Preparing for The 2012/13 Ski Season: Val d’Isere
Val d’Isere is one of the best loved ski resorts in France and it comfortably lives up to its stylish reputation. The resort’s charm lies in its ability to please every member of a party, making it a playground for all abilities and Après ski preferences. The piste offers a combination of intermediate blue and red runs, with a few green beginner slopes and some trickier black descents, not for the faint of heart. Transport links in and out of Val d’Isere are excellent, with local airports in both Lyon and Geneva. Similarly, getting on piste is a pleasant experience; try the classic chairlift, the Funival funicular, or the large gondola and glide smoothly up to your chosen slope.
The Après ski pursuits range from fur rugs and cocoa, to rocking mountain cafes; soak up the atmosphere and enjoy. La Folie Douce, is fast becoming one of the hippest dance locations in Europe, its infamous afternoon festivities kick off from 3pm. Party on the slopes, then ride down on the nearby gondola as night falls. Dicks Tea Bar has a more formal feel, boasting log fires, hot chocolate and a chance to wind down. The Blue Note is a secret treasured by the locals, but it’s a jovial place with a great atmosphere and all are welcome. The Pacific is a sports bar with a British vibe, showing many live games and events on wide screen TVs. They’ll happily find the match you’ve set your heart on watching, just ask.
Accommodation in Val d’Isere
When you’re ready to kick your shoes off, the local accommodation will meet the highest of expectations. Luxury chalets abound, tucked away in quiet hamlets and designed to the highest specifications. These spacious, charming properties exude an air of exclusivity, whilst remaining a home from home. As well as an open fire, there’s mod-cons such as Wi-Fi and a generous amount of DVDs, as well as board games. Bedrooms are nearly always en-suite and the toiletries are complimentary, as is your welcome champagne. If you prefer meeting other skiers, reserve a room in a large shared chalet, a chef caters for guests and you’ll enjoy a cleaning service.
There is such an eclectic mixture of mountain restaurants, that finding one to suit your taste will be part of the fun. However, a few recommendations might give you a head start. Edelweiss on La Fornet, is a pretty stone and timber restaurant in a great location, with stunning mountain views. You’ll find solid traditional French food, served in a relaxed warm atmosphere. The Fruitiere is a larger restaurant, serving generous portions of French cuisine with fine wines. If you like a spot of post lunch partying, it’s conveniently placed next to the lively Folie Douce. The Signal, is a real family affair, with the ever present owners always on hand, ensuring their homemade dishes are just right. The outdoor terrace has beautiful views, whilst downstairs you can grab a self service meal, if you’re in a hurry.
Val d’Isere is a beautiful mountain retreat, effortlessly cosmopolitan and elegant. The resort’s rustic charm endures, despite its contemporary outlook and the snow dusted chocolate box scenery will take your breath away every time. You’ll be planning your next trip before you leave.
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VIP SKI, the luxury ski holiday specialists with Val d’Isere chalets among other Alpine resort destinations.