val d'isère

a unique destination

Val d'Isère is situated high in the Tarentaise valley in the Vanoise national park close to the Italian border. It rightly deserves its reputation as one of the finest ski areas in the world; with over 300km of marked runs it caters to all levels and guarantees snow year round. At an altitude of 1,850m and with an impressive snow record averaging over 800cm each winter you can rest assured that while other resorts might be struggling with heavy slushy conditions, Val d'Isère maintains some of the best powder in the Alps.

The Skiing

Val d'Isère and its close neighbour Tignes are blessed with some of the most beautiful skiing in the world. We can organise Ski Companion services through local qualified guides to accompany you around the mountain so you make the most of your days and ensure that you eat at the finest restaurants and find the best snow.

Beginners and families

Val d'Isère is a snow sure resort; we are fortunate to have two beautiful glaciers within our ski domain meaning that you can ski throughout the year. It also means that beginners and families find the snow more forgiving when they visit the resort. We have a selection of free lifts in the valley so if it's your first time on the mountain you can test out your skills before committing to a lift ticket. For children there are many creche facilities in the resort and ski schools that cater for little ones including private nanny companies.

We have a modern and ever developing lift system and this year sees the addition of a luxury cabin serving the Solaise mountain direct from the centre of the village. It will increase the uphill capacity and deliver skiers to 2600m on heated seats and in-cabin wifi. The solaise is a super nice area for beginners to get the feel of their skis and take instruction, and as the name suggest, one of the sunniest places in resort.


With over 300km of piste, Val d'Isère is an intermediate skiers delight. You can choose to ski high mountain terrain on the Val d'Isère or Tignes glaciers which reach heights of 3500m, or ski the wonderful tree lined runs to behind the dam in Tignes les Brévièrs. If you want to ski a different run each day for the whole week it is possible in Val d'Iisère. It's really easy to ski in groups or on your own as the pistes are well signposted and the piste security are some of the most well trained and organised in France. Mountain restaurants are in most locations and a great place to stop and meet your group or just to grab a hot drink by a fire and warm up.

Advanced and back country

This is what Val d'Isère is famous for - its a mecca for advanced and off piste skiers from all around the world. It boasts probably the best lift accessed off piste skiing and snowboarding in Europe. The mountain has one of the most diverse ski areas in the world, with steep mountain chutes, back country powder bowls and fun tree runs back into the village.

If you really want to feel the whole mountain experience then hiking, skinning and trekking up in to the Vanoise national park really will deliver the solitude and deep snow you are searching for. Within minutes of leaving the pistes you can experience unforgettable itineraries in steep river gorges with chamois, bouquet and golden eagles for company. Remember back country skiing can be dangerous so we strongly advise hiring a guide to make the most of your trip.


There is a huge array of ski schools in Val d'Isère which cater for beginners looking for their first experience, right through to expert skiers looking for a jump session in the park or an off piste guide. The key is to find an instructor that works for you and your group. Hip Hideouts live and work in the resort and have done for many years so we can introduce you to the right company for your needs.

The village

Val d'Isère is one of the most beautiful and international ski towns in the world. Even though it is situated high up in the French Alps it has a truly international flavour with French, British, Russian, American and Scandinavian visitors making up the majority of its guests. Each year more and more people are discovering the resort. The village operates a pretty slick operation, lots of investment in recent years has seen the luxury market boom in the resort which now has two michelin starred restaurants, high end boutique shops and fantastic nightlife. It celebrates the start of the international ski season in Europe with the 'Premier Neige' World Cup held each year in December and of course it held the blue ribbon events of the mens downhill in the Olympics in 1992. There are lots of events held in the village throughout the year and major holidays are often celebrated with firework displays, ski shows and torch lit descents down the face de bellevarde.

Getting around in resort

Safety, style and performance. Our Land Rovers are icons in resort and are perfectly suited for the snow. All of our fully serviced chalets have their own dedicated driving service running from 8am - 8pm every day.

There is also a free bus service which is hugely popular within the resort and is used by everyone day to day when they are skiing in the valley as it doubles as a vital link between different areas of the town. This runs every few minutes until 8pm and then every 10 mins until after 2am. Also there are many taxi services if you want a more tailored late service.

Getting to Val d'Isère

The main ways of getting to resort are by car, train, private minibus transfer or helicopter. We are just 35 mins from the SNCF train station in Bourg St Maurice, 2 hours from Chambery and 3 hours from Geneva and Lyon airports. By Helicopter its 40 mins from the private terminal in Geneva. Our Hip Hideouts concierge can reserve these services for you included in our service.

Not skiing?

Skiing is not the only focus in Val d'Isère. Each winter many people come to the valley to relax in the mountains and not just to get on the slopes. Within the resort we have a beautiful stone and wood aqua centre with full gym suites, yoga classes, spa facilities and squash courts. There is an outdoor skating rink, an ice driving circuit, husky dog trails and snowshoeing adventures. If you want to be a bit more daring then you might want to try skidooing, parapenting or a helicopter trip.

Or simply relax in one of our Hip Hideouts chalets in the hot tub or swimming pool with a glass of wine, or two. Contact our Concierge.