If you’re not a skier – or even just fancy a day off – there is plenty to do in Val d’Isere. If you want to stay outside, you could try your hand at cross-country skiing, for example. The main circuit is in the Manchet Valley – a lovely spot if you just fancy a walk as well, and you can catch one of the many free buses to take you there – or there are circuits in La Daille or at the top of the Solaise. Still in the Manchet Valley, you can also book a dog-sled ride for all the thrills and none of the spills! Otherwise there’s ice-skating, snow-shoeing, ice-climbing, even electric mountain-biking – and new this year is the ‘Accrobranche’ treetop adventure course.
There are far too many restaurants to list here – but suffice it to say that there’s something for everyone, from gourmet Michelin-starred restaurants to take-away pizza-by-the-slice and everything in between. For more traditional Savoyarde fare (think fondue, pierrade and of course tartiflette) you can try La Casserole, the Lodge or the Avancher restaurant (they have a nice bar too), or any of the traditional hotel restaurants. We also like the Taverne d’Alsace for its cosy, underground atmosphere and generous Alsatian cuisine, whilst the Barillon in La Daille is a favourite lunch spot – good, traditional, no-frills food at reasonable prices. The Chevallot bakery in the centre of town is also good for lunch if you’re not looking for a full-on restaurant experience.