Wild off-piste skiing and beginner-friendly slopes, Michelin-starred gastronomy and farmhouse cooking, soothing spas and unbridled nightlife…all are gathered in twinkly Val d’Isère, 32km southeast of Bourg St-Maurice. Val d’Isère's ability to be simultaneously chic and traditional, fast-paced and relaxed, has propelled it to stardom as the resort of choice for skiers and boarders with cash to splash. Val d’Isère has all the enchantment of an Alpine village but with world-class leisure facilities and swanky hotels.
The combined terrain of Val d’Isère and the lakeside commune of Tignes form the enormous Espace Killy ski area, named after Jean-Claude Killy, who grew up in Val d'Isère and won three slalom and downhill golds at the 1968 Winter Olympics in Grenoble. Popular with Brits, Danes and Swedes, the resort is accessible only by a sinuous access road clinging to the heights of the upper Tarentaise Valley.