Posted on 21 December 2018
From winter skiing to things to do in Val d’Isère during summer, a vast amount of tourist attractions and activities makes this destination an all-rounder from January to December. Indeed, don’t underestimate its summer potential.
As ski resorts around the world look to transform themselves into year-round destinations, Val d’Isère is keen to cash in on its winter notoriety to bring in a new legion of fans.
Tourism isn’t the only industry enjoying self-promotion as a summer destination because gorgeous green landscapes, year-round shops, bars and restaurants and a massive range of activities are also bringing in a new wave of home buyers, eager to own a part of this stunning French Alp destination.
About Val d’Isère
Linking with nearby Tignes, Val d’Isère is a French alpine resort to watch. In 2016, they upgraded their Solaise gondola, and plans are in place to rejuvenate the main town centre, with traditional architecture and extra facilities.
Stretching for 3 miles and flanked by mountain ranges, it offers unrevealed scenery worthy of gracing any picture postcard. Having grown from a small village with just a church and a few farmhouses, it is now a sophisticated destination that should be on everyone’s bucket list.
6 Things to do in Val d’Isère in Summer
1: Mountain Biking and Cycling
Along with nearby Tignes, Val d’Isère is part of the Espace Killy area, one of the best skiing destinations in the world. However, when snow melts and green pastures grow, it also turns into marvellous mountain biking terrain.
Whether you want adrenaline rushes or something lower key for the whole family, designated tracks ensure bikers get to see the best of Espace Killy in summer. Such is the fame of terrains, some like Col de l’Iseran are used for the Tour de France, but you don’t have to be a professional to try them, just physically fit. For something less strenuous, environmentally friendly e-bike rentals from the town centre help you get around on two wheels at a pace that suits you.
2: Vanoise National Park
Sitting one-hour drive away, Vanoise National park is one of seven protected areas in France boasting of fantastic flora and fauna. The region attracts hikers during summer because of its 400 kilometres of marked trails, while all year round, 36,000 people pass through its gates.
Novice hikers chire a private guide to make the most of the park sitting at a stunning 3000 kilometres altitude, while during summer, the park also hosts themed activities and excursions. If you fall in love with it that much, traditional alpine cottages are available to rent on a nightly basis.
3: Summer Skiing
Die-hard ski fans itching to get back on the slopes visit during the summer ski season. Albeit, it doesn’t last long, and you need to keep an eye out for official announcements because it’s dependent on snowfall, but if skiing is your passion, it’s an excellent start to the day.
Happening on the Pissaillas Glacier, and accessed via TK Du Mont, Cascade Express and Cote 3000 lifts during the morning only, skiers and snowboarders are welcome to take advantage of the lower prices and fewer crowds.
4: Paragliding: Soar through the Air
Oxygen and Evolution 2 both offer tandem para-gliding rides with experienced pilots who handle all technical aspects of flying so you are free to see the town and landscapes from a different view. Choices of rides range from a brief 10 minutes glide or go the distance and start at the top of Solaise. With prices starting from just 80 euros, it’s an excellent chance for a once in a lifetime experience.
5: Aquasportif Centre
Anyone who wants to hit the gym for some physical fitness, try their hand at indoor sports and swimming or relax and recharge their batteries in the spa centre, should visit the all-encompassing Aquasportif centre. Classes with qualified instructors include Pilates, piloxing, maxiforme, Zumba, yoga, aqua gym, aqua cardio and much more. There is also an artificial ice skating rink in the middle of town.
6: Gastronomy Tourism
When one thinks of fine French restaurants, the first place often springing to mind is Paris, yet Val d’Isère has two Michelin star restaurants, and a range of gastronomy experiences are available all year round.Famous chef Benoit Vidal’s Michelin restaurant called L’Atelier d’Emond serves up highly rated dishes on their unique menu and reservations are advisable.
In the morning though, head to Maison Chevallot selling the best pastries, cakes and bread in the region. They also recommend reservations for seats at La Table d l’Ours who offer a la carte, rotisserie and local specialities menu. By the time you leave, you will have gained a few pounds or more.
More Information and Articles
Read more about things to do in Val d’Isère during summer in our area guide. Otherwise, if you are searching for ski property, it could be the ideal destination, and you can see apartments and chalets for sale in our Val d’Isère real estate portfolio.