Val d’Isere ready for its first guests this winter


Val d’Isère is getting ready to welcome its first guests this winter from 19th December.

Although it’s not going to be quite the usual festive season in Val d’Isere, with the ski lifts remaining closed, the resort will be doing its best to make sure visitors have a great holiday. Most of the shops will be open and restaurants will offer take-away meals. The resort is continuing to make every effort to ensure full-scale opening as soon as possible, and the mountain community is working closely with the government to promote the industry’s interests.

 Outdoor sports & activities

Winter sports addicts can still enjoy cross-country skiing, biathlon or fat biking (mountain-biking on snow). The little ones will love ice skating, dog sledding or mini snowmobile riding. There is also a wealth of snow-shoeing and hiking routes so everyone can enjoy the peaceful beauty of the mountain.

Ski touring: though the lifts are closed you can still access the off piste areas. The prefecture is working to clarify rules for this activity including supervision.

Ice rink: Open to the general public from 19th December, from 10am to 7pm.

Events & culture

Val d’Isère’s museum, cinema and media library are open from mid-December, and guided visits of the village are available. The resort is in the process of finalising plans for Christmas celebrations and details will be released shortly.


Although bars and restaurants have to remain closed, a number of them are offering a Click&Collect service: choose between pizzas, local specialties, traditional French dishes and even fine dining

You can see the list of them here: Click&Collect

Covid-19 Testing

Two testing centres have been set up in Val d’Isère to test the population and the visitors of the resort. There is one centre reserved only for those with symptoms or those confirmed to have been in contact with an infected person.  The second centre is available to anyone wishing to be screened. In addition, the two medical centres will continue working as usual.