Val d'Isère is one of those rare resorts with something for everyone. Blue and beginner runs for novices, black runs for experienced skiers, a lively après-ski scene and the chance to take part in other winter sports such as ice driving, sledging or ice skating.
The nearest airport to Val d'Isère is Grenoble. A short distance to the north is Geneva, over the Swiss border. Alternatively, take the Eurostar from London to Bourg St Maurice, 45 minutes by car from Val d'Isère. If you are planning on driving the whole way, it's around 9 hours and 1,000km from Calais.
Skiing in Val d'Isère is weather dependent but lifts start running on the last weekend of November and continue to the end of April. This area of the Alps is so high that snow never melts completely on the mountain tops, so the higher slopes are open year round.
If you need a break from skiing, there is plenty to do in Val d'Isère. Paragliding isn't for the faint-hearted but offers the opportunity to soar over the mountain tops as people ski beneath. There is a large indoor swimming complex and lots of places to eat, from Michelin-starred fine dining to rustic pizzas and sandwiches.
The Val d'Isère ski area when combined with next-door Tignes offers over 300km of top class skiing. With so many slopes to choose from, your only difficulty will be deciding where to go first. Some choices may be constrained by skiing experience but there are some slopes everyone should consider trying.
Classed as a green run, Madeleine in the Solaise area is perfect for novice skiers. Take the lift to the top, enjoy your day on the upper slopes, then take the lift back down to avoid the trickier descents.
Intermediate skiers will enjoy the Le Fornet area, with the chance to ski from the top of the glacier at 3,300m above sea level right down to the valley floor, then take the chairlift back to the top to do it all again.
The ultimate challenge in Val d'Isère has to be the steep La Face run. Follow in the footsteps of your skiing heroes, if you are brave enough.