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Any helpful hints on Val d'isere

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Any helpful hints on Val d'isere

I am going to Val d'isere on the 30th November to work for 5 months, can anybody give me any helpful hints about the resort, is it expensive? Whats the temperature like? Are there many hairdressers, beauty salons, shops? Whats the night life like can you tell me of any good bars or cheap places to eat? Any advice would be good, what clothes do you recommend I take? Thank you

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1. Re: Any helpful hints on Val d'isere

hi , you will have a great time in Val although i have not stayed there for a couple of years,shopping in Val is quite varied actually as there are shops where taking out a second mortgage would be helpfull and at the other end you can find very resonably priced goods in the shops which are located just outside the main shopping area,also i think there is a market on saturdays.As for the beauty side of things there is a gym/tanning salon/massage facilities somewhere i am told.

Val also has many places to eat to suite most budgets,but if you have the use of a car i would advise doing a weekly,fortnightly or monthly shop down at Super U in Bourg Saint Maurice down the valley ( around 25 minutes drive in good weather and traffic ,but avoid this on a saturday unless you go early in the morning as i have seen traffic cues from seez just outside Bourg St Maurice to Tignes and Val in bad weather on busy transfer days) this will prove a cheaper way of doing a major grocery shop than doing one in Val.

As far as nightlife i can remember a bar called the Alpaka run by swedes or danes i think which was very good.,for more information you can e-mail the val d'isere tourist office on - info@valdisere.com , or if you type in l'office du tourisme Val Disere into the google search it will bring up the tourist information centre website address just click on this and then click the little union jack to get the english version.

hope this is of some use to you,and wish you all the best for your season in Val

mny regards

jonG.

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hi me again,sorry forgot to mention the weather- in this part of the alps the temperature can vary from +2-4 degrees approximately to as low as minus 15 or 20 degrees depending on the month and weather patterns,and can be clear and sunny in the morning and blizzards in the late afternoon and vice versa so really just need to take a mix of clothing.But i would suggest you take a good sturdy pair of waterproof but breathable walking boots with good deep grip on the soles( a fairly decent pair for the job should not cost the earth in fact Super U in Bourg Saint Maurice sell good pairs for around twenty to twenty five quid),also a warm hat will be of use that can be pulled down over your ears as the ears are easily affected by the cold and wind and obviously gloves aswell.If you layer your clothing ie. a light t-shirt or long sleeved top next to your skin and then a medium thickness fleece or jumper and then a light to medium weight waterproof breathable jacket you should be comfortable in most types of weather the alps can throw at you,with regards to the outer jacket if you can get one that comes down to just below your hips this will help keep the wind/cold and snow from making your lower back cold and wet when sitting on chairlifts when you are skiing

many regards again

jonG.

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3. Re: Any helpful hints on Val d'isere

Hi mate,

I'm off on 21st Nov for season in Val too. Working for skiworld in hotel fjord. See you there. Can't wait to get to the top of the first lift on strap in!

See you there,

jules

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4. Re: Any helpful hints on Val d'isere

We're thinking to going to Val for a weekend from 7th to 10th December (a break during a Business visit to France).

Does anyone know whether the resort will be open then? ski lifts and areas etc plus the restaurants?

Anyone there now who can advise whether you have any snow yet?

Thanks

John

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5. Re: Any helpful hints on Val d'isere

hi john,Val D'isere will be open for business from 1/12/2007 and the last day for skiing is on 4/5/2008,all he L'Epace Killy ski area will be open for sking as will the restaurants ,bars and shops etc.

For more information you can find everything you need on the official Val tourist website at www.Valdisere.com or if you want to e-mail them with any queeries the e-mail is info@valdisere.com ,on the website you can view webcams around the resort and also check the weather reports and fore casts,also as you will be going before xmas you will miss the crowds and will be like having the place to yourselves.

many regards and all the best.

jon.

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