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A town for skiers and non skiers

The town of Val d'Isere, which lies in the Savoie department in the French Alps, is a haven for serious skiers. If your passion is to spend as much time as possible haring down a powdery white slope, pitting your physicality against that of the mountain, then you need to be in Val d'Isere. But Val d'Isere is more than just a place of black runs and off piste adventures, and the town is pretty enough and lively enough to charm and entertain even non skiers.

Snow for most of the year

At an altitude of over 3,000 metres, the resort has snow for around eight months of the year. Until recently there was even summer skiing available on the Glacier Pissaillas, but current climate change has prevented this over the last couple of years.

Don't mention the slopes!

If you have a partner who is addicted to skiing or snowboarding, but you are not so committed to the art of sliding rapidly down mountains with a plank of wood or two strapped to your feet, then don't panic, choose Val d'Isere. The pistes, off piste areas and snow parks are challenging enough to satisfy even world champions, but the town has a great atmosphere and plenty for you to do while the skiers are on the slopes.

Excellent shopping and leisure facilities

Shops abound, with all manner of goods on offer from Savoyard gourmet specialities such as fondues and fondue pans to high fashion and children's toys. There are exceptional leisure facilities in the town too, with a large swimming pool and a new leisure centre being built. Val d'Isere is one of France's prettier Alpine towns, and in recent years great effort has been made to hide away the seventies extravaganzas of concrete and block and to cover them or replace them with attractive stone and wooden chalet style apartments.

Okay, yes, there's skiing too

Val d'Isere is one of the very best places to go if you want seriously exciting snow sports. In more than 80 years of development as a ski resort, Val d'Isere can now offer one of the largest and best skiing areas in Europe. Getting to the runs is easy too, with no less than 96 lifts, 2 high speed underground railways, 6 gondolas and 4 cable cars taking more than 2,000 people an hour up the mountain! The runs, if laid end to end would stretch a distance equivalent to that between London and Manchester, and the resort offers some of the most seriously challenging on and off piste skiing in the Alps. There are, of course, runs for novices too, along with some very good ski schools, so don't be put off even if your skills are less than championship standard!

And for the young and trendy...

The newer sport of snowboarding which is so popular with the young and trendy is also fast developing in Val d'Isere. There is now a superb new snow park, and this has even been equipped with a chill out zone where exhausted boarders can listen to music, chat and take refreshment before returning to the dizzying jumps and rails of the park.

Aprés ski to end all aprés ski!

It isn't just serious skiing in Val d'Isere... there's some pretty serious aprés ski going on too. The resort is fully equipped to please a wide variety of people, and entertainments range from quiet and sophisticated restaurants to cheap and cheerful pizzerias, from classy casinos and noisy nightclubs to cosy cabin parties and relaxed barbecues in the snow park!

How to get there

The airports closest to the town are Geneva, Lyon, St Etienne and Chambery. Rail travel is also a good choice, as the TGV will get you to Bourg St Maurice where you can find transport links to Val d'Isere. There is also a direct Eurostar service in the winter from St Pancras to Bourg St Maurice.

Property prices and availability in and around Val d'Isere

Property in the Alps is expensive, and especially so in established excellent skiing areas such as Val d'Isere. The returns, however, are superb if you own property in Val d'Isere. Not only do you have unlimited access to one of the best ski resorts in Europe, but also the possibility of recouping some of you cash through letting the property when you are not in residence yourself. Popular types of property tend to be chalets or chalet style apartments.

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Val d'Isère AT A GLANCE

WHERE IS Val d'Isère?

Val d'Isere is located in the east of France, in the Alps close to the Italian border. It lies in the very east of the Savoie department.

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IN THE REGION OF RHÔNE-ALPES

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IN THE DEPARTMENT OF SAVOIE

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Population: 1,632


Access: By air: The nearest airports which are useful for reaching Val d'Isere are St Etienne, Geneva, Lyon and Chambery. By rail: The TGV stops at Bourg St Maurice, from where there are transport links to Val d'Isere.


Economy: The economy is based on tourism and winter sports.


Interesting fact: There are so many runs at Val d'Isere that if you laid them all out end to end in England they would stretch from Manchester to London!

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