Bringing a non-skier to Val d’Isère is a bit like taking a Lapp to a
lap-dancing club – they might not feel like the obvious target market!
But it still has far more happening than most British villages: the ultra-modern sport and aquatic centre has lane swimming, rapids, a bubble area, water sprays and a rock padding pool with a slide and balls for younger children, as well as aqua aerobics classes in English. Your first visit is free when you show your lift pass, though there are supplements to pay for the spa (jacuzzi, steam room, massage etc), climbing wall, and gym, which overlooks the pool.
Val d'Isère also has two cinemas with films in French and English, several more spas for health
& beauty, an outdoor skating rink (open daily 2-7pm), firework
displays, torchlight descents, a weekly pedestrian fête every Thursday,
langlauf, ice karting, paragliding,
microlight and helicopter rides, dog sledding, ice climbing, guided snowshoe walks through the woods, gyms, squash, bridge tournaments, chess, yoga, pilates,
guided walks in the village in English, visits to a dairy farm with cheese-making and tasting, the Monday market, and one of France’s best pâtisseries (with pastry-making classes). Not to mention shopping, Britain's favourite national pastime.
For information about après-ski, music, bars and festivals, please see the Après-ski page.
Non-skiers get cheap lift passes, so it’s
easy for them to join skiers for lunch on the slopes. Please see the Ski pass and discounts page for pedestrian pass prices.
PISTE-SIDE RESTAURANTS ACCESSIBLE TO NON-SKIERS
IN THE SOLAISE AREA:
Le Peau de Vache (formerly known as La Tanière) - via Bellevarde Express chair-lift. Never crowded but check return journey before going!
Bellevarde - via L'Olympique cable car or the Funival, followed by difficult short walk (food not special but stunning views over a glass of something or other).
Tête de Solaise - via Solaise cable car. Big terrace, large self-service.
L'Ouillette - via Solaise cable car, followed by a walk across the slopes to the base of the Madeleine Express chairlift.
Les Clochetons - in the Manchet valley (quite a distance for walkers but worth it).
AT LA DAILLE:
La Fruitière & La Folie Douce - via La Daille bubble-lift. Choice of self service or smart restaurant, big terraces & live music every afternoon.
AT LE FORNET:
Le Signal - via the Fornet cable car. Choice of restaurant or self-service.
There are also a few good restaurants for lunch at resort level.