Val d’Isere is well known for being one of the most popular European ski resorts, but there’s more to Val d’Isere than just skiing and boarding, there’s a whole host of activities and events to enjoy.
Choose from adrenaline-fuelled activities such as husky sledding, ice driving or snowmobiling. Or if you would rather take it a little easier, you can enjoy a range of activities from browsing the shops, to a gentle stroll taking in the stunning scenery or even enjoy a relaxing massage. There’s something for everyone, for snow sport enthusiasts as well as non-skiers.
If you like walking and hiking there are many different types of walks to challenge all abilities. Glacier hiking will provide amazing views but will seriously test the legs. Or enjoy the views on a winter hike in one of the 24km of marked trails which provide a more peaceful way to enjoy the winter wonders. Another popular activity is snowshoe walking which provides another great work out for the legs. Lightweight plastic snowshoes strapped to your shoes make walking in deep snow so much easier. Those preferring cross-country skiing will take pleasure in exploring the 21km of tracks in Val d’Isere. For more details about cross-country skiing in Val d’Isere read our recent blog on the subject.
Festivals and Events
The winter season always brings plenty of events to Val d’Isere. As well as the events featured here read on to find out more about what’s still to come this season.
Festival Thursdays take place every Thursday night until 2 May, between 6-7:30pm when the village of Val d’Isere is lit up with an array of different coloured lights. Take a stroll through the village to wonder at the amazing ice sculptures and enjoy the street entertainment and music whilst keeping warm and savouring tasty hot chocolate or mulled wine.
From street lights to fireworks lighting up the sky, the ESF, the French national ski school will be hosting a firework festival Tuesday 12 March bringing the slopes alive at night. The programme includes a technical demonstration, a torchlight descent and a spectacular fireworks display.
From classical to contemporary there’s music for all tastes.
19 – 21 March 2013
St Bernard Menthon, an old baroque church in Val d’Isere is the venue for the classical music festival ‘Classicaval’. Under the artistic direction of Frederick Lagarde, the programme features classical pieces composed by talented composers such as Beethoven and Schumann. A must-visit festival for all classical music lovers.
23 – 30 March 2013
Later this month, from 23-30 March, The Brits Snow and Music Festival, Europe’s week long winter festival is heading to Tignes just along from Val d’Isere and all part of the Espace Killy ski area (which includes Le Fornet, Val d’Isere and Tignes). The festival features a combination of skiing and snowboarding competitions with live music.
There are more events scheduled in Val d’Isere for April, the yoga festival is from 5-7 April, there’s winter golf from 7-13 April and a film festival from 22-25 April. More information on what’s happening in Val d’Isere to follow soon.