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Val d’Isere

The world’s leading specialist in Luxury vacation ski rental presents the Val d’Isere luxury chalet portfolio. With local concierge and tailor made services. Originally a small alpine farming village, Val d’Isere has been developing into a modern alpine resort while conserving charm and authenticity. An ablsolute must visit for all ski lovers.

Map of chalets in Val d'Isère

Introducing Val d'Isere

The Best Infrastructures

The resort includes over 300 km of marked slopes and unlimited off slopes skiing within the Espace Killy area making it an ideal location for skiers and boarders of all abilities.

There are 96 lifts spreading 16 km across Val d’Isère and Tignes that can now carry 149,425 skiers per hour. Most of Val d’Isère’s lifts are long and rapid, travelling vertically more than horizontally, so there’s a lot of skiing back down for a short trip up. With it’s resort height and excellent snow conditions you can generally ski back to the heart of the village right until the beginning of May.

From Authenticity to Luxury

The center and old town of Val d’Isere consists of stone and wooden chalets which adds to the cozy feel of the resort. There are some apartment creations and designs left over from the 1970’s dotted around the village, but recent legislation on building regulations and greater emphasis on traditional chalet-style renovations to existing buildings means that the traditional architecture has made a comeback.

Val d’Isere is a top destination with a vibrant and lively atmosphere centered on the wide main street that runs the length of the town. Fashion shops, restaurants and cafés, a cinema and bars all line the busy high street providing a variety of things to do. More recently, there’s an increasing emphasis being placed the look and feel of Val d’Isere. During the winter season, every Thursday, the main high street is closed off to all vehicles, and transport re-routed around the town to transform the area into a pedestrian zone where visitors can enjoy a variety of street entertainment, ice and snow sculpting, parades and live music. Every Monday near the tourist office, the market comes to town selling local cheeses and cured meats, sweets and clothes giving the village a real french feel.

The Resort’s Places

Val d’Isere is made up of a number of small charming little ‘hamlets’ namely: Le Cret, Le Joseray, Le Chatelard, La Legettaz, Le Laisinant, La Daille and Le Fornet. More recently the area of Les Carats (millionaire’s row as it’s locally known) has developed its own charm with luxury chalet companies choosing to select properties there.

Le Cret is one of the earliest and most charismatic areas of Val d’Isere with converted farmhouses built in old stone and wood cladding, Le Joseray, La Legettaz and Le Chatelard offer further residential accommodation in the form of apartments and chalets. Le Laisinant is a small hamlet situated at the top end of Val d’Isere before the village of Le Fornet. La Daille provides some cheap self-catering and chalet accommodation. Le Fornet offers chic and expensive chalets, built to traditional stone and wood designs.

History

A Farming Village

First, Val d’Isere was a tiny village nestled in the small of a valley, where people live dat the pace of the seasons. The inhabitants of Val d’Isère used to hibernate, numbed under the snow during 8 months of the year. The community is used to taking advantage of the short summer season to farm their fields, embroider lace works and produce cheeses. That was before the trend of winter sports holidays began in the twenties.

Three Visionary Men

In 1932, the Alsatian Charles Diebold created the vosgien classes, with instructors from Austria teaching the Arlberg method. Then in 1934, three inspired men, Jacques Mouflier, Nicolas Bazile and Charles Diebold began a dream. The men were passionate about mountains and convinced that the site had a brilliant future ahead due to its nature. The three men are the origin of the resort’s emergence, and due to its creation Val d’lsere was able to enter the narrow circle of great ski resorts. In 1936 the first ski lift, the Rogoney ski lift, opened on the snow front with a 70 m difference of altitude for a 350 m route. In 1937 the Iseran road opened the valley in Summer.

The Post-War Development of the Ski Area

During the post-war years Val d’Isère became truly operational with the first city planning, recognized as promoting the public interest. This was a first in the mountains. The cable car took the first skiers to Solaise’s summit in 1942. The cars could carry up to 300 people per hour, departing at 1,850m and arriving at 2,551m, in 5 min 30 seconds. Three slopes are set up on the Northwest side of Solaise: the A slope (named A for being the first flagged slope in 1934), the M created in 1948 for the average skiers and the S opened in 1943 and was classified at the time as very hard. The town had 275 inhabitants. In 1950, 1000 hotel beds were already available and the inauguration of the Bellevarde cable car took place.

Events with Worldwide Dimension

The first ‘Critérium de la première neige’, an international race of alpine ski, took place in 1955. It’s the opening sport event of the winter season. Organized on the famous O.K. slope above the Daille, through the years the Criterium became a prestigious competition, and an unavoidable stage for the alpine ski World Cup. Since then clients have converged and Val d’Isère has gradually built an international reputation due to an exceptional ski area paired with a welcoming village. In the 80’s, in preparation for the Olympics of 1992 and at the instigation of the mayor Degouey, downtown’s resort was reorganized and the new construction can be seen today. Every men alpine ski event, except the slalom, was hosted in Val d’Isère. The resort also organized the FIS Alpine Ski World Championship in 2009. The resort reputation also rose thanks to its local champions.

Things to do

Magic Christmas

Every year, during Christmas week, Val d’Isère dresses up in Christmas colors with animations for the enjoyment of the old and the young alike. Snow sculptures, shows, concerts, torchlight descent, fireworks, Santa’s arrival… A huge program to melt into Christmas’ magic.

Polo masters de Val d’Isère

Taking place a weekend in January, this is the snow polo competition where the best professional players meet. During four days, riders face on the mythical site, down Bellevarde side. An attractive tournament, accessible to the public

Frost Gun

The most prestigious Big Air competition in Europe is in Val d’Isère, at the foot of Bellevarde side. The qualifiers compete on a weekend and the final is held 15 days later, which creates a lot of suspense. Frostgun is not just about skiing; it is also a real music festival with a DJ from the Netherlands, Sweden or France, guaranteeing you an unforgettable show and week.

Altigliss Gem Challenge

Altigliss, a student association of Grenoble Ecole de Management, organizes the biggest ski and snowboard student competition in Europe every year. It regroups three challenges: ski, mountain and village as well as the Ride Her First (Contest freestyle pro 2* au WST). The week of competition is also a chance to develop varied themes such as disabled ski, sustainable development and mountain risks.

La Scara

La Scara is an Alpine Ski International Competition for the youth. It used to be an event for local children but increasing numbers of participants resulted in a reviewing of the format of the race. After registering on the international calendar, La Scara is now considered a real “Children’s World Championship” and is used as qualification for the selection process at national level. Come and discover tomorrow’s champions.

Places to see

Val d’Isère church

In a baroque church, special attention is given to the portal. Inspired by Roman doors, it is comprised of an arched bay between two columns, above which a niche holding the patron saint is located. The one in Val d’Isère’s church houses Bernard of the Alps, the patron saint of mountain dwellers.

Vanoise National Park

Created in 1963 the Vanoise National Park was conceived as a protected zone for the endangered ibex or bouquetin which suffered from hunting. Two zones were created – the inner one is a sanctuary for wildlife and plants, and the peripheral one is an area where small villages and hamlets can exist quietly alongside nature. However, the history of the Vanoise National Park stretches back much further than the 1960’s. The Pierre aux Pieds (Rock of Feet) is an impressive example of Neolithic civilisation. The possible medieval Stone of the Saints, the Rock of the Masks, and the Stone of the Devil are other examples of past communities.

Iseran Road

Built in 1936 this scenic route provides a superb link between the Tarentaise and the Maurienne. At an altitude of 2,770m, it is the highest point of the Route des Grandes Alpes. It will take you past the Tête du Solaise (2,551m) to the foot of the Belvédère de la Tarentaise (2,528m). The road climbs up to the Col de l’Iseran (2,764m), a stone’s throw from the magnificent Pointe des Lessières (3,041m).

Rock of Bellevarde

An orientation table situated at a height of 2,826m allows visitors to observe the Val-d’Isère dominated by the Grande Sassière, Tsanteleina, the glaciers and the sources of the River Isère. Other summits of the Vanoise massif that are also visible in this magnificent panorama include the Grande Casse and Grande Motte.

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