About Ski Pass Options in Val d'Isere
There are a number of different ski passes available in Val d'Isere. Prices vary according to your age, how many of you there are, what areas you'd like to ski in, how many days you want to ski and the time of year. Planning ahead can help you make the most of your Val d'Isere ski holiday and hopefully save you some money too.
You can buy your pass online but before you buy anything we recommend you check the weather forecasts on arrival, or speak to your accommodation provider who should be able to advise you of the best options - before you spend money on the wrong kind of pass for you or if the weather will be inclement.
You can get your ski passes delivered free of charge to your home address if you buy them on line at least 8 days in advance of your arrival. After that you'll need to collect them from one of the Ski Pass Offices. Ski passes typically go on sale online in September.
There are two main types of 'Val d'Isere Ski Area' passes to choose from: Val d'Isere & Tignes Combined Ski Pass - Full Area Pass, covering the whole of Val d'Isere and Tignes ski areas together allowing you access to around 300km of pistes or Val d'Isere Valley Pass - Local Area Pass, giving access to everything in Val d'Isere, including the glacier and around 150km of pistes.
Full area skipass
If you want to really explore and make the most of the area (and there is a lot to explore!), then the full Val d'Isere & Tignes Combined pass is probably what you will want. This pass will grant you access to 300km of piste, 115 runs, 94 ski lifts and 2 glaciers.
It also entitles you to free entry to the Val d'Isere swimming pool and there is such a small difference in price between the Val d'Isere pass and the full area pass, that unless you really only plan to do half days here and there it makes economical sense to buy the full area pass. Passes are valid for ½ to 15 day durations or for the whole season.
Also see: Ski Area Overview in Val d'Isere
Local area skipass
The Val d'Isere local area pass enables you to ski on the Solaise, Bellevarde, Le Fornet and la Daille areas on the Val d’Isere side of the valley. You can go as far over as La Folie Douce (legendary après ski venue) but you cannot take the Tommeuses chairlift (which link to Tignes). Instead you will need to take the Mont Blanc Chairlift back up above the Val Snow Park or drop down the pistes to La Daille.
This pass will probably suit you if you do not want to ski all day, every day and bear in mind that it is also possible to upgrade a 6 or 7 day Val d’Isere lift pass to include one day skiing in the whole of the Val d'Isere & Tignes Combined area by paying a small supplement.
Also see: Ski Area Overview in Val d'Isere
Your local area ski pass allows you access to the snowparks in Val d'Isere. If you buy a Val d'Isere & Tignes Combined pass you can also head over to enjoy the snowparks in Tignes.
Also see: Snowparks in Val d'Isere
If you are skiing “en famille” then Val d'Isere has a family pass option just for you, which applies the discounted child rate to everyone in the family. All you need to do is meet the following conditions:
- Purchase at least 4 Val d'Isere & Tignes Combined lift passes for the same duration (6 or 7 days only) at the same time in one payment
- The family must be composed of at least one adult, or max. 2 adults aged 22 to 74 years old. Only the parent(s) and their children or the grandparent(s) and their grandchildren can benefit from family rates.
- Anyone aged 5 to 17 years are considered as children in the family pass. Proof of age for the children will be asked for.
- Students aged between 18 & 21 years can benefit from the family rate but only when a school certificate is produced.
You can buy the family pass online or in resort. The exact price will depend on the breakdown of your family.
The offer is valid on 6 or 7 day duration passes for the whole of the Val d'Isere & Tignes Combined ski area and don't forget that the under 5's ski for free! Proof of age and student status will be required and each member of the family will have their own hands free pass.
Family packs save you money on the public prices for ski passes. For example, you save 108€ on 6 day passes or 126€ on 7 and 8 day family ski passes.
Group discounts are only available to groups of 20 people or more. Please ask for a quote from one of the Ski Pass Offices if you are looking for a group discount.
If you are a complete beginner, then it is likely that you will be joining ski school, so it is worth discussing with them which pass option is best suited for your group. You can also make use of the free lifts: Village chairlift, Savonette drag lift at the snowfront and Lanches button lift in La Daille.
Also see: Beginner Ski Areas in Val d'Isere
Anyone under 5 or over 75 skis for free. To benefit from reduced prices you must show ID at the time of purchase.
The free nursery slopes are ideal for learning the basics on and there are a number of free lifts available in Val d’Isere that are aimed at encouraging beginners up the slopes:
- La Daille: Les Lanches drag lift
- Solaise: Legettaz drag lift
- Solaise: Savonette drag lifts
- Solaise: Rogoney chair lift
- Solaise: Village chair lift
Early Season Discounts During the first three weeks of the season, reduced rates apply to both the local and full area passes - normally 10%. Depending on snow conditions, this may also be accompanied by a reduced ski area.
Disabled Skiers with a certificate of at least 80% disability, and their companion are entitled to 50% off Val d'Isere and Val d'Isere & Tignes Combined public rate ski passes. Alpine resorts are all upping their game in making the mountains much more accessible to everyone, with better and more varied equipment and more specific qualifications for instructors.
Check at the lift pass offices for the prices for this year.
Val d’Isere isn’t all about the snow sports! Pedestrians (piétons) are encouraged up the mountain by reduced prices on a number of lifts, namely:
- Cable cars – Solaise, Olympique and Fornet
- Gondolas – La Daille and Le Vallon
- Funicular lift - Funival
- Chair lift – Solaise Express
- Chairlifts (ascent only) – Manchet Express (only when connecting slope Lac Ouillette is open), Bellevarde Express and Loyes Express
It is well worth the ride to take in the view, watch the action and catch some sun on a well-positioned terrace. Much of the après ski starts before you’ve even had chance to get down off the mountain, with many high altitude bars and restaurants featuring DJ’s on certain days and deck chairs from which to enjoy an aperitif or two...
Also see: Maps of Val d'Isere
Cross-country passes (Nordic Skiing)
Cross country skiing in Val d'Isere is free and there is plenty of terrain to keep you occupied.
Also see: Cross-country Skiing in Val d'Isere
Season & annual passes
Season passes are available to buy on line and you'll be eligible for a discount if you're 5-13 or 65-74 years old.
With the "Ski à la carte" system, you no longer need to buy a predetermined number of skiing days in advance: you only pay for the days you actually ski and the payments are not debited until the 5th of the following month.