What makes Val d’Isère so special?
Val d’Isère is one of Europe’s few ski resorts at an altitude of 1,850 metres. We tend to have long seasons, from the end of November to the beginning of May, and we sometimes even get to ski in summer! It’s a proper skiers’ resort. We’ve got 170km of pistes, plus another 130km in Tignes. Plus, we’re right next door to Italy, and five hours from the Mediterranean, so it’s easy to drive down there for the weekend.
Where can you find the best properties?
The resort’s satellite hamlets – La Daille, Le Châtelard and Le Laisinant – all have something special to offer. Le Fornet has some beautiful chalets but it’s more remote, with a totally different vibe from the main town. Le Crêt arguably has the largest, most impressive chalets, while Le Joseray and La Légettaz have more flats and apartments. In the centre of town, it’s mostly apartments, too, all very close to the pistes. In the centre of Val d’Isère there’s not much more land left to build on, so the two big developments that are currently under way will be in high demand.
Who lives in Val d’Isère?
A lot of French people are buying property here at the moment, but historically there have always been many Dutch, Belgian and British homeowners – most of whom usually come for the winter.