Unlike many modern ski resorts, Val d’Isère isn’t a monstrosity of modern architecture sticking out from the side of the mountain like a gaping wound . . . .READ MORE . . . .
The first area of Val d’Isere you approach when you arrive, La Daille (say “La Die” if you want to sound in the know, not “La Dally”) certainly isn’t the prettiest area of town, at least at first sight . . . .READ MORE . . . .
One of the newer areas of Val d’Isère, Le Crêt is purely residential (unless you count the Spar superette at the petrol station) . . . .READ MORE . . . .
Whereas many ski resorts are quite spread out and you may find your “town centre” chalet is long way up a steep hill from anywhere you want to be, Val d’Isère is different . . . .READ MORE . . . .
The Rond Point des Pistes area is just across the nursery slopes from the main town centre, a three minute walk across the piste or a 30 second bus ride through the tunnel . . . .READ MORE . . . .
Running along the bottom of the Bellevarde mountain, more or less parallel with the main street, the La Balme and Les Carats area contains both some of the most basic and some of the most luxurious accommodation in Val d’Isere and has seen quite a lot of development in recent years . . . .READ MORE . . . .
Le Laisinant is a small hamlet just a couple of hundred metres on from the edge of the town in the Fornet direction – far enough for you to feel you’re out away from it all, and yet close enough to walk to the town centre in 15 or 20 minutes . . . .READ MORE . . . .
One of the oldest parts of Val d’Isère and a good couple of kilometres from the main centre, Le Fornet really does ooze mountain charm, particularly on the right side of the road down over the bridge in the old village and by the river . . . .READ MORE . . . .
As you drive through the tunnels on the final approach to Val d’Isère and just before you reach the statue of the beautiful Lady of the Lake, you may not notice a tiny road leading up the mountain on your left . . . .READ MORE . . . .