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Val d’Isère

Val d’Isère

Val d’Isère - Gare Centrale - Rhone Alps, France

Snowboard, Ski

Just 5 kilometres from the Italian border is Val d’Isère, a French commune on the edge of the Vanoise National Park in the centre of the Alps. It is a dream destination for winter sport lovers and was part host to the 1992 Albertville Winter Olympic Games. It also hosted the 2009 World Championships and is a stop for the World Cup every December. The combination of hundreds of kilometres of pistes with a maximum altitude of more than 3.400 m, two skiable glaciers and a favourable geographical situation is what makes the resort a special place.

In the Les Marmottes zone and the Vallée Perdue you’ll find some off piste runs with natural jumps. If you want to ride between the trees, Le Fornet is the best option but it is advisable to get a guide. If you go in a group of four or five people it will be cheaper. The less experienced and beginners can enjoy the less challenging slopes around Solaise, Madeleine and Bellevarde. The Olympic downhill run 'Face' is also on the Bellevarde Mountain. If it's groomed it's great for speed enthusiasts, but it is often a mogul field from top to bottom.

Freestylers have many natural options around the resort as well as a Cross Park in the Grand Pré zone. It's home to the boardercross course which has a variety of banked corners and humps and is adapted for all levels. The course also has a timing system. The Snow Park, by the Mont Blanc chair, is aimed at advanced riders and has 10 m rails, bowls, kickers, wallrides and a small pipe. The Kids Park is suitable for all levels but is ideal for beginners. It’s by the Borsat chair and has a line with three jumps, a 2 m box, 2 funboxes and a rainbow. On a whole, the resort is good for snowboarders as there are plenty of suitable runs and there aren’t many draglifts, however, there are quite a few flats to watch out for.

Val d’Isère Snowboard France

Conditions

The season begins at the end of November and, if the conditions allow, ends during the first week of April. With over 80 years of history and experience, the pistes are kept in excellent condition. The best grooming and snow cannons ensure the resort is fully operational at all times. The best time to enjoy the off piste skiing is during February and March. There are 300 kilometres of routes to discover. The resort also organises Ride Hard, Ride Safe avalanche awareness talks before and during the season.

Val d’Isère Snowboard France
Characteristics
  • SnowPark
    1
  • Summit
    11.339 ft
  • Lifts
    87
  • Base
    6.069.6 ft
  • Vertical Drop
    5269 ft
  • Terrain
    1.000 Ha
  • Longest Run
    6.2137 Mi
  • Runs
    158

Difficulty level of the pistes

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