Val-d Isere Cross Country Skiing

Southeast of Albertville and Bourg Ste Maurice, the Val-d'Isere area has 21km of ski du fond pistes. The nordic ski trails can be found in several locations around Val-d'Isere.

At the far end of the Manchet Valley, there is a 4km one-way ski du fond piste from the Solaise cable car past the Clochetons Restaurant up to the old Manchet hamlet. There is also a more challenging 6.5km one-way red piste called Le Manchet.

From the top of the Solaise cable car, you can ski over to the bottom of the Madeleine chairlift where you will find a 2km loop around the Ouillette Lake.

From the top of the Le Fornet cable car base, there is a 5km blue ski du fond piste heading away from Val d'Isere toward Vanoise National Park.

To reach the ski du fond at Val-d'Isere by air, you'll want to fly into Lyon or Geneva. Then, take the train to Bourg-St-Maurice. From Bourg-St-Maurice, there are regular buses (Altibus) up the dead end road to the village of Val-d'Isere. If you plan to drive, you'll want to avoid the road on Saturdays due to the crowds. Keep in mind that Val-d'Isere is quite popular with tourists coming from the UK, so you'll hear plenty of English speaking.

TIP: If you are planning to arrive by train, keep in mind that the regular bus up to the resort is primarily during daylight hours. After dark, the bus runs infrequently, if at all. Therefore, you will need to take a cab from the train station to the resort. If you plan to fly into Lyon, you may want to check the train schedule before buying your flight to make sure there is a convenient transfer. If you plan to arrive Friday through Sunday, the shuttle Altibus might be a more convenient option.


Local Contact(s):  Val-d’Isère Tourism (011) 33-479-060-660; Alpine Experience guides 0479-062881.

Recommended Book:  "Snowboard Europe" from Charles Leocha

Best Season:  Jan. - Mar.

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  Kandahar; Sorbiers; Danival

Luxury Loding:  Les Barmes de L Ours; Blizzard Hotel; Hotel Christiana; Aigle des Neiges

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Date Updated:  7/5/2016


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