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Val d'Isere

Val d’Isere is linked with Tignes to create the Esapce Killy ski area; a vast and varied ski area which has the additional benefit of being very snow sure. The après ski and nightlife are famous worldwide and attract a vibrant young crowd who certainly know how to have fun both on and off the slopes.

Best for

A great Après ski atmosphere

Fun fact

Host of the annual Alpine Ski World Cup in early December

Nearest airport

Chambery (130km)

Centre comfort

Resort charm

Snow sure rating

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The Val d’Isere ski area is linked to the neighbouring resort of Tignes to create one of the most famous ski areas in the world; the Espace Killy. In addition to the high snowfall, the high altitude also ensures that the snow stays longer meaning the Espace Killy generally has the best snow cover in the Alps.

The terrain is very varied over the Espace Killy and there is lots on offer for all levels. With over 300km of piste there is plenty to keep you occupied throughout your stay and a good spread across all the grades. Expert skiers should also check out the famous Olympic downhill run, La Face, a great place to test your skill and... speed... dare we say it.

As well as a superb piste network the Esapce Killy can boast one of the largest lift served off piste areas in the world. Areas of note include Vallee Perdue, an imposing gulley with a cave half way down. The Tour de Charvet bowl provides a great playground on powder days. The Col Pers is an immense off piste run with 1250m of vertical descent!

The Val d’Isere snow park is known and respected the world over and can be found on the Bellevarde at the top of the Mont Blanc chair. It has a full range of kickers, rollers, tables and rails to suit all skill levels from beginner to pro. If super pipes are more your thing then ski over to Tignes and check out the super pipe above Tignes Val Claret.


Val d’Isere has it all; a very charming village, a superb ski area and a fantastic atmosphere. Unlike many resorts, it has achieved significant development without losing its charm and appeal. It is of course an extremely popular resort with thousands of guests from all around the world visiting each year.

If you don’t want to be on the slopes all day long, there is plenty of non-skiing activity in the resort from paragliding to ice driving, fat bikes and an ice rink.


UCPA Val d'Isere is located three minutes walk from the lively town centre and walking distance to the closest piste. However, there is a bus stop directly outside to take you around the resort with buses coming every 10 minutes. The centre is a large traditional wood and stone chalet which can sleep 240 people.

The centre is scheduled for renovation, however due to ongoing local town planning issues, this has been delayed. The centre is very basic compared to other UCPA centres.


- 6 and 8 person rooms

- 2-person rooms (with bunk bed) available

- Bathroom facilities are shared per floor


- Well priced bar and social area

- Buffet style restaurant 

- Ski equipment and storage all on site

- Lift passes provided at the centre

- WiFi in the bar area. Please note the WiFi is not good enough for working on data intensive activities


All UCPA meals are buffet style and with multiple servings the norm; you won't go hungry.

Breakfast is normally yogurts, cereals, fruit juice, coffee and bread - don't be surprised to see that the coffee and tea is taken in a bowl!

It is possible to return to the centre for lunch everyday where you will find 1 or 2 hot options available. As with all meals there will be a salad bar, plenty of bread, cheese, meat and of course desert. If you prefer you can make a packed lunch at breakfast time and eat on the mountain. Either way you will save a fortune avoiding the piste side restaurants.

Dinner is a 3/4 course buffet - typically a salad bar style starter, a choice of 3 hot main courses, a cheese and cold meat platter and ice cream/dessert.

Due to the cost focussed nature of UCPA and the wide range of dietary requirements, it is impossible to accommodate everyone as standard. If you have any severe dietary requirements please contact the centre two weeks before to let them know. Generally speaking vegetarians will find plenty of options, with vegan options being a little more scarce but improving year on year.

By Air

Geneva airport is the most popular airport for travelling to Val d'Isere, however it is also possible to fly to Lyon, Grenoble and Chambery. However, Chambery has few flight options and therefore onward travel, including transfers, becomes a little more difficult.

Airport Transfers

We provide shared transfers which go directly to Val d'Isere from Geneva, Lyon and Grenoble. The journey from all three airports takes around 3 - 3.5 hours but can vary greatly due to traffic and weather conditions. Transfers normally only run on Saturdays.


Dates 3/12/22 - 22/4/23 Latest flight arrival Earliest flight departure
All Saturdays (except for those below) 21:10 09:20
Saturday 3/12/22 14:35 09:20
Saturday 24/12/22 & 31/12/22 18:10 09:20
Saturday 15/04/23 18:00 09:20
Saturday 22/04/23 N/A 09:20
All Sundays (except for those below) 16:35 10:15
Sunday 25/12/22 No service No service
MONDAY 26/12/22 Limited service 21:05 N/A
Sunday 1/1/23 16:35 13:55

We mainly have transfers running on Saturdays, with our transfer partner Bensbus. There are limited Sunday transfers available, but there will be no service on Sunday 25th December. There will be a limited service on Monday 26th December. 

There is not a timetable as such, as the transfers are arranged to meet with popular flights. The maximum wait time between landing and bus departing is usually two hours, often much less.

Typically the transfer time is 3h30, but this can vary due to weather and traffic.

For midweek transfers and flights outside of our times, have a look at Altibus or Alpybus.



Dates Latest flight arrival Earliest flight departure
Saturdays 17/12/22 - 16/04/22 15:50 All
Sunday 25/12/2022 No Service No Service
Sunday 01/01/2023 11:00  11:15
All other Sundays 18/12/22 - 19/03/23 11:00  All

We mainly have transfers running on Saturdays with our partner Ben's Bus.

There is not a timetable as such, as the transfers are arranged to meet with popular flights. The maximum wait time between landing and bus departing is usually two hours, often much less.

Typically the transfer time is 3h30, but this can vary due to weather and traffic. 



Dates Latest flight arrival Earliest flight departure
Saturday 17/12/22 16:55 N/A
Saturdays only 24/12/22 - 25/03/22 16:55 09:30

We have transfers running on Saturdays only with our partner Ben's Bus.

There are usually just 2 transfers each Saturday (one departing at 10:40 and one departing at 17:50). 

Typically the transfer time is 3h30, but this can vary due to weather and traffic.

By Coach

Our partner company Snowexpress offers affordable and environmentally friendly travel to the alps. All hold bags and ski bags are included in the price. The coaches travel through the night from London Victoria to resort, arriving typically after lunchtime directly at the centre.

By Train

The nearest train station to Val d'Isere is Bourg St Maurice (35km away), from there you would need to take a taxi or a public bus. Please check out Rome2Rio for information on the transport options from Gare Routiere Bourg Saint Maurice. 

By Car

It is possible to drive to Val d'Isere, but it is important to note that driving can become challenging if the conditions turn significantly wintery - snow tires and chains are highly advisable. There is some parking at the centre which is  uncovered next to the centre, costing around 45eur for the week. It is not possible to book it in advance. You must arrive during UCPA reception hours to be allocated a space and a magnetic pass.

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