Transfers to Val d'Isere
Geneva to Val d'Isere - Private Transfers!
Legendary skiing and a fun ambiance combined - that's what awaits at the end of your Mountain Drop-offs private transfer from Geneva Airport to Val d'Isere!
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Your journey from the airport will take around three hours, culminating in an impressive 32km climb up the mountain road from Bourg St Maurice, past the Chevril dam (this is where those transferring to Tignes turn off) and along the lake to arrive at La Daille - the gateway to the renowned ski resort that is Val d'Isere.
We reckon if you're a fan of skiing or boarding you should hit the slopes of this resort at least once in your lifetime - and like many, once you've had a taste, you'll want to come back for more!
Nearby: Geneva to Tignes
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Val d'Isere Destination Guide
Val, as Val d'Isere is affectionately known, has very much something for everyone. It can be the most expensive ski resort ever if you splash the cash staying in one of the four 5* establishments and eating out every lunchtime and evening, or you can do Val d'Isere on a budget staying in a self-catering apartment that'll be small, functional but probably right across the road from a fantastic piste. It really is that sort of place.
It hasn't always been a bustling resort though. Val d'Isere was originally a set of isolated hamlets cut off in winter and home only to a handful of hardy Avalins and Avalines (the name for Val d'Isere residents!). All that changed in the early 1930s when a rich industrialist visited and decided it would make a great place for that leisure pursuit they call skiing…
In 1933 the Rogonay lift opened (which still exists, although the original lift was replaced in 1997) along with the ski school and several hotels, with the Solaise cable car being installed in 1942. Since then, with the exception of the time around WW2, Val d'Isere has grown and grown.
Indeed, you have to look closely these days to find evidence of the original village (it's around the church just after La Daille and before the modern Val village centre in case you were wondering) and there have been some head-scratchingly ugly blocks built, but in essence, Val d'Isere has managed to keep it's Savoyard mountain charm, all whilst being a convenient, well-laid out and functional ski resort too.
And to maintain that mountain village feel, parking on the streets is banned during the entire winter season, so those heading up to resort in a car have to leave it either in the open air parking in La Daille or one of the municipal carparks within Val itself.
We don't have to spell out what a faff it is to dig your hire car out after a week's snowfall, so we think you'll agree it's much easier to book a Mountain Drop-offs transfer to Val d'Isere and back to the airport. And what's more, once in resort the Red, Blue and Green bus lines keep you connected all day and pretty much of all of the night too, for free.
Sensational skiing in Val d'Isere
Where do we start? Once again, Val d'Isere has something for everyone when it comes to the skiing and boarding on offer. Are you starting to get your snow legs? Head to any of the five lifts that are completely free (Legettaz drag at Le Joseray, Savonette drag, Village chair and Rogoney chair around the snow front areas and Les Landes drag in La Daille) to practice.
Want to try your hand at skiing as fast as Killy or Maier? Make sure you ski the fine clutch of world-famous downhill pistes Val d'Isere boasts. Try the 'Face' black run off the Olympique cable car that whisks you directly from the village centre to the Rocher de Bellevarde summit at 2827m (and where the men's skiing events took place in the 1992 Albertville Winter Olympics), or head over the other side down to La Daille via 'OK' and 'Orange' pistes that have also hosted many a FIS ski event too.
It's a whiteout day? Do circuits in the trees taking the Daille cable car back up so you've got time to dry off before you next foray into the freshly fallen fluffy stuff. Bit of powder hound? Start off gently with the easily accessible powder off the Cascades Express chair near the summit of resort on the Glacier de Pissaillas. There's also the Col Pers into the nature reserve, but this is best done with a guide leading the way.
Fancy practising your ollies and your Japan airs? Then head to the snowy bowl between the Toviere and Bellevarde summits where you'll find the snow park, with the Bozetto drag, named after adopted Val d'Isere son and snowboarding Olympic medal winner Mathieu Bozzetto.
And just because you can, make sure you try the Aiglons, Mattis and Mangard pistes over in Le Fornet, as these use parts of the famous 13km mountain road that often features in the Tour de France - the Col d'Iseran - except of course in winter they are covered in snow as the road is shut. Don't worry if you're staying in Le Fornet, the last hamlet in Val d'Isere at the foot of the climb, as this part of the road stays open, so your Mountain Drop-offs transfer minibus will still be able drive right up there!
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