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Val d'Isère announces unmissable calendar

26th November 2012 Print
Folie Douce

Val d'Isère has announced its new winter events calendar for the highly anticipated 2012-13 season. Opening on 1st December, the iconic French resort will play host to some hot new additions to its social calendar, as well as the old favourites. From snow sports including World Cup ski racing, polo and golf events to musical and wellbeing festivals, this enchanted Alpine village setting has something for everyone this winter.

First Tracks, Resort Opening Weekend - 1st & 2nd December 2012

On 1st December, Val d'Isère unfurls its great white carpet for over 150 days of skiing and snowboarding action. Be first to test out this season's ski and snowboard equipment on Val d'Isère's legendary slopes as the resort opens its  "First Tracks" tented village featuring all the major ski brands including Dynastar, Elan, Fischer, Head, K2, Kästle, Movement, Nordica, Rossignol, Salomon, Scott, Völkl, White Doctor. Check out the virgin snow of the expansive Espace Killy ski area with an experienced guide, before discovering the vibrant après-ski to welcome the start of the new ski season in style.

Val d'Isère's First Tracks Packages

To celebrate the new season has launched an exclusive First Tracks Package. Two nights in an apartment start from €99 per person based or from €185 per person in a hotel based on stays between 30 November - 3rd December.

Exclusive First Tracks Packages includes
2 nights in an Apartment or Hotel
2 day Val d'Isère Ski Pass
½ day with qualified ski instructors
1 free entry to the leisure centre swimming pool
Testing of 2013 ski and snowboard equipment

Book online at

57ème Critérium de la 1ère Neige - 8th to 15th December 2012

The new winter season is approaching and with it the "Critérium de la Première Neige" (Alpine Skiing World Cup). From the 7th to 15th of December, experience the excitement of the new ski season in the company of the world's best skiers. After the men's Giant Slalom and Slalom events on the mythical Face de Bellevarde on 8th and 9th December, the women will be in the limelight on 14th and 15th of December with a Downhill and Super G.

An Enchanted Christmas - 22nd to 29th December 2012

There is nothing quite like spending the festive season in the snow, so this December experience the magical world of Christmas in Val d'Isère. The stunning Alpine setting with the village lit up and cloaked in a coat of white, provides the perfect backdrop for a memorable holiday experience. With Father Christmas coming to town, as well as concerts, shows and torch lit descents down the mountain, there is guaranteed entertainment for every member of the family.

Polo Masters - 16th to 19th January 2013

To welcome in the dawn of a new year in style, January sees the Polo Masters come to Val d'Isère for an exciting four days of action at the foot of the Face de Boullevarde, where professional teams will battle it out to attain the illustrious Masters Title.

New for 2013! Frost Gun - 9th - 16th February 2013

Having previously been held in Val Thorens, Frost Gun is coming to Val d'Isère for the first time winter. A freestyle event originating in Denmark, Frost Gun is fast becoming one of the greatest big air competitions in Europe with some of the best riders in the world battling it out with legendary concerts and after-parties.

20th Classicaval Music Festival

Opus One from 29th to 30th January 2013, Opus Two from 19th to 21st March 2013

For those who like to combine their passion for winter sports with a cultural interest, the annual Classicaval Music Festival is held in Val d'Isère's beautiful baroque church, Saint Bernard de Menthon. The festival will feature a programme of pieces composed by various favourites, from Beethoven to Schumann performed by internationally acclaimed artists.

Hot Ice Experience - 1st April to 1st May 2013

Ensuring that the Val d'Isère winter ski season is rounded off in memorable style, for the entire month of April, the resort is offering a range of spring skiing deals and exclusive offers on accommodation, ski passes, ski tuition from the French National Ski School, plus a host of special concerts, shows, evening parties and end of season sales.

Yoga and Well Being Festival - 5th to 7th April 2013

If you have a passion for yoga, escape to Val d'Isère this April for a revitalising spiritual retreat and enjoy a three-day festival based with visiting yogis and yoginis from all over the world.

New! Winter Golf - 7th to 13th April 2013

For golf enthusiasts, a unique and somewhat unusual experience awaits players in the snow-covered Manchet Valley this April.

17th International Adventure and Discovery Film Festival - 22nd to 25th April 2013

The annual Festival du Film Aventure et Decouverte has been running since 1996, gradually expanding and going from strength to strength each year. Entrants are invited to submit a short documentary featuring at least one of the following themes: adventure, exploration, ethnic encounters, sport or expeditions. Once applications are submitted, eleven of the best will be shown throughout the week to be judged by a jury of well-known adventurers and by the public. Entry to the films is free and each one is followed by a Q&A session with the film-maker.

For more information on what other events and activities are available, visit

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Folie Douce