Our state of the art sports centre, the Centre Aquasportif, is open from 10 in the morning until 9 at night every day in the winter season. Here you’ll find a traditional 25 metre pool alongside a massive leisure pool with currents, water cannons and massage jets as well as a paddling pool for children. There’s also a great heated sunbed area around the pool – close your eyes and you could be on the beach. Even better, as long as your lift pass is for at least 2 days, you get a free entry to the pool.
As well as the pool complex, there’s a wellness area while for the sporty you have facilities for an endless range of sports – squash and badminton courts, table tennis, a sports hall, a 135 metre climbing wall, a gym and weights room, a soft play area and trampoline for children and driving and golf simulators. You can even have a golf lesson! And of course if you’d prefer just to relax and watch the rest of the family burn off their excess energy there’s also a spacious lounge area with a bar, internet access and a shop.READ MORE . . . .
The outdoor ice rink, just between the main street and the nursery slopes, is open from 2pm until 7pm early in the season and from 3pm until 8pm from mid February onwards when the evenings start to get longer. Kids and adults alike will love the atmosphere of skating under the stars in the floodlights.
There’s a seating area for spectators and hot drinks are available to keep you warm. There are also occasional ice hockey matches here between the Val d’Isère locals and neighbouring resorts. Come and cheer us on!
The nursery slopes are lit up every evening for sledging, and there are lots of other fun activities to try here as well.
A Yooner is a bit like a go-kart on snow – you sit on it and steer with a single handle. It’s easy to learn and you can soon be carving just like on skis. There’s also Air-boarding where you body-surf down the slopes on an inflatable board, or what about snake glisse where you race against another team in a linked snake of sledges? All of this stuff is free and it happens every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 530.
The Dynastar Trophy is a fun, family head-to-head giant slalom race which takes place in the early evening on the floodlit nursery slopes several times a season, during the main holiday weeks. The race is open to all and there are categories for men, ladies and children under 12. There are great prizes including a pair of skis – Dynastar of course – for the winner in each category and numbers are limited so register at the Club des Sports from the preceding Monday.
For those early risers among you, how about hitting the slopes while everyone else is still in bed? This is an unforgettable excursion.
Meet your guides at the Olympic lift at 7.50, head up top for breakfast in a mountain restaurant, then get first tracks down the deserted pistes to La Daille. Open to adults, or children accompanied by their parents. Numbers are limited so you need to book early, at the Tourist Office and no later than 3pm the day before.
Val d’Isère’s spectacular ice driving rink is open from December ‘til March (later in the season there’s no ice!) and covers three hectares.
If you ever wondered what it would feel to drive a sports car on an icy road without worrying whether you would skid, this is your chance to take the turns sideways!
The larger track for cars and motor bikes is a kilometre long and includes 16 rally-style turns. There’s also a smaller go-kart track – a great way to keep your teenagers out of trouble in the evening. The reception area is equipped with an ELLIP6 simulator and a team of professional instructors are available to put you through your paces.
One of the newest high adrenaline sports to hit the slopes of Val d’Isère, think of speedriding as kite-surfing on snow combining the best bits of skiing and paragliding. You take air off jumps and use the sail to control your height and turns. More advanced speedriders are able to use their sail to descend rock faces to access hidden or inaccessible snowfields so the whole mountain becomes a massive three-dimensional playground.BOOKING . . . .
We’ve all dreamed we can fly at one time or another – with a tandem paragliding flight even children as young as FIVE years old really can! Your instructor does all the hard work, you just sit back and enjoy the ride, and the scenery from a totally different angle. Don’t forget to bring your camera!BOOKING . . . .
Experience your own “Call Of The Wild” with a dog sledding excursion. Okay so you’re maybe not going to be lost in the wilds of the Yukon racing for the gold fields of the Klondike, but you can always shut your eyes and pretend! Each sled and team can take up to four passengers (depending on their age and size) or if you’re over 16 you can even drive.BOOKING . . . .
Once upon a time, snowshoeing was one of the main ways of getting around in the mountains in the winter. These days, it’s more about being another way of enjoying the majesty and serenity of the mountains in winter and because it’s a lot less strenuous than skiing, it’s open to older visitors and those who aren’t as fit. It’s also nowhere near as “scary” as skiing if you’re a nervous kind of person.
Most ski schools offer snowshoe excursions and most can provide the kit as well – just wear warm clothing as you would for skiing and warm, sturdy winter bootsBOOKING . . . .
Experience the exhilaration riding a motor-bike through knee deep snow – drive yourself, or ride as a passenger. Short trips run all day (weather permitting) starting close to the bottom of the Tommeuses lift and non-skiers can get up too using the La Daille bubble to the Folie Douce. There’s also the possibility of a trip as a passenger or even a driver in the piste basher.
View Val d’Isère and the surrounding mountains from a totally different perspective – above! Feel like a superstar as you take a scenic trip in a helicopter – a quick flight round the local Val d’Isère area costs less than 40 euros or if you want to further afield you can get right up close and personal with the great Mont Blanc.BOOKING WITH EVOLUTION 2
Challenge yourself or race against your friends or family. Slalom or GS, the choice is up to you. Great for kids, corporates, schools and groups of friends, just turn up at the top, go through the trip switch and ski the gates, stop at the bottom to pay your 2 Euros and head back up to see if you can better your time. Also the venue for some pretty serious race training as well.READ MORE . . . .
For those who prefer the calm and tranquillity of cross country skiing, Val d’Isère has three beautiful cross country skiing areas in La Daille, Le Manchet and at the top of Solaise by the Lac d’Ouillette. Equipment is available to hire from most of the resort’s shops and for the La Daille and Le Manchet pistes you don’t need a lift pass. Great for your fitness.
As well as the organised events on the nursery slopes in the evening with Yooner, Snake Gliss, Airboard and a whole load of other weird and wonderful ways of sliding down the mountain, Val d’Isère also has a safe and protected (no skiing allowed!) sledging area open all day on the very far left of the nursery slopes. It’s open from 10 until 5 every day and parents are responsible for supervising their children.