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Val d'Isere, one of our top ski resorts in the French Alps, is a great resort for everyone especially those who may be wanting a wheelchair accessible ski holiday, an adaptive ski instructor and/or equipment for a child or friend who may be blind or visually impaired, have autism, cerebral palsy or Down’s syndrome. Val d’Isere also works well for the more independent paraplegic skier, amputee or other physical or sensory health issue who wants to ski off-piste or even heli-ski.
Not only is it a ‘horitzontal’ village resort but has a good selection of wheelchair accessible and adapted hotels - some of them situated right on the snow and in the centre of the village.
This is a taster of how Val d’Isere can help provide you with a memorable holiday and ski experience; building self-confidence, learning new skills and offering a place for rehabilitation, rejuvenation and relaxation. Not forgetting the amazing activities available during the summer season!
As each person often has specific needs or requirements and no two people are the same, if you wish to discuss any aspect of your trip, please do not hesitate to contact us.
If you, a friend or family member have any of the following then Val d'Isere might work brilliantly for your ski or summer holiday. This is by no means an exhaustive list (it would be impossible to include every condition) but many have similar or common factors. As often someone may have a condition that we have not yet come across please do ask us if you are interested in the resort and we can try to help.
We do advise that if you have any health issues that might be affected by extreme temperatures; altitude or have had surgery or an on-going physical / neurological condition that might be or could be affected by being moved at speed, over rough or uneven terrain or being on or in a ski lift please do contact us for more advice before going ahead and booking your holiday. Another resort might work better for you.Click here for more information on specific conditions
Val d'Isere has a great selection of hotels, apartments and chalets suitable for all visitors. Accessible accommodation in Val d'Isere is also available for wheelchair users (dependent on type of wheelchair) and those with limited mobility.
If a place is listed below it will have been visited by Ski 2 Freedom or will be personally known to us. However, any accommodation listed on this page is by no means all that is available in the resort. To have a full list of places, please contact us, and if possible please state your preferred requirements.
Wheelchair accessible hotels, chalets and apartments in Val d'Isere are available! However, there is quite a choice and it will just be a question of what suits your own individual needs and requirements.
We love Val d'Isere for all adaptive and assisted skiing and winter sports but it is also a great place for non-skiers!! There is so much choice of where you can stay and we suggest that if you wish to know more that you contact us direct to discuss ideas! Location wise we feel that the main village is more suitable if you require specialist ski instruction or equipment, but La Daille can work for you if you are more independent.
Skiing in Val d'Isere you will need somewhere to stay! If you need wheelchair accessible accommodation or have no mobility problems then there is a good selection of hotels, chalets, apartments from 5* to budget studio apartments. Some may not have adapted bedrooms or bathrooms but have lifts and therefore could be used by visitors with limited mobility. Also be aware that some are wheelchair friendly but internal doors may not be wide enough, public areas are accessible but bathrooms not, some have wheel in shower some do not… the list is endless with variety! That is why we have a comprehensive information pack on each location available by
AVENUE du Prariond
73150 VAL D'ISERE
SAVOIE - France
This maybe a 3* hotel but could easily be 4!!
The hotel has several rooms specially adapted for wheelchair users and those with limited mobility. It was totally renovated a couple of years ago and is a really bright, warm and welcoming hotel. The Director of the Hotel M. Fréderic Monneret and his staff are very keen to support our work and will be more than happy to help in any way they can.
The hotel dining room is closed on Monday nights, but they and we can make recommendations for you to choose a restaurant.
There is a free bus stop very close to the hotel and parking if you have your own car. It is an easy 5 min (or less depending on how quickly you go)walk into the main village and location wise is great! Ski hire shop opposite.
To request further in-depth and comprehensive information on Avancher Hôtel & Lodge 3 * contact us.
We love La Savoyarde as it has such a warm atmosphere and has been welcoming skiers and non-skiers since the late 1950's! Owned by the same family since it opened, the hotel is a perfect place to stay. Although no specific wheelchair adapted bedrooms - they do have people in wheelchairs who use the hotel and the rooms 101 and 102 are on the lower ground floor and could be suitable as well. For parents with young children confined to a wheelchair but who like a bath and may not need to be self-sufficient on the loo, then it is an ideal location.
For non-skiers and skiers it just embraces one on arrival and the cosy sitting area with bar and roaring wood fire is a perfect place to unwind. Often there is someone playing the piano and every Tuesday a jazz singer/player! The restaurant is excellent with a very good chef! Only dinner and breakfast are served but with so many super places for lunch it really does not matter. Within two mins of the front of the snow and horizontal access to both the skiing and ESF ski school it is perfectly located.
The hotel has a small pool but larger spa area with sauna etc. An excellent quality of massage treatments and a good place to chill out and revitalise!
No specific kids play room but the hotel does welcome families enormously and very accommodating for those with very young children or babies.
The larger suites work perfectly for families and for those with teenagers there is a good selection of rooms available.
To request further in-depth and comprehensive information on La Savoyarde Hotel contact us.
This hotel is fully wheelchair accessible throughout and has several bedrooms that are totally accessible for wheelchair users. As it is a new hotel, most rooms would be suitable for those less dependent on a wheelchair.
Great atmosphere and delicious food! It is one of the best locations for access to the front of the snow and ski slopes! However, work still needs to be done to get easy wheelchair access actually onto one of the outdoor terraces!
To request further in-depth and comprehensive information on Le Yule contact us.
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Mountain based activities, whether sporting or non-sporting, summer or winter, are empowering elements to life but please note that many may not be suitable for your condition or specific need. Activity providers, guides and instructors will often go out of their way to accommodate the needs of everyone but please understand if they are unable to do so for you. Always worth making further enquiries either via the organization responsible, the tourist office or Ski 2 Freedom.
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For more information on mountain activities in Val d'Isere please contact us.
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For more information on mountain activities in Val d'Isere please contact us.
ESF Val d'Isere is one of our top ski schools that ensure a family, group or friends will have a totally inclusive and accessible ski and winter holiday! Led by local man, Philippe Pouchkine, the team for providing all adaptive and assisted (disabled) skiing is experienced and well trained.
Ski 2 Freedom Foundation's Founder and Trustee, Catherine Cosby, has been working closely with the ski school for nearly 12 years and continues to provide help and advice on their adaptive ski programme.
The ski school has Tessier adaptive ski equipment. They have a new building where the equipment is kept which also has a wheelchair accessible loo and changing area for young people in a wheelchair. A warm and cosy place to meet the instructors or leave your kit before heading off to the mountain.
Philippe, Benjamin, Xavier, Fred and the other instructors know the mountains intimately and will do everything they can to ensure you have the best magical experience ever!!
The ESF Val d'Isere also has excellent ski instructors for Down's Syndrome, Autism, Parkinson's, MS, stroke, blind or visually impaired - in fact apart from very severe medical conditions there really isn't anything they can't help with!
For feedback and to see what our other beneficiaries think of the ESF please see our website or contact us direct. Some of our families are more than happy to talk to you about a possible visit and share their hints and feedback with you.
Please contact the ski school for more information on booking lessons and equipment hire.
To get a better idea and understanding of the ski resort of Val d'Isere and what else they can offer you for your holiday, we suggest you look up their website as every Tourist Office offers a fascinating and exciting insight into what they and the surrounding area can offer visitors. In addition many have a dedicated website or page for those who are in need of assistance, disabled, with young children and babies and those of us just getting on a bit in life!
The following are delighted to share their experiences with you on how Val d'Isere was able to assist and empower them to have a life enhancing winter and ski holiday. If you would like to speak directly with one of our beneficiaries please contact us so we can put you in touch – sometimes sharing a similar condition can be most reassuring especially for first timers!
2013 - Email received from ESF Val d’Isere, Philippe Pouchkine, thanking Ski 2 Freedom for their encouragement and loan of a Tessier uni-ski - Download PDF
All the news, feedback articles and press releases illustrate how Val d'Isere helps to enhance people’s lives. Also, in many cases, showing how Ski 2 Freedom works in close association with Val d'Isere to help raise awareness of the empowering benefits of mountain activities such as skiing and promoting accessible, social and inclusive tourism.
If on reading our Val d'Isere page, you have your own experiences and feedback of the resort (winter or summer) that you would like to share or feel would be encouraging to others, please do not hesitate to send them to us for inclusion on both our website and social media – photos and film clips also welcome.
Mountains 4 All would like to make it clear that we regard everyone as an individual and that no two people will have the same needs and requirements. Therefore please note that what you see on this page regarding assisted or adaptive skiing and accommodation, may not be suitable for you, or someone you know. However, if you think this destination would be a good ski resort for you, then please contact us to discuss your personal requirements and we will endeavour to see if the resort will meet these.
We hope that you have found the information on this page helpful and a chance to make a decision on where to go for your winter holiday. However, we know that often much more discussion is required and therefore we invite you to contact us as we hold extensive information on all our ski resorts – please contact us.
Our information has and is obtained by means of extensive personal research at a cost, often to the Foundation, we only give this out to those that request it and is not for general public use. For our beneficiaries this information is free but for a company or organisation we make a nominal charge via donation.
Mountains 4 All provides specific information on the activities for skiers with a disability, additional need or life-challenging illness, etc. plus useful extras such as wheelchair accessible places to stay; so we are not going to also reproduce amazing information and advice on ski resorts which has been collected by ski journalists, skiers and ski companies which are dedicated to this service - what we can do is to link you to these sites which may well give you some extra background information on a specific ski resort and help you make up your mind as to where you might go!
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