Additional things to do in Val d’Isere
12th November 2015
The ski slopes of Val d’Isere are ideal for particularly intermediate and advanced skiers but what about other activities apart from skiing? Not surprisingly, for a big ski resort the choices are pretty good in Val d’Isere. Here is our comprehensive list of exciting alternative activities to just skiing and snowboarding on your Val d’Isere ski holiday.
Sports centre and Ice skating in Val d’Isere
The sports centre in Val d’Isere is located in the heart of the ski resort and has an excellent climbing wall, two pools and a spa with sauna, hot tubs and steam rooms, access is free on two days with a ski pass or pay a modest fee without. The outdoor ice rink is fun with all the necessary equipment available to rent.
Skidoo’s and Paragliding in Val d’Isere
Our friends at Oxygène ski school can help you if you plan to book once you arrive, which is probably the best idea as some of the activities are weather dependant. If you prefer to book in advance the team at skiline are happy to book these activities for you.
Tandem paragliding flights take off from the Solaise, high above the village of Val d’Isère. With experienced paragliding instructors on hand to ensure you get the most from the flight. It’s a good idea for groups of friends or family to share the experience at the same time, don’t forget your selfie stick! If you are thinking of booking a ski package holiday to Val d’Isere your tour operator can book most activities once you arrive in Val d’Isere.
Massage and beauty treatments in your ski chalet in Val d’Isere
If you are staying in ski chalet in Val d’Isere you can arrange for a masseur to visit you in the privacy of your chalet. There are several companies offering this. We particularly like Pamper off the Piste who have 15 years’ experience in Val d’Isere. You need to book as soon as you arrive in your chalet.
Pedestrian Passes for non-skiers
Val d’Isere isn’t just suitable for snow sports enthusiasts, walkers are encouraged up the mountain with reduced prices on a number of lifts, namely
– Funicular lift – Funival
– Cable cars – Solaise, Olympique and Fornet
– Gondolas – La Daille and Le Vallon
– Chair lift – Solaise Express
– Chairlifts (ascent only) – Manchet Express (only when connecting slope Lac Ouillette is open), Bellevarde Express and Loyes Express
Make sure you bring your camera as the views are worth recording or simply to watch the action on the slopes. Many of the mountain restaurants have well-positioned terraces which catch the sun and just because you don’t ski, there is no need to be excluded from the Après ski. Much of the après ski starts before you’ve even had chance to get down off the mountain, with many high altitude bars and restaurants featuring DJ’s on certain days and deck chairs from which to enjoy an aperitif or two… Our favourite is the Folie Douce which is easily reached by a bubble from La Daille, make sure you arrive around 3pm to make the most of the fun and be sure you don’t miss the last lift down, or face a 40 minute walk down the edge of the piste.
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