The nearest airports are Geneva (3hrs), Lyon (2.5hrs), Grenoble (2.5hrs) and Chambery (1.5hrs). In the winter months there are direct bus services operating from these airports to resort (do make sure that you check the timetables before booking flights) but in the summer it is more complicated and can involve train journeys with multiple changes.
The nearest train station are in Bourg-St-Maurice. It's the most convinence transportation to go to Val d'Isere. From Bourg-St-Maurice you have public bus to Val d'Isere.
Once you're here - there is a great free bus service operating around the resort until 8PM after which it is every half hour.
To discover the Region
In the Winter - ski, ski, ski! Skiers and boarders alike flock to this wintersports resort for the amazing on and off piste terrain.
Loads of great shops full of ski and board clothing & hardwear - think Quiksilver, DC, Peak Performance, Nike ACG among others! If you're renting kit the only place to go is Snowberry.
Loads of different restaurants - most feature the local specialities of fondue, raclette and braserade.
As one of the apres ski capitals of the Alps - Val has plenty of establishments to keep you occupied!
This is a great pre-game and after hours spot. Drink specials start at 4PM and include €10 pitchers of beer, €3 Jager Bombs, and a few other items. Beer pong starts around 4PM and goes until 7PM. No one takes the beer pong that seriously so it’s a great way to meet new people. After 10PM or so this place basically turns into a club complete with a DJ booth, a violinist and a saxophone, definitely check it out.
We were skiing back down to Val D’isur and suddenly a huge fog enveloped us, we couldn’t see more than 2 feet in front of us. Out of nowhere we heard strong bass and immediately skied towards the unknown jams. Suddenly we saw a huge two story U-shaped building. We realized we had found La Folie Sosh, this place is a mid-mountain club. It really gets going from 1:30PM-5:00PM. Great music, lots of festive costumed people, they also featured a violin and best of all dueling saxaphones! A must if you ever are in Val d’isere.
We had an amazing time here. This bar is for the older crowd (late 20s to late 30s). They have a 2 for 1 happy hour starting at 9PM and the drinks are plenty strong. The best part about this bar was the amazing DJ station they had playing, we had 3+ great hours of music to keep the party going.
This is the Scandinavian bar in town. We went on a Monday night and found a pretty great scene. The DJ was playing classic American hits from the 80s and 90s like Come on Eileen and Regulators, etc. Around 11:30 more people showed up and the dance floor started getting fun. The whole night had enough people to be interesting, but not too many to be packed. The cocktails were interesting and tasty. Be warned, we did come back on Wednesday and found a totally different scene, really crowded with very drunk, very costumed people. Still a good time, but not at all like Monday.
This was a French style bar, the music was strange and the scene wasn’t that friendly. Unless you’re French you probably want to pass on this place.
Accommodation ranges from fully catered luxury chalets to hotels to self catering apartments - so there is something suitable for most budgets.
Probably the best place to start researching Val d'Isere is the Tourist Office - check out www.valdisere.com for more information.