Skiing holidays - France
al d'Isere, in the Savoie area of France, is a colourful winter sports haven that began as a farm community in the years BC. It is the better-known part of Espace Killy. The huge skiing domain, shares itself with purpose-built Tignes. The area is named for Olympic hero Jean-Claude Killy, who grew up in Val d'Isere. The charming village finds its 1,800 residents outnumbered 15 to one by guests in winter. Espace Killy has 300 kilometres of maintained slopes cut through vast snowfields that stretch to the horizon. Ninety-nine lifts can move more than 135,000 skiers an hour, uphill. Much of the terrain is ideal for cruisers, but there are many opportunities for snowboarders and powder skiers to show their stuff. A lot of skiers accept the challenge of the Bellevarde downhill, designed for the 1992 Olympics. Some parts of the 915 metre drop have a 63 percent angle and running it earns bragging rights in the lively Val d'Isere apres-ski scene.
Starting on the nursery slopes in the middle of the resort (where there is a children's toboggan run set to one side), beginners progress to easy runs in breathtaking scenery above the tree line. Stronger performers have the vast Espace Killy with its modern lift system to explore, from the infamous bumps run on Solaise to the wide open pistes of the glacier at Fornet. Off-piste enthusiasts are spoiled for choice, and with one of Val d'Isere's many off-piste specialist ski and snowboard schools you can combine guiding and instruction at an affordable price.
Hotel Les Barmes De l'Ours
Hotel Les Barmes De l'Ours offers an indoor swimming pool, a spa and wellness centre and ski-to-door access. This 5-star hotel is located at the bottom of the famous Bellevard Ski Lift.
All rooms feature a minibar, a flat-screen TV, a safety deposit box and free Wi-Fi access, while some rooms also offer a balcony and some have views of the mountains. Private bathrooms are complete with shower, toilet, hairdryer and free toiletries.
Breakfast is included and can be served as a buffet or as an in-room continental breakfast. There are three restaurants on site, one serving regional food, one steakhouse and a one-Michelin-star gastronomical restaurant.
At Hotel Les Barmes De l'Ours you will find a fitness centre, a beauty shop and evening entertainment. The property offers parking at an extra cost.
Trails (Pistes): 124
Summit: 3550 m
Terrain Parks: 1
Vertical Drop: 1700 m
X-Country: 44 km
Lifts: 50 (24 chair lifts, 21 surface lifts)
Gondolas / Cable Cars: 6
Slopeside accom.: Y
Acres of ski: 2471
Nearest Airport: Geneva
Nearest Train: Bourg St Maurice