- Skiing bucket lists! A must once in a lifetime ski resort to visit.
- Very good English services, with around 30% of visitors being British.
- Huge variety of apres activities for time off the hill.
Val d'Isere is one of the finest skiing resorts in the world, with a long and storied pedigree at the very top of the international sports tree as a World Cup and Olympic venue. It's also very pretty, fairly exclusive and can be expensive. Don't be put off though! The fact that the skiing in the stunning slopes around Val d'Isere is of the best quality means that the resort hasn't lost its raison d'etre and become an Alpine Champs Elysees. With its younger sister resorts at Tignes, Val d'Isere enjoys access to the superlative Espace Killy ski area, and more than 300km of pistes labelled by its owners as the most beautiful in the world - with which they have a point!
Val d'Isere is Cinderella to Tignes purpose-built sister, with a well-preserved historical mountain village rather than 1960s apartment blocks at its centre. That heritage has been built upon with some very attractive modern buildings, easily outnumbering the few architectural missteps that were taken as the resort mushroomed from the 1930s onwards.
Val d'Isere has a long history of welcoming British visitors, who make up around 30% of current guests, so has very good Anglo services. It's also a very glamorous place, so it can be expensive, but everyone is welcome and all budgets are catered for. If you're after some ski inspiration, time your visit to include some competition watching, but remember that the racing can reduce access to some of the runs.