Val d'Isere, France



Boy, I was expecting more from a ski resort that has been around since the 1930's as the place seems to be lacking character--then again it is a winter and not summer resort. Getting here requires navigating through a string of tunnels, each varying in length and age. As a cyclist I mention this because some tunnels are brand new and others look like they were built in the early 1900's with their poor lighting and narrow pot-holed roads. There's the main street through town and that's about it. Not much in the way of shopping. My options for cycling, walking and hiking seem limited. Several new apartment complexes have the alpine chalet look but, many still sport the 1970's concrete box look. This cool looking funicular whisks skiers up through the mountain.

Is this place hopping or is it dead in the summer?
Not much going on.

Is there a lake and/or golf course in town?
No.

Arriving by car the only option?
You can take a train to the valley floor town of Bourg St. Maurice (where the train dead ends) and then catch a bus (it's a one hour drive).

Does the place feel claustrophobic?
No.

Lots of choices for acccomodations (hotels/ chalets) and do I have recommendations?
Very few hotels to choose from but, I imagine many of the apartment complexes have rentals.

Could I spend a whole summer here or would I get bored?
A week would be the max.