Val d'Isère

The charming village of Val d’Isère sits nestled within the Espace Killy, one of the Alps most dynamic ski terrains. Thanks to an extensive lift network, the village is connected with over 300 kilometres of piste and the neighbouring mountain town of Tignes.  While Tignes has a robust reputation as a destination for serious skiers, its Val d’Isère, with its cobbled streets, chalet architecture and vibrant après ski culture, that’s regarded as one of the chicest spots in the Alps.

Located at 1,850m in altitude and just 5 km from the border with Italy, Val d’Isère is easily accessible, connected via road and train network to Geneva, Lyon and St Etienne airport.

A regular host of world-class ski championships, including Olympic events, Val d’Isère combines challenging runs with a fantastic range of gentle slopes suited to both beginners and intermediate skiers.  Its versatility makes it an all–round favourite;  come high-season, its legendary après-ski spots, like La Folie Douce, draw a glamorous international crowd, while top restaurants require booking weeks in advance.

Yet while in recent years, the array of boutique hotels, five-star restaurants, trendy bars and designer shops has been on the rise, it hasn’t tainted the magic of this intimate alpine town. It’s not hard to see why Val d’Isère’s legion of loyal devotees continues to grow.

The experts say

The best way to see La Grande Motte glacier is by taking the cable car (of the same name) from Val Claret, a small village in the Val d’Isère resort. It travels from 2,100m to 3,032m in around six to eight minutes. You might even get to see a marmot just out of hibernation if you go in the right time of the year.

The luxury property market in Val d'Isère

As one of the best-loved resorts in the Alps, property for sale in Val d’Isère is always highly sought after. While prices tend to be higher than the average, investment here holds a guaranteed return. Newly built skis chalets and ski apartments are rare for the area, and with only a few launched each year, tend to snapped up as soon as they are for sale.

Like the ski slopes, Val d’Isère’s property market caters to a wide range of buyers. For a more affordable option, a one-bedroom ski-in ski-out apartment in La Daille can start from €235,000m.  At the other end of the spectrum, new developments offering luxurious bespoke ski chalets now cater to the growing interest from high net worth Europeans, with chalets ranging from €2,600,000 to €9,000,000.

  • The town has a permanent population of 1,700 people
  • The lifts take more than 2,000 people an hour up the mountain
  • The resort was the start of the Stage 9 in the 2007 Tour de France.
  • The region was given additional attention by British tourists due to the visit of the popular Patsy and Edina from the Absolutely Fabulous sitcom.

How to Get There

By Train

The closest rail station to Val d’Isère is Bourg Saint Maurice, which is around a 45 minute drive away (1 hour by bus). Throughout the season it is possible to find daytime and overnight services from London (Eurostar), Paris (TGV) and other European cities.

By Air

Lyon (241km) and Geneva (172km) are both around three hours by car from Val d’Isère, giving this resort one of the longer transfers of the French Alps. On the plus side this does mean there are less day trippers during the busier weeks. There is also Chambery airport, which is closer, around two hours from the resort.

Three insiders tips for Val d'Isère

GET - a local favourite for hearty food is the 1789. Make sure you go for the côte de boeuf.
DO - Recharge in Val d’Isère’s world-class spas
SEE - plan to lunch at Le Fornet, known by locals as the ‘bucket of sun’, on the far right side of Val d’Isère. It is the perfect place to stop for lunch and take in the scenery.

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