Chalet Cristal is in an excellent location in the La Daille area of Val d’Isère; a resort with the well deserved reputation as one of the world’s best and most beautiful ski areas. With its 300 kilometres of maintained slopes Val, linked with the adjoining resort of Tignes, boasts one of the largest and most varied ski areas with a huge variety of runs for all levels. Meanwhile its off piste options for powder addicts are simply legendary.
Whether you’re looking to cruise on its wide slopes or pit yourself against the best on the men’s Olympic downhill run, Val d’Isère has what you’re looking for and the Espace Killy ski area it serves completely deserves its world class ranking. It has a great ski infrastructure with many fast, high capacity and well-managed lifts so you rarely have to queue and our chalet is perfectly placed to get you to the centre of the action; its only 150m from the La Daille telecabine and the Etroits chairlift, as well as the “Funival” funicular across the road which takes you in just a few minutes to the top of the Bellevarde at 2827m. And at the end of the day’s activity you are ideally placed to ski to within minutes of your front door.
Val d’Isère offers a perfect mix of tradition and modernity having developed into a contemporary and chic alpine village whilst preserving its sense of tradition and old charm. Enjoy exploring the centre of the old town where rustic chalets and old stone properties nestle amongst modern shopping arcades (offering great sports and fashion ware) creating a unique ambience and a great setting for some retail therapy! You can easily reach the centre of Val d’Isère from La Daille on foot or thanks to the free shuttle bus service which runs every day until around 2am…
Val d'Isere has one of the best snow records of any ski resort in Europe. Almost all skiing in the combined Val d'Isere and Tignes ski area is above 1800m. Additionally there are two glaciers ensuring that skiing is available throughout the ski season. The highest is the Grande Motte at 3656m whose slopes are the highest of the region.
Val d'Isere is well known for providing a huge variety of skiing and boarding with a broad range of well-groomed pistes; and you can often find red, blue and green runs next to each other on the same slope. With its wide runs cutting through vast snowfields Val provides perfect fare for ‘cruisers’ as well as offering the world-renowned challenges of the Face de Bellevarde – the site of the 1992 Olympics men’s downhill which drops more than a kilometre to the valley floor – and the OK World Cup run – one of the main alpine skiing events in Europe on the first snow of the season. In total there are 300km of marked pistes to enjoy and although Val has a deserved reputation for challenging the more advanced skier, what is less well known is that there are also large areas suited to less experienced skiers and beginners: there are several ski runs above Solaise and more above La Daille. For a detailed review of each ski run in Val d'Isere see our Val d'Isere piste guide.
Val d’Isère is one of the top resorts for freeride and off-piste – one of its main attractions – and is well organised for the more adventurous. Boarders rave about Val as there are few drag lifts and vast areas of on and off-piste slopes to exploit.
Then there’s the jumps, boxes, rails, kicker lines and half pipes of the snow parks to head for to either perfect or simply show off your skills. There are two snowparks in the Espace Killy: the one in Val d'Isère is above La Daille, close to the Mont Blanc chairlift and the other is in Tignes. The variety of jumps and rails make them great for park novices and experts alike with jumps clearly marked according to ability.
Chalet Cristal is a magnificent ski chalet consisting of five beautifully appointed chalet apartments. It was specifically designed for catered chalet parties and was built to high quality specifications. You can ski back home following in the tracks of the World Cup competitors on the ‘OK’ piste or take a more leisurely route if you prefer to within minutes of your door. Back at the chalet everything has been designed for your convenience and enjoyment. The boot/ski room at the chalet entrance offers electric boot warmers: a touch of real comfort at the start of a day’s skiing. Each chalet’s lounge is designed around a large log burning stove where you can relax and unwind in front of a blazing fire with a flat screen TV and DVD player in each chalet for your entertainment. With oak flooring throughout and spacious en-suite bedrooms the chalet is traditional yet contemporary and is the perfect haven for any holidaymaker looking to enjoy all that Val d’Isère has to offer.
Known for so much more than skiing, Val d’Isère offers a whole raft of activities for the non-skier or those looking for real variety from their holiday. The Oxygen aquatic and sports centre in the heart of Val boasts a 250m2 swimming pool surrounded by water cannons, bubble pools and massage jets. Saunas, steam rooms and jacuzzis help you unwind in the Wellness Centre or you can challenge yourself to the climbing wall, squash courts or weight and cardio training in Exercise World!
Ice skating, snowmobile rides, ice car racing, husky drawn sleigh rides, snowshoeing, glacier walking and paragliding are just some of the other activities to tempt the visitor. For something really different, the ice diving experience at Tignes allows you to explore what lies beneath the ice covering the Lac de Tignes whilst at the Ice Fountain at La Daille mountain guides teach you how to make use of crampons, ice axes and harnesses to scale an amazing 200m high frozen waterfall….in sunlight or by floodlight.
It’s easy to see what makes the nightlife as famed as the skiing in Val d’Isère. There is something here for everyone, from pizza to Michelin starred indulgence when it comes to cuisine. The famous Dick's T-bar has become a clubbing institution in Val and this and other popular haunts such as Café Face, Bananas and The Moris Bar to name but a few are open late into the night for those who want to party. The famous mountain bar-restaurant Folie Douce is popular at the end of a perfect day’s skiing – and is located at the top of the La Daille gondola – remember to save enough energy to dance on the tables!
So whether you want to shop till you drop on one of the best high streets in the Alps, relax and be pampered, try a new activity or party the night away, Chalet Cristal in La Daille has all this to offer and more...
There are plenty of good childcare agencies available locally. We would be happy to speak to you to help you find a service to suit your requirements, alternatively Ski Beat does have in-house childcare facilities in La Plagne, Les Arcs & La Rosiere
Resort Height: 1850m
Ski Range: 1550 -3450m
Marked Piste: 300km
No. of Lifts: 88
No. of Lifts in Ski Range: 88
2 glaciers: Pissaillas in Val d'Isere and the Grande Motte in Tignes. Runs are suitable for all standards and guarantee skiing all-season long.
Snowpark and off-piste
A large selection of bars, restaurants and night clubs.
Geneva to Val d'Isere - 4 hrs
Bourg St Maurice to Val d'Isere - 40 mins