Val d'Isere, Savoie: tourism & sightseeing
Visit Val d'Isere (Rhone-Alpes, France)
Val d'Isere is an important ski station in the Savoie department of the Rhone-Alps.
The conversion of Val d'Isere from small mountain village to major resort came a little later than Chamonix to the north, starting from around the early 1930's. In 1936 the road across the mountain to val d'Isere was complete - and the transformation could start in force. It is now one of the best known ski stations in the world.
The ski resort of Val d'Isere
At an altitude of 1850 metres the traditional village is now a very popular ski centre and Alps ski resort of international renown. Unusually, more than half the visitors to the resort are from overseas. The important 'Alpine Ski World Cup' competition is held here each year, and the resort has also played host to the winter Olympics.
Of course, the main appeal of Val d'Isere is because it offers access to one of the largest, most popular and most attractive skiing resorts in the Alps. As well as the many ski runs in Val d'Isere, together with the neighbouring resort of Tignes it forms the region called 'Espace Killy'. The Espace Killy ski region contains 300 kilometres of ski runs, accessed by 90 different ski lifts, to ensure that everyone can find a suitable challenge regardless of level of skill and experience. A large part of the ski area is above 2200 metres altitude.
The winter season in Val d'Isere is from early December to the end of April.
As well as skiing numerous other mountain related activities are also available, from mountain climbing and hiking to ice-skating and husky sledge rides, and there is a snowpark to enable you to try new ski experiences. Val d'Isere is also one of the few resorts to offer the chance to drive a car on ice.
If all that is too active for you, time your visit for one of the many skiing events held in Val d'Isere, and watch how the professionals do it or relax in the leisure pool or take a sauna...
Val d'Isere also has a large number of shops, bars and restaurants to satisfy the needs of the many visitors that come here during the winter months. In all there are more than 200 restaurants, shops, ski rental shops and other businesses, and the resort is very lively in the evening.
Happily there have been successful efforts to preserve the town's original architectural style with stone and wood buildings and there are some interesting traditional buildings to be seen in the town, such as the baroque style church. Some of the apartment blocks are perhaps rather larger than we might hope to find in a traditional village, but that is an inevitable consequence of the resort's popularity.
Families will be pleased to know that there is a creche available for the youngest children (from 18 months old) and an active children's club for children up to 13 years old that offers a very interesting range of activities.
Summer in Val d'Isere
During the summer months the focus of the resort changes, with hiking in the beautiful scenery of the Vanoise National Park being the most popular activity, along with road cycling, climbing, fishing, hangliding and mountain bikes.
An added bonus, the ski lifts are available and free during the summer in Val d'Isere.
Where is Val d'Isere?
Map of Val d'Isere and places nearby
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Address: Val-d'Isère, Bourg-Saint-Maurice, Albertville, Rhone-Alpes, 73150, France || GPS: latitude 45.4506, longitude 6.97806
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Sightseeing & tourist attractions to visit nearby
- Col de l'Iseran: site of natural beauty (6 km)
- Bonneval: most beautiful village (10 km)
Market days in Val d'Isere, France
Regular market(s) are held in Val d'Isere each Monday all day. (Markets are held in the morning unless stated.)
The French version of this page is at Val d'Isere (Francais)