Vivid Val d’Isere: Advanced Areas to Explore for Experienced Enthusiasts

Skiing for beginners at Val d'IsereSome people may quickly feel overwhelmed by the vast selection of pistes available in the Tignes and Val d’Isere ski area, but you shouldn’t allow that to stop you from having the excitement and enjoyment that are waiting for you. If you’re considering a vacation to the colorful ski resort of Val d’Isere but are unsure of where to begin, Luxe Travel Concierge has compiled a list of routes, suggestions, and advice to aid advanced and experienced skiers like you in navigating one of the most well-known ski resorts around the globe.

With 25 black slopes to put yourself to the challenge on, this ski resort offers a fantastic variety of terrain for intermediate and experienced skiers.

The expert skier will enjoy the demanding steep and deep ski slopes at Val d’Isère. Austrian Patric Ortlieb, former World Cup ski racer and Olympic gold medalist is known to have completed the difficult “The Face” downhill course in just two minutes. While that’s not recommended for you to try, there are still many courses on which you can test your snow skiing skills.



Many pistes for intermediate skiers are available in Solaise: some of these are Cugnai and Arcelle. Cugnai is a lovely steep slope best enjoyed in the morning. Be wary though, since risks of avalanche might force this piste to close in rough weather. You also have the option of Arcelle, which is great to explore around noon or early afternoon since it’s considerably crisp and chilly in the morning. Other pistes that can be cruised are A, M, and S, all running down to the Solaise region. The S piste is particularly difficult and frequently blocked so this might pose an issue if you’re looking to ride down these areas.


Le Fornet

In Fornet, there’s a black run called Forêt, aptly named as such since it cuts across the forest. Le Fornet is a good choice for those seeking a little challenge. Although experienced skiers would likely pass through this area quite swiftly, the fantastic conditions make the journey worthwhile. A red route can also be discovered when guests take the Signal drag lift for an abrupt red at the top.



Possibilities for steep descents to Solaise and La Daille are aplenty, all of which are best experienced in the mornings. The conditions during this time of the day make the challenging slopes enjoyable and worthwhile. The run down Bellevarde won’t be complete without the aforementioned Face course, which was recently made over to reduce traffic on the run. The 2km black diamond ski run of Épaule du Charvet can also be enjoyed if conditions permit. Its steep moguls are worth the thrill.


There are 300 kilometers of the whole ski resort to explore so don’t limit yourself to only the challenging ones. Whether it’s a leisure experience or a thrilling ski trip of a lifetime, Luxe Travel Concierge is here to help you make the most of your Val d’Isere ski vacation. Allow our private concierge services to handle all the time-consuming travel arrangements, and we’ll design a unique retreat to this beautiful alpine resort for you.

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