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Megan's Val d'Isère Bucket List | Part 1

I’ve spent three incredible winter seasons in Val d’Isere and each one has delivered unique experiences. Here is my list of things that you should put on your Bucket List for your time there- whether it’s for a holiday or on a season!

Have a picnic at the top of Solaise

There are some breathtaking views over Val d’Isere and down the valley from the top of the Solaise bubble. Be super careful and only go where it’s safe, but if you go slightly off the side of the Piste then you can stop and enjoy the view. Of course you can also have lunch in the stunning Le Refuge de Solaise (https://lerefuge-valdisere.com) with their gorgeous menu and panoramic views, but I like the adventure of discovering a spot off the beaten track and having a picnic with some tasty treats from Chevallot (http://www.maisonchevallot.com/en/maison-chevallot-2/) and cheeky bottle of bubbly. Always remember to take your rubbish with you!

Dinner in a Yurt and Toboggan Ride in the Dark!

I’ve done this during my last two seasons but I don’t think that it’s very widely known. ESF have organised this unique and memorable activity that you can book here: https://www.esf-tignes.org/tignes-brevieres/other-activities/yurt-night/

Although it’s not technically in Val d’Isere, it’s only 15 mins in a Taxi from the centre of Val. I recommend Up & Down Taxi (Pierre is a legend and you can contact them at http://taxi-transfers-valdisere.com/en/) to get you there and back. 

You start with some drinks outside during sunset before going into the cozy Yurts for a delicious dinner. In my experience, they’re great at catering to special dietary requirements. After dinner- and of course, some wine- you walk a few minutes to the Toboggan track. With instructors to guide you down, everyone rides down in the pitch black. It’s absolutely hilarious as there’s no light and it gets icy at night so you pick up some serious speed. 

Wear waterproof shoes (I normally wear my Snowboard Boots) and really thick gloves. If you have a head torch then take it, but it’s not essential… and probably more fun without it.

WTF Wednesday at La Folie Douce

Wednesday’s used to be the standard day off for Seasonnaires, so it has become the traditional ‘Seasonnaire Day’ at many bars and venues. Although with the changing times have affected the Chalet Industry and Tour Operators making the Seasonnaire climate very different, Wednesday Apres Ski continues to be one of the biggest of the week. WTF Wednesday is La Folie Douce (translation: The Sweet Madness) turned up to maximum. Get there around 15:00 and stay until the end at 17:00 for the infamous ‘It’s Time to Say Goodbye’ song. Splash out on a table in VIP for a great view of the action. Pedestrians or those who party a bit too hard can take the La Daille bubble instead of Skiing/Boarding.


Skidoo Ride

Next to the bottom of the Tommeuse Lift (the one that takes you back to Tignes from La Folie Douce) is the meeting point for the Evolution2 Skidoo rides. It’s super fun to take a break from Skiing/Boarding to explore the mountain in a different way! The session is around half an hour with a 10 minute safety briefing before everyone rides off on the special track which includes inclines and banked corners. Passengers over the age of 9 are allowed so it’s a fun family activity too- drivers must be 18. A few of the group last season didn’t Ski so they walked down the piste from Folie. It was pretty entertaining as walking down a relatively steep piste isn’t exactly easy, but it is possible.


Dinner at Le Lodge

Le Lodge is a very traditional French restaurant with an abundance of character. Wally and the team are fantastic hosts and Le Lodge has a great menu that isn’t too expensive. I had dinner there nearly once a week last season! The decor is very alpine and they are flexible about Dietary Requirements. There’s also a cute bar downstairs where they play great music. There’s not many British tourists who know about it, but those who don’t go are missing out.


There’s so many other places and things to do worthy of a mention, so I’ll have to do a part 2! Let me know if you try any of my recommendations or have any questions.