When to go



The slopes are empty and our prices low. Not even Val d’Isère can absolutely guarantee good snow, but with its new Snow Factory capable of creating snow to cover Wembley six inches deep every hour, even if the real stuff doesn't come, Val d'Isère can create good skiing on the slopes.  The World Cup circuit is confident: some of the first races of the season are held in Val d'Isère with the men's Slalom and Giant Slalom held there on 10-11 December and the ladies' Super Combined and Downhill on 16-17 December. Our chalets open on 4 December, with guests booking their own easyJet/BA flights (the sooner you book the less it costs) and we provide return transfers between Geneva and Val d'Isère. Our first charter flight is on 18 December so our prices on 11 December are still very low and guests book their own flight to Geneva on 11 December to meet our transfer coaches and we fly them back to Gatwick on 18 December from Grenoble. For both of our pre-Christmas weeks there will be no-one around, it costs less than staying at home, and you’ll have time for Christmas shopping when you get back! Ski passes for the first two weeks of the season (4-11 and 11-18 December) are £135 per person including Carré Neige representing a saving of around £100.



A proper white Christmas, such as most British children only dream of and our Christmas week (18-26 December) is an 8 night holiday giving you 7 days on the slopes. You bring the presents and we provide the tree to lay them round, the log fire, turkey, Christmas pudding, mince pies, mulled wine, etc. The slopes are still surprisingly uncrowded, the resort is 'en fête' with events and processions, and our prices are around 25% cheaper than the following week.



This is a wonderful time to ski, as long as you go somewhere with enough pistes and lifts to handle being fairly busy. Val d’Isère has a vast ski area and 16 lifts from the valley floor. Revellers love the partying on 31 December; skiers love the empty slopes a few hours later. A few very fit people enjoy both! Our New Year holiday is from Monday 26 December - Monday 2 January.



Our favourite month. It can be fractionally colder than other months, but this high above the clouds cold weather tends to be sunny, and it is often the sunniest month. It can snow every day, but that’s true of any month. What is certain is that the slopes are empty (with almost no schools on holiday), the snow is the squeaky perfect stuff everyone skis well on, and our holidays are distressingly cheap. Our first January week (2-8 January) is a 6 night holiday. For the weeks commencing 8 and and 22 January we offer ski passes for just £173 including Carré Neige saving nearly £65 per adult.



The classic month to go skiing. It’s logical: there will almost certainly be more snow than in January, the temperatures will be similar but the days longer and the sun stronger. British schools' half-term is 12-19 February, and the French split over four weeks, 6 March, but child-phobics needn’t worry: there is still half an acre of snow per skier. And the more children there are, the more space everyone else has, because ten kids in a little snake occupy less snow than a single adult male in a racing snowplough after a big lunch. Val d’Isère is the ideal resort for children, as long as you book their lessons early.



The sun in March is stronger than in the Med in midsummer, and Factor 60 is a must. There will be perfect winter snow on the upper runs, and the first spring snow off-piste. Towards the end of the month, the lower pistes can be soft in the afternoons, but they are groomed back to perfection every night, and very few schools are on holiday for the final week this year. Long sunny lunches on the terraces of the Fruitière, Trifollet or Edelweiss aren’t great for one’s skiing or silhouette, but excellent for the morale… From 19-26 March we offer ski passes for just £173 including Carré Neige saving nearly £65 per adult. Please note, there are no French schools on holiday for ALL of our March holidays.



This is when Val d’Isère stands out most from other ski resorts. The sun is incredibly powerful, but in our high, narrow, north-facing valley the snow lasts exceptionally well. Indeed, April showers falling as rain lower down fall as powder here, and April sometimes brings more fresh snow than all the other months put together. Off-piste, the warmth transforms it into exhilarating spring snow in a day or two, though there’s still winter snow on the glaciers. Some people stop for long lunches in the sunshine; others ski until the last lift. The French haven’t really noticed that Val d’Isère and Tignes offer such good skiing in April, and the slopes are not busy. This winter we will continue our holidays to Monday 1 May.


For a list of festivals and events, which may help you decide when to come to Val d'Isère, please see the Après-ski page.