I have always been a person who gravitates towards adventure. When organizing holidays, I am open-eyed and eager to discover new places and new experiences.
Skiing was something I always wanted to try. Of course, the fear lingered in the back of my mind that I might just fall face-first into the snow, but I was willing to accept the risk. A friend told me about a place in the French Alps where they had been mountain biking and said it’s also amazing for skiing. The flights were soon booked, and so my trip to Val-d’Isère unravelled.
Skiing in Val-d’Isère
After arriving in my beautifully rustic, log cabin-esque hotel and unpacking my things, I threw on my ski gear, which felt much like stepping into a sleeping bag, and I headed for the slopes.
Luckily, I learnt that, although Val-d’Isère is full of hardcore chronic skiers, it is also a place that’s suitable for beginners. Beginners can go on an area on the Solaise and ski (or shuffle) down the blue and green runs. As I was completely new to Val-d’Isère and had chosen to holiday solo, I needed some guidance around the slopes.
Piste Pro allowed me to navigate myself around the ski slopes and was great for helping me find a place to tuck into some food when my attempts at skiing had depleted my energy and ignited my hunger.
I was told about the après-ski culture that exists in Val-d’Isère and that there was no better way to soothe the aches of the day and celebrate a victorious ski than a party at COCORICO.
During the après-ski, I met a group of people who welcomed me in with open arms. We drank, danced and laughed the night away. It’s safe to say that when I woke up in my ski trousers the next morning, I was less than ready to reapproach the slopes.
A day of leisure
I paid a visit to the aqua leisure centre that I was informed about the night before, which was a gorgeous and luxurious complex hosting:
– A 25-metre swimming pool
– Massage treatments
– A gym
– Squash courts
– Climbing walls
The whole complex is devoted to sport and wellness, which seemed to fit perfectly with the kind of holiday people came here for. I spent the day swimming and saunaing, rejuvenating my amateur body from the previous day of heavy skiing.
I spent the rest of my holiday in the cycle of skiing, socialising and relaxing, and I came back feeling incredibly refreshed. I would recommend Val-d’Isère to those who love a holiday that is full of action, exciting nightlife and days of leisure. I hope to one day revisit this beautiful part of the world and experience even more of what it has to offer.