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Top tips for skiing in Val d’Isère

Val d’Isère is a favourite for many skiers. And as a glacier resort with excellent snow, buzzing après bars and even more fun to be had off the slopes, it’s clear why.

Where to ski

Beginners can practice on the village nursery slopes before trying out the green runs in the heart of Espace Killy. We like the Verte – it’s a long, open run ideal for perfecting your technique.

Intermediate skiers will love the blue and red runs of the Bellevarde and La Daille sectors, and up on Le Fornet Glacier. And experts should head to the Olympic Men’s Downhill run – La Face – the waist-high Solaise bumps just above the village or the powder bowls of the Tour de Charvet.

Where to eat

Eating out in Val d’Isère can be pricey, but with over 50 restaurants, you’ll always find something to fit your budget and please your taste buds. Up on the mountain, head to Les Marmottes – it’s excellent value and dishes up a variety of casual bites, from burgers and soup to spaghetti and salad.

If you’re after something a bit more special, La Table de l’Ours is a Michelin-starred restaurant with a modern French menu – try the roast pigeon and save room for the grand cru chocolate pie.

La Table de l'Ours meal

Where to drink

If après is your favourite time of day, don’t leave Val d’Isère without experiencing La Folie Douce. The infamous mountain bar hosts daily parties with live DJs, singers and professional dancers – get ready to dance your ski boots off.

Tired yourself out on the mountain? Pay a visit to La Rosée Blanche. Its log cabin interior, large outside terrace and quieter atmosphere make it the perfect place to wrap your hands around a hot vin chaud and swap tales of your day on the slopes.

La Folie Douce in Val d'Isere

What to do

If you’re feeling brave, give paragliding a go – you’ll jump off the hillside and float through the skies with 360-degree views of the resort and mountain.

If you prefer to keep your feet on the ground, try cross-country skiing. Val d’Isère has six different track loops, most of which are free to use, with spectacular views of the Vanoise National Park. Explore the trails over in Tignes, too, and you’ll be pro before you know it.

Where to stay

For a proper home-from-home feel, check out our Canadiennes chalets – they’re right in the heart of Val d’Isère, and each one has an open-plan lounge, spacious rooms with en suites, and unique touches like underfloor heating and smart TVs with Netflix. Plus, your lovely chalet hosts will take care of the cooking and cleaning.

More of a hotel person? Take a look at the Hotel Auberge St Hubert. Right in the resort centre, it includes breakfast, dinner and an after-ski tea – so you can retreat back to the cosy hotel and indulge in a selection of homemade treats before relaxing in the onsite spa.

Canadiennes Chalets in Val d'Isere

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