Welcome to Val d'Isère
In Savoie at the top of the Haute-Tarentaise, Val d'Isère is a mountain village located at an altitude of 1850 metres. Wooden and stone chalets, slate roofs, baroque church, Val d'Isère is an international resort that has retained its charm and authenticity. From November to May it benefits from an exceptional snow cover which gives it the status of "Mecca of skiing". In summer, the resort changes its colour to welcome you in the heart of the magnificent landscapes of the Vanoise National Park. It attracts a very cosmopolitan clientele.
Val d'Isère today
Population: 1,629 (legal population in force), municipality overclassified
20,000 to 40,000 inhabitants
Area: 10,749 hectares
Altitude village : 1850 m
Labelled "Villes et Villages Fleuris" (Cities and Villages in Bloom)
The Val d'Isère-Tignes area in figures :
Ski area located in the communes of Val d'Isère & Tignes.
10,000 hectares of marked trails.
2 glaciers: le Pissaillas (Val d'Isère) and la Grande Motte (Tignes)
153 trails for a total of 300 km and 1900 m of difference in altitude:
Snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and pedestrian itineraries
78 ski lifts
974 snow cannons
A bit of history
Once upon a time... A stroll through time with the brand new Val d'Isère museum open since December 2017.
Exceptional protected landscapes
The coexistence of economic activity centred on winter and summer tourism and areas benefiting from special protection is worth highlighting.
The municipal territory covers 10,786 hectares. Various protection measures testify to the exceptional quality of these high mountain landscapes and the richness of their flora and fauna, beyond the village and the ski area: it is the kingdom of the ibex and the marmot, emblematic animals of the Vanoise.
The Vanoise National Parkwhich covers 5,240 ha, is located in the south and east of the commune. In spring and summer, two refuges managed by the Park and a private refuge allow lovers of wide open spaces to take a break from their itinerary. On the other side of the passes, the Vanoise Park borders the Italian National Park of Gran Paradiso. Inside the Park, two sectors (S 43 and S 39) are identified as Natura 2000, due to the presence of rare meadows (network of high altitude valleys in Caricion).
The Baillettaz Nature Reservewhich covers 475 hectares, is located on a south-facing mountain adjacent to the Grande Sassière Nature ReserveIt is located in the commune of Tignes.
The biotope decree of the Iseran passwhich covers 214 hectares, protects the Leissières ridge and remarkable sites under the Iseran pass, on the edge of the ski area.
A total of 5,942 hectares, i.e. nearly 60% of the municipal territory, are protected under the Environment Code.
Finally, it is worth mentioning the existence of ZNIEFF 1 (Natural Area of Floristic and Faunistic Interest, about 7,420 ha in total), notably the left bank of the Isère between the Pont Saint-Charles and the hamlet of Le Laisinant, the area around the Col de la Baillettaz, Plan des Nettes... This classification, which is scientific and not legal, does not entail any particular constraints, but suggests vigilance and attention at all times. Val d'Isère is thus surrounded by remarkable sites which will be preserved for future generations.
Website of the Vanoise National Park : www.vanoise-parcnational.fr