Le Coin de Val – the transformation of Val d’Isere
Issue 6 / 31 August 2018
Le Coin de Val – the transformation of Val d’Isere

With a €200 million redevelopment, Val d’Isere is aiming to become the most sought-after ski destination in the Alps.

Serena Norton

The quaint village of Val d’Isere in the Tarentaise Valley is undergoing an ambitious five-year redevelopment project that is set to take Courchevel 1850’s crown as the most popular resort in the French Alps. Having kicked off the regeneration programme “Le Coin de Val” in 2017, the resort is in the midst of its transformation. Construction will be completed in phases and is designed to have minimum impact on visitors during the winter season.

Said to be one of the largest investments in French ski tourism since Les Arcs, the project aims to bring life back to the central ‘Le Coin’ area of Val d’Isere by creating a vibrant new pedestrian centre with many shops and facilities. There will also be many opportunities for real estate investors within a market that rarely has prospective new-builds. Developers have however ensured that any proposed plans will protect the soul of the resort which has undeniable charm.

To complete the project, a series of 30-year old buildings will be demolished and replaced with new ones, built in the traditional wood and slate style of the Haute Tarentaise Valley. The area to be redeveloped lies between the bus station roundabout, Dick’s Tea Bar and a 250m stretch along the main road in the direction of La Daille further down the valley.

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The main highlights of the new development include:

  1. A new piste extending from the slopes to create brand new ski-in/ski-out accommodation
  2. An underground moving walkway to transport people from the centre of town to the Olympique and Solaise gondolas.
  3. Pedestrianised shopping street.
  4. Two hotels (3 or 4* standard) along with two new apartment complexes, adding 900 tourist beds.
  5. Le Tour de Val - seven floors with shops and restaurants including a top floor panoramic restaurant.
  6. Welcome hall with reception, luggage depot, changing area with showers and waiting room.
  7. Nursery with educative garden area.

Following on from the recent investment with the Solaise gondola, lodge and beginners area, it is fantastic to see Val d’Isere continuing to look to the future and raise its game. This is a time of renewal in the Alps, and no one wants to be left behind.

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