Hitting the slopes in Val d’ Isere

We arrived in Val d’Isere on a cold and snowy Sunday afternoon. A typical day in Val d’ Isere. We were looking forward to a week on the slopes, to have some rest and to get a taste of a winter in the Alps.  It was one of those holidays where everything just went perfectly; the flight to Geneva was smooth, the transfer to Val d’Isere, a bit less than three hours, comfortable, the chalet we were staying, beautiful, the food delicious, and the weather (for the most part) fantastic.

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 We stayed in Chalet Mathilda, which is located in a quiet location, only a short walk from the centre of Val d’Isère, with easy access to the slopes. It is a spacious and chic chalet, service is akin to that of a five-star hotel and wellness facilities include an indoor swimming pool and a steam room. A big, comfortable, open plan living room and dining area with wonderful views in the village and the mountains and an authentic stone fireplace, makes you feel like staying in an original alpine chalet.

The Slopes
Up to the slopes and deep down the village of Val d’ Isere

The ski resort of Val d’Isère in the French Alps is a beautiful and lively ski resort, with fantastic skiing opportunities. With 300 kilometres of marked pistes and off-piste skiing, visitors can ski and snowboard and enjoy numerous of other activities, such as husky rides, skidoo trips, ice-climbing and ski-gliding. With the recent improvements to the lifts, one can ski from the hamlet of Le Fornet to Tignes, a neighbouring to Val d’ Isere ski resort, in a morning.

The central Solaise ski area

After a full day on the slopes there is nothing better than being greeted back in the chalet with by a home-made cake and a nice cup of coffee or tea. And then in the evening, to be treated to a delicious three course meal  and a variety of good wines.

Evening is under way. The view from the Chalet Mathilda
The old village
The old village

The village Val d’Isere is a great place to visit. The old village boasts many examples of early Baroque architecture, a wide variety of shops, an open market every Monday, art galleries and ski schools. Val d’Isere is also known for its après ski bars and nightlife; no doubt there is something for everyone. Nice and cosy restaurants, excellent food, lively pubs, but also quiet bars where you can enjoy a nice evening out with friends. We had a nice meal in the La Louge, we loved the  fondue, although all the food was excellent and the service very good.

Until next time!

Evening in Val d' Isere
Evening in Val d’ Isere