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Val d`Isere

 

Val D`Isere is one of the premier places to take a ski holiday in France.
It can be found in the south east of the country on the border of the
Vanoise National Park and only 5km from the Italian border. Val D`Isere
has first class transport links with Geneva, Lyon and Chambery and is
located in the Savoie region of France.

Skiing began in the 1930`s in Val D`Isere when the first lift was
constructed on Solaise`s slopes. The history of the town dates back to
1637 and its parish church was built in 1664. It is well known for ski and
winter sports in the present day and hosted the Tour de France in 2007 on
day 9. Val D`Isere was made popular to UK tourists when it featured as the
holiday destination of the characters Patsy and Edina in BBC`s Absolutely
Fabulous. Skiing in the resort usually opens towards the end of December
and it closes during the first week in May each year. The ski resort at
Val D`Isere is shared with the purpose built Tignes. Together the ski area
of the two towns forms the area of Espace Killy, so named after
Jean-Claude Killy, the Olympic triple champion who grew up in Val D`Isere.

The town has 1800 residents and in the winter they are outnumbered by
tourists by 15 to 1. There are over 300 kilometres of slopes and 99 lifts
which can move 135,000 skiers uphill each hour. The Bellevarde Downhill
was designed for the 1992 Winter Olympics and is popular with tourists
visiting the area.

Val D`Isere has fast lifts and varying slopes so everyone is catered for.
The slopes range from 1700 metres to 3600 metres. It is very popular with
experienced and intermediate skiers. There is a great nursery slope and
many green runs for novices but cross country skiing is limited. Because
of the speed of the lifts there are very few queues for the slopes each
day. Many ski schools are available for those looking for some coaching
including the French National Ski School. 60% of the slopes are designed
for beginners, 30% for intermediate and 10% for advanced. The slopes
themselves often have a snow depth of at least a metre.

Val D`Isere has a lively apr?s ski reputation. There over 70 places to eat
in the town where you are surrounded by beautiful mountain scenery. The
nightclub is very popular too and various bars often have a range of live
music playing at the weekends.

Val D`Isere is full of luxurious chalets and budget hotels. You really can
take your pick with accommodation. There are B&B`s and self catering
places to stay in for the more budget conscious of travellers. These are
usually found a little further away from the lifts.

Val D`Isere is a very famous place to holiday in the world of skiing. Its
easy access to French cities and airports, its proximity to Italy, its
array of slopes and sheer natural beauty are all factors for bringing the
tourists to visit each winter.

 If it`s your first ski trip and you don`t yet have any ski wear then
check out sites such as <a
href="http://www.hardcloud.com/brands/etnies.asp">Etnies</a> for details
of what is fashionable this ski season and purchase some quality kit
before you leave to ensure you stay nice and warm on the slopes. Remember
it is important to be dressed safely and appropriately for the weather
and ski conditions at all times.

 

Notes:

 

Costs for stands start at 750 all inclusive of graphics, lighting and furniture. There is also the opportunity to have un-manned representation at the show from 275.

 


 

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