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Car Parking in Val d'Isere

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Car Parking in Val d'Isere

In summer you'll probably find it easier to find a space to park your car in Val d'Isere. In winter, a covered or underground parking spot is the ideal place to leave your vehicle as it will save you all the hassle of digging it out after a snowfall, scraping your windows and trying to start a frozen car. However, parking in ski resorts can be tight and so you’ll more than likely end up leaving your car outside.

A few things to remember:

Traffic wardens or “Police Municipal” are regularly seen patrolling the streets on the look out for illegally parked vehicles. Parking in ski resorts can be very problematic especially during high season, so it is always worth reserving a parking space in advance wherever possible to ensure you have a suitable spot to leave your car. Foreign plates do not give you diplomatic immunity from parking fines so if you do leave your car in an inappropriate spot then you should expect to be ticketed or even towed away and impounded.

Parking fines vary from €11 to €135, with €45 being then norm. If you receive a fine through the post you have 3 options: throw it away (although the French authorities are cracking down on non-payment of penalties by foreign drivers), pay it, or contest it. If you decide to pay it then the sooner the better as the fine is lowered if paid within 15 days. You can do so either by buying a “timbre amende” from a tabac or tax office, attach it to the ticket and send it off; or by credit card on this website. Should you choose to contest it, then you need to complete the form attached to the fine and send it off to the Police Municipal.

Always pay attention to signs placed around parking areas in resort that may indicate a market or snow clearing taking place the following day. When there is snow to clear, ploughs show very little respect for things in their way and on more than one occasion have been known to scrape up the sides of errant vehicles causing significant damage. If you don’t move your car it will be towed and left elsewhere in resort, generally on the outskirts of town.

A few tips for parking your vehicle:

  • Park facing downhill and turn your wheels towards the kerb to act as a brake.
  • Leave your car in gear with the handbrake off as it can freeze and you can snap the cabling.
  • Lift the windscreen wipers away from the window so that they don’t stick to the glass and get damaged. If there has been heavy snowfall, clear the snow from your windscreen by hand rather that with your wipers – the weight of the snow can be deceptive and you’ll probably just end up burning out your wiper motor. You certainly don’t want to be without functioning windscreen wipers in winter with all the salt from the roads that sprays over your car.
  • Remember where you parked! – this sounds stupid, but it can be very hard to identify your car under a metre of snow!

Car parks

With Val d'Isere set to become a "car free resort", cars are not favoured in the streets. Instead, Val d'Isere provides an excellent free bus service which runs until around midnight including a service to La Daille. With the exception of La Daille, parking near to the pistes can be difficult, and the local Police Municipal are pretty hot on issuing parking tickets for unauthorised parking. Pedestrian areas are given priority in the resort centre and there is very limited street-side parking in Val d’Isere town, but both underground and outdoor car-parks are available.

Also see: Car Hire Val d'Isere

Indoor / Covered parking

Most of the underground car parks are paid for (in the summer they are free), but they provide cover for your car when the heavy snow falls. The car parks can be seen on the resort map marked by the blue P.  

Underground car parks in Val d'Isere:

  • Parking du Centre:  Rue Noel Machet, 340 places, open 7 days a week 24 hours a day during the winter season (E6) Height: 2.05m
  • Parking de la Face de Bellevarde: Rue de la Balme, 448 places, open 7 days a week 24 hours a day during the winter season (E5) Height: 2.1m
  • Parking de la Daille:  Immeuble Pierre et Vacances, 327 places, open 7 days a week 24 hours a day during the winter season (A3) Height: 1.90m
  • Parking du Jardin Alpin: Rue de la Leggataz, open 7 days a week throughout the winter season. (H6)

Prices for these covered car parks range between around €85 to €99 a week. Check prices when booking. Booking is advisable during peak weeks such Christmas, New Year, February half-term and Easter but all parking is free during the summer season. Bookable on-line at www.parkingvaldisere.com from October, for 3 to 30 days in winter. 

Also see: Car Hire Val d'Isere

Outdoor parking

Parking in Val d'Isere is regulated for the convenience of pedestrians and as such has a free shuttle bus to help you get around. Short stops are authorised in front of most accommodations to allow you to unload your luggage.

Most of the outside parking in Val d'Isere is paid for with large outdoor carparks being slightly cheaper than the covered ones it can be a good place to park your car if you are looking to save a few pennies. Just make sure you have a shovel with you as after heavy snowfalls you might have to dig your car out. Most of the outdoor parking in Val d'isere is paid for (all car parks are free in the summer). 

The outdoor car parks can be found on the resort map marked by the blue P. 

  • Parking Plaine de La Daille: 120 places, Route de la Plaine, open 7 days a week 24 hours a day throughout the winter season. (B3) Height: 2m.
  • Parking du Laisinant: 100 places, Route de Laisinant, open 7 days a week 24 hours a day throughout the winter season. (E11) Height 2m
  • Parking du Manchet: 120 places, Rue du Joseray, open 7 days a week 24 hours a day throughout the winter season. (I5) Height 2m

Prices are around €1.50 for an hour, €12.70 per day, €66 for a week and around €105 for 2 weeks. Check prices when booking.

Also see: Car Hire Val d'Isere

Disabled parking

There are a few spots of disabled access parking in and around the Val d'Isere. They are predominantly found close to the ski lifts, the main public car parks and Tourist information centres. In most of the indoor car parks there are a few reserved disabled parking spots, however some do not have the best access so it is best to check before parking there. 

Also see: Car Hire Val d'Isere

Motorhome parking

There is one designated car park in Val d'Isere for motorhomes and campervans. Situated just outside of the town centre towards Le Fornet, you can park your motorhome/campervan in this outdoor car park. Open throughout the winter season 7 days a week. The car park is located on Route de L'Iseran just past the roundabout. More information can be found by contacting the town hall.

Also see: Car Hire Val d'Isere

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