As always, the premier ski resorts of the Alps are constantly updating and upgrading themselves. So, what’s new in Val d’Isere for the upcoming winter season of 2018-2019?
France’s highest hotel comes to Val d’Isere
The Solaise cable car has not been in operation for many years and the old pylons were removed sometime ago. However, the large station buildings at the bottom and the top of the old lift have remained stoically in place – a reminder of a bygone era for the resort. The top station has now been redeveloped into a luxury ski in ski out spa hotel. At 2,551 metres altitude Le Refuge de Solaise is now France’s highest hotel. It offers a unique accommodation experience in Val d’Isere with 34 bedrooms, luxury apartments and even a 23 metre pool (open to the public) with stunning mountain views . Guests will not only enjoy the tranquil mountain setting and fabulous sunsets but also first access in the morning of a fresh powder day to some of Val d’Isere’s best off piste terrain.
The new gondola lift in La Daille
Opening December 2018, a new 10-person luxury gondola will replace the old 4-person egg lift from La Daille to the Folie Douce/Fruitiere. The journey time will be halved and the lift capacity increase to 2,800 passengers per hour. This will mean less queuing time for those wishing to ‘download’ from the mountain after a heavy session at the Folie! This new La Daille lift will be the first in France to feature the latest Premium Symphony 10-passenger cabins manufactured by Poma. In total there will be 50 new cabins as well as one VIP cabin, all are bright, comfortable and feature heated seats as well as giving passengers panoramic mountain views.
Read more about Val d’Isere in our resort guide.
It might be a scorching summer this year but we have seen more clients than ever before booking early for next season – particularly the peak weeks. As the more comfortable chalets and hotels get booked up early it is important to start your holiday planning early.
Many operators in Val d’Isere have great deals on in July, with free lift pass offers and extra free places for group bookings. These early booking incentives can make a big saving! So, if you’re now thinking about where you might like to go this winter please do get in touch. We would be delighted to help you find the perfect ski holiday for next winter.