitable local “Avalins”: from the spark of a smile at the “Criterium de la Premiere Neige” World Cup firework display to the conviviality of fine dining and the sparkle of the fabulous ski runs. These people simply dote on their environment and await you with open arms to offer you a taste of their famous “Avalin” hospitality.
How a small alpine village perched high up in the Alps at 6000ft became an internationally famous ski resort is quite an incredible tale. One small mule track winding dangerously through the gorges was the only way for the local residents known as “Avalins” to travel to Bourg St Maurice to sell their local specialities: lace and blue cheese. Huddled around the church steeple, Val d’Isere existed along with all the other Savoyard villages, shrouded in a thick coat of snow eight months of the year. The residents, referred to as “winter swallows”, gradually emigrated to the valleys until the trend for winter sports holidays appeared as if by magic.
1992 Winter Olympic Games, Criterium de la Premiere Neige since 1955, Alpine Skiing World Championships in 2009, the greatest alpine skiing champions in alpine skiing have raced down the fabled Face de Bellevarde or the Rhone Alpes on Solaise in Val d’Isere…. And you ski in their tracks! Some of them even grew up in Val d’Isere and learned to ski there: Jean-Claude Killy made such a mark that the legendary ski area of Val d’Isere and Tignes known as the Espace Killy is named after him.
The town centre lies at the bottom of a bowl surrounded by wide, green and blue pistes which are perfectly suited for novices.
The peaks of Chanrossa and Saulire provide spectacular views of the Three Valleys for intermediates and there are plenty of off-piste and alpine runs to keep even the keenest expert busy. With over 375 miles of pistes to choose from as well as some of the best accommodation available in the world, Courchevel 1850 is hard to beat.
Exposure: As the slopes face in several directions, it is possible to plan a day’s skiing based on the sun’s movements.
Guaranteed snow: In addition to some of the best natural skiing conditions available, some 900 snow cannons operate to top up the natural snow cover offering optimum conditions in the Espace Killy whenever you choose to ski.
- 186 miles of marked slopess
- vertical drop of 6,250 ft
- two glaciers
- Skiing for all levels and all winter sport activities
- Special cordoned off ≪ slow skiing ≫ areas for beginners, kids and the more nervous skier
- From 5085 to 11320 ft
- 60% of the slopes above 7220 ft
Exceptional snow cover from late November to early May.