Val d'Isère

Val d'Isère is one of the highest and most snow-sure resorts in the French Alps, sitting at a lofty altitude of 1850m and offering quick access to numerous glaciers, some of which are even open for summer skiing. As a result, the resort has an enviable snow record and can be relied on to provide world-class skiing from the end of November through to the beginning of May. The ski terrain on offer is incredibly varied and, combined with the neighbouring resort of Tignes, makes up the Tignes - Val d'Isère ski area (formerly Espace Killy) which ranks among the largest ski areas in the world, with over 300km of pistes.

The resort itself is sophisticated, historic (with a charming 17th century church at its heart) and enjoys a spectacular natural setting, at the bottom of a steep valley and flanked by dramatic cliffs and the lovely Lac du Chevril at its entrance. Purple Ski offers three of the most luxurious chalets available in Val d'Isère, located in the resort's most exclusive enclaves.

As well as being a skier's paradise, Val d'Isère has plenty to offer non-skiers. Several of the ski lifts are pedestrian-friendly, providing access to mountain restaurants and scenic walks around the Lac de l'Ouillette and the Col de l'Iseran. There is a magical outdoor ice-skating rink, the Centre Aquasportif, a bowling alley, snowmobiling and even ice diving to try. Alternatively, simply unwind in your chalet's private pool and wellness area, or enjoy a massage from one of our masseuses.

Val d'Isère's attractive centre is a great place for a wander and is renowned for its excellent restaurants, bars and good selection of shops. Foodies won't be disappointed by the Michelin starred offering in this gastronomic resort, which counts L'Atelier d'Edmond and La Table de l'Ours among its fine dining establishments. If you'd prefer something simpler, there are plenty of restaurants serving pizza or Savoyard specialities.

The nightlife in Val d'Isère is focused on Cocorico, Le Petit Danois and Dick's Tea Bar, but there are a multitude of elegant bars for a quieter drink too. Try La Mourra or Le Blizzard.

Located in the resort's most exclusive enclaves, we offer three of the most luxurious ski chalets available in Val d'Isère.

Bars and Restaurants

The following are a selection of bars and restaurants you might like to try during your stay, whether for dinner on the chef's night off, a mountain lunch, or a spot of après-ski. The list is not exhaustive but, we hope, gives a range of suggestions.

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Val d'Isère Restaurants for Dinner

Suggestions for Dinner:

The following restaurants are some suggestions by us for your dinner on the chef's night off. It is vital to book as early as possible; just let us know your choice and we will be happy to do this for you.

L'Atelier d'Edmond - Le Fornet 

With 2 Michelin stars, l'Atelier d'Edmond is the obvious choice for a fine dining experience on the chef's night off and offers a warm and intimate atmosphere, perfect for a couple or family group. Chef Benoit Vidal focuses on Savoyard cuisine with a modern twist. The wine is perfectly paired with the dishes and service is consistently to a high standard.

La Mourra - Val d'Isère Centre 

La Mourra is a beautiful restaurant with stunning interiors. The restaurant is Japanese infuenced and offers fresh sushi, as well as hot dishes. The wine list is extensive and the restaurant also serves sake wine. La Mourra has a lovely bar and is great for pre-dinner drinks.

Avancher - Val d'Isère Centre 

Avancher is beautifully modern and comfortable, yet manages to keep its mountain style. It is well known for its Savoyard classics, especially its namesake raclette, which is slightly grilled on the restaurant's main stove and served on a plate in a traditional way. The menu is simple and uses fresh, local produce. This restaurant is the perfect choice if you are looking to experience traditional Savoyard food.

La Baraque - Val d'Isère Centre 

For something a bit more low-key, La Baraque is a popular evening out with groups of friends or family. With live music, the restaurant will entertain while you enjoy their menu of traditional and fusion options. The tables are very close together, therefore we wouldn't recommend the restaurant for a romantic evening out but it has got a great atmosphere for larger groups.

La Casserole - Val d'Isère Centre 

Sweet traditional restaurant serving Savoyard classics such as fondue and raclette, as well as salads, meats and its namesake 'casseroles'. Great, professional service.

Dans Le Jardin des Alpes - Val d'Isère Centre 

With a focus on home-grown vegetables and local ingredients, Dans Le Jardin des Alpes offers an extensive wine list and one of the better selections of vegetarian and vegan options. The décor of the restaurant continues the 'green' theme, with lots of hanging plants, stone and wood.

La Table de l'Ours - Val d'Isère Centre 

The Michelin starred Table de l'Ours has the most beautiful setting, with floor-to-ceiling windows, boasting amazing views over Val d'Isere. The chef gives his own take on Savoyard classics and the food is exceptional, coupled with attentive service.

Le Garage - Val d'Isère Centre 

Occupying an old garage, this restaurant, bar and brewery serves pizza and tapas in a fun and casual setting. Large TV screens often show live sports matches.

Le Blizzard - Val d'Isère Centre 

Highly recommended hotel restaurant serving an array of meat, fish and pasta dishes.

Le Lodge - Val d'Isère Centre 

A crowd-pleaser which is also popular with locals. Serves pizza, pasta, steaks and Savoyard specialities; rustic and convivial atmosphere.

La Grande Ourse - Val d'Isère Centre 
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Authentic restaurant in a beautiful old chalet at the foot of the pistes, open for both lunch and dinner. Wooden beams, a roaring fire and delicious menu of salads, pastas, gratins, steaks and fish, all contribute to this charming restaurant's characterful ambiance.

Restaurant Le 1789 - Val d'Isère Centre 

Specialising in meat grilled on an open fire, this traditional French restaurant also serves local specialities and a vegetarian dish of the day. Warm, friendly atmosphere and a decent wine list.

Val d'Isère Mountain Restaurants


La Peau de Vache - top of Bellevarde Express 

A must-visit at some point during your stay, but book as far in advance as possible as it's immensely popular. Renowned for having the best burgers on the mountain but with plenty of other options on the menu too, including vegetarian dishes. Lovely candlelit interior.

La Fruitière - top of the La Daille bubble 

Part of the infamous La Folie Douce chain, La Fruitière is a great lunch spot if you are looking for an upbeat atmosphere and a unique concept in mountain eating and entertainment. Live music and cabaret will accompany your meal, and no doubt have you up on your feet (or on the tables!) for some post-lunch après-ski, all with the mountain scenery as a backdrop.

Le Bar de l'Ouillette - Solaise, bottom of the Madeleine chairlift 

L'Ouillette has a fantastic BBQ on a sunny terrace, which overlooks the Lac de l'Ouillette, and is particularly well known for its delicious pastries. Reasonably priced and easily accessible from the Solaise beginners' area. A little cramped inside but worth a visit when the sun is out to sit on the lovely terrace.

L'Edelweiss - Le Fornet 

Ski-in ski-out on the Mangard blue run into Le Fornet, l'Edelweiss benefits from a wonderful terrace with exceptional views and serves a delicious selection of local specialities and traditional French dishes. Deservedly popular so worth booking in advance.

L'Etincelle - Front de Neige 

At the foot of the Solaise telecabine, l'Etincelle is in a great, central location, on the slopes yet easy for beginners to get to. The restaurant has a very large outdoor terrace with lovely views and is a great setting for easy snack food from the snack bar, or a more formal lunch from the slightly pricey menu. Open Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings for a more sophisticated après trying wines from their extensive cave à vins.

Le Signal - Le Fornet 

Le Signal is located at the top of the Fornet gondola and offers both a self-service restaurant on the ground floor and a table service restaurant upstairs, which serves traditional French dishes in a colourful dining room. The great location makes this a good stop if you're on this side of the mountain.

Le Refuge de Solaise / Gigi's - Solaise 

This stunning new hotel at the top of the Solaise Express lift has 2 restaurants and the most breathtaking views across Val d'Isère. The main restaurant serves sushi, salads, poke bowls, meats, fish and several vegetarian options.

Le Trifollet - La Daille 

Rustic mountain restaurant serving excellent pizzas and homemade pastries. Lovely sun terrace, on the piste but close to La Daille which makes it a great late afternoon stop for a hot chocolate and pastry.

Les Tufs - La Daille 

At the foot of the Funival funicular in La Daille, Les Tufs serves pizzas, salads and fish dishes and has a lovely atmosphere. Easily reachable for pedestrians, too.

Tignes Mountain Restaurants


Le Panoramic - top of the Funiculaire Perce Neige 

With fabulous views, an extensive menu and delightful interiors, Le Panoramic is an essential stop if you're skiing over in Tignes for the day.

L'Armailly - Les Brevières 

At the foot of the piste in Tignes Les Brevières, l'Armailly makes a great lunch spot if you've ventured over to this side of the piste map. Good quality French cuisine, lovely sunny terrace, and reasonably priced.

La Ferme des 3 Capucines - Le Lavachet 

A charming and authentic restaurant which doubles up as a farm shop selling their homemade cheeses. Everything on the menu is made in-house, including the bread.

Le Caveau - Val Claret 

Cosy underground setting, and wide-ranging menu including burgers, steaks, tartiflette, croziflette, fondues and woks.

Val d'Isère Bars & Après-ski


La Folie Douce - top of the La Daille bubble 

Situated at the top of La Daille bubble, the world famous La Folie Douce will give you one of the best après-ski experiences available, with cabaret-style live music and dancing. World famous DJs have played at La Folie Douce and entertain throughout the afternoon.

Cocorico - Rond Point des Pistes 

Situated at the foot of the pistes in central Val d'Isère, it's likely you'll finish your day's skiing at Cocorico and if you like live music and dancing on tables, there's no better place for some lighthearted après-ski. There's a great atmosphere on the sheltered outdoor terrace with its fairy lights and views of the pistes. Cocorico offer a happy hour from 14:00-16:00, live band from 16:00-18:00 and a DJ from 18:00-20:00.

Le Petit Danois - Val d'Isère Centre 

A staple on the Val d'Isère après scene, Le Petit Danois can become quite crowded with tourists, locals and seasonaires alike, there to take advantage of the 2 for 1 happy hours and live music. Pool tables, live sports, and bar snacks available.

Hotel Le Blizzard - Val d'Isère Centre 

A comfortable hotel bar with a lovely atmosphere for relaxing evening drinks, either at the bar or on the sofas near the fireplace.

La Mourra - Val d'Isère Centre 

La Mourra has a lovely bar, stunning interiors and is great for pre-dinner drinks. It has an extensive wine list and also serves sake wine.

Dick's Tea Bar - Val d'Isère Centre 

Dick's Tea Bar is a bit of an institution in resort, and one of the only bars in Val d'Isère which is open the whole evening. Dance the night away until 05:00, to the live sax and electric violin which keeps party goers on their feet.

La Doudoune - Val d'Isère Centre 

La Doudoune is arguably Val d'Isère's only 'proper' nightclub with an Ibiza feel and fun theme nights. It operates a useful shuttle service to take you back to your chalet after a late night out.



The list below is not exhaustive but gives details of many of the shops in Val d'Isère.

Food Shops

Name Location Type Tel
BOUTIQUE LES SONNAILLES Val d'Isère – Centre Savoyard food store 04 79 08 44 69
LA FERME DES COUSSILLONS Val d'Isère – Le Châtelard Cheese shop 06 07 24 34 14
LA FERMETTE DE CLAUDINE Val d'Isère – Centre Cheese and Savoyard food 04 79 06 13 89
LABORATOIRE MAISON CHEVALLOT – L'ADROIT Val d'Isère – Centre Bakery 04 79 06 16 09
MAISON CHEVALLOT VAL D'ISERE 'LES CLARINES' Val d'Isère – Centre Bakery 04 79 06 02 42
OH CRAZY BARMS Val d'Isère – Centre Patisserie 04 79 24 15 15
SHERPA Val d'Isère – Centre Supermarket 04 79 06 01 98
SPAR Val d'Isère – Centre Supermarket 04 79 06 12 24


Name Location Type Tel
COIFFEUR / BARBIER DES BRAMES DE L'OURS Val d'Isère – Centre Hairdresser / barber 04 79 41 37 00
ECOGAM Val d'Isère – Centre Home decor 06 37 50 54 67
KILLY SPORTS Val d'Isère – Centre Sports shop 01 41 12 97 97
MAISON DE LA PRESSE Val d'Isère – Centre Souvenir shop 04 79 06 22 64
MOUNTAIN PRO SHOP Val d'Isère – Centre Sports shop 04 79 06 02 91
TABAC LE CHIQUITO Val d'Isère – Centre Tobacconist 04 79 06 06 54


Name Location Type Tel
DECLADES Val d'Isère – Centre Fashion 04 79 06 16 83
FROJO Val d'Isère – Centre Watches and jewellery 04 79 00 50 29
MOUNTAIN HARDWEAR Val d'Isère – Centre Sports clothing 04 79 06 16 44
QUIKSILVER Val d'Isère – Centre Sports clothing 04 79 41 90 22
TOP VISION Val d'Isère – Centre Sunglasses 04 79 40 11 46

Non Skiing Activities

Val d'Isère is one of the most prestigious ski resorts in the world, but it also offers a wide range of activities aside from skiing. We would be very glad to chauffeur you to the activities in your dedicated Purple Ski minibus or book you a taxi if they are outside Val d'Isère. For more information or to book any activities, please ask your chalet manager.

Exploring Val d'Isère

Snowshoeing: Discover the mountains by going on a snowshoeing excursion across extensive terrain. The local guide will tell you stories about the area and take you to places you otherwise wouldn't have visited. If you are lucky you will get to see local wildlife and visit hidden gems! Evolution 2 offer varied sessions (with the necessary equipment) for all types of abilities, for groups of up to 6 people.

Scenic Helicopter Flights: Tourist helicopter flights can be taken from the helipad in Val d'Isère and are up to 45 minutes long. A spectacular way to get incredible bird's-eye views of the surrounding snow-capped peaks.

Ice Diving: If you are brave enough, why not try an underwater perspective on the local area. The natural frozen lake in Tignes 2100 forms thick layers of ice which changes shape daily. Dive into the lake, with a qualified diver, to view the shadows and lights which are simply stunning. For an hour session, the price is €110 or €130 if you would like to dive at night. Sessions are available for any level of diver, even if you have never tried it before.

Parapenting: One of the most exhilarating ways to explore Val d'Isère. Whether you undertake the flying alone or in tandem with a qualified flyer, you will be able to experience Val d'Isere in one of the most unique ways. Flights cost from around €90 per person and are subject to weather conditions.

Val Heliski: Catering for all off-piste ski and snowboard abilities, Val Heliski offer all-inclusive day trips that promise to show you unbeatable heliski terrain accessed directly from their private heli-landing zone. They offer a range of packages including guided ski excursions, heli-scenic tours and split boarding courses. Prices start at €100pp and include a door-to-door service.

Snowmobile: What fun to whiz around the pistes after dark on a snowmobile, either on your own on or with a friend on the back. Adults can hire a snowmobile (accompanied by a guide) for €75 for 20 minutes. There is also a children's track near to the Bellevarde Express lift; 10 minutes costs €25. Make sure you wrap up warm!

Family fun in the Snow

Dog Sledding: Become an arctic explorer with furry friends. You will be whisked around Val d'Isère by the dogs who love their job showing you around the resort. Either drive your own dog sled or sit back and enjoy the ride. Prices range from €135 to €189 for 2 to 4 people.

Ice Driving and Karting: Open from December to March, try your hand at Val d'Isère's ice driving track, sponsored by BMW. The 800m long track features 16 turns, each leading into the next, perfect for thrill-seekers. Ice driving is not for families with young children.

Next to the driving course is a karting track, where you can see how you compare to your teammates behind the wheel. Karting is suitable for those aged 14 and above.

Ice Skating: The fabulous outdoor ice skating rink is open 7 days a week so you can practise your skills any day during your holiday. Hot chocolates and mulled wine can be bought if you would prefer not to get on the ice! An ice skating session is a must for a holiday in the snow!

Tobogganing: Families of young children can enjoy the sledging area on the nursery slope located to the left of the Savonette lift. Tobogganing is a great way to keep the little ones entertained. The sledging is free and open from 10:00 to 17:00 daily. Sledges are not provided.

Fitness, Spa & Relaxation

All of our Val d'Isère chalets have swimming pools and other spa facilities for you to enjoy at any time; however, there are also spas around resort, and of course the Centre Aquasportif, if you're looking for something a bit different.

Massages: If you're heading to the slopes for the first time, looking to tackle the backcountry powder fields or simply keep up with the children, pre-book your massage and physio treatments to make the most of your ski time this winter.

But it's not just for the skiers. Treat yourself and loved ones with the ultimate luxury of relaxation in the comfort of your own chalet. Our dedicated therapists are experts at listening to you and your body to deliver exactly what you need.

Centre Aquasportif: If the weather is bad, the Centre Aquasportif is a great day out for the whole family. With beach, spa, sports, lounge and well-being world there is something for everyone. Relax in the jacuzzi or sauna while the children enjoy the large play pool. Sports World includes a multi-activity sports hall, climbing wall and gym with many different types of cardio and bodybuilding equipment; or why not try the golf simulator in the Lounge World. After a long day you can enjoy a relaxing massage or facial in the Well-being World. Aquasportif is open daily during the winter months.

L'Eden Institut: If you are looking to pamper yourself, try L'Eden Institut, located in Val d'Isère centre. As well as hair services, they offer beauty treatments for the face, waxing, manicures and pedicures as well as many other services.

Spa Valmont: Located in the Les Brames de L'Ours hotel, the Spa Valmont is one of the largest spas in France. Equipped with jacuzzi, Turkish baths and saunas, the spa is a relaxing way to spend time off the slopes. For prices, please enquire with us.

Val d'Isère's indoor treats

Bowling: Open from 14:00 to 23:00 daily, the two bowling lanes located in the Les Brames des L'Ours hotel are perfect for an après-ski activity. Drinks are served to you at the bowling lanes which can accommodate up to 12 people.

Musée Val d'Histoire: If you are interested in learning more about Val d'Isère and its history, take a trip to the Musée Val d'Histoire. The museum is interactive and entertaining, with texts in English and French. The museum is free for visitors and open every day.

Cinema: Watch the latest films and releases in the local cinema. Films are shown at 18:00 and 21:00. On bad weather days a third is shown at 14:30. The films are diverse to suit everyone showing comedies, romance and action movies. Ask your chalet manager to find out which films are on during your stay.

Indoor climbing wall: At the Centre Aquasportif you will find a 12m vertical climbing wall with 7 routes. The climbing wall is open every day from 10:00 to 20:00.

“I had never had a massage before and ended up having two! Loved them.”

Val d'Isère Resort Summary

Resort Summary
Resort Altitude: 1800m (5,905ft)
Winter season: November to May
Area: French Alps
Purpose built: Not initially
Nearest town: Bourg st Maurice
Ski area: Espace Killy
Lift-linked resorts: Tignes
Lifts & Slopes
Highest lift: 3,456m (11,338ft)
Lowest piste: 1,550m (5,085ft)
Vertical drop: 1,906m (6,253ft)
Number of lifts: 72
Number of pistes: 158
Beginner: 21
Intermediate: 69
Expert: 69
Total piste length: 300km
Snow parks: 2
Cross country Tracks: 6
Tourist Office
Tourist office: Val d'Isère Office du Tourisme
Address: Place Jacques Mouflier, Val-d'Isère
Country: France
Zip Code: 73150
Tel: +33 (0)4 79 06 06 60
Email: info@valdisere.com
Website: www.valdisere.com