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  • France

    Val d'Isere

    • World famous ski resort
    • Espace Killy skiing with Tignes
    • One of Europe’s highest resorts
    • One of Europe’s highest resorts
    • Legendary dining and nightlife
  • France

    Val d'Isere

    • World famous ski resort
    • Espace Killy skiing with Tignes
    • One of Europe’s highest resorts
    • One of Europe’s highest resorts
    • Legendary dining and nightlife
The Alpine Property Specialists

Val d'Isere Resort Guide

Val d’Isère is one of the world’s great ski resorts. This high-altitude French village has evolved over the last 40 years to become the global benchmark for other alpine resorts. Not only is the vast Espace Killy ski region one of the best in Europe but Val d’Isère also packs a punch when it comes to dining, shopping, nightlife and après ski. Val d’Isère is a bustling village that is packed with shops, bars and restaurants. Whether you are looking for gourmet dining or a quick burger from the Burger House you will find plenty of options whatever your budget. By restricting car access and leaving most of the roads covered with snow, wondering the streets and alleys of Val d’Isère is a pure delight. Val d’Isère’s nightlife and restaurant scene has improved massively in recent years with long-time favorites The Lodge, Dick’s Tea Bar, Café Face and Le Blizzard ensuring that holiday makers and second home owners are well catered for. Val d’Isère’s skiing is second to none being both extensive and high altitude. The village itself is one of Europe’s highest ski resorts at 1,850m with the ski area topping out at a dizzying 3,480m. Val d’Isère has also greatly improved its non-skiing offering in recent years. The completion in 2009 of the vast leisure centre has added swimming pools, squash courts, gyms, climbing facilities, spa and wellness and much more. If you are looking to buy a property in the French Alps then Val d’Isère is often high on any perspective buyers list. If you do find an apartment or chalet available for sale in Val d’Isère then you are advised to act quickly. Tight planning laws have severely restricted the amount of new development and properties for sale are in high demand.

  • World famous ski resort
  • Espace Killy skiing with Tignes
  • One of Europe’s highest resorts
  • One of Europe’s highest resorts
  • Legendary dining and nightlife
  • Property in Val d'Isere
  • Winter in Val d'Isere
  • Summer in Val d'Isere

Property in Val d'Isere

Property in Val d’Isère is understandably some of the most sought after real estate in the Alps.

The combination of fine dining, high altitude skiing and a lively and charming resort has attracted savvy property investors over recent years.

A recent tightening of planning laws has severely restricted the stock of available apartments and chalets for sale and, as a result, property prices are high.

If you do find a prized chalet or penthouse apartment for sale in Val d’Isère then you are advised to act quickly. Supply is severely restricted and never likely to match the insatiable demand.

New build apartments for sale have been few and far between in recent years and buyers may need to look at older properties and be prepared to renovate.

Val d’Isère is also home to some of the most spectacular chalets in the Alps. Many of the older chalets were sold over the last 20 years and have now been demolished and replaced with some jaw-dropping alpine architecture.

When you are looking to buy a property in Val d’Isère you are likely to consider the three main distinct areas of the village and each will have its own pros and cons.

Le Fornet is one of the most scenic regions of Val d’Isère and home to plenty of traditional Savoyard chalets – many of which have been extended and renovated in recent years.

Cheaper and further down the valley La Daille is dominated by some higher rise buildings and a popular hunting ground for more affordable apartments for sale.

One of the few ski-in ski-out locations are around the village of Le Legettaz. If you don’t mind being a short drive or taxi hop from the action in the centre of Val d’Isère then this is a great option for families with terrific views and easy access to the slopes.

Winter in Val d'Isere

Val d’Isère is rightly recognized as one of the world’s great ski resorts. The sheer variety of terrain on offer here combined with high-altitude pistes ensure that even the most advanced skiers and snowboards are unlikely to ever get bored.

 

Together with neighboring Tignes, Val d’Isère forms the Espace Killy ski area with some 300kms + of pistes.

 

The headline figures don’t tell the whole story however. Off-piste skiers will find some of the best off-piste terrain in Europe and some spectacular ‘bucket-list’ runs.

 

The ski area is one of the newest and most efficient in Europe meaning that lift queues are rare once you get away from the centre of the village.

 

Topping out at 3,480m it also has one of the longest and most snow sure seasons in the world and rightly claims its crown among the world’s top ski resorts.

When you’re ready to take a break from the slopes there are plenty of great dining options up the mountain. Perennial favorites include The Fruitière, Edelwisse and of course the Folie Douce for some lively après ski.

Summer in Val d'Isere

Summer tourism continues to grow each year in Val d’Isère and the local council have invested heavily in boosting tourism during the summer months.

 

Mountain guides are a great way to go for first time explorers of summer in Val d’Isère. Local guides are on hand to take you hiking, climbing, mountain biking, canyoning and even now on the popular Via Ferrata routes.

 

Once you and your family become a bit more comfortable you can head off on your own and explore this stunning part of the French Alps. Plenty of maps, both printed and digital, are now available to guide you along the well-marked hiking and biking routes.

 

For a really thrilling day out, the bubbling white water rapids make for an exhilarating rafting trip. Just be sure to get a wetsuit that fits since the water will be chilly!

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