The world famous ski resort of Val d'Isere opens at the end of November and doesn't close until the first weekend in May. Offering one of the longest ski seasons in Europe due to an altitude of 1850m, a unique microclimate and the largest snow making facility in Europe. Val d'Isere rarely has a bad year and the resort has a reputation for having the continent's most reliable snow cover, which is why early season World Cup ski races are held here every December.
With 186 miles of groomed marked trails and 78 lifts, it is known as the most efficient lift system of the French mega-resorts. Given the enormity of the Espace-Killy, it is very easy to navigate and there are 2 high altitude glaciers at either end enabling summer skiing.
Already sleeping over 30,000 people, the town itself recently started preparations for a massive 5-year, 200 million-euro upgrade to expand the village and more seamlessly connect its pedestrianised core to the slopes. This is the largest development project in the French Alps in the past 20 years and will add a 'slope side' neighbourhood with new hotels, apartments and 100 more private chalets.