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10 Things to See and Do in Val D’Isere

Picture of Lucy Pierce
Updated: 19 October 2017
Val D’Isere is found in the Savoie Region in the southwest of France, near to Chambéry, nestled among the Alps. Together with Tignes, it forms the Espace Killy ski region, with 300 kilometres (186 miles) of pistes and some remarkable off-piste skiing. We take a look at the best things to see and do during your visit.

Dance on the Tables at La Folie Douce

Renowned for its wild afternoon parties that begin at around 3 or 4pm, La Folie Douce pumps out some thumping bass that you will probably hear as you ski the surrounding areas. The large wooden tables are there to be danced on, while bartenders spray champagne over the crowd. A live saxophonist also adds to the jazz of the place.

Folie Val D’Isere
Folie Val D’Isere | Courtesy of Folie Douce

Ski All Four Corners of Espace Killy

For even the keenest skier, this can be quite a challenge. You will need to be up for first lifts, skip the long lunch and celebrate your achievement at après-ski instead (if your legs haven’t already turned to jelly). Essentially, you must cover the four corners, which encompass the top of Tignes Glacier, Tignes Les Brévières, Val D’Isère Le Fornet and Val D’Isère La Daille, which is also where you will find the Folie.

Tignes, French Alps
Tignes, French Alps | © Robert J Heath / Flickr

Sing Your Heart out at Cocorico

If you fancy yourself as a bit of an indie pop star, here’s your time to shine. Cocorico is a live-music bar playing everything from Kings of Leon to old classics. You’re bound to know at least some of the lyrics, and will soon be singing along at the top of your lungs, with a beer in your hand.

Cocorico
Cocorico | © Courtesy of Cocorico

Conquer La Face

This infamous black run has been used for many slalom races, but the average punter will probably be wishing they hadn’t taken that left turn. Combining sheet ice and a nearly vertical drop, this run is an enormous challenge, and chances are at least people on it are wondering how to get themselves out of this pickle, and whether or not it’s easier to go down bottom first.

Eat Like a Local

The Haute-Savoie are well-known for their hearty cuisine that will warm you and fill you up after a long day’s skiing. Whether you opt for tartiflette, cheese or beef fondue or raclette, you absolutely must treat yourself to a tarte aux myrtilles for dessert. What’s more, it’s rude to decline Genepi after your meal; this digestif has great herbal qualities and is also said to soothe sore throats.

Go Paragliding

If you have always dreamed of being able to fly, you don’t get much closer to it than paragliding. As you ski off the side of the mountain and take off, you can take in some magnificent views over the glistening mountains. The adrenaline is addictive, and chances are you’ll be booking another session soon after you’ve landed.

Paragliding
Paragliding | Lucy Pierce / © Culture Trip

Sunbathe and Have Lunch at Bar de l’Ouillette

When the sun’s beating down on you and the snow is becoming slushy, you are fully excused from skiing to go and lounge on the comfy seating and deckchairs and the lap up the sun on the terrace of Ouilllette Plage. During the warmer months, barbecues are held here, too. Who’d have thought you were in a ski resort?

Plage
Plage | Libby Silbermann / © Culture Trip

Party the Night Away at Dicks Tea Bar

This is the only place to be seen after dark; the club is famous for its frivolous parties and for hosting a long list of celebs. With bottles of Bollinger everywhere and a young crowd, you’re bound to have a great time; just make sure you don’t miss the next morning’s skiing because of it!

Dicks
Dicks | © Courtesy of Dicks Tea Bar

Shop

Val D’Isère boasts some fantastic shopping, and whether you’re looking for the crown jewels, new ski wear or just a cosy hat to keep your head warm, they have it all. Seasonaires love Planks Clothing.

Val D’Isere
Val D’Isere | © prochasson frederic / Shutterstock

Master Some Tricks in the Park

If you see yourself as a pro skier or boarder, why not test this out in the snow park? Whether you’re nailing your first 180 or practising for the X-Games, Val has a great park with features for beginners, intermediates and experts, so why not have some fun on these jumps, rails and boxes?

Park
Park | © Gail Johnson / Shutterstock