During the course of Winter 2014/15 Ali worked overseas as a Resort Manager, given her knowledge of the ski area, we caught up with her to find out what classed as her top 5 pistes in Val d’Isère.
La Fornet – Mangardith
La Fornet – Mangard is a blue run that is great for all the family. Half-way along the wonderful descent is a great restaurant. It is a wonderful ski run, with stunning views and tree-lined sections, that is brilliant for the final few runs of a long day’s skiing as well as for families. Top tip from Ali? Hit the final straight as fast as you can for sheer exhilaration.
La Fornet – Off-Piste
Staying in this magnificent ski area, there is some tremendous off-piste skiing to be had. Ali recommends taking the Cascade lift and then heading to the right, as you look at the piste map. Ski down the fresh powder to the drag life to be taken back to the main piste. Off-piste with a drag lift? What’s not to like!?
Best for experiences – if you’re more into getting an experience from your skiing, then you would be best heading to Leissières, a lovely blue run. It has a double lift and summits for your pleasure, making it a great place for photos and panoramic views. You can ski back to La Fornet or, if you prefer, right back down to the centre of the resort.
La Face (No. 7)
Infamous across the world, this run is best taken between 12-2pm. Too early, and it’ll be a little icy, too late and you’ll hit the moguls; your knees won’t be thanking you the next morning. To get there, simply get to the rop of the Rocher de Bellevarde, ski under the l’Olympique lift and head back towards the resort’s centre.
Take the l’Olympique lift to the top of Rocher de Bellevarde, as you come off it, head to your 2 o’clock, past the information point. It has quite a steep start, but don’t be put off. It’s great fun with lots of entertainment on the way down. Because of its proximity to several Blue and Green runs, it will feel quieter.
Ali’s top tip?
“Around half-way down the first stretch of the run, there’s a hut on the left-hand side. Take the turn off to the left, and you can head over to Tignes. It’s much more enjoyable and less busy than taking the blue or green runs straight out of the funicular which are marked “Tignes”.
Mind, though; Ali swears she lost several days doing loops around the area because it is so fun. The run itself follows the contours of the mountain down to the base of the Funival, which you can take back to the top of the Rocher de Bellevarde before repeating, or heading elsewhere.