This year, the Val d’Isere ski season will run from the 1st December until the first weekend of May, meaning that there is plenty of time to fit in a winter sports holiday or ski weekend in Val d’Isere this year! Many people will already be very familiar with skiing in Val d’Isere, but for those who don’t, and for those who have not investigated the resort during the summer months, there is a huge amount to try when you rent Val d’Isere accommodation. Located deep in the Rhone Alps region of France, Val d’Isere is one of the most famous mountain resorts in the whole of Europe, attracting many thousands during the ski season and retaining many discerning travellers throughout the summer months too. As one of the most exclusive and smart resorts for skiing, Val d’Isere has only the most luxurious of services, facilities and holiday rentals.
As part of the Espace Killy ski domain, ski chalets in Val d’Isere are best known for skiing holidays. Anyone wanting to take a skiing holiday in France, from the interested beginner to the adrenaline fuelled expert will find downhill skiing and snowboarding of almost 300km, moguls, plenty of off-piste and many alternative sporting facilities are at their mercy from a Val d’Isere ski chalet. Despite its ‘Val de Sloane Square’ image, there is a very friendly atmosphere, and visitors will be warmly welcomed into Val d’Isere accommodation, and even more warmly welcomed into the plethora of bars, clubs and restaurants which make up Val d’Isere’s famous après-ski scene! The smart, small collection of buildings in the centre of the resort, known as ‘Val Village’ is the centre of shopping and relaxing away from the slopes and ski apartments of Val d’Isere. Off piste skiing in Val d’Isere is exceptional, but you must adhere to warnings as avalanches can easily be triggered by skiing in the wrong areas.
Val d’Isere is one of very few ‘snow-sure’ resorts in France due to its altitude in the Alps, but despite this, the resort has also invested heavily in snow making facilities and off-snow sporting facilities. During the winter, bob sleighing, ice climbing, ice driving and snow-shoe trails are hugely popular activities, and there is always plenty going on in the village.
During the summer months, accommodation in Val d’Isere is not empty. The walking, climbing, mountain biking and para-gliding opportunities are so good that the resort still has a very open feel to it, despite the obvious lack of tourist crowds. The hills are relatively empty, apart from the occasional fellow walkers or riders also enjoying the spectacular scenery and tranquil atmosphere.
As part of the Espace Killy ski domain, a Val d’Isere ski chalet gives you access to both the pistes of Val d’Isere and those of Tignes. Although Val d’Isere does have exceptional facilities for beginners, including a number of excellent Val d’Isere ski schools, Tignes is set up perfectly for family skiing holidays, with excellent facilities for both beginners and experts.
Chambery Airport (CMF) is the closest to any of the Val d’Isere chalets to rent. Located just 2 hours away from a chalet or villa in Val d’Isere, there are many options to take from the airport. Busses, hire cars and fixed price mini-busses shuttle visitors to and from the terminal building right to the front door of their Val d’Isere accommodation.