Welcome to the first installment of our series of mini-guides. Here at MySkirent, we want to help you find the best ski rental stores in the Alps but also want you to have great winter vacations at the ski resort so you can enjoy what we call a #perfectskimoment. So we came up with the idea of creating mini-guides to make you feel at home on the ski slopes.
This typical little village from the French Alps is actually one of the most famous ski resorts in the world. It is secluded at the very end of the valley and has an air of casual luxury.
Lying at 1850 meters up and nestled between impressive mountains, the village is also incredibly beautiful. When walking the streets of Val d’Isère you are surrounded by traditional buildings and chalets which give the village a cosy and warm atmosphere.
Val d’Isère has everything to make you happy in terms of wellness and food since it is home of many great hotels, spas and restaurants .
But Val d’Isère is also famous for its fantastic ski area that everyone can enjoy regardless of their skills on skis. As it is linked to the Tignes ski resort, the area is huge and offers 300 km of ski runs, 167 slopes and 77 lifts.
If you want to rent skis or snowboards, we highly recommend you to go to Intersport Val Snow or to Intersport Pitte Sports. They have everything you might need to hit the slopes and a super nice staff.
Where to go in the morning
The main starting point in Val d’Isère is the Rond point des pistes which is basically the main area to hop on a lift or leave your kids for a ski lesson as it is located between the two main mountains Solaise and Bellevarde. From there we are going to take you for a nice warm up run from Bellevarde to Pissaillas Glacier.
Take the Olympique gondola to the top of Rocher de Bellevarde. This mountain enjoy the first sun rays if you go skiing before 10:00am. Out of the gondola, follow the blue run called Santons. This ski slope is really nice to get started and offers a super nice view on the beautiful mountains of Rocher du Charvet and Solaise. The lower section of the run will take you through Legettaz and Le Chatelard districts where you will be able to ski over a lovely river and look at fancy wooden chalets on your ride back to the resort.
From there, take the Solaise Gondola and enjoy the view on the way up. On the top, you have two options. Take the Glacier chairlift to go skiing on shorter blue runs and then ride the super impressive Leissières chairlift. This lift goes over l’Arrête de Leissières and will give you goose bumps when crossing the top of the mountain but that’s definitely a must-do!
The Iseran area offers blue runs which can sometimes be considered as red runs and will take you from 2762 meters to the Fornet village located at 1900 meters high. We suggest you ski down there to enjoy a nice ride through the trees on the lower section but make sure you have enough speed as the last hundred meters are quite flat.
Then take the Fornet and the Vallon gondolas to get back to the top and go explore the Pissaillas Glacier area. On the ride to the top on the Cascade chairlift, contemplate the amazing view on the glacier and the Vanoise National Parc which are really breath-taking.
Val d’Isère’s ski area offers numerous restaurants with terraces for any budget. Whether you want to have lunch on top of the mountains or down in the resort is up to you but we would like to suggest that you go back to Val d’Isère 1850 and choose one of the terraces to rest and relax in the mid-day sun. The run back from the Pissaillas Glacier, with the Plan and Piste M red runs will get you hungry and this location is great after-lunch starting point to go explore Bellevarde and La Daille areas.
While you enjoy a well-deserved break, a sunny terrace is the right place to share a picture of your #perfectskimoment with us on Instagram 😉
We had the chance to have lunch at Le Brussels restaurant. It is a little bit expensive but food and service are great and you will not regret having a break in their comfortable sofa, staring at the sun and beautiful mountains.
Where to go in the Afternoon
We know it’s hard to leave a comfortable deck chair but you still have to go explore what Val d’Isère’s ski area has to offer. So it is time to take the Olympique gondola again to reach the top of Bellevarde and head to Rocher du Charvet. The Collet blue run will take you to the Grand Pré chair lift on top of which you will be able to enjoy an amazing view on the Mean Martin (3330m) and Pointe de la Sana (3436m) peaks.
Then slowly ski down to the Fontaine froide lift and take the Diebold blue run. This run is quite nice to get back to La Daille village at 1785m as it will give you a nice view on the upper section and fantastic ride through the trees on the lower part. If you are in a sportier mood you can ski down the red run Ok Coupe du Monde which basically means World Cup, so be prepare to race your friends.
Now it is time to have fun in Val d’Isère’s snowpark and do a couple of runs on the different jumps, rails and boxes. From La Daille take the Etroits chairlift and then Mont Blanc chairlift to reach the top of the park. Some jumps can be pretty big so we highly suggest you start small on the first runs and go bigger when you are used to it.
Val d’Isère is also famous for its parties and après-ski. To get things started you can of course go to La Folie Douce. This Ibiza-style club is the place to see and be seen and is a must-do in Val d’Isère as the show is worth it. The team is really warming up the atmosphere by dancing and singing on different kind of beats. This après spot has DJs and live band on an open terrace and the show starts after lunch until the La Daille Gondola closes. If you drink then drink responsibly and ride the gondola down to La Daille village where you will be able to take a shuttle bus to get back to Val d’Isère 1850.
As the sun sets behind the mountains, you can still enjoy your après-ski time as Val d’Isère offers several bars and pubs like The Pacific Bar or the Fall Line which have DJs or live music as well.
We hope you liked this first installment of A perfect day at the resort and enjoyed your journey through the resort. We will now work on the next guidebook, if you want us to go explore a specific ski resort in the Alps, just let us know here or on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
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Val d’Isère Tourism: www.valdisere.com
Val d’Isère Snowpark: www.valdisere-snowpark.com
Hotel Restaurant Le Brussels : www.lebrussels.com
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