Unlike some French resorts, UK visitors to Val d’Isère have increased in recent years and did so again last winter by 4%, despite Brexit and its impact on the exchange rate.
Guaranteed Snow Cover
In these uncertain times, Val d’Isère’s guaranteed snow cover, from late November until the beginning of May, has played an important role in its popularity.
In December 2016, FIS moved World Cup races to Val from Colorado, because Val had the best snow cover available. This great snow in Val is related to its micro-climate that sees the western Mediterranean can dump huge amounts of snow on the ski area.
Even more Snowmaking
The snow record in Val d’Isère is already among the best in Europe, with most slopes above 2000m and two sectors of the ski area rising above 3000m.
Le Snow Factory in Val is the largest snowmaking facility in Europe and now it’s even bigger. There are a total of 900 cannons that now cover a mighty 40% of the entire ski area. The factory can generate 2500 m3 of environmentally-friendly artificial snow in just one hour – enough to cover a football pitch in a metre of snow in less than thirty minutes.
This winter it coverage will be even better this winter, as the long schuss back to town from the bottom of the Santons run has been kitted out with new snow cannons.
This means that this alternative home run to the daunting Face de Bellevarde is now guaranteed and this superb natural half-pipe, can remain open right until the last day of the season.
Upgrade for the Datcha Chair
Good news for fans of the Solaise area in Val, which has seen huge changes over the last two seasons, as the old fixed grip Datcha chair has been upgraded to a detachable quad.
More Fun for Kids and Beginners
Again in the Solaise sector, the Sunny Ride nursery slope – which goes down to the Tête de Solaise Restaurant and is served by the Poum covered magic carpet lift – has a new range of fun obstacles.
They are designed to take your mind off the tricky process of learning to ski by forcing you to take action, for example, you have to bend your knees to get under the arch or hit the gong with your pole as you turn.
New Mountain Restaurant
Not that Val d’Isère is short of mountain restaurants, but L’Étincelle is a new on-piste venue near the bottom of Solaise. It offers authentic local cuisine and panoramic views of the ski area.
Chalets in Val d’Isère
If you’d like to enjoy Val d’Isère for yourself this winter, then take a look at our selection of chalets in resort.