Building of new tourist residences, hotels, restaurants and shops for centre to start this autumn.
A massive new £170m (200m euro) five year building project in the centre of Val d'Isère starting this autumn eclipses even the creation of Arc in 1950 in size.
The building project Le Coin de Val will add 900 extra guest beds in two luxury hotels, two tourist residences and also includes a host of new chalets, shops, services, and restaurants.
The village redevelopment will cover 22,000 square metres and replaces a whole range of 30-year-old buildings. These are bounded by the bus station roundabout, Dick's Tea Bar and a 250m stretch of the Avenue Olympique towards La Daille. An underground moving walkway will connect with the main mountain access lifts and guests will be able to ski back to their accommodation.
The new buildings will be constructed in stone, slate and wood, the traditional mountain style of the Haute Tarentaise Valley. They incorporate a guest arrival centre within an enclosed bus station, childcare facilities, and a concierge desk. Val Tower (La Tour de Val) on the Avenue Olympique will be the showpiece of the development, featuring a restaurant with panoramic views of the resort.
Respect for the environment is a key component of Le Coin de Val, with smart systems designed to minimise energy consumption. Notably rainwater and snowmelt are employed in the buildings' sanitation system and geothermal energy is harnessed to heat the hotel rooms and apartments.
The project is a partnership between Val d'Isère's Town Hall and local architect Jean-Charles Covarel, who has been responsible for key parts of the renaissance of the resort in recent years.
With more than 60 per cent of Val's clientele currently English speaking, the100 new private homes in prime locations in the centre are expected to attract British buyers as well as other international investors.
Unlike some French resorts, the number of UK visitors to Val d'Isère has steadily increased in recent years despite Brexit and a substantial drop in the value of sterling against the euro.
Snow cover is a significant attraction. Val's longer season offers skiing from late November until the beginning of May with the two sectors of the 300km ski area that it shares with neighbouring Tignes rising to over 3000m and the majority of slopes above 2000m.
In December 2016, the FIS took the decision to move World Cup races to Val from Colorado, because of the snow cover at that time, Men's and women's races were successfully hosted in Val over the subsequent three weeks in ideal snow conditions.
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