Val d'Isere is a resort in the French Alps. It is linked to Tignes.

Get in

By train

The nearest train station is Bourg-Saint-Maurice, which is served by TGV and local services. In the winter months, additional services operate; Eurostars direct from London, Thalys trains from Europe, and the ski train sleeper from Paris. This is some 35 km away however, so coach services provide the onward connection; the journey takes about 1 hour 15 minutes in good weather.

By car

If you are driving to Val D'Isere be aware that you may be required to equip your car with snowchains. Also note that during winter it is not possible to access Val D'Isere from south, coming from Susa or Modane, since the Iserian alpine pass is then closed.

By plane

Get around

A completely free bus services runs in the village to transport skiiers and residents around. In the winter season buses run every 5 minutes between 8AM-PM; in the summer they run every half an hour. The village centre is pedestrian only.


The town centre is very attractive and lively; the architecture in the town is very pleasing and has been improved in recent years. Of course, the resort's natural assests are its best - the views of the Alps are always stunning.


Winter sports

The resort is world-renowned for the amount of lift-served off-piste it offers; in particular, intermediates and experts are well served. For beginners, there are several schools and guides. The lift system has been recently upgraded, and a common pass for the Espace Killy area introduced (providing access to slopes in Tignes as well as Val D'Isere. For the 2006/7 season, a six-day pass will cost €180 (£135; $220).

The resort has 300 km of piste, of which 26 km is served by snowmaking equipment. 15% of pistes are green, 46% blue, 27% red and 12% black.

In addition, Val d'Isere is one of the highest resorts in Europe (1850), which means that there is a greater chance of better snow. It is also connected to Tignes (2100m), which is even higher.

Summer sports

During the summer, the resort is open for mountain biking and hiking.


Ski equipment and rental is available.


Loads of different restaurants - most feature the local specialities of fondue, raclette and braserade.


As one of the apres ski capitals of the Alps - Val has plenty of establishments to keep you occupied!


There are several quaint hotels, apartment rentals and chalets available up to 4 star. The night life in the resort is very good.

There are many accommodation choices. Perhaps the best known hotel is the Hotel Christiana, which is very close to the lifts and the ski schools.

Go next

For major shopping etc., Geneva, Switzerland is about 2 hours away in car, 4 by train. Lyon is about 4 hours by car, 4 hours by train. For lesser needs, Bourg-Saint-Maurice has a cinema and outdoor and indoor swimming pool.

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