Val d'Isère is a famous ski resort and a commune located in the French Alps 5 km from the border with Italy, with a population (1999): 1,628. It is on the border of the Vanoise National Park created in 1963. Its famed Face du Bellevarde is a frequent locate of world cup downhill races and was the scene of the men's downhill race as part of the 1992 Winter Olympics.
Val d'Isère will host the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 2009.
You can ski in val d'isere on the 165 trails of green, blue, red and black runs (these are for different abilities) and take the 'Tommuses' chairlift to get to Tignes, Val d'isere's neighbouring resort. Tignes is split into lots of different parts including Le Lac, Val Claret, les brevieres and more. There are two different sections in Val, Solaise and Bellevarde. You can take the 'Espace killy' cable cars to get to the top of bellevarde or 'Solaise express' chairlift for solaise. There are two ways of skiing down solaise, Piste M (this is a red run) or Rhone Alpes (this is a black run). there are 6 ways of coming down from Bellevarde, Le Face (black), Josery (red), Santons (blue) or the 3 runs in La Daille, Verte (green), Diebold (blue) or OK (red).