Posted on 16 June 2017
Val d’Isère opened its first ski lift 81 years ago. Since then this commune in the Tarentaise Valley has developed into a bastion of British winter sports and one of the most famous ski resorts in the world. But the time has finally come for a €200 million (£170m) facelift to help it keep pace with competitors like Courchevel and Verbier. Renewal is in the air in the Alps, with many rival resorts implementing multimillion-euro upgrades of their lift systems and Val d’Isère doesn’t want to be left behind.
The project, known as Le Coin de Val, was finally given the go-ahead earlier this year and is set to reshape the centre of the resort when completed in 2022. Some are describing it as the most daring development in the French Alps since Arc 1950 – a village built from scratch in the Les Arcs ski area back in 2008. So what does €200 million buy an ambitious developer in the French Alps today?
- 100 new homes – a rare occurrence in this highly sought-after resort
- Underground moving walkway to get skiers to the slopes more easily
- Underground bus station and roads
- New crèche and kindergarten
- New welcome centre and tourist office
- 50 room hotel
- Val Tower – a new feature including a restaurant, residence and the entrance to the ‘water drop’, shops and cafes
- La Tarentaise hotel, connected to Val Tower
- Covered pedestrian area around the Petit Danois
- New shopping street including La Poudreuse, Bar Jacques and Le Lodge
- Vaquier zone – a new area built in the same style as the overall project, to house relocated businesses
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