Val d'Isère, France

The Best Boarding in Europe

This place has everything from good riding to big-time party action. The drive into Val d'lsère is stunning—so stunning you may crash your car. La Daille is the first part of "Val" (as it's nicknamed), but it's the cheaper alternative, the ugly sister to the main town, which is a five-minute drive away. Val's main town is the Alps answer to Aspen: expensive, luxurious, and a good laugh.

Val d'Isèere, one of Europe's best-known resorts, is part of the vast Espace Killy, which is renowned for its extensive and varied terrain and is linked by lifts to Tignes. All boarders will find something to relish: huge piste and off-piste areas, a well-kept half-pipe, and some of the liveliest nightlife in the Alps.

Val d'Isère can usually be assured of having snow, as most of the slopes are north-facing and at high altitude.

Val d'Ishre Essentials

Tourist Office

Telephone: 7906 0660

Getting There:

By plane: From Geneva and Lyon, it's a 4.5-hour transfer; from Chambiry, it's a 3.5-hour transfer.

By train: The closest station is Bourg St. Maurice, from where there are regular connections.

By car: Go to Bourg St. Maurice on the N90 and Val d'Isère is another 30 km (18.6 mi) away. Avoid driving in on a Saturday, as the rest of Europe will be doing the same and the traffic can back up as far as Bourg St. Maurice.

Best Hotels in Val-d'Isere

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Hotel L'Aigle des Neiges
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Residence Les Balcons de Bellevarde


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