Val d'Isère skiing 2012/2013
Val d'Isère, France, is one of the world's most exclusive skiing destinations, ideal for all levels, and boasting a fabulous range of slopes within the Espace Killy. As well as challenging and varied skiing, Val d'Isère also offers a variety of non-ski activities from high-octane thrills such as paragliding and ice-driving to luxury shopping, a wide-range of cosy bars and gourmet restaurants. The resort opens on 1st December 2012 and this season looks set to be a winner.
Val d'Isère Opens New Fontaine Froide Chairlift For 2012/13 Season
Brand new for the 2012/13 season, Val d'Isère will see the opening of the new Fontaine Froide chairlift this winter. Giving access to the Bellevarde ski area, the new 6-seater Fontaine Froide chairlift has been constructed with a higher arrival point than its predecessor, right next to the Olympique cable car arrival area.
Patisserie and Cookery Classes With Top French Chefs
Benoît Vidal will be holding cooking lessons throughout winter at the restaurant L'Atelier Edmond where guests can discover how to create amuse-bouche, starters, main courses and desserts to enjoy together that evening. Situated at the bottom of the Fornet-Pissaillas run, 2km from Val d'Isère village centre, L'Atelier d'Edmond oozes rustic alpine charm. Guests of Val d'Isère can also enjoy French patisserie lessons from one of France's most acclaimed chefs, Patrick Chevallot who is renowned for pastry making.
New Gourmet Restaurant 'Le Cascade' Opens For The New Season
Located at the foot of the Pissaillas Glacier, Le Cascade is one of the latest gastronomic offerings in the Le Fornet area. Having received considerable praise for its excellent food and reasonable prices, Le Cascade is set to become a lively and popular destination for skiers this season.
Polo Masters - 11th - 14th January 2013
For the fifth year in a row, the Polo Masters Tour invites the world's best professional polo players to the stunning Alpine ski resort of Val d'Isère for four days of high-octane competition at the foot of the dramatic Face de Bellevarde. Don't miss the excitement and glamour of the Polo Masters Tour as it arrives in Val d'Isère from 16th - 19th January 2013. With competitions starting at 6pm each evening and a host of lively festivities to mark the occasion, this is après ski with a difference!
Critérium de Première Neige- 7th - 15th December 2012
For those longing to get back on the slopes again, the Critérium de Première Neige in Val d'Isère, France should be one of the very first highlights of the season after the slopes open on the 1st December. Catch the first of this season's snow and enjoy the spectacle and atmosphere of the FIS World Cup over an exciting week!
Classicaval Festival- 22nd - 24th January 2013 & 19th - 21st March 2013
Classicaval Festival is a celebration of the most talented and acclaimed classical artists. The well renowned festival brings together music lovers from far and wide and has done since 1993. The concert takes place in the heart of the village in the historic Baroque church, Saint Bernard de Menthon, and runs from 22nd- 24th January and 19th- 21st March 2013. During this time, music fans will enjoy emotive and inspiring compositions performed by classical French composers in the stunning Alpine village of Val d'Isère.
Crystal Ski (crystalski.co.uk) is offering a free learn to ski package when you book a standard package holiday, including free tuition, free lift pass and free equipment hire, departing on the 13th January 2013. 7 nights from £625 per person staying at the three star Chalet Marsala with catering and free wine. Price includes flights from several UK airports including Gatwick, Bristol, Birmingham, Glasgow, Doncaster, Manchester and Newcastle, as well as private transfers. Saving £384 per person.
VIP SKI (vip-chalets.com) is teaming up with TDC in Val d'Isère to offer an unbeatable package that includes a 5 day coaching clinic and a week's accommodation in its wonderful Aspen Lodge chalet. Available on 2nd and 9th December with prices from £629pp (travel not included) and on 16th December from £1,039pp (flights & transfers included).
Extreme Winter Sports Offers:
Powder White (powderwhite.com) is offering a 'Powder White Extreme' experience, by combining your week skiing with the white-knuckle activities of ice-driving or ice-karting, parapent (otherwise known as paragliding) and ice-climbing. Prices start from £679 per person and include a weeks' fully catered accommodation and all activities at the Chalet Hokkaido in Val d'Isère.
Powder White (powderwhite.com) is offering adventurous skiers an off-piste experience in one of the Alps' most snow-sure and challenging resorts - Val d'Isère. Powder White Tracks includes three days of off-piste - also known as backcountry, sidecountry or freeriding - guiding, allowing you to get the most from your ski holiday, discover your own space on the mountain and find the fluffiest of stashes - all under the watchful eye of an expert. Prices include a week's fully catered chalet accommodation and three days of off-piste guiding, starting from £718 per person in Val d'Isère in the Chalet Elodie.
Scott Dunn (scottdunn.com) Working together with Oxygene Ski in Val d'Isère, Scott Dunn has launched Tots with Altitude, a special offer created especially for families with pre-school children offering free ski lessons, lift passes, rentals and complimentary Scott Dunn Explorers children's club places for 3 - 5 year olds - with a saving worth £600 per child. Valid for chalet bookings departing on 20th and 27th January and 7th and 14th April 2013.
Prices start from £1,525 per person staying in Chalet Nepenthe (sleeps 6) departing 14 April for seven nights including British Airways flights, transfers, gourmet chalet board, the services of a Scott Dunn chef/host and free 1.5 hour ski lessons (Mon-Fri), lift passes, rentals and complimentary Scott Dunn Explorers children club for 3 - 5 year olds.
Tour operator news and offers:
New Short Stay All-Inclusive Breaks From Club Med
Club Med's (clubmed.co.uk) brand new offer on short stay ski breaks to Val d'Isère for the 2012/2013 season ensures ski lovers maximise their time on the slopes. With its all-inclusive offering including lift passes, ski and snowboard group lessons, an open bar for great après-ski entertainment, gourmet cuisine and children's clubs for 4-17 years olds, Club Med offers the most comprehensive ski product that is hassle-free, excellent value for money and suited to families and skiers of all ages and abilities.
Club Med is offering 4 nights at Club Med Val d'Isère, departing from London on 2nd December 2012 for £895 per adult including a special Short Stay saving of £100 per adult, flights, transfers, all meals, alcoholic beverages as well a ski pass and tuition.
New 'Powder Shuttle' links Val d'Isère and Courchevel
Powder White is offering skiers the chance to ski both the world-class terrains of Val d'Isère and Courchevel in just one week. Guests can begin the week in the ever-popular resort of Val d'Isère, in the heart of the Espace Killy and its 300km of pistes, or in buzzy Courchevel 1650, linked to the massive Trois Vallées area with its 600km of terrain, from Saturday to Tuesday. On Tuesday evening Powder White's newly launched 'Powder Shuttle' will transfer to the other resort for the remainder of the week.
Powder White (powderwhite.com) is offering Skifaris available at the charming Chalet Hokkaido in Val d'Isère and Savoyarde-style Chalet Nid d'Aigle in Courchevel. Prices starting from £549 per person per week (including inter-resort transfers), Powder White Skifaris are available at the charming Chalet Hokkaido in Val d'Isère and Savoyarde-style Chalet Nid d'Aigle in Courchevel.
For more information on summer and winter activities and events in Val d'Isère, visit valdisere.com.