My partner and I are currently living in London, and had been contemplating a ski holiday for the past couple of years. As a complete novice, and having grown up in Australia, I had always been skeptical of the snow, and was quite content to stay away. But my partner was insistent, and I caved. As she grew up in France, I decided it was best for her to choose the destination. I only had two requests.
Number 1 – There’s got to be some other English speakers around.
Number 2 – There’s got to be a bit more than just pure skiing!
With this in mind my partner began her search (with some help from www.allchalets.com), and that is how I spent my winter at Val d’Isere!
A bit about Val d’Isere:
As a resort, Val d’Isere is one of the better known in France (according to my partner), and combined with the Tignes area offers over 300km worth of ski runs to the alpine adventurer. The ski resort itself lies at the peak of Le fornet, an incredible natural valley hidden deep within the Alps. As the British ski championships are held here annually, Val d’Isere also hosts a lot of English speaking alpine goers, which was music to my ears.
Whilst not the most avid skier myself, my partner tells me that the ski resort provides a lot of variety. There are plenty of simple slopes for beginners like me (which I stuck to like GLUE), as well as rolling miles of intermediate to expert runs. The best of the best take to the acres “off piste” for free riding adventures…maybe one day!
“There’s more to Val d’Isere than just skiing!”
That’s what my partner kept telling me before I arrived, and she was definitely right. Val d’Isere offered some exceptional experiences other than the ones experienced on skis. Here is a quick list of things that we absolutely adored whilst not skiing.
The food – Foodies can expect a treat should they make it to Val d’Isere. The fondue night that my partner and I experienced (a chef CAME to our house to prepare it for us) was to die for. As was the eating at some of the Alpine restaurants in the town – hearty French classics prepared to perfection by world-renowned chefs.
The nightlife – On top of the great food, Val d’Isere also offered a respectable night life. As I mentioned earlier, one of the things I was really keen on was being sure to meet some English speakers, as I didn’t want to feel alienated as I don’t speak French. Some of the bars were perfect for this – we met some fantastic groups of people from across the globe and had some excellent nights with them at various pubs and bars at the resort.
A quick word of warning from my partner. It can be really difficult to find some good deals on accommodation in the area, but luckily she stumbled across www.allchalets.com/val-d-isere, which provided her with everything that we needed. Best of luck on your adventures!