Old 09-01-07, 10:43 PM   #1
 
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Val D'Isere - A bit of background

Although moving away from its origins as a small farming village, Val d’Isere has lost none of its alpine charm, and is known as one of the best ski resorts in the world. Val d’Isere and Tigne share the Espace Killy Area, which boosts 300km of pisted runs making it a favourite with the best skiers and boarders across the world, yet still suiting all abilities. Val d’Isere’s raised location on the French-Italian boarder provides exceptional snowfall year in year out.

‘Au centre-ville’ stone and wooden clad chalets line the main street. Shops, restaurants, bars, cinemas, clubs provide a lively French après ski programme. Every Thursday during the season, the traffic is stopped on the main street to give way to street music, live music, parades, and snow sculptures etc, matched by a local market on Mondays selling savoir produce.

Val d’Isere also includes a number of smaller mountain hamlets, Le Cret, Le Joseray, Le Chatelard, La Legettaz, Le Laisinant, Le Daille and Le Fornet.

Le Cret is one of the older areas of Val d’Isere it is located in between Le Daille and the centre of town, tucked into the mountain side for some exceptional views over the mountains. Le Cret contains old farm buildings, which have been now converted into large chalets and are ideal for larger groups/families looking to separate themselves slightly from the, in comparison, busy centre-ville.

Le Joseray, Le Chatelard, La Legettaz located at the bottom of the Manchet Valley, 5 minutes from the centre of town, link through the tunnel leading from the main roundabout. These three hamlets are located close together, providing both chalet and apartment accommodation, with the added convenience of being able to ski to your door via the Santons run.

Le Daille is located after the mountain tunnels just before arriving in the centre of Val d’Isere. Le Daille lacks the charm other areas in Val d’Isere have consisting of a number of high rise buildings, providing a number of self-catered apartments. However, only being 2 minutes from lifts to the whole of the Espace Killy, and a 5 minute bus journey from the centre of town, Le Daille provides the whole experience at “good value for money”. If your apartment over looks the piste, come December you will have front row tickets to the Criterium de le Premier Neige.

Le Fornet, located 5 kms pass the centre of Val d’Isere, is a perfect alpine village ignored by many holiday makers. The Chalets in le Fornet are a dreamy alpine retreat, yet this is reflected in the higher prices. Let Fornet provides some of the best off piste skiing on the doorstep, yet should only be talked with skill and mountain experience.

Val D’Isere is a personal favourite providing everything one could wish for in a ski resort, great snow, amazing variety of runs, great food, lively après-ski and alpine charm…. a dream!!

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Old 12-01-07, 01:14 PM   #2
 
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Thanks for that review on the resort, I've never been skiing in France myself but am going to La Plagne in February, can't wait! Have you ever been there by any chance?
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Old 15-01-07, 03:14 PM   #3
 
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Yes I have, nice little resort, you'll have an awesome time. Im in the process of constructing a website, not alot on it at the moment. But I will evently, hopefully soon, write some articles on La Plagne, things like ski hire, ski school, restaurants, guides to ski runs etc. so When I have done ill post the link here so you can have a look.
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Cool, thanks. Can't wait to see them!
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Old 22-01-07, 09:51 AM   #5
 
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I have been to Val D'Isere myself and have to say that is a great review, couldn't agree more.
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