Espace Killy or Killy ski region in the Savoie Alps presents 300 km of prepared slopes in the skiing zone at the altitude of 1550 – 3650 m, 102 lifts, 225 snow cannons. Here Jean Claude Killy was born and grew up, a triple Olympic champion of Grenoble-1968 and one of the organizers of the games in Albertville-1992. The region borders on the Vanoise National Park famous by its beautiful nature and the variety of landscapes. Skiing on the Grande Motte glacier is possible all the year round (the length of prepared trails is 50 km), on the Pissaillas glacier – from July to the middle August. The resorts of Val d'Isère and Tignes located within Espace Killy offer beginners and experienced skiers opportunities to improve their skills. The range of offers in Killy’s sport complexes is the following: swimming pools, tanning salons, saunas, hammams, tennis, table tennis, volleyball, football, basketball, hockey, gymnastics, bowling, climbing wall, skating-rink. Moreover: ice diving, helicopter flights, paragliding, ice climbing.
Val d'Isère is an up-to-date sport center that transformed the Savoie village upon the architects’ project. The resort elitism is owed not only to champions’ medals – Killy, Henri Oreiller, but also to technical equipment, the variety of slopes, the beauty of nature and developed infrastructure.
300 skiers per hour rise from Val d'Isère to Bellevarde (2827 m). It is possible due to high-speed Funival lift that starts every 4.5 minutes. Most slopes in Bellevarde and Tête de Solaise are not difficult. One of the most difficult is Olympic trail La face de Bellevarde (2000 m, elevation change), though its initial section is closed. The most courageous start from the top of Grande Motte (3656 m) and downhill to the Maurienne Valley, where the slope on some sections is 40-500, elevation change – 2300 m).
The main peculiarity of the area is numerous virgin slopes, ravines, and narrow gorges. The names of some slopes aside of marked trails are famous all round the world: Grand Vallon, Sources de l’Isere, Prariond. The steepest slopes are waiting for braves in the area of Grand Balm, La Sache, and La Chardonne.
12 ski schools with almost 500 instructors are ready to teach you any skiing technique including monoski. Hors Limites snowboard school conducts free course for beginners on Sundays (14.00 – 16.00, free equipment).
Val d'Isère attracts not only alpine skiers but also those who simply enjoy mountains and wild nature. You may go on a two-day instructor-led skiing tour to Pointe de la Galise and Roc de Bassagne. The way to the Vanoise National Park leads via the passes of Palet (2653 m) and Leisse (2758 m). When the weather is bad one may visit Adrois peasant barton to taste cheeses or go to congress-center and get acquainted with the filmed history of the resort and Winter Olympic games.