The Val d’Isere Haven of Snow and Skiing

The skiing season this year has already seen a greater snowfall than the total snowfall last year throughout the majority of the Alp resorts. 300cm so far and a forecast for even more means that there has hardly been time for the sun for shine, but who cares when you’re thigh deep in powder?! This season is set to be one of a lifetime.

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At times it has even been too much for the instructors to cope with!

And here is the current forecast from the Val d’Isere Website just to prove this is all true:

So you should now know that this is the season to go skiing. Find a place in Val d’Isere through either of these sites –

Finally, more amazing skiing posts and updates can be found here. Enjoy the New Year!

At last, Winter has arrived in the Alps!

Snow is finally falling all over the French, Swiss and Italian ski resorts as we speak. This may be a late arrival but goodness me is it needed! After one of the worst recorded November snowfalls in history, we look set to receive a lot this December. The snow cannons can have a well deserved rest as a metre of real snow should be falling over the next week. There is no point denying it – I am honestly excited to go skiing!

50cm has fallen in Val d’Isere so far, with snow forecasted for seven of the eight next days

Everybody will be relieved to know that their ski holidays are now safe. There is certainly going to be enough snow and some may argue that there’s even going to be too much. Low pressure and cold temperatures all over the French Alps are causing a good amount of precipitation.

Unfortunately, I still have to wait until the 14th of December until I can put my ski boots and that will be one good day. First day back to skiing this season will see me racing in Les Deux Alpes for my school. Imagine acing through the giant slalom course with knee high powder. That would be an absolute dream! Maybe I am getting a bit carried away, but today’s and all the forecasted snow is definitely a good sign.

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Powder and Parties? Why Val d’Isere is the best place to ski in 2012

If you talk to anyone who has been to Val d’Isere they will usually mention one of two things; the off-piste and the nightlife – not necessarily in that order.

The resort attracts everyone from the rich and famous (Richard Branson is a regular) who can enjoy the 5-star chalets and fine dining, to snowboarders who live and breathe their sport, squeezing into a small apartment with six other like-minded riders. Once people have been here, it is impossible to stop them returning.

The key factor that lures people back is the skiing. You may sometimes get more snow in America but in Val there is access to challenging slopes, awesome off-piste and a good track record for blue-sky skiing.

Of course, the Espace Killy ski area is synonymous with the legendary Jean Claude Killy, one of France’s most famous downhill skiers. Every year Val d’Isere plays host to the Alpine World cup drawing attention to the fast downhill slopes of the resort. It is not unusual to bump into the ‘Herminator’ in the bakery.

Resort at a glance

  • Open from late November to early May
  • 300km of marked and interconnecting pistes
  • 97 ski lifts (11 free)
  • 14 black pistes
  • Two glaciers for summer skiing
  • Two snow parks
  • Runs from 1560m to 3456m
  • 44km of cross-country
  • Too much off-piste to measure
  • Too many bars to visit


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