Since the first Winter Olympic Games took place in Chamonix in 1924 and glorified skiing in the upper echelons of British society, the villages of Chamonix and Val D’Isère have become favourites. What makes Val D’Isère a luxury ski resort? Some will say the price of a Sauvignon Blanc in the mountains! To be Fair, helicopter LED power lines are not inexpensive!
Here are seven good reasons why I believe that Val D’Isère is up there with the crème de la crème of luxury ski resorts:
1. Snow safe conditions
With 60% of the slopes above 2500m, Val D’Isère is one of the snow-covered ski resorts of the Alps. In fact, you will find it in the number one slot on Weather to Ski’s Top 10 snow sure resorts in Europe. Most of the slopes are north-facing, which helps the snow reserves and allows access to no less than two glaciers.
2. The station of Champions
Val D’Isère is skiing as tennis is at Wimbledon, hosting more competitions at a high level than any other European site. There is a reason why he has produced four Olympic champions so far, including the great Henry Pillow and Jean-Claude Killy and it hosts one of the most famous slopes – la Face. If you dare…
3. Surprisingly good cuisine
While at least three restaurants in the Val have Michelin stars, including the Atelier D’edmond, la montagne is also home to surprisingly good restaurants. The Solaise head offers a really first – class tasting menu-the scallop carpaccio gets my vote. During this time, the bar in the heart of the marais de combines a funky atmosphere with delicious food and salads savoy products locally – not bad for a village. Off the slopes – you can expect some of the best restaurants in many of the resort’s luxury ski chalets.
4. The quality of the ski resort
The “300 km of slopes” do not really show why it is such a large ski resort. Perhaps it is the impressive slopes-several slopes offer up to 900m at a time. Or the vastness of the terrain-this is the perfect combination for adventurous intermediate skiers and advanced skiers. The slopes are tirelessly maintained and maintained by a large team of pursuers. There is even a new snow factory driving the Solaise Mountain this year, and “sun cannons” designed to improve the flat light conditions!
5. Off-track accessible
Finding fresh powder usually involves a long hike, but what I like most about Val is the accessibility of the offroad. The Fornet is a favorite-soft paradise bowls, if conditions allow. Then there is the ‘valley of White ‘ and the thrash kept secret Lost in the Valley! In short – lots of fantastic off-track out there for recording. However, we always recommend to go with a guide. We have been working with ours for years and we know that in addition to the safety factor, you also know the mountain from inside and outside and can offer you the best off-road experience the resort has to offer.
6. Luxury Accommodation
You can always tell the quality of a ski resort by the level of its accommodation. So you won’t be surprised that Val D’Isère covers luxury from all angles, be it a luxury chalet, a 5* spa hotel or an apartment.
7. Après-ski hot ice
Finally, but not superficially – how could I write this article without at least mentioning the famous “sweet madness” – the beats and joys can be heard from afar while Veuve Clicquot bottles line the tables. Meanwhile, there are many other great bars with VIP zones and hot ice in April promising live bands on the tracks to add the extra “I know what”.