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Tips for Val d'Isere

Discussion in 'Europe' started by skifree, May 21, 2019.

  1. skifree

    skifree grey Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    I'm thinking about dropping by Val d'Isere January 2020.

    It looks big.

    Anything else I should know?
     
  2. CarveMan

    CarveMan Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    Pound for pound I reckon it's the best ski resort in the world. Enjoy.
     
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  3. Belly

    Belly A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Does pound for pound mean; steeps, moderates, flat, groomed, ungroomed, pow, corn, parks for all abilities, bumps, smoothe's, sidecountry, genuine backcountry access, low-moderate angle BC, hold-your-breath BC and you're f'n mad BC?
     
  4. Doonks

    Doonks Let's cook! Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    FTFY
     
  5. Doonks

    Doonks Let's cook! Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yes. Yes it does
     
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  6. CarveMan

    CarveMan Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    Pretty much. Maybe not as much of the 'you're f'n mad BC' but in fairness nowhere really does except La Grave and Cham.

    It's the kind of situation where if you split everything in to categories it would get 8s across the board and win. I prefer skiing in Chamonix but that would get a mix of 10s and 0s.
     
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  7. CarveMan

    CarveMan Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    Oh and one point, it seems to bat above its average in terms of avalanche deaths, so be careful off-piste.

    This site is a good local resource: https://henrysavalanchetalk.com/
     
  8. Zeroz

    Zeroz A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    What terrain do you like to ski? What attracted you to Val D'Isere?
     
  9. skifree

    skifree grey Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    I might be wingman to my boss who has booked to ski there.

    I just ski, it's all good.
     
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  10. Zeroz

    Zeroz A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Val d'Isere area has multiple villages, huge terrain, +100 lifts, lots of punters, lots of Brits (partying) galactic on-piste.
    Hilarious afternoon carnage on the run down to town. Bellevarde turns into a giant, steep ice rink.

    Tons of off-piste, major guide companies in town, off-piste good but not as challenging as serious areas.
    Usual Euro attitude - lucky to get a crappy 'Danger de Mort' sign, which probably means a 100m cliff. Usually it's just orange sticks - go past them and you're on your own. If the weather is crap or snow is poor there are other options

    I really Ike Val D'Isere.
     
  11. CarveMan

    CarveMan Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    Never be too proud to download at the end of the day!
     
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  12. Snow Blowey

    Snow Blowey Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    When i was at Val dísere i looked off about 10km to a distant mountain with a lift on top. Asked the guide which resort it was and was astounded it was the same one i was in. We weren't even on the opposite edge of the ski area.
     
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  13. Zeroz

    Zeroz A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    I actually liked skiing Bellevarde at the end of the day. It's a massive, steep ice rink, but a great technique test.

    If you get lazy (like me) and aren't on your edges it's a huge slide. Good reminder and kind of fun, sort of.
     
  14. snowgum

    snowgum One of Us

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    Great! Sort of unlike Baw Baw!
     
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    Legs Akimbo Grumblebum Ski Pass: Gold

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    There is the trail map and then there is the rest of the place. The rest is quite interesting, but it can end in an unexpected cliff. I was skiing with an instructor around Chatelet, Le Manchet (brain fade) opposite Bellevarde. He took great delight in pointing out a couple of people on Face Bellevarde who were facing a 4 hour footslog or a heli ride.
     
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  16. skiflat

    skiflat Old n' Crusty

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    I like it so much I'm going a 3rd time...

    Ticks pretty much every box for us, a family..

    Part of the village is going through a redevelopment which when finished in 3 years will be great.

    It's massive and you can't get bored there and the terrain suits pretty much everyone, except those migrating from easy green to light blues....
     
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  17. Doonks

    Doonks Let's cook! Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    we saw this on the Solaise. And as such:

    we weren't
     
  18. Boodwah

    Boodwah One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    There are many awesome resorts in the Vanoise depending on what you're after. The advantages of Val are its altitude (we were still skiing there a couple weeks ago) and terrain, but its not as scenic as perhaps Sainte Foy down the road, La Plagne or especially Courchevel. And the return trails in the arvo suck, especially with kids. La Plagne is a better bet if you're travelling en famille, La Rosiere if you want to drop over in to La Thuile in Italy, and Pralongnan in the middle of the Vanoise in spring if you want to access the biggest summits and best refuges. The 3V is basically double the size of Val and Tignes, but both offer the same seemless connectivity. All of them have their high end options, especially Courchevel, but there are also ways of doing them all all on the cheap too.
    Val Thorens in the 3V is the highest resort in France but its ugly, and I don't like Meribel because its deep in a valley and the slope layout can be confusing. I've never skied Les Arcs which is linked to La Plagne, but Villaroger has apparently recently been upgraded to fully capitalize on its solid 2K of vertical. Anyway, lots of options so its hard to go wrong!
     
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  19. CarveMan

    CarveMan Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    This!!!!
     
  20. XTREMO

    XTREMO Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    As others have said, Val'D rocks. Still my fave resort in Europe, despite being a bit heavy on the Brit chav factor.

    So far as tips; avoid UK/FR school holidays if you can. Other than that, its hard to go wrong.
     
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    XTREMO Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    And go as late as possible in Jan. 1-8 Feb would be ideal as neither FR nor UK holidays will have begun.
     
  22. yorks_R1

    yorks_R1 Hard Yards

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    Yes definitley avoid February . Staying in Bourg St Maurice can save money if you dont mind a 25 min drive each day and also give you access to Les Arc
     
  23. XTREMO

    XTREMO Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    also if you don't mind the hassle of chains and and maybe being snowed into and out of resorts. Happened to my mates a few times. They didn't love being based in Bourg.
     
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  24. Rabid K9

    Rabid K9 One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    I like to find a spot above the carnage bottlenecks on the Euro arterial pistes back to base or valley & just enjoy the show.

    Get out the flask of grappa or schnapps & watch the circus unfold, occasionally shouting encouragement for especially good dismounts.
     
  25. Nozawaman

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    yorks_R1 Hard Yards

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    Fair point i hadn`t thought of that as it was April when i stayed there and the roads were all clear
     
  27. Kenzie

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    Firstly I'd recommend asking any questions on these two threads on snowheads.com - many of the people who post on them (inc Steve Angus and chocksaway - the original posters) either live in the Espace Killy or spend the season out there.
    https://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?t=82612&start=6080
    https://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?t=148642

    Also I spent four seasons in Tignes (2005/05 - 2008/09), so feel free & I'll try and answer any questions you have.
     
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