Continuing to make its mark as one of the top ski resorts in the world, the quintessential Alpine town of Val d'Isère offers a variety of experiences for the ultimate winter getaway – and it's ready to celebrate another great season.
This season, the region welcomes an array of new restaurants, where visitors can sample local flavours and take in piste-side panoramas, providing a dining venue for every occasion:
Matsuhisa, Airelles Hotel
Chef Nobu brings a unique blend of Japanese and Peruvian cuisine to the Alps this season for guests to enjoy in an intimate and minimalistic setting. Guests can enjoy a change from traditional French cuisine and indulge in Matsuhisa’s selection of sakes and tailor-made cocktails for an unforgettable dining experience this winter.
Find out more at airelles.com
Located on the Bellevarde, at the foot of the Grand Pre chairlift, L’Empreinte Avaline offers a 60-seat snack bar, stunning 100-seat patio, and 150-seat gourmet bistro with bay windows. Made using local stone, the new restaurant blends into its natural surroundings and will serve seasonal dishes made with fresh local produce in a modern and cosy setting.
Find out more at lempreinteavaline.com
Paying tribute to a beloved family member, the new family-owned venue – which adjoins Edelweiss restaurant – will welcome skiers with a new atmosphere this winter. René restaurant will offer an open-plan kitchen, charcoal oven, and panoramic views across the valley from its fully glazed dining room on the Mangard slope.
Find out more at valdisere.com
For those looking for a something a little different, beyond the skiing and dining, visitors can make the most of Val d’Isère’s extensive slope offering to enjoy a wide range of activities, from the adventurous to the cultural:
Non-skiers who don’t want to miss out on slope action, can hire Fat Bikes, which are electric snow bikes for a unique fast-paced experience, jetting off through the forest and winding round Val d’Isère’s vast selection of trails.
Those looking to ditch the skis and enjoy the slopes from a different perspective can try Val Adventure. This tree-top adventure course offers a fun and energetic skiing alternative. Val Adventure is found in the heart of the Rogoney Forest, overlooking the slopes and boasts four different exciting courses.
For mountain lovers seeking some calm, ice floating, a new relaxation experience from Finland is available this winter on Ouillette lake. Kitted out in a waterproof wetsuit, those brave enough can slip into the frozen lake for an extraordinary moment of tranquillity. Located at an altitude of 2,513m, adventure seekers can feel truly at one with nature, floating on top of the mountain landscape.
The Alps will be filled with the sound of music as Val d’Isère hosts a range of talented musicians at their annual Classicaval festival. The event returns for its 29th year in Val d’Isere, with the next series of concerts taking place from the 6-9th March. The performances will be held in the exquisite Baroque church of Saint Bernard de Menthon, located in the heart of Val d’Isère.
Adult day ski passes start from €58, under 8s go free. For more information regarding prices and advice on visiting the area, go to valdisere.com