In early 2003 I ventured over to Europe to experience the French Alps. I had been snowboarding for a few years in New England and wanted to experience the Alps, specifically, the French Alps. My buddy Dave, also had the travel bug and took the trip/adventure over there with me.
I had previously traveled to France and studied french so it was easy for us to navigate the transportation system; air, train (TGV), and bus. France is such lovely country and I already had my favorite places mapped out for the trip. We arrived in Paris and stayed at one of my favorite, cozy hotels near Gare de Lyon train station, making it easy for us to transport our luggage and snowboard equipment down to Val d’Isere.
Val d’Isere is located in the south of France and boarders Italy, which makes it a great culinary spot for those wishing to experience both cuisines. We stayed at Hotel Le Blizzard in Val d’Isere which is adjacent to another great ski village, Tignes. Le Blizzard was a bit upscale with a ski valet, great restaurant, spa, and super relaxing lounge.
While in Val our ski passes allowed us to take trips and ski most of the region. The trails were varied in level and there were plenty of restaurants, funiculars, and gondolas. The views were phenomenal and navigating the area was fairly easy. There were people there were from all over the world and each night we met really cool people in the village. We were there during an actual blizzard which made for exciting slope conditions during the day.
This was my first of two trips to the Alps (my other trip I will blog about, I went to St. Anton in the Austrian Alps) and I would highly recommend Val d’Isere, especially if you are up for an adventure, great ski, and great food!