In a recent evening of après-style beverages and ski industry chatter, we caught up on Val d’Isère’s ambitious plans to redevelop the Ski Resort. Widely regarded as one of the World’s top ski resorts, skiers and boarders travel far and wide to enjoy the beautiful snow-sure pistes and exceptional backcountry terrain that Val d’Isère offers. Capitalising on the resort’s reputation and popularity, a proposed €200m will fund the redevelopment of an area covering 25,000 square meters. The project titled ‘Le Coin de Val’ is said to be one of the largest investment in French ski tourism since Les Arcs and we are about as excited as bluebird powder day after a snow storm!

In 2016/17 holiday makers benefited from vast improvements of the Solaise area, which saw the replacement of the 4 pax Solaise chair lift with a 10 person gondola carrying 91 cabins and complete with heated seats and Wi-Fi. This €16m revamp increased lift capacity by 40% ferrying skiers and boarders up the mountain in just 7 minutes. In addition, new nursery slopes were created, alongside American style family day lodge for some much-needed R&R between runs. The lift company went to great lengths to minimise the environmental impact of construction. In contrast to the 34 pylons of its predecessor the new lift required just 16 pylons and for every tree that was cut down its making 5 were planted (if only more corporations took a page out of this sustainability handbook!).

Solaise Redevelopment 2016/17

Val d’Isère beautiful original buildings and generational family businesses characterise Val d’Isère’s undeniable charm. Subsequently, developers have ensured any proposed plans would protect the soul of the resort which so many love.

“The new buildings will recreate the non-systematic design of old alpine villages, with large constructions being avoided to retain this aesthetic and hiding the world-class infrastructure and organisation taking place underneath. Buildings of different heights will alternate materials used for construction, with slated roofs in old stone, and wood or plaster facades aiding this effect.”

Whilst it is true that the infamous après-ski watering hole Dicks Tea Bar will relocate, developers o have minimised controversy and adversity to the projecting promising a positive experience for all those involved– especially those long-standing family businesses which will be reinstated in the new buildings, namely Le Petit Danois and La Casserole.

“The various business of Le Coin de Val, among which feature several local families, will take advantage of this overall operation by enabling them to rethink their offerings and adapt to requirements and expectation of the 21st-century client. Of course, they will do this without deviating from the authenticity that is loved by Val d’Isère’s wider permanent population and its yearly visitors.”

The main attractions of redevelopment:
Val D’Isere Accueil a l’entrée du village. Welcome hall with reception, luggage depot, changing area with showers and waiting room
La Halle Centrale au Coeur des ruelles. Central ‘Halle’ with pedestrianised area for shops and meeting. ‘At the heart’. Old favourites Le Petit Danois and La Casserole to be reinstated here.
La Gare Routiere. Bus station development to be relocated to behind the new buildings, with part of it underground to allow for safer pedestrian areas.
La Rue Commercante. Pedestrianised shopping street.
Les Nouvelles Coproprietes du bas de la rue du coin. Co-property apartments for around 800 people.
La Maison De L’Enfance. Nursery with 1400m2 indoor space and 800m2 outdoor space including educative garden area.
L’hotel. 50 bedrooms. Adjoining residence housing 20 4-bed apartments.
Liaison Mechanisee avec le front de neige. A Mechanic walkway connecting slopes and lifts to avenue Olympique. Extension of the snow from Front de Neige down to the roundabout.
La Tour De Val dialogue avec Val Village. 7 Floors. Design inspired by the medieval Tour de Montmayeur in Aime. Restaurant on top floor with panoramic views. Café and shop on ground floor.

As big lovers of the area, and of user-friendly experiences, we’re excited to see how this development takes shape. The main attraction for is the network of roads and stations that will be implemented underground to allow for safer and easier passage of pedestrians throughout the town. Nobody likes walking in ski boots, which is why we offer an exclusive chauffeur service from all of our chalets. Taking the hassle out of the start and end of the day.

All work has been scheduled during the inter-season and summer to minimalise disruption during the winter, which is music to our ears and means that we can continue to bring exceptional service in exceptional chalets throughout the development period in our award-winning chalets.

Chalet Marco Polo, Val d’Isère

Chalet Montana, Val d’Isère.

At Consensio, we have 5 chalets in Val d’Isère, amongst which include the multi-award-winning chalet Marco Polo consecutively crowned Best Ski Chalet France in 2013 & 2014. We believe that Val d’Isère already has a lot to offer, so we can’t wait to see the full completion of this project in 2022!

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