The charming Val d’Isere resort located in south-eastern France in the Rhone-Alps is a skier’s paradise. Every year, thousands of skiers throng these valleys and slopes to experience the thrill Val d’Isere is so famous for.
The Val d’Isere is located at an altitude of 1.821 meters. The most picturesque skiing region in the world-Espace Killy, has been formed by Val d’Isere and Tignes’s merger. People from Geneva have been visiting Val d’Isere for years to enjoy some good time winter skiing, The Le Fornet, Le Solaise and Bellvardes are the three major skiing areas here. These areas have been classified according to their altitudes and skiing difficulty levels. Even during the summer, these slopes offer a short but intense summer ski along their glacial slopes. 50 ski lifts capable of transporting more than 64,000 skiers at a time have been installed. The downhill running over 50 kilometers comprises of 22 green runs, 18 red runs, 7 black runs and 28 blue runs.
The nearby Espace Killy’s Grand Motte or Pissaillas glaciers call for a good hiking experience. Throughout these regions, beautifully marked paths run over 24 kilometers and offer an excellent way to spend the day if you want to skip skiing.
Not only this but the town borders the Vanoise National Park. This new ski resort had its own Snow Park and Val Park to offer for spending some quality fun time with family. While the Val Park has gorgeous views of the Val d’Isere mountains, the Snow Park has draglifts and chairlifts. It also has music and barbecue in its special recreational area. The Val d’Isere rentals are great places to stay and rest when you are not out in the mountains.
A Piece OF History
The Val d’Isere has been inhabited since the Roman times. It received Parish rights in the year 1637. The parish church which is one of the town’s major landmarks was built in 1664.
However, skiing only began in the 1930s after a drag lift was built on the Solaise slopes.
Through the years, Val d’Isere has embraced the changing times and skiing trends. Recently, it underwent a two-year redevelopment program costing about 16 million pounds.
Every year, the resort plays host to the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup, a popular skiing competition among men and women. It was also host to the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in 2009. Apart from this, Face de Bellevarde in Val d’Isère also hosted three major events of the Albertville Olympic Winter Games (men’s Downhill, Giant Slalom and Super-G). Its resort marked the starting point of 2007’s Tour de France’s Stage 9 to Briancon. In fact, Val d’Isere is also a popular destination for students! The annual winter sports of Grenoble School of Management known as the GEM Altigliss Challenge is held here every year. The place witnesses over 1000 students from 30 Grandes Ecoles of France competing in various week-long events such as snowboarding and skiing.
French blockbuster Les Bronzés font du ski (French Fried Vacation 2) has been shot in Val d’Isere.
So what are you waiting for? Lift those skiing gears and your family and head to Val d’Isere to enjoy the time of your lifetime!