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>Espace Killy, France: Resort Review by DoctorDanger.com

The Espace Killy is in the Savoie region of France and it comprises the resorts of Val d'Isere, La Daille, and Tignes. Val d'Isere is regarded as the capital of modern alpine skiing and the European World Cup Downhill ('Premiere Neige') is held in Val d'Isere every December marking the start of the championship.

The area has a good reputation for having plenty of snow and La Grande Motte (3656 meters) offers year around glacier skiing and snowboarding.

Snowboards have full access to all the runs and there are 2 snowboard parks (one in La Daille and one in Tignes). There is a good selection of runs for the beginner, intermediate, and advanced skiers and snowboarders. The resort has a vast amount of off-piste opportunities and although there are only 6 black runs, they are all challenging. One in particular 'The Face' was used for the downhill competition in the 1992 Olympics. We had a few good goes on 'The Face' which was serious fun but a word of warning, it can get damn icy especially in first thing in the morning.

Resort Review: Espace Killy, Val d'Isere...
Getting there: Airline
Getting there: airport coach
Accommodation
Eating out... expensive!
Ski and snowboard conditions
Would we recommend this resort?
 
The costs so far...
1 Snowboard/boot hire per day

15 pounds

2 Ski/snowboard pass (7 days) Expensive
3 3 start hotel (per person/night)

80 pounds

4 Beer (per pint) 4 pounds
5 Replace ski bindings (I broke them in a wipe-out)
58 pounds good value
6 Coach to Lyon airport 31 pounds
The costs listed above were based on our trip (late December to early January 2002) which was peak season.
Espace Killy region...
1 Slopes 135
2 Ski lifts 102
3 Glacier skiing 3456 m
4 Marked piste 300 km
5 Off-Piste Loads
6 Black runs 6
Val d'Isere, France

To find out more visit the Vad d"Isere website

Other travel stuff worth mentioning  

By car: remember if you are travelling to the French Alps by car remember to bring some tyre chains (yes really). Also ensure your car is properly serviced and equipped to handle deep snow and sub-zero temperatures.

Snowtrain: There is a good train service from Waterloo (London) to Bourg St Maurice. For more information see Eurostar.com. Autocars Martin's coach service runs from Bourg St Maurce train Station to Val d'Isere.

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