It is a cliché because it is almost always a fact – you get what you pay for. Is it worth paying more for a skiing holiday? It depends on how much time you want to spend actually skiing, as opposed to waiting to ski. If you don’t want to wait in lengthy queues to hire ski equipment, or to use the chair lift or tow, or to do anything at all, then it’s probably worth paying more.
In France, high altitude snow-sure resorts with a good mountain access system and a superior range of shops, bars and restaurants, can be quite expensive. In our view they are worth it as you will undoubtedly get far more hours of skiing than in cheaper, lower resorts. A world class resort such as Val d’Isere gets skiers up the slopes in large numbers and incredibly quickly, and offers a unique alpine ambience and a range of high quality accommodation and eating establishments.
Going cheaper usually means choosing a resort where snow conditions are unpredictable or perhaps poor, or where there are few lifts and lengthy queues, or where there isn’t much to do after your skiing. It’s a balance between the amount of time you’re prepared to spend waiting to ski versus the amount of time you’re actually skiing, and the relative cost!
Après-ski is also an important part of any ski holiday, and it is important to have a wide range of things to do that will suit everyone in your group. For these reasons, along with the snow of course, Val d’Isere is considered one of the best ski resorts in the world.
Famous for the massive Espace-Killy ski area and beautiful scenery, Val is one of the top ski resorts in the world. With over 300 km of pistes and more than 100 lifts serving 135 runs, its ease of access to the slopes is incredible. Even on the busiest days, queues are uncommon, as there are more than 78,000 rides per hour to take you to the top of the runs. If you also happen to be staying in one of our luxury ski chalets, you will undoubtedly be in ski heaven.
Also worth considering are the well-known destinations of Chamonix and Les Trois Vallees, which also enjoy perfect skiing conditions over a long season, although, naturally, we would choose Val d’Isere any day!