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Val d'Isère

Espace Killy ski area

Val d’Isère, where life revolves around skiing

This remote and radiant jewel is truly worth discovering. The resort is home to legendary slopes and has nurtured numerous champions. Val-d’Isère is a village before being a holiday resort and retains a distinctive soul. More than anywhere else, this is a place where you can get away from the stresses of daily life and lose yourself in high quality skiing with guaranteed snow cover.
 
In winter you can start your stay by enjoying a major event: the First Snow Critérium, a race that forms part of the Alpine Ski World Cup and kicks off the skiing season. Watching this race is an ideal way to finetune your own approach before whizzing down the famous Face de Bellevarde yourself. This legendary black slope was designed by the Swiss Olympic champion Bernhard Russi following a suggestion by Jean-Claude Killy.
 
Fans of big international sporting events are also well served in summer, when a stage of the Tour de France passes through Val d’Isère. You can emulate yellow jersey winners by riding along the Route des Hautes-Alpes and climbing up the Col de l’Iseran, the highest paved col in the whole Alpes.
 
Val d’Isère is vibrant all year round. It is always a delight to wander through the old village and its hamlets and admire chalets that showcase classic Haute Maurienne architecture. You would be well advised to stop off for a gourmet meal in one of the Michelin-starred restaurants or any of the pâtisseries beloved of natives of a region that has been voted as the best in France for pastry treats. You can then round off a perfect day in one of the snug bars or clubs.
 
To help you enjoy the soul and art of living of Val d’Isère, we have selected exceptional properties and offer a Concierge Service that can tailor a stay that fulfils your every wish.

In short,

The town

Its creation in the 1930s was a crazy gamble, since its location and climate meant it was far from an obvious tourist destination. But Val d’Isère swiftly attracted professional skiers and became a top competition venue. In the late 1970s, Patrice Leconte shot his film Les Bronzés here. Its success enticed even more people to the resort.
 
Since then Val d’Isère has deftly blended authenticity, elite sport and a sumptuous art of living. What is most impressive is that despite becoming a popular tourist spot, it has remained an idyllic home for its original residents. Many of them live in Le Fornet, a hamlet perched 2,000 metres above sea level whose name derives from the lime kilns that used to be commonplace here. Remnants of them survive to this day. Here Val d’Isère is in touch with its past.

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