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Val D’Isère for Beginners

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Val D’Isère is the newest addition to a collection of resorts that European Snowsport can proudly call home. But why make the move? Well, as always we wanted to make sure that there’s something for everyone. It doesn’t matter if you are a complete beginner or a seasoned skier searching out a new challenge, we know that Val D’Isère can provide across the board. ES Val D’Isère director Lara tells us more… 

Ever heard of a run called La Face in Val d’Isère?

La Face is one of the most famous ski runs in the world, and rightfully so. Well known for being extremely steep, this slope runs from the top of the Bellevarde area all the way down into the village of Val d’Isère. That’s a vertical descent of around 959m! It also serves as an impressive back drop for the resort itself and helps to cement Val d’Isère’s reputation as a mecca for advanced skiers.

View from L’Olympique lift that runs above La Face, looking down to the resort.

But that’s just the one run… Val d’Isère is also a true paradise for beginners and lower level skiers.

From the village itself  you can walk straight onto the piste into an area with four free lifts and gentle slopes to safely start skiing. (With another two beginner slopes in La Daille.) Then when you need a well earned break from learning you will find yourself spoiled for choice, surrounded by ski in/ski out cafes, bars, restaurants and hotels.

Once you are ready to head up the mountain, a reduced price/access lift pass allows you to take the TC Solaise Express Telecabine. This will transport you up into a winter wonderland where you can feel fully immersed in the mountains. Newly made learner areas at the top of the mountain guarantee the best snow, and two state of the art covered magic carpets allow adults and children to safely practise their turns whatever the weather. When you’re ready for a break you’ll have easy access to many restaurants, ranging from a cosy Lounge café with picnic area, to the top end restaurant in the brand-new Refuge de Solaise hotel and spa.

Le Refuge de Solaise

Once you’ve mastered the basics it’s time to explore.

Both the Solaise and Bellevarde ski areas have wide green runs are reserved for beginners’ skiing at gentle speeds. These tranquil blue and green runs loop through open bowls and give access to most restaurants around the ski domain -Including the famous Folie Douce (a unique high altitude bar with cabaret and live music). Attached to the Folice Douce are the La Fruitiere and Les 3 Caves restaurants which boast incredible panoramic views. (La Folie Douce is also accessible to non skiers via the La Daille gondola.)

Once you are comfortable on Blue runs the huge ski area of Val d’Isère and Tignes is well and truly open…

You can venture to the Fornet and Glacier areas of Val d’Isère or ski over to the linked resort of Tignes.

A trip to Tignes

And for the advanced skiers amongst us? Well I’ll let Val d’Isère’s reputation speaks for itself. For starters it is the only resort in the world with 3 world cup runs! It also boasts easily accessible off piste areas and itinery runs, breathtaking ski touring and heli skiing.

Sounds like something that could suit you? Get in touch with us at European Snowsport to book a lesson with one of our experienced ski instructors. They can help you to explore the slopes of Val D’Isère no matter what ability level you are. We look forward to seeing you on the snow soon!

Equipment checklist for the first time skier or boarder

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