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KJO's Guide to Val d'isere

I got back from Val d'isere last week and I'm already planning my trip for next year. 

It was only my second ski holiday and I absolutely loved it. I felt like my ability to ski was so much better and I genuinely didn't want to leave. 

Where to stay 

Matty and I stayed in Chalet Mathilda with Scott Dunn and I can honestly say, it was the best! 

We had a bottle of champagne every evening before our meal, all the wine we drank was delicious and the food, well let's just say we cleared our plates every single night. 

Included with out Chalet deal there was a driver service. The drivers knew they're stuff as we often asked them for advice on good slopes to hit. This service also came in super handy as it was so cold Matty and I kept our walking to a minimum. We never waited more than 5 minutes for a car and all the drivers had been trained to cope with the icy weather conditions. 

I really didn't want to leave the Chalet at the end of our week and we decided that we will be holidaying with Scott Dunn again soon. 

Where to eat 

Chez Paolo 

On Chalet night off Matty and I went on the hunt for pizza and Chez Paolo was recommended to us. 

The Burrata was so creamy and mouthwatering while the pizza was thin and crispy.

The Fondue Factory 

We loved this place we went twice for our cheese fix. We went for the Swish cheese Fondue at €34. The fondue came with a green salad (which I covered in melted cheese), bread and a bag of potatoes. 

Le Folie Douce 

Translated as 'the sweetest madness' it really did feel pretty mad. With singers and dancers popping up all over the bar La Folie Douce really was the place to be. If you aren't a skier it's worth knowing there that there is a lift straight the the bar so everyone can join in the fun. 

What to do 


Probably the most obvious thing to do but the best thing about Val d'isere is that there were so many runs for all abilities. I had some private lessons with Oxygene and I really recommend them. 

Dog sledging

One of the best things I've ever done. The dogs were so cute and excited to take us out. It was only a 20 minute ride and the dogs do 6 runs a day. The ride cost €100 and I'd definatly do it again. For more information click here

 (Photos kindly taken by Karin) 

The one thing I would say about Val 'disere is that it's expensive, one bar we were in cost €20 for a G&T, I nearly ordered water (but I didn't). We stuck to our chalet for drinks most of the time as they were included in our holiday. 

Staying with Scott Dunn really was a treat and I didn't think you 100% need to be into skiing to enjoy the beauty of Val 'disere. We'd been told by many locals that they haven't experienced snow like we had since the 80s and we had sunshine everyday, so I do feel like I've been a little spoilt. 

I'm just looking forward to my next adventure, which I'm hoping it will be to some where a little warmer. 

KJO's Guide to Val d'isere 

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