A Comprehensive Guide to Val d’Isère

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Val d’Isère is one of the most well-known and well-loved ski resorts in the world, with its lively atmosphere, exciting nightlife and access to the vast high-altitude, snow-sure pistes of the Espace Killy. Since the 1930s this resort has been welcoming skiers, boarders and snow-lovers each winter and has developed into a hugely successful modern resort, with over 300km of pistes, almost 90 lifts and over 150 runs of all levels.

So where to go and what to do while you are there? Obviously we love Val d’Isère, and with our insider knowledge we can give you the real nuggets to make sure you love it too. We want to help you make the most of your ski holiday and have an experience you will never forget…

The biggest question for us is, where to start!

Whats New?

New for the winter season 16/17 is the Solaise gondola. With heated seats, WiFi, and carrying up to 10 passengers, it will probably be the coolest gondola you’ve ever taken! Looking like something from a James Bond movie the new Solaise gondola has replaced the previous Solaise Express which was built in 1942. Taking a very speedy 7 minutes and carrying up to 3,600 passengers per hour, you can say goodbye to large queues during peak weeks!

There are also new beginner pistes at the top of the gondola, with three magic carpet lifts. Any first timers can now appreciate the breathtaking views and of course the good snow!

Guide to Val d’Isère Contents

Resort Information Best ViewSki Hire ShopsSki SchoolsTourist Information
Best Daytime ActivitiesAlternative Winter ActivitiesShopsMarketBanks & Cash Machines
Mountain RestaurantsRestaurantsBarsBest après-skiChildcare
Linen serviceTransfersPublic BusParkingTaxi
Doctors/Medical CentresEmergency NumbersTignes le LacVal d’Isère Resources

Resort Information

Altitude: 1850m – 3456m
Number of slopes:

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20

Blue Flag logo

67

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41

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26

Total Number of runs: 154
Number of lifts: 90
Kms of piste: 300km
Number of snow cannons: 900
Kms of Nordic ski slopes: 30km
Snowparks: 2 (Val Snowpark and Tignes Snowpark)
Kms from Geneva airport: 220km
Driving distance from Calais: 625 miles (approx 9 hrs 30 mins)
Radio Val 96.1 FM Latest weather and lift updates every half hour from 8:10am in French, English & German  www.radiovaldisere.com

Piste Map

Best View

If you have time to pause, then take a moment at the top of La Grande Motte in Tignes to enjoy the view of the Espace Killy.  If you choose it carefully and it is a beautiful bluebird day, the views will take your breath away, with plumes blowing off the tops of the surrounding mountains.  Another great spot is the top of the Grand Pre chairlift, from where you can enjoy unbroken, spectacular views of the Vanoise National Park. Quite often you will enjoy a bit of a show, spotting parapenting and speed riders challenging themselves off-piste.

The National Park is an incredible area to visit throughout the year, particularly in the summer months when it is popular with walkers and mountain bikers.

Ski Hire Shops

Name:Tignes Spirit 
Phone:+44 (0)203 3264299 or +33 (0)603 629710
Email:info@tignes-spirit-rentals.com
Website:www.tignes-spirit.com
Description:We highly recommend Tignes Spirit who are an independent ski and snowboard company based in Tignes Lavachet, offering snowboard hire and ski rental, delivering your equipment direct to your chalet in Val d’Isère.  They offer Ski Bonjour customers a very competitive discounted price.

Name:Ski Set
 skiset
Phone:+33 1 41 12 97 97
Email:service_clients@skiset.com
Website:www.skiset.co.uk/ski-resort/val-d-isere
Description:Real ski and boardsports specialists and qualified technicians to advise you on the best quality equipment to hire in Val d’Isère.

 

Ski Schools

Name:New Generation  
Phone:+33 4 79 01 03 18
Email:info@skinewgen.com
Website:www.skinewgen.com/ski-schools/val-disere/
Description:There is something for everyone with small groups or private lessons with English speaking and expert instructors! Booking early is advisable especially during peak weeks! Offering a variety of lessons for both the beginner and intermediate skiers and snowboarders, including:

Adult Group Sessions
Teen Group Sessions
Children Group Sessions
Off Piste Introduction & Advanced Courses

 

Tourist Information

Name:Val d’Isere Office de Tourisme generic_tourist_office
Phone:+33 479 06 06 60
Email:info@valdisere.com
Website:www.valdisere.com
Description:The tourist information centre will be pleased to help you, no matter what your enquiry.

Best Daytime Activities

For the daytime, it’s all about the skiing.  So, if you want to cruise the blues with the family, the best thing to do is to go to the top and simply come down off the Grand Motte.  These enjoyable, easy runs offer something for everyone to enjoy.

If you’re looking for something more challenging, head on up out of Val d’Isère on the Solaise lift and enjoy a bit of the original resort by exploring one of the first of the Val d’Isère ski areas, which opened way back in the 1930s. You might want to seek out some of the bumps and more challenging runs here, where there is a network of intermediate pistes of varying standards, or even take on the more demanding Rhone-Alps black. Finally for your advanced skiers, ski back down into Val d’Isère on the Face black run – a world-renowned ski run used in the Downhill competition in the 1992 Winter Olympics…

For the tricksters amongst you, the Valpark terrain park in the Bellevarde/La Daille sector at the foot of the Marmottes chair is worth a visit.  It has a great range of rails and kickers for all abilities.  For a small fee, you could even run the gates against the clock, at the adjacent Stade de Slalom permanent race course.

There’s some great information on the ski area around Val d’Isère on Valdinet. If you want to start planning for yourself, check out the full Espace Killy piste map to see all of the runs around Val d’Isère and start plotting where you want to explore…

Finally, if it is off piste you want, it is everywhere – just go and enjoy! But remember to stay safe! Find out more about skiing off piste around Val d’Isère on the Valdinet website. They also offer some great advice on avalanches and staying safe on the mountain, as do the Ski Club of Great Britain.

Alternative Winter Activities

Val d’Isere has an excellent selection of alternative activities, whether you are looking for an extreme, exhilarating experience or something fun for all the family; you will find it in this resort!

If you are wondering where to go and have some fun with the family, or fancy a change from skiing then why not try some alternative wintering sports? There’s a natural open air ice skating rink in the centre of the resort where you can hire skates for a small cost.

If the weather isn’t good, the Centre Aquasportif has a range of fantastic facilities, including a leisure pool with river currents and water cannons, gym areas, indoor climbing walls and a spa – where you can enjoy a range of beauty and well-being treatments.

It is also worth looking out for the great night time exhibitions that the ESF put on throughout the season, especially their torchlit descents down the pistes into Val d’Isère  – the kids will love them!

Name:SwimmingSwim
Phone:
+33 479 04 26 01
Email:info@centre-aquasportif.com
Location:Aqua Leisure Complex
Website:www.centre-aquasportif.com
Description:Beach world with swimming pool, leisure pool with currents, paddling pool,massage jets, water cannons.  There is also a Wellness world with sauna, hydro-massage, steam bath and spa.  And if you want more exercise there is a gym and a 12m vertical climbing wall and a multi-activity sports hall.

 

Name:Climbing & Sportclimbing
Phone:
+33 479 04 26 01
Email:info@centre-aquasportif.com
Location:Aqua Leisure Complex
Website:www.centre-aquasportif.com
Description:The centre hosts a 12m vertical climbing wall with 7 routes graded from 5a to 6c.  There is also a multi-activity sports hall which offers volleyball, indoor football, table tennis, badminton and basketball.

 

Name:Spa & Wellness Centre spa
Phone:
+33 479 04 26 01
Email:info@centre-aquasportif.com
Location:Aqua Leisure Complex
Website:www.centre-aquasportif.com
Description:Wellness world with sauna, hydro-massage, steam bath and spa.  The wellness world offers facials, body treatments and massage.

 

Name:Winter Walking 
Phone:+33 479 06 06 60
Description:Enjoy the peace and winter wonderland of Val d’Isere and the surrounding area by foot.  There are many marked and maintained paths – go to the tourist office for trail maps and daily updates.  Many outdoor centres offer guided walks for full or half days.

 

Name:Ice Skating 
Phone:+33 479 22 82 05
Email:info@valdisere.com
Info:This is located in the heart of the village and is a natural ice skating rink.  It costs €8 adult, €7 child including hire of skates.

 

Name:Paragliding or Parapenting
paragliding
Phone:+33 4 79 00 77 29
Email:evolution2valdisere@gmail.com
Website:www.evolution2.com
Description:Try this exhilarating activity from the heights of the mountain on a tandem paraglider controlled by an instructor.

 

Name:Ice Driving ice driving
Phone:+ 33 679 49 49 23
Email:contact@valdisere-ice-driving.com
Website:www.valdisere-ice-driving.com
Description:Test your driving skills to the limit on ice with this exhilarating experience and pump up your adrenaline!

Name:Snowshoe Hiking or Raquette à Neige
Description:With a pair of snowshoes strapped to your feet you can effortlessly walk across deep snow.  Get off the beaten track with a half day group outing.  You can hire them from most sports shops and get a trail map from the tourist information centre (details above).

 

Name:Husky Sleighshusky-sledding-in
Info:Enquire with Evolution2 (details above).
Description:Take control of your own husky sled with very excitable husky dogs.  Shout “Mush” to set off and try to keep the sled upright without any dogs escaping!  An exhilarating guided experience.

 

Name:Ice Climbingice climbing
Info:Enquire with Evolution2 (details above).
Description:Have a go at Ice Climbing on a 200m high, 40m wide frozen waterfall.  Suitable for beginners and experienced climbers with an experienced guide, why not give it a go?

 

Name:Altitude Biathlonaltitude biathlon
Phone:+33 6 98 03 81 44
Email:altitudebiathlon@gmail.com
Website:www.altitude-biathlon.com
Location:Found at the foot of the Face de Bellevarde
Description:Timed rifle-shooting at tilted targets, lots of fun for all the family from age 7.

 

Name:Cinemacinema
Phone:

Website:

+33 4 79 06 03 43

www.valdisere.com/en/activites/cinema-2/

Description:Catch the latest film on a bad weather day!  Mostly evening screenings but sometimes they open early if the weather is poor.

 

Name:Tobogganing 
Description:Most of our chalets have sledges you can borrow or you can rent a sledge from one of the many sports shops, head to the designated tobogganing area next to the nursery slope and whizz down as many times as you like for no cost! (Although, the area is only open for tobogganing between 10am and 5pm each day).

 

Name:Helicopter Toursair-glaciers-helicopter
Website:www.saf-helico.com 

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Val d’Isere Helicopter

Description:Experience the amazing mountain views by helicopter.  Daily panoramic helicopter flights are available to enhance your holiday with stunning views as you fly over mountaintops, glaciers and alpine forests in the French Alps.

 

Name:Snow Kitingsnow kiting
Phone:+33 4 79 41 99 58
Email:valdisere@oxygene-ski.com
Website:www.oxygene-ski.com/en/val-disere-apres-ski-activities
Description:Enjoy snow in a completely different way using a snow kite for the latest thrill on the mountain.  Half or full day out at the wide open space of the Petit St Bernard Pass.

 

Name:Ice Kartingice-karting
Phone:+ 33 679 49 49 23
Email:contact@valdisere-ice-driving.com
Website:www.valdisere-ice-driving.com
Description:A fantastic group activity, especially designed karts to drive on ice, available for adults and children from age

 

Name:Cross Country Skiing
Location:Head off into the beautiful and tranquil cross-country trails situated in the Manchet Valley, La Daille, near Le Fornet and by the Ouillette lake. No lift pass is needed.
Description:With two different techniques; classic and skating, you are sure to find the best suited to you. Hire the comfortable boots and light-weight skis & poles from most ski hire shops or book a group or private lesson. A fantastic way to explore the 44kms of tranquil cross-country ski trails in the Espace Killy.

 

Name:Snow MobileSnowmobile Sunset
Info:Enquire with Evolution2 (details above).
Description:If it is speed that you are after try riding a powerful snowmobile to explore Val d’Isere.

Shops

There are three supermarkets in Val d’Isere.  They are all happy to deliver your shopping to you after you have purchased what you want – let them know and within about 2 hours it will be delivered to your door – perfect!

Name:Supermarché Sherpa
Phone:+33 4(0)79 06 02 66
Email:val-isere@sherpa.net
Website:www.sherpa.net
Description:Well stocked supermarket with local products; it has a good deli, butchers, cooked meat counter, fresh veg and bakery. You can even pre-order online and collect in store or have it delivered to your chalet free of charge!
As well as food you can loan appliances such as raclette, fondue and grill-stone.
Location:Immeuble Le Savoie, 73150 VAL D’ISERE
Open:7.30am – 1.30pm, 3pm – 9pm (Winter 1st December to 5th May) Open all weekend.

There is an enormous amount of excellent shopping for all the latest gear, clothes and accessories, so bring some extra Euros.  Late in the season there are some amazing sales prices too!

Market

Using a little insider knowledge, a firm favourite of ours is the market in the centre of town every Monday.  You will find various food stalls, as well as clothes, fabrics, jewellery and gifts, so this is a great alternative to the more exclusive designer-led shops which dominate in Val d’Isère. It is open all day, whatever the weather, and is definitely worth checking out!

Something else to watch out for throughout the season, are the incredible snow sculptures which pop up around the resort!

Banks & Cash Machines

There are a number of cash machines and banks in Val d’Isere.

Name:
Banque de Savoie
Phone:
+33 4 79 06 01 65
Open:
8.48am-12pm, 2.20-6pm (5.15pm Fri)

 

Name:
Banque Populaire des alpes
Phone:
+33 8 20 33 79 72
Open:
8.30am-12pm, 2.35-6.15pm

 

Name:
Credit Agricole de Savoie
Phone:
+33 4 79 06 01 63
Open:
8.25am-12pm, 2-5.45pm

 

Name:
Lyonnaise de banque
Phone:
+33 8 20 01 01 02
Open:
9.15am-1pm, 2.25-6pm

Mountain Restaurants

In the Espace Killy you are spoilt for choice for food in the mountains. We have done the hard work for you and narrowed it down to ensure you leave with a full belly and a smile on your face.

Name:Le Signalle-signal-val-disere
Phone:+33 4 79 06 03 38
Email:brigitte@lesignalvaldisere.com
Location:Top of Le Fornet cable-car
Website:www.lesignalvaldisere.com
Description:A great place to meet with non-skiers.  Restaurant and self-service both with good food.  It is advisable to book or go for a late lunch at 2pm.

 

Name:La Peau de Vachela-peau-de-vache-restaurant-val-d-isere
Phone:+ 33 4 79 06 11 29
Email:lapeaudevache73@hotmail.fr
Location:Half way down La Face, at the top of Bellevard Express Chair
Website:www.restaurant-lapeaudevache.com
Description:Fantastic burgers! Not the cheapest but great views and delicious food.  Save some energy for the Face after lunch! Recommended to book!

 

Name:Le Bellevarde
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Phone:+33 4 79 06 05 76
Location:Situated at the top of the Face of Bellevarde
Website:www.restaurant.bellevarde.fr
Description:For a  good meal with a stunning view, visit Le Bellevarde, at the top of the Face de Bellevarde.  Everyone can find something to enjoy from the traditional Savoyard inspired menu, served with some great local wines.

 

Name:L’Edelweiss 
Phone:+33 6 10 28 70 64
Email:frederique.bonnevie@wanadoo.fr
Location:Mangard blue run, down from Fornet cable-car
Website:www.restaurant-edelweiss-valdisere.com
Description:Excellent traditional French cuisine & good wine.

 

Name:Le Triffolet triffolet
Phone:+33 4 79 41 96 99
Email:tournierricout@hotmail.fr
Location:Above la Daille
Description:Traditional French cuisine and pizzeria. While the kids are at Ski School, enjoy a coffee and piece of cake at this mountain restaurant on the run down into La Daille. Always delicious and a little bit of luxury, although not cheap!

 

Name:Les Tufstufs
Phone:+33 4 79 06 25 01
Email:info@lestufs.com
Location:Located at the bottom of the slopes in La Daille.
Website:www.lestufs.com
Description:Bar & Restaurant – perfect for a spot of lunch or a drink at the end of the day.

 

Name:La Cascade la-cascade-restaurant-le-fornet-val-d-isere
Phone:
+33 4 58 00 11 54
Location:Le Fornet
Email:cascade.valtude@gmail.com
Description:Large self-service restaurant with lovely sunny terrace – reasonably priced good food.

 

Name:Les Marmottesmarmottes mountain
Email:restomarmottes@orange.fr
Location:At the bottom of the Borsat Express chairlift in the middle of the tranquil area.
Description:For a more cost-effective meal, the cheapest restaurant on the mountain is the Marmottes restaurant, just above the start of the Marmottes chairlift and underneath the Borsat Express. Delicious self-service restaurant with good sized portions.

 

Name:La Tete de Solaisela-tete-de-solaise-restaurant-and-bar-val-d-isere-terrace-val-d-isere-valley
Phone:+33 6 33 12 49 03
Email:jcborel73@gmail.com
Location:At top of the Solaise chair
Website:www.lasolaise.com
Description:With a restaurant, bar, self-service & pizzeria – this is a great place to stop for lunch, and take in the fantastic view.

 

Name: La Folie Doucefolie douch
Phone:+33 4 79 06 07 17
Location:Right on the slopes at the top of the Daille cable car
Website:www.lafoliedouce.com
Description:Famous for it’s amazing live music and dancing on tables all through the day! This is the place to party in the middle of the Espace Killy piste! It also has a self-service restaurant that offers a variety of delicious dishes to keep you going.
Open:9am to 5pm

Restaurants

Val d’Isère has some of the best restaurants in the Alps, which cater for all tastes. Explore local Savoyard cuisine and take advantage of the delicious French wine!

Name:Lodge Bar Restaurant
Phone:+33 4 79 06 02 01
Location:Val d’Isère
Website:www.restaurant-lodge-valdisere.fr/fr
Description:A combination of great, traditionally inspired Savoyard food with a lively, friendly bar and great wine. If you fancy a dance, then you can move downstairs to the Lodge Bar after your meal and party the night away. Make sure you book in advance if you’re planning to eat out here.

 

Name:La Grande Oursela-grande-ourse-restaurant-val-d-isere-terrace-val-d-isere-centre
Phone:+33 4 79 06 00 19
Location:Convenient location on the side of the nursery slopes.
Website:www.grande-ourse.com
Description:Feeding hungry skiers since 1936 it has fantastic cuisine and great ambiance.

 

Name:La Table de l’Oursla-table-de-lours-2
Phone:+33 4 79 41 37 00
Location:Within 5* Hotel Les Barmes de l’Ours
Website: www.hotellesbarmes.com/en/restaurants-and-bar/la-table-de-l-ours
Description:Michelin starred delicious food, very formal and very expensive.  Refined and inventive menu with a fine wine cellar to compliment your meal.

 

Name:L’Atelier D’Edmondatelier-edmond-interior-1
Phone:+33 4 79 00 00 82
Location:Le Fornet
Website:www.atelier-edmond.com
Description:Treat yourself by visiting the 2* Michelin restaurant. Charming and Rustic serving superb French cuisine.  Reservation is recommended.

 

Name:Flash Pizza Restaurant
flash-pizza-restaurant-val-d-isere-interior-val-d-isere-valley
Phone:+33 4 79 41 96 06
Location:Val Centre
Description:Pizza galore – eat in, take-away or have delivered to your accommodation.  They also offer a “Spécialité Savoyarde” option of tartiflette and salad with soft drinks or wine to accompany your meal.

 

Name:Le Samovarle-samovar-restaurant-la-daille-restaurant-la-daille-405
Phone:+33 (0)4 79 06 13 51
Location:La Daille
Website:www.lesamovar.com
Description:Varied menu offering pizza, savoyard, traditional French cuisine and fish dishes, in a relaxed, friendly environment.

 

Name:La Baraque  arbre-de-vie-restaurant-val-d-isere
Location:Val centre
Phone:+33 4 79 06 18 19
Website:www.restolabaraque.com
Description:A popular bar and restaurant, often with live music. Enjoy traditional and fusion cuisine at this trendy restaurant.

 

Name:La Tovierela-toviere-restaurant-la-daille-interior-la-daille
Phone:+33 4 79 55 61 18
Location:La Daille
Website:www.hotel-latoviere.fr/english
Description:Fresh home-cooked French cuisine.

Bars

Name:Grande Marnier Grand Marniere
Location:Place des Dolomites
Description:Enjoy a drink on your way back to the chalet. Famous crêpes and delicious cocktails! The prices are creeping up season to season, so might end up having to be treat!

 

Name:Dick’s Tea Bardicks-tea-bar-val-d-isere
Phone:+33 6 51 39 99 81
Website:www.dicksteabar.com
Location:Rue du Parc des Sports
Description:Open every day for après ski, you can enjoy a great selection of drinks and nibbles (and fluffy slippers for those of you with cold feet after a day on the slopes!). Later in the evening, the atmosphere changes, with the nightclub area open well into the night. Dick’s is worth a visit, especially if it’s your first time in the resort, although be warned of the crowds and pricier drinks!
Open:4.30pm – 5am; 10pm ‘After-supper set’ with live music, moving into full nightclub at 1am.

 

Name:Le Graalle-graal-nightclub-val-d-isere-val-d-isere-centre
Phone:+33 6 16 79 52 19
Website:www.graalclub.com
Location:Route de la Balme
Description:This is the place to party hard and dance until you drop, free entry before midnight.  They also serve food – best burgers in town (apparently)!
Open:10.30pm – 04.30am

 

Name:Cocorico
Phone:+33 6 14 09 26 33
Website:www.cocoricovaldisere.com
Location:Place du Rond Point des Pistes
Description:Aprés Ski Bar with live entertainment every day! A must if you want to have a good dance and make it back in time for dinner!
Open:2pm – 8pm (happy hour 2-4pm every day)

 

Name:Cafe Facecafe-face-bar-val-d-isere
Phone:+33 4 79 06 29 80
Location:Immeuble Christiania (central Val)
Description:Party here after the Folie Douce! ‘Comfy couches, chic lighting and funky tunes’ this is a very popular aprés ski bar.
Open:4pm – 2am

 

Name:Morris Pubmoris-sign-1
Phone:+33 4 79 06 22 11
Location:Val Centre
Description:With live music and snacks served throughout the season, this is another popular pub.  A British themed pub with it’s own toffee vodka.  Good aprés ski and live music.

 

Name:Pacific Barpacific-bar-val-d-isere-val-d-isere-centre
Phone:+33 4 79 06 29 19
Website:www.pacificbarvaldisere.com
Location:Avenue du Prariond
Description:The place to watch live sport with 9 big plasma screens.  Relaxed drink early on, warming up to lively evenings with open mic nights, live music and beer pong competitions.
Open: 1.30pm – 1.30am (opens at 5pm Sat & Sun)

 

Name:Bananas
Phone:+33 4 79 08 01 62
Description: Very popular apres-ski venue especially for seasonaires, terrace open on sunny days.

 

Name:Victors Bar & Restaurant
Phone:+33 4 79 06 06 52
Website:www.hotelvictors.eu.en
Location:Heart of Val d’Isère
Description:Good food and lively cocktail bar within Langley Hotel.

 

Name:Saloon Bar
Phone:+33 4 79 40 07 61
Website:www.saloonbar.com
Location:Avenue des Téléphériques
Description:Aprés ski bar with free ski park service with attendant!  Two sleek bars with a unique party vibe.  Happy hour: 15.00 – 17.00 4.5 euro pints, 20.00 – 22.00 2.4.1 Cocktails
Open:2pm- 1.45am

 

Name:Le Petit Danoispetit-danois-val-d-isere-1
Phone:+33 4 79 06 27 97
Location:Chalet le Coins (Val Centre)
Description:Live aprés ski music with the lovely Karen Ysten 6 days a week.  Happy hour 4-6pm and 9-10pm.  Gastro pub with pool table and TV viewing.  Serves a good full English breakfast in the mornings – that all important hangover cure.

 

Name:Fall Line Barfpss_5
Phone:+33 4 79 06 29 87
Location:Route de la Balme (Val Centre)
Description:A new aprés ski watering hole which stays open late and is gaining a great reputation for good party time.
Open:Early afternoon to 1.30am

 

Name:Le Doudounedoudoune-le-chalet-val-d-isere-val-d-isere-valley-18
Phone:+33 4 79 24 60 04
Website:www.doudouneclub.com
Location:Central Val, under Coco Rico
Description:A unique and fabulously decorated nightclub. With free entry before midnight. Located on the ski front at the Rond Point des Pistes, they host some of the biggest and best parties in the Alps with superstar guest DJs and performers previous names have included Rudimental and Oliver Ingrosso and David Guetta. There’s even a free night bus around the resort offered by the club, to get you home safely.
Open:11pm until late

Best après ski

Embracing the ultimate in high-altitude clubbing, the Folie Douce near the Télécabine de la Daille, has to be the epitome of open air clubbing.  With an outdoor bar, music, huge outdoor dance floor and a resident DJ and singers, this is the place to come to party on the mountains.  The music evolves as the day progresses, moving from lounge style, through to cabaret show and onto full on DJ mix from 3.00 to 5.00 pm.

After Folie Douce head over to Coco Rico to carry on the après party! The ‘Rock n Roll’ après bar is a favourite in Val d’Isère,  located on the Place du Rond Point des Pistes near the Solaise gondola (contact details above). With live bands followed by resident DJs, accompanied with plenty of dancing on tables, you’ll definitely get your après party fix. Take advantage of their happy hour from 2.00 to 4.00pm everyday!

Childcare

The main creche facility in Val d’Isere is called Le Village des Enfants which is conveniently located in the centre near the slopes.  There are also number of nanny services nearby that can be booked in advance to suit your childcare needs.  Here are a couple of our recommendations:

Name:Le Village des Enfants
Phone:+33 479 40 09 81
Email:info@valdisere-levillagedesenfants.com
Website:www.valdisere-levillagedesenfants.com
Location:ROND POINT DES PISTES, 73150 Val d’Isère (at the foot of the slopes)
Description:A holiday day centre with lunch time catering for children age 18 months to 13 years.  They can also take and/or collect children from ski school.   It is advisable to book early especially during peak weeks!
Open:From around 10th December to beginning of May

 

Name:T4 Nanny
Phone: +44 (0) 208 144 1054
Email:mail@t4nanny.com
Website:www.t4nanny.com
Description:T4 nannies hand pick nannies who share their belief that undivided attention, fun and getting involved are the key ingredients to a happy family holiday.

 

Name:Jelly & Ice Cream
Phone:Europe: +33 (0) 6 41 56 61 44 or UK: +44(0) 1483 338601
Email:tina@jellyandice-cream.com
Website:www.jellyandice-cream.com
Description:Jelly & Ice Cream provide a private nanny and babysitting service in Tignes & Val d’Isère, ensuring your children are well looked after, leaving you free to enjoy your skiing.

Linen Service

Name:Laverie du Portillo
Phone:+33 6 18 19 20 00 
Location:Ave Olympique, 73150 Val-d’Isère
Description: Dry cleaners & Laundrette

 

Name:Val Net
Phone:+33 4 79 41 25 74 
Location:Immeuble le Portillo, 73150 Val d’Isère
Description:Dry cleaners & Laundrette

Transfers

Ski Bonjour do offer a shared transfer coach service that runs every Sunday and collects guests arriving in Geneva airport up to 1.30pm. The transfer to resort is approximately 3 hours 30 minutes and the cost is €90 per person (10% group discount for 6 guests or more).  We can also organise private coach transfers for large groups of 20 people or more – please enquire directly.

If this shared service does not fit with your travel plans, there are a couple of transfer companies that we recommend using which run 8 seated mini buses to resort.

Name:Coolbus coolbus
Phone:+44 207 183 4886
Email:office@thecoolbus.co.uk
Website:www.thecoolbus.co.uk
Description:Private mini bus transfers to Tignes & Val d’Isere from Geneva, Lyon, Chambery and Grenoble airports.

 

Name:Mountain Rescue
Phone:UK: +44 (0) 203 287 4588 or Europe: +33 (0) 977 217 766
Email:info@themountainrescue.com
Website:www.themountainrescue.com
Description:Private mini bus transfers to Tignes & Val d’Isère from Geneva, Lyon, Chambery and Grenoble airports.

 

Name:Ben’s Bus 
Phone:+33 4 76 65 48 48
Email:ben@bensbus.co.uk (for Grenoble, Lyon & Chambery airports)
Email:stu@nofussbus.co.uk (for Geneva airport)
Website:www.bensbus.co.uk
Description:Shared mini bus transfers to Tignes & Val d’Isere from Geneva, Lyon, Chambery and Grenoble airports.

 

Or you could transfer in no time by helicopter:

Name:WhitetracksWhitetracks_Helicopters_Logo_twitter_1_400x400
Phone:+44 7796 640841
Email:contact@whitetracks-helicopters.com
Website:www.valdisere-helicopters.com
Description:Shared helicopter transfers from airport to resort:

Geneva > Val d’Isere / Tignes  – Flight time: Approx. 35 mins

Chambery > Val d’Isere / Tignes  – Flight time: Approx. 30 mins

Grenoble > Val d’Isere / Tignes – Flight time: Approx. 40 mins

Lyon > Val d’Isere / Tignes – Flight time: Approx. 45 mins

Public Bus to Bourg & Geneva

Name:Altibus 
Phone: +33 4 79 68 32 96
Email: info@altibus.com
Website:www.altibus.com
Description:This is the only public bus that links Val d’Isere to Geneva airport via Bourg St Maurice. It runs approximately 4 times per day, the journey is about 3.5 hours to Geneva (50 minutes to Bourg). It meets at the main bus stop and it is an efficient timely service.  Tickets can be pre-booked online or purchased in resort prior to your journey.

Parking

Email:contact@parkingvaldisere.com val parking
Phone:+33 4 79 06 07 44
Website:www.parkingvaldisere.com
Info:Although you will be able to unload at your chalet on arrival, there is no street parking in Val d’Isere so it is worth pre-booking a spot at your nearest car park before you leave. The online booking system for the winter season will open on 1st October 2017.  

Taxi Service

Name:Up & Down Taxi   
Phone: +33 6 52 47 62 74
Website:http://taxi-transfers-valdisere.com/en/
Location:Val d’Isère

 

Name:Taxi Taxil’Vie  
Phone: +33 6 47 47 18 86
Website:www.taxi-bourg-st-maurice.net
Location:Bourg Saint Maurice

Doctors/Medical Centre

Name:Val d’Isere Medical Centre (Medival)
Info:If you would like English speaking doctor, we highly recommend you to book an appointment!
Phone:+33 (0)4 79 40 26 80
Location:Avenue Olympique Val d’Isere – Centre
Open:8am – 7.30pm

 

Emergency Contact Numbers

Ambulance:15emergency
Police Nationale (Gendarmerie):17
Fire & Accident / Sapeurs Pompiers:18
SOS – All Services (Calling from a Mobile):112

Tignes le Lac

If you would like to know more about the neighbouring snow-sure resort of Tignes le Lac you can also read our Ultimate Guide to Tignes.   We can offer you accommodation here too, at our catered chalet Bonjour-Tourelle which is located right next to the magnificent lake and has easy access to the slopes, ski school and the village centre.

Tignes Le Lac

Val d’Isère Resources

We hope you found our guide to Val d’Isère useful, for more information and advice to help you make the most of your skiing holiday in Val d’Isère, we suggest checking out the following online resources and websites, which include tips and guides on everything from the skiing itself to food and drink, activities and hot spots in resort:

Val d’Isère & Tignes Lift Passes: The Ultimate Ski Pass Guide – everything you need to know about Espace Killy ski passes, what’s included, pedestrian passes and much more!

Edge Magazine: An online magazine full of information about Val d’Isère and the surrounding area.  Events, competitions, news and much more!

Valdisere.com: a great overall guide to the resort and the skiing, including useful information on activities and events throughout the winter.

Valdinet: a wealth of information about the resort, particularly useful for food and drink and activities in Val d’Isère as well as the skiing area.

Ski Club Great Britain: this resort guide from the Ski Club is a useful and light-hearted overview, including weather reports, key facts and stats and a great ‘tips’ section.

The Guardian: a great “locals’” guide to skiing in Val d’Isère from Feb 2014, which includes a range of tips from the ‘best freestyle ski areas’ to the ‘best off-slope activities for kids’.

The Telegraph: an “insiders” guide to the resort, featuring a great ‘itineraries’ section which suggests some skiing highlights for beginners, intermediates and experts.

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