It might have a vibrant village and one of the best après ski scenes in France, but Val d'Isère isn't just for those who like to party. The resort is home of some magnificent ski slopes for all levels, and great off piste terrain. Val d'Isère is one of the most popular resorts in the Alps, and when you get here it's easy to understand why: the cliché of 'something for everyone' rings true here.
The resort has always been a firm favourite with the British, making English something of a lingua franca in the bars around town. The skiing is fabulous: the 300km Espace Killy ski area offers enormous variety of terrain, all serviced by a slick network of chairlifts and gondolas.
The village is most attractive at its centre, with plenty of shops, bars, cafes and restaurants and a traffic-free hub, located close to the slopes.
Val d'Isère rates highly for families. The resort has developed a whole new tranquil nursery zone as part of the redevelopment of Solaise area.
If you fancy ice driving, you can test your skills against the clock on the new BMW slalom course, beside the Rogoney piste.
The resort is also a good one for ice climbing: with crampons and an ice axe in each hand, you can scale two natural frozen waterfalls, which are floodlit in the evenings.
There is no shortage of gourmet restaurants in Val d'Isère, including L'Atelier d'Edmond, which has two Michelin stars.
The original and legendary Folie Douce bar is located on the slopes above Val d'Isère – making the resort the spiritual home of après ski in France.
The resort is chalet heaven, with properties to suit every style and budget, from uber high-end offerings to the more cheap-and-cheerful.
Bourg St Maurice is the nearest Eurostar station.
By bus: around 60 minutes; Adults 12€, Youth (U26) 9.50€ (www.altibus.com)
By taxi: around 40 minutes; about 80€ for an 8-seater taxi
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