Val d’Isère Luxury Ski Chalets
The mix of snow-sure skiing and vibrant centre makes Val d’Isère one of the world’s finest ski resorts.
Val d’Isère is one of the finest ski resorts in the world and rightly so. Skiers first gravitate here for the high altitude and abundant snow, endless skiing terrain and easily accessible off-piste. You will also discover an attractive traditional resort with beautiful ski chalets, great boutiques, endless restaurants and a buzzing nightlife – a heady mix!
Sharing a huge and varied ski area with neighbouring Tignes called the Espace Killy, and with an excellent and efficient lift system, it is a true winter playground with endless choices. With all the skiing being above 1850m, the season lasts from the end of November to the beginning of May, making it one of the most snow-sure ski resorts in Europe.
Unlike so many resorts that claim a giant ski area, the pistes of Val d’Isère and Tignes are naturally linked and it easy to ski and snowboard between the two. On top of that, the standard of piste grooming is extremely high making the slopes perfect for carving those turns.
The challenges for the strong skier are endless. Face, the World Cup downhill course, which looms over the centre of the resort will test the best, particularly if attempted non stop! One of the big attractions here is the vast amount of lift served off-piste, especially above Le Fornet and in the Manchet Valley. With many North facing ski slopes, the powder can stay fresh for days, but always remember to take a qualified mountain guide with you, of which there are many in resort.
For those who like to clock up the kilometres on piste there are so many choices, with the Solaise sector having many blue runs ideal for building confidence at the beginning of the week. Above Bellevarde the slopes are so wide, that you will be carving all day long, whilst the long, cruising runs above Le Fornet will leave you smiling all the way to après ski.
Though not known as a beginners resort, the ski schools are excellent and the nursery slope in the centre of resort perfect for those first steps. Once linking your turns, the best place to progress is the Madeleine run on Solaise and later to the gentle, wide and generally quiet slopes of the Col de l’lseran.
The après ski scene here is well known, and with the recent addition of Cocorico right in the centre of the Rond Point des Pistes, the party begins as soon as you clip out of your skis or snowboard. The Signal bar and restaurant above Le Fornet is a great stop on the mountain, or the infamous La Folie Douce above La Daille, starts getting very lively after lunch.
Off the slopes the resort has a lively buzz with its endless shopping, cafés and bars and the entertainment pulses late into the night, especially at Dick’s Tea Bar nightclub.
- Resort Altitude: 1850m
- Ski Elevation: 1550m - 3455m
- Ski Domain: Espace Killy
- Pistes: 300km
- 15% Green runs
- 42% Blue runs
- 26% Red runs
- 17% Black runs
- Chambery (CMF): 2h 15m / 140km
- Grenoble (GNB): 2h 30m / 160km
- Geneva (GVA): 3h / 220km
- Lyon (LYS): 3h / 220km
RESTAURANTS & NIGHTLIFE IN VAL D'ISERE
The Luxury Chalet Book guide to the best on-mountain and in-resort restaurants, bars and nightlife in Val d’Isere.
A family run restaurant found at the foot of the Val d’Isère ski slopes and beside the old Solaise cable car terminal. L’Étincelle has a south facing terrace to enjoy drinks, snacks, and light bites such as pizza and soup. You can enjoy the cosy atmosphere created by the fireplace in the middle of the restaurant, whilst chef Chef Pierre-Yves Casanova produces an evolving local menu depending on the seasons and local suppliers produce.
Le Signal is located at the top of the Le Fornet cable car in the heart of the magnificent Fornet sector of the ski area. A perfect spot for both skiers and non-skiers to meet for lunch with superb mountain views. Le Signal has a downstairs self-service restaurant serving salads, soups, and lighter bites, whilst upstairs is the main restaurant where traditional Savoyard products are put in the spotlight.
Located at the top of the La Daille gondola, the world famous Folie Douce boasts 5 unique restaurants catering for all tastes. Whether you are looking for Italian cuisine in La Cucùcina; wine, cheese, and cigars in Les 3 Caves; classic snacks cooked on an outdoor BBQ from The Butchers Shop; a gourmet self-service restaurant at La Petite Cuisine; or 5th and finally, our favourite restaurant out of them all is La Fruitiere, which offers an authentic yet modern day twist on traditional French food. Afterwards you can enjoy the amazing cabaret shows that are all part of the après ski experience of La Folie Douce.
Located at the Bellevarde Express chairlift on the famous downhill piste ‘Le Face’, it is a great spot for skiers and non-skiers to meet for lunch. Here you will enjoy a warm welcome into a traditional and cosy restaurant serving great burgers and steaks alongside other classic French dishes.
The restaurant is housed within a wood and stone chalet that can be found halfway down the blue Mangard piste. Offering dramatic views down the valley, this friendly restaurant with terrace offers excellent French classics, pastas, and fine wine.
Located at the top of the La Daille gondola, La Folie Douce Val d’Isère is the original après ski bar. Enjoy live bands, DJs and dancers on the open terrace all creating a very lively atmosphere from mid-afternoon until the lifts close. Afterwards, click into your skis for the home run back to resort.
A very popular après ski bar found at the foot of the slopes on the main snow front in central Val d’Isere. Party with live music and DJs right through until 4:30am. Street food is served until 9pm and dancing on the tables is a must here!
Found on the snow front in the centre of Val d’Isere, a good spot for some après ski but more popular as a nightclub if you still have the energy to dance the night away.
A fantastic après ski bar found in the centre of Val d’Isere just off the high street. This old favourite has live music from 5pm, a friendly atmosphere, pool tables and fantastic homemade pub food.
One of the biggest and best nightclubs in the French Alps. Located in the resort centre just off the high street, you can dance your cares away until the very early hours of the morning with DJs and live musicians.
Centrally located 50m from the snow front, this bar offers a relaxed vibe with free appetizers while you enjoy a drink from comfy seating and with chilled tunes playing.
Located at the bottom of the slopes on the main snow front, Bananas is perfect for those looking for a more relaxed après ski vibe. Enjoy the happy hour, whilst it also has a restaurant that serves a mix of Tex-Mex and Indian food, as well as some typical Savoyard classics.
📍 Le Hibou
Located on the main high street just before the centre of Val d’Isère, this lounge style bar offers you a cosy welcome with friendly and attentive staff. They also serve tapas dishes inspired by Asian cuisine with a great selection to choose from.
Located on the main high street it is the only bar in Val d’Isere that serves only wine. It has a great selection of 25 wines by the glass and they store over 10,000 bottles of French wine! If you fancy nibble, they also serve French cuisine to accompany your favourite tipple.
Located on the main high street, this ever-popular bar and restaurant serves both traditional and fusion cuisine along with phenomenal cocktails, all with live music every night from 7pm.
Located on the Place du Rond Point des Pistes just off the main high street, it is a Savoyard bistro style restaurant and bar with a sunny terrace. Offers traditional local food and great burgers, they also offer a click and collect service if you would like to pick your food up and eat it in the comfort or your chalet or apartment.
Located in La Daille at the bottom of the “orange” slope between the funicular and la Daille gondola. Soak up the sun on their extensive terrace or go inside where you can warm up by the fireside. Les Equinoxes serves traditional French cuisine and local Savoyard specialities.
📍 Le Lodge
This restaurant is in the centre of Val d’Isere and offers breathtaking views of Rue de la Soif and the resort. A cosy and friendly visit awaits, and you can choose from traditional French cuisine, local Savoyard specialities and world cuisines. Also rumoured to serve the best cheese fondue in Val d’Isere.
A contemporary styled restaurant located in the Avancher Hotel, on the right of the main strip heading towards Le Fornet. Welcoming non-hotel guests the chef Olivier Nuret offers fresh house pasta with a variety of sauces for lunch, whilst for dinner he uses fresh local produce to offer traditional dishes such as their famous classic Raclette.
A two-starred Michelin restaurant found in the beautiful village of Le Fornet at the top of the Val d’Isere valley. Housed in a beautiful old-style chalet it faces the front of the Le Fornet cable car at the bottom of the ski slopes. Chef Benoît Vidal takes you on a gastronomic journey specific to the local area while you relax in a warm atmosphere by an open fire.
This one Michelin starred restaurant is in the Hôtel les Barmes de l’Ours at the foot of the famous Bellevarde ski slope, near to the resort centre. Chef Antoine Gras serves delightful food inspired by the surrounding countryside whilst you enjoy the panoramic views of Val d’Isere in a warm and intimate setting.
On trend, Le K2 Chogori is a Peruvian fine dining restaurant in the centre of Val d’Isere. Chef Riccardo Berto brings an exciting contemporary twist to his Peruvian food transporting you from the French Alps to the Andes. His dishes are ideal for sharing with your friends or special partner, all in a cosy and welcoming atmosphere.
The Blizzard restaurant is to be discovered in a large mountain chalet hotel of the same name, just 150 meters from the ski slopes in the resort centre. Delight in gourmet French cuisine by Chef Patrice Durand surrounded by a charming and traditional interior. You can enjoy lunch on the sunny terrace overlooking the Bellevarde slopes or enjoy a cosy ambient setting in the restaurant in the evening.
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Part of the amazing high altitude and snow-sure Espace Killy ski area, we have a huge choice of self-catered apartments and catered luxury ski chalets in Val d’Isere for all group sizes.