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Val d'Isere

Val d’Isere is linked with Tignes to create the Esapce Killy ski area; a vast and varied ski area which has the additional benefit of being very snow sure. The après ski and nightlife are famous worldwide and attract a vibrant young crowd who certainly know how to have fun both on and off the slopes.


Best for

A great Après ski atmosphere

Fun fact

Host of the annual Alpine Ski World Cup in early December

Nearest airport

Chambery (130km)

Centre comfort

Resort charm

Snow sure rating

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The Val d’Isere ski area is linked to the neighbouring resort of Tignes to create one of the most famous ski areas in the world; the Espace Killy. In addition to the high snowfall, the high altitude also ensures that the snow stays longer meaning the Espace Killy generally has the best snow cover in the Alps.

The terrain is very varied over the Espace Killy and there is lots on offer for all levels. With over 300km of piste there is plenty to keep you occupied throughout your stay and a good spread across all the grades. Expert skiers should also check out the famous Olympic downhill run, La Face, a great place to test your skill and... speed... dare we say it.

As well as a superb piste network the Esapce Killy can boast one of the largest lift served off piste areas in the world. Areas of note include Vallee Perdue, an imposing gulley with a cave half way down. The Tour de Charvet bowl provides a great playground on powder days. The Col Pers is an immense off piste run with 1250m of vertical descent!

The Val d’Isere snow park is known and respected the world over and can be found on the Bellevarde at the top of the Mont Blanc chair. It has a full range of kickers, rollers, tables and rails to suit all skill levels from beginner to pro. If super pipes are more your thing then ski over to Tignes and check out the super pipe above Tignes Val Claret.

 

Val d’Isere has it all; a very charming village, a superb ski area and a fantastic atmosphere. Unlike many resorts, it has achieved significant development without losing its charm and appeal. It is of course an extremely popular resort with thousands of guests from all around the world visiting each year.

If you don’t want to be on the slopes all day long, there is plenty of non-skiing activity in the resort from paragliding to ice driving, fat bikes and an ice rink.

 

UCPA Val d'Isere is located three minutes walk from the lively town centre and walking distance to the closest piste. However, there is a bus stop directly outside to take you around the resort with buses coming every 10 minutes. The centre is a large traditional wood and stone chalet which can sleep 240 people.

The centre is scheduled for renovation, however due to ongoing local town planning issues, this has been delayed. The centre is very basic compared to other UCPA centres.

Rooms

- 6 and 8 person rooms

- Twin rooms with bunk beds available

- Bathroom facilities are shared per floor

Facilities

- Well priced bar and social area

- Buffet style restaurant 

- Ski equipment and storage all on site

- Lift passes provided at the centre

- WiFi in the bar area. Please note the WiFi is not good enough for working on data intensive activities

 

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By Air

Geneva airport is the most popular airport for travelling to Val d'Isere, however it is also possible to fly to Lyon, Grenoble and Chambery. However, Chambery has few flight options and therefore onward travel, including transfers, becomes a little more difficult.

Airport Transfers

We provide shared transfers which go directly to Val d'Isere from Geneva, Lyon and Grenoble. The journey from all three airports takes around 3 hours. Passengers are grouped together based on their flight times, generally speaking you won't be waiting for more than an hour.

 

Geneva

Dates Latest arrival Earliest departure
04/12/21  15:30 N/A
11/12/21 - 18/12/21 20:05 09:25
19/12/21* 16:35 09:25
26/12/21* 21:05 09:25
01/01/21 20:15 09:25
02/01/21* 17:25 09:25
08/01/21 - 26/03/21 20:15 09:25

*Sunday transfers, due to Christmas and New Year landing on Saturdays this year.

We mainly have transfers running on Saturdays. We may have Sunday transfers available, please get in touch if you require this.

There is not a timetable as such, as the transfers are arranged to meet with popular flights. The maximum wait time between landing and bus departing is usually two hours, often much less.

Typically the transfer time is 3.5hrs, but this can vary due to weather and traffic.

For midweek transfers and flights outside of our times, have a look at Altibus and Alpybus.

Christmas Day (25th of December) will have a very limited service.

April transfer times will be updated later in the season.

 

Grenoble

Dates Latest arrival Earliest departure
11/12/21 13:00 N/A
18/12/21 - 02/04/22 15:50 All
19/12/21* 11:00  N/A
26/12/21*  11:00  All

*Sunday transfers.

We mainly have transfers running on Saturdays with our partner Ben's Bus. There is a limited service on Sundays, please contact us if you need a Sunday transfer.

There is not a timetable as such, as the transfers are arranged to meet with popular flights. The maximum wait time between landing and bus departing is usually two hours, often much less.

Typically the transfer time is 3h30, but this can vary due to weather and traffic. 

April transfer times will be updated later in the season.

 

Lyon

 

Dates Latest arrival Earliest departure
08/01/21 10:05 N/A
15/01/22 - 12/02/22 10:05 09:25
19/02/22 16:55 09:25
26/02/22 10:05 09:25
05/03/22 - 19/03/22 16:55 09:25
26/03/22 N/A 09:25

We have transfers running on Saturdays with our partner Ben's Bus.

There is not a timetable as such, as the transfers are arranged to meet with popular flights. The maximum wait time between landing and bus departing is usually two hours, often much less.

Typically the transfer time is 3h30, but this can vary due to weather and traffic.

By Coach

Our partner company Snowexpress offers affordable and environmentally friendly travel to the alps. All hold bags and ski bags are included in the price. The coaches travel through the night from London Victoria to resort, arriving typically after lunchtime directly at the centre.

By Train

The nearest train station to Val d'Isere is Bourg St Maurice (35km away), from there you would need to take a taxi or a public bus. Please check out Rome2Rio for information on the transport options from Gare Routiere Bourg Saint Maurice. 

By Car

It is possible to drive to Val d'Isere, but it is important to note that driving can become challenging if the conditions turn significantly wintery - snow tires and chains are highly advisable. There is some parking at the centre which is  uncovered next to the centre, costing around 45eur for the week. It is not possible to book it in advance. You must arrive during UCPA reception hours to be allocated a space and a magnetic pass.

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