CLUB MED VAL D'ISERE, FRANCE MARCH 11-19, 2023
Base Price: $4,285 (All Inclusive)
Trip Leader: LOUISE SVAHNQVIST
In Savoie at the top of the Haute-Tarentaise, snow cover in Val d’Isère is guaranteed, but what’s also important is the ambience of staying in an authentic mountain village. At the center is a fine Baroque church and a cluster of ancient chalets built in traditional style using stone, wood and slate. This gives the resort a welcoming warm atmosphere that borders on the magical. Take a stroll through the village, do a bit of shopping, meet up with your friends, linger over a coffee in one of the numerous enticing cafes and drink in the lively atmosphere.
From November to May it benefits from an exceptional snow cover which gives it the status of "Mecca of skiing". Val d'Isere is part of the Espace Killy ski area, shared with Tignes. Some of the world's best skiers leave their tracks here and the resort has hosted Olympic and World Cup downhill competitions, as well as the Alpine Ski World Championships. They are connected by a modern lift system and slopes to form one of the largest ski resorts in France (over three times the size of any North American ski resort).
NOTE: This is an International Trip, a passport is required and must have 6 months remaining until the expiration date. American citizens do not require a Visa to enter France. Citizens of other nations should check with the French Embassy to determine whether they require a Visa or not.
The Most CHARMING French Ski Resort - Val d'Isère - YouTube
At 1,850m (6,000 feet) Val d’Isère ski resort is among the highest resorts in Europe.
- 1850m is the lowest point and the skiing is all above this altitude, the average height of the ski area is considerably higher than other resorts where the accommodation is above 1800m. Vertical drop is a whopping 6.330 ft.!
- Many slopes are north facing, protecting them from the sun. The Grande Motte and Pissaillas glaciers have great skiing right to the end of the season.
- While benefiting from the same Atlantic depressions as other French resorts, Val d'Isere often receives heavy snowfall from the Mediterranean low pressures which dump their snow on the Italian Alps. Once in a while, a local weather phenomenon known as the "Retour d’Est" results in heavy snow in Val d'Isere while nearby resorts can only read the weather reports in disbelief.
Val d'Isere has one of the best lift systems in the world with over 96 lifts, the vast majority are high speed. They serve over 25,000 skiable acres (compared to Whistler Blackcomb’s 8,000). The variety is equally huge, with 57% of the terrain Beginner/Intermediate.
Val d'Isere is closely interconnected with the neighboring resorts of Tignes and La Daille. Check the below link for everything Val d'Isere!
Ski resort in the French Alps - Val d'Isere skiing : Where to ski in France (valdisere.com)
Skiing in Val d'Isère and Tignes 2019 - YouTube
The Club Med resort at Val d'Isere is situated in a tranquil location just above Val d'Isere center and has ski-in and ski-out access making it the ideal location for those that want to spend as much time on the slopes as possible. The resort, which will be newly renovated and upgraded to the exclusive collection, has a contemporary alpine interior with stylishly decorated rooms. Club rooms include TVs, hair dryers, tea and coffee kit, safes, and shower. All the rooms are on the smaller side in comparison to American hotels but Club Med offers so much more in terms of entertainment that rooms are purely designed for sleeping and bathing.
All your meals are included in your package and the creative chefs offer 3 types of menus: discovery, fitness and universal. There are two restaurants, Le Bellevarde which is the main buffet restaurant and has tables for 4 or 8 people. There is also the Le Chalet du Charvet restaurant which specializes in Savoyard dishes (e.g. fondue) in a traditional intimate setting with waiter service. Guests also have the fantastic opportunity to take advantage of their meal exchange and enjoy your lunch in their Tignes Val Claret resort so you can easily explore the whole Espace Killy ski domain.
Discover the new Club Med Val d'Isère | France - YouTube
Insider Video: A Club Med Ski Resort in the French Alps Gets a Dramatic Transformation - YouTube
Optional Extension to Lyon March 19 to 22, 2023, Details TBD:
Lyon is France's second city, one of France's oldest cities, and is reputed as the gourmet capital of France. It's large historic centre, Le Vieux Lyon, is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and is the largest ensemble of Renaissance buildings in Europe. In addition, Lyon also has a new museum which looks as if it may vie for celebrity with the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. As a city break destination or a long weekend destination, Lyon has plenty to offer; and what it has got to offer well makes up for what it has not got. In and close to the old city there are plenty of places to see and visit, and plenty of opportunities to enjoy the city's life and experiences, and the many events that take place in Lyon during the year.
Number of Skiers: 32
Base Price: $4,285 (All Inclusive)
Ground Only: deduct $1,082 - Must arrive prior to group to use ground transportation. Not available until minimum group air reservations are met.
Single Supplement: not available at this time.
A $50 cancellation applies for any cancellations prior to 10/25/22. Afterwards, the participant will also be responsible for any unrecoverable expenses, including 3% credit card transaction fees on applicable payments.
Payment Schedule (per person):
$500 deposit is due w/ registration. Remaining balance is due on October 25, 2022 and may be paid by credit card or check. You may also pay in three monthly installments (by check only, not by credit card):
10/25/2022: One-third of the balance
11/25/2022: Second third of the balance
12/25/2022: Remaining balance
Please mail payment checks to SCWDC, 5309 Langston Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22207. Do NOT mail payment checks to the trip leader.
Participants must be current SCWDC members, or members of a BRSC affiliated ski club. You can sign up as a member online HERE .