Val d’Isère: skiing, hiking and spring events

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High altitude village at 1850 m, Val d’Isère welcomes skiers for spring skiing until May 6: sun, snow and mild temperatures to slide into summer. On the snow side, the last falls have brought at least 20 cm more to the village, on the eve of spring the accumulations are 2m30 at the top of the slopes and 1m23 in the village.

Ski touring information, events, entertainment and end-of-season offers:

Adventure & Discovery Film Festival, the cultural event of spring. From April 17 to 20, 2023, Val d’Isère is organizing the 26th edition of its International Adventure & Discovery Film Festival at an altitude of 1850 m.

A springtime cultural event, the festival offers 11 après-ski screenings over four days at the Convention Center, in the cinema and online. The films in the selection are presented by travel writer Sylvain Tesson in the presence of adventurers and directors. Debates, meetings, activities and exhibitions around the projects make the festival a concentrate of human exchanges where the public takes part in the adventure. In addition to sharing, the challenge for the teams of the films in competition are the prizes: that of the public, the Ushuaïa prize and the three prizes awarded by the jury of the year, including the Aigle d’Or de l’Aventure, awarded recently on “Yukon, a white dream” by Mathieu Le Lay. Jury, official selection and history of the Festival.

End of season offers

Last Traces: the ski pass at -40% for any stay in an apartment or hotel from April 22, 2023, booked through the central Val d’Isère Reservation. Valid on “weekly” stays in an apartment or stays of “minimum 3 nights” in a hotel.

Festive beginning of May: the traditional closing parties follow one another in the altitude restaurants until Saturday May 6th. All the programming on the Val D’Isère site

Family holidays

The Easter holidays are an opportunity to rediscover the ski area with the family with several organized events: egg hunts at altitude in the play areas of Val Kids and the Village Perdu, egg race in snake gliss on the slope of the Savonnette (snow front), show and encounter with large birds of prey including the golden eagle, emblem of Val d’Isère from the Val Kids, observation of chamois and ibexes with the guards of the Vanoise National Park on the bridge path Saint Charles, initiation and rides in electric Fat Bikes on the paths of the village etc. Full schedule: HERE

Val d’Isère, labeled Family Plus, offers since this winter the free ski pass until the 8th anniversary.

Ski touring and mountain huts
Val d’Isère in the spring is also an opportunity to take advantage of the great outdoors in ski touring. Beyond the village, its hamlets, its ski area, we discover another Val d’Isère in the heart of the Vanoise National Park. With 50% of the town in the park, different massifs, orientations, altitudes, the playground is vast for ski touring and we discover 2 guarded refuges for lunch or sleep, as well as a family restaurant accessible by snowshoes to park gates. The refuges have been guarded since March 8: Refuge du Fond des Fours, Refuge de Prariond. At the bottom of the Manchet valley, under the slopes of Arcelle, the Arsellaz farm opens for lunches in the spring to welcome hikers and off-piste skiers and offers two menus to regain strength: Savoyard fondue with charcuterie platter and blueberry tart (€33/pers) and the chalet platter with its cheeses, charcuterie, tomatoes and hard-boiled eggs (€22/pers). This little hidden paradise is run by Marie Pierre and her husband and is open every spring and summer.

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