The location of Val-d’IsÃ¨re is one of perfect convenience for what it offers travelers. The famous ski resort is in France, of course, but since it lies merely three miles, or five kilometres from Italy, most people traveling to the valley can get both a vacation to France, and a vacation to Italy all in one deal. Aside from the convenience of its location, most famous about Val-d’IsÃ¨re is the fact that it is one of the world’s largest existing ski areas. Also a fact, is that the small town prides itself so much on the resort’s beauty, that their resort is self titled as “The Most Beautiful Ski Area In The World.” The town itself, is most recognizable because its beautiful French architecture; most of the building and public structures are hundreds of years old, and have been preserved and repaired, or added onto, over the years by villagers who want to protect their historic town.
The activities tourists will find in Val-d’IsÃ¨re are winter based, but happen to be much more than skiing. There are a wide range of cozy, relaxing things to do, and adrenaline-pumping, cold weather sports.
- Tourists who want to spend a relaxing vacation, can lay at their leisure and be pampered in a massage parlour, or a soothing whirlpool bath.
- For those seeking a fun chance to learn something with the entire family, Val-d’IsÃ¨re offers cake making classes; what a skill to go home with, being taught how to make a French cake from scratch, by the French themselves!
- Another exciting winter activity offered in Val-d’IsÃ¨re is dog sledding. Pile into a sled while a team of huskies drag you all over Val-d’IsÃ¨re’s frozen plains.
- For those who prefer to be the ones in the driver’s seat, you can amp up your vacation by speeding over the snow and ice in a rented snowmobile.
Besides just these are many more activities, like ice skating, sky diving, parasailing, learning to walk in snowshoes, and many others.
The culinary arts practiced in Val-d’IsÃ¨re are traditionally French, which are generally considered by the world to be the most elegant and refined. French hot cocoa is probably going to be one of the highlights of your trip, as it is served made from real regional cocoa, and milk. Fancy dinners can be found in the resorts, with the traditional grace of French cooking, however, once most people have settled in they realize that French stews, and soft pastries, are more warming than the delicious, but light meals served at high prices. French bakeries are world renowned for their soft, delicious breads, and their genius with sweet pastries. French wines and cheeses also await the palate of any visitor in Val-d’IsÃ¨re, as well as cozy warming comfort food, such as chicken soups, beef stews, and warm bread.
Accomodations in Val-d’IsÃ¨re range from the luxury catered chalets, to more modest bed and breakfast establishments, or rooms opened by local families on farms or in town. The ‘catered chalet’ is basically a villa, or small home, especially for vacations, there are supplied with service and food, by the resort that owns it. Other options are lodgings within the cozy hotels in the area, rather it is of luxury five star standards, or simply a nice warm place to relax after a cold day of winter fun. Transportation around the town is easy; a free shuttle, or bus runs throughout the town providing free transportation for both tourists and the locals. The town is small enough, that you can also get around quite easily on foot, but the bus is definitely a convenience for tired feet.