Europe's No.1 Resort
Val d'Isere is one of the top three resorts in the world (which is why Basecamp operate there). Located 1850 meters above sea level, Val d'Isere lies in the Espace Killy area which links the local ski area with neighbouring Tignes to create one of the largest and most dynamic ski areas in the world.
The small town is a beautiful settlement offering everything you could ever need from amazing après and small French restaurants to an array of awesome shops and some incredible nightclubs. As a Basecamper in Val d'Isere you will enjoy many advantages. We work closely with numerous shops, bars, events management companies and instructors, to ensure Basecampers receive the best deals in town.
Whether you are here on a budget or willing to spend a bit extra, you can easily get involved in all that Val d'Isere has to offer. We'll make sure that you feel extremely welcome around town and become part of the awesome seasonaire atmosphere. It is a close community, and making new friends is part of the experience. You will never get bored in Val d'Isere!
The town hosts a number of events throughout the season, creating an amazing atmosphere. New Year is always a winner with an amazing firework display and endless parties in bars and clubs that stay open until the early hours. Other highlights include the torch lit descent down The Face (an Olympic run), big air competitions, rail jams, Polo championships, and special guests such as Top Gear.
All in all, there are 101 reasons why you will never go there just once.
The mountain area is huge and it is staggering how much terrain is available. Even spending a season here, you will struggle to ski every run. Val d'Isere links with neighbouring Tignes to create the Espace Killy, which offers over 350km of groomed piste. The extensive lift system throughout the Espace Killy efficiently links Val d'Isere and Tignes making riding this winter playground a complete pleasure and an experience not to be forgotten.
Val d'Isere skiing is split into three main ski areas: the Bellevarde ski area with access to Tignes, the central Solaise ski area, and the Le Fornet ski area with access to the glaciers.
The Bellevarde area is famous for its challenging run, including the old Olympic run.
The Solaise area, with free lifts at the base, is ideal for beginners. Higher up the mountain there is a selection of red and black runs, and for the more advanced skiers and boarders there is some great off-piste skiing down the side of the ridge under the Cugnai chair.
The Le Fornet area is ideal for intermediate and advanced skiers and riders and has some great red and black runs. The area also has some long off-piste routes and the high altitude ensures great snow conditions. Val d'Isere has some of the best and most accessible off-piste in the Alps. It also boasts two incredible snow parks, numerous boardercross tracks, some amazing tree runs, mogul fields, half pipes, gullies, chutes and so much more. The best thing about the area is that there is something for everyone. Whether you are an advanced skier or boarder, or just starting out, you will never get bored.
Our Basecamp instructors know the area better than anyone. You'll cover all parts of the mountain, from bumps training to off-piste, tree runs and more. The advantage of having these world class coaches is that when it snows they know the best places to take you so you can fully enjoy the powder. Val d'Isere has so much to offer and the best way to experience it is on a Basecamp course. We guarantee you'll have an amazing time.
Courses in Val d'Isere
The Basecamp apartments in Val d'Isere are centrally located just a 2 minute walk away from the slopes and next to the main high street, as well as all the main bars and restaurants.
Our apartments offer everything you need for your time in Val d'Isère. They are compact and normally sleep 4. The apartments are fully furnished and well equipped with all the usual self-catering facilities. Living in central accommodation is a huge benefit and makes your winter experience that much more convenient. Apartment accommodation allows for an awesome social scene and enables you to get to know everyone throughout the duration of your course.
If living at quarters with your fellow Basecampers for a season is not for you, then you may like to consider another basecamp resort, or indeed ask us for upgrade options.
Food is included on all the Val d'Isere courses with breakfast and dinner five days a week. Breakfast is delivered to your door Monday to Friday and dinner works on a voucher system. Each week Basecampers will be given vouchers which are valid at a selection of five restaurants in town.
After a demanding day on the slopes choose a chilled bar such as Bananas, Café Face or Petit Danois to swap stories of the day's best wipeouts and off-piste discoveries. If you are in the mood for a boogy, then La Folie Douce is your anwser. The Folie is a bar like no other. Situated on the mountain, it plays the best house and electro music out there. Party on the tables or sit back and take in the amazing atmosphere, it's up to you, either way you're guaranteed to have a good time.
The nightlife is busy and we recommend Bananas or The Fall Line for après ski with a young crowd, The Moris Bar for live music and theme parties, Petit Danois for pool and shooters, The Pacific to watch all sports, MBC (Mostly BaseCamp) for 2-for-1, free entry and sometimes even free drinks, The Underground for quirky French style partying and pool, Victors for 2-for-1 cocktail happy hours, Doudoune for famous DJ's such as Pete Tong and Roger Sanchez, and of course you can't visit Val without going to Dick's Tea Bar after midnight. Each Thursday, Basecamp work with Sintilate Events, who have a night at Dick's with the best up and coming international DJ's. Basecampers get free entry, a good cash saver over a period of 10 weeks!
Our resort managers will organise events throughout the season to keep it as fun as possible. These range from Killer Pool in Danois, group meals out, après sessions at La Folie Douce, cheap/free entry to big nights in Doudoune, bowling in Tignes, pub crawls around town, open-mic nights at Pacific and much much more.
The idea is for Basecampers to have something to do all the time, you choose your involvement and let your season take its route. Just remember, Basecampers get the best deals in all the bars