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Val d’Isère announces unmissable calendar of winter events for 2013-14

Val d’Isère
Be the first on the snow with the Val d'Isère opening weekend starting 30th November 2013. Regarded by many as the greatest ski resort in the world, Val d’Isère blends traditional Savoyarde architecture with an awe-inspiring setting. The vast expanse of L’Espace Killy, comprising Val d’Isère and neighbouring Tignes, is the most beautiful extended ski domain in the world. The clientèle is as varied as the terrain, from dedicated powder hounds and off-piste adrenalin junkies to blue cruisers and ladies who lunch. Most skiing is at 2,300 metres and above and, not surprisingly, the resort has an unrivalled snow record.

Val d’Isère is also full of gastronomic delights including the Michelin Starred ‘L’Atelier d’Edmond’. Après-ski begins before you’ve even come off the mountain with live music at the Folie Douce above La Daille. In town there are bars, pubs and clubs which rock long into the night for those with unlimited stamina, plus a range of pampering body treatments (Val d’Isère is home to more than 10 beautiful spas) and shops for those who prefer to conserve their energy for the slopes.   

Resort Opening Weekend –30th November 2013
To celebrate the beginning of the new winter season, come and discover the latest in ski and snowboard equipment with the annual ski and snowboard equipment tests. Why not also explore the Espace Killy skiing area with a guide, and enjoy this guaranteed party atmosphere offering festival fun for all.

58th Critérium de la Première Neige- 14th – 15th & 21st – 22nd December 2013
For those longing to get back on the slopes again, the Critérium de la Première Neige in Val d’Isère, France should be one of the very first highlights of the season after the slopes open on the 30th November.  Catch the first of this season’s snow and enjoy the spectacle and atmosphere of the World Championships over an exciting long weekend! From 14th – 15th December Val d’Isère will host the Men’s World Cup ski racing, followed by the Women’s World Cup ski racing the following week, on 21st – 22nd December 2013.

An Enchanted Christmas – 23rd – 29th December 2013
Experience the fairytale world of Christmas in Val d’Isère! The village, lit up and wrapped in a coat of white, warms itself every night with concerts, shows and torch lit descents. Children are always delighted by the arrival of Father Christmas and his elves.

Polo Masters – 15th – 18th January 2014
For the sixth year in a row, the Polo Masters Tour invites the world’s best professional polo players to the stunning Alpine ski resort of Val d’Isère for four days of high-octane competition at the foot of the dramatic Face de Bellevarde. Don’t miss the excitement and glamour of the Polo Masters Tour as it arrives in Val d’Isère from 15th – 18th January 2014. Discover this sport of kings at nightfall. The show, the fanfare and the village dressing up for the occasion is sure to warm you up. With competitions starting at 6pm each evening and a host of lively festivities to mark the occasion, this is après ski with a difference!  

21st Classicaval Festival- 21st – 23rd January 2014 & 18th – 20th March 2014
Classicaval Festival is a celebration of the most talented and acclaimed classical artists. The well renowned festival brings together music lovers from far and wide and has done since 1993. The concert takes place in the heart of the village in the historic Baroque church, Saint Bernard de Menthon, and runs from 21st – 23rd January and 18th- 20th March 2014. During this time, music fans will enjoy emotive and inspiring compositions performed by classical French composers in the stunning Alpine village of Val d’Isère.  

Yoga & Well Being Festival – 28th February – 2nd March 2014
Join this glorious three day festival based on the theme of sharing with yogis and yoginis from the world over. Around 35 yoga courses with international English speaking teachers, a concert, a market and a café offering bio products.
Get away from it all in the heart of the Val d’Isère mountains and rediscover your inner Zen.   

Winter Golf- 25th- 30th March 2014
A spot of golf and the snowy Alpine peaks of Val d’Isère may not normally go together, but they do for one week only between 25th- 30th March 2014. Calling all golfing aficionados, or even those just keen to kick of the skis for an afternoon: Grab your golf clubs and venture to the beautiful Manchet Vallet in Val d’Isère for this eagerly anticipated tournament – albeit leaving those white golf balls at the lodge!  

Hot Ice- 15th April- May 4th 2014
Ensuring that the Val d’Isère winter ski season is rounded off in memorable style, the resort is offering a range of spring skiing deals and exclusive offers on accommodation, ski passes, ski tuition from the French National Ski School, plus a host of special concerts, shows, evening parties and end of season sales.

Other Activities
The mountains look stunning from the air and the quietest and most peaceful way to see them is on a paragliding wing. This popular winter sport offers the opportunity to discover the breath-taking and tranquil delights of this sport.

Dog Sledging
Husky dog sledging has become increasingly popular, especially with kids and is an exciting experience.

Ice Climbing
For a truly unique experience, clamp on your crampons and go climbing to see the breath-taking views and spectacular crevasses make this an incredible adventure. There are a number of glacial hikes, of varying difficulty, in this region of the Alps.

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