Editor: Marie Gustin
Ski the Espace Killy, a mythical domain
Home to the 1992 Olympic Games, the Critérium de la 1ère Neige downhill race since 1955, the 2009 World Championships, to name but a few. All the great alpine ski champions have devoured the mythical slopes of Val d’Isère: La Face de Bellevarde, la Oreiller-Killy (OK piste), le Rhône-Alpes piste on the Solaise mountains, plus many more.
More recently, Mathieu Bozzetto and Ingrid Jacquemod respectively became snowboarding and skiing champions.
Make sure you take time out from the slopes to watch a thrilling competition nicknamed Le Face! Famous for its steep incline, this piste was chosen for the Olympics because it is fully visible from the foot of the slopes. Onlookers can admire skiers as they race down from start to finish! Thrills and atmosphere guaranteed!
Thanks to its champions and the quality of its ski area, Val d’Isère has slowly become a world famous resort. Jean-Claude Killy, one of France’s most famous skiers, and a native to Val d’Isère, gave his name to the L’Espace Killy, the area which links Val d’Isère to Tignes. Featuring 300km of slopes extending up to 1,900m high, 2 glaciers, 2 snow parks and “quiet skiing” areas for beginners...everyone can enjoy it, whether they’re a beginner or advanced skier.
- The immense pistes where you’re unlikely to bump into anyone, and which are impeccably groomed.
- La Folie Douce, an open air club in the middle of the pistes: an original concept with live singers, saxophonist and crazy dancers standing on the tables!
The many high altitude restaurants and bars; go to the Bar de l’Ouillette offering a terrace with deck chairs, multi-coloured sofas and panoramic mountain views.
- Guaranteed snow, from November to May, with a maximum altitude of 3,450 m.