Val d’Isère Events – News and Updates


Downhill and Super-G triumphs in snowsure Val d’Isère

The Critérium de la Première Neige, the World Cup ski races held annually in Val d’Isère in December, was scheduled on 9-10 December 2023 for the men, and 16-17 December 2023 for the ladies. Conditions for the men were a bit warm on the Saturday, so only Sunday’s Giant Slalom was held – won, unsurprisingly by Swiss Marco Odermatt. The ladies were luckier and had perfect conditions for their training session and the Downhill and Super-G. Swiss Jasmine Flury won the Downhill on Saturday, then Italian Federica Brignone won Sunday’s Super-G, while her compatriot Sofia Goggia took third. We always root for Sofia after she once made a huge fuss of Recco, YSE’s avalanche rescue dog, when she should have been in the zone (she still won on that occasion, though – what a gal!).

Adult slalom week

Adult Slalom Week

Mountain Masters ski school in Val d’Isère is offering an excellent new programme for Winter 2023-24. Already famous for training children up to competition standard, they are now offering race training for adults, with a special recreational slalom and giant slalom week starting on 5 February 2024, run by instructor Rupert Tildesley (photo). Train and race each morning, then have the afternoons to ski with friends or ‘classmates’. Contact details are on our Ski Schools page.

Adult slalom week
Val d'Isère 19 August 2018

La Face on Wheels

If you felt a bit heroic heading off from the top of Bellevarde down the OK or Face on skis, try doing it on a bike, like these competitors in the French downhill mountain bike championships at the moment. Snow is so much more forgiving to fall on than rocks!