val d'isère

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.