Val d’Isère

For centuries, trapped in a dead-end valley, Val d’Isère, was a long forgotten hunting hamlet for French royals, fringing the tree line surrounded by steep mountains. The snowfilled forever-winters forced subsistence-level living on the poor local farmers. Then in 1929 came Jacques Mouflier, their first skier. He strongly urged the development of tourism – the rest is skiing history. Much of the rambling town was re-designed and rebuilt for the ‘92 Olympics so Val d’Isère’s now an appealing, harmonious and better organized resort. The early Romanesque tower and its baroque church long forgotten in the midst of mid-twentieth century modernity are once more an integral part of the town’s heart – silent antidotes to our fast-paced twenty-first century lives. The resort’s Oxygen is a vast sports center with an Olympic size pool, Jacuzzi, saunas, climbing wall, squash courts, and extensive spa facilities.

Val d’Isère’s natives nurture their babies into champions: Henri Oreiller, the Goitschel sisters, and, of course, Jean-Claude Killy. Their Olympic golds evolved from the incredibly extensive terrain in that dead-end valley. The area, almost six times the size of Vail, covers more than 25,000 acres and averages over 40’ of snow a year. Last winter they installed the new Solaise lift complex. Back in 1938 it was the resort’s first lift. Their new gondola is a 7-minute ride with heated seats, wifi and increases capacity by 40%. The engineers literally moved the mountain, actually flattened it, built a lodge with a restaurant, picnic and children’s games areas, and great views of the ‘Face de Bellevarde’ downhill and Solaise runs. Today Val d’Isère has 84 up-to-the-minute lifts linking 135 runs totaling 190 miles of trails. The terrain and facilities are so impressive the resort hosted the 1992 Olympics and the 2009 World Championships. You too can test your knees on Donna Weinbrecht’s ’92 gold-giving moguls. There’s enough choice from débutant to expert that no one has to do the same run twice!

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Special rates on ski passes throughout the season. Book before November 30th to get 30% discount for January 13/26, 2018 passes.

 

  • Slope and chalets at Val d'Isere.
  • Village of Val d'Isere at night.

Gateway City: Geneva
Transfer Time: 3.75 hours
Via: Motorcoach

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  • Fine Food
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  • Glacier Express
  • Haute Route
  • High Season Lines
  • Long Season
  • Lots to do
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  • Olympic Resort
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Hotels in Val d’Isère

Hôtel Les 5 Frères

This small 17-room hotel, opened in December 2013, is a family experience through and through. It’s in Val d’Isère’s historic center where the Mattis’ great-grandparents opened the village’s second hotel. Their son, his wife and five sons helped so the hotel’s named in their honor. Today the youngest generation manages this unique hotel with rooms of various sizes. There are only three or four per floor so a family or group can reserve an entire one and dinners easily can be arranged. The décor mixes ancient with the very new, the colorful with some exotic thrown in, in this cozy, comfy family hotel.

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  • Exterior of Hotel Christiania in Val d'Isere.
  • Lounge in Hotel Christiania in Val d'Isere.
  • Bath in Hotel Christiania in Val d'Isere.
  • Suite in Hotel Christiania in Val d'Isere.

HOTEL CHRISTIANIA

The Christiania’s high quality won it five stars in ’12. It is ski-in and out, rare in European resorts, and very central. The recently redone, well-appointed 69 balconied rooms have rustic-alpine furnishings. There’s a fireplace in the sunny lounge; a pool with sauna, hammam, and hydro-therapy spa; and fine-quality cuisine. Then there’s Philippe Bertoli along with his son and guest-friendly staff, no wonder the hotel is top-rated. A hard-to-beat combination, here or anywhere!

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