In 1920 Val d’Isère was just a small village nestled in the hollow of a valley that lived to the rhythm of the seasons. Its inhabitants enjoyed the winter for six months of each year, focusing their lives on the economy of the time; local agriculture.
At this point in time, with the world of technology and travel changing quickly outside the borders of the valley, people turned their thoughts to the future of both the village and also it’s younger population. Very soon the wave of winter sport would change the destiny of this village.
Val d’Isère quickly learnt how to make the most of it’s many significant advantages:
- The combination of exceptional amounts of snow, terrain with good orientations and a large ski domain gave Val d’Isère the perfect foundation for a successful ski resort.
- The construction of the Col de l’iseran path in 1937 opened a road traffic between italy and the Tarentaise valley, providing the area with instant footfall.
It was just after WWII, in 1945, that Val d’isère finally became ready to welcome worldwide ski tourists. Farmers became hoteliers, retailers or ski teachers, and the village moved from its old way of life, to a new one, changing the lives of the people that lived there, but keeping the traditions upon which the village was built.
This welcoming atmosphere gave Val d’Isère instant notoriety in the world of ski tourism. Add in its massive ski area and the village quickly enjoyed international popularity.
Planning for the children of Val d’Isère has almost been the most important aspect of the village’s growth. Le Coin de Val will reflect this, putting the ‘avalins’, «children of the country» and also those who have since come to call it home, at the heart of this careful redevelopment.
A few dates:
Winter 1931-32: First ever ski season, opening of the «Hôtel Parisien», and creation of the first ski school.
Winter 1937-38: Creation of «la Société des Téléphériques de Val d’isère». Opening of le Rogoney Teleski.
1942: Opening of Solaise télépherique
1952 : Opening of Bellevarde télépherique
1952: Opening of Bellevarde télépherique
Le Coin de Val
“Parc des Sports” street will allow skiers to ski right back to Avenue Olympique, shortening the distance to the resort’s “front de neige” for almost everyone the village.
Shops & Restaurants
Of course they will do this without deviating from the authenticity that is loved by Val d’ Isère’s wider permanent population and its yearly visitors. More new shops and restaurants will also be created.