Val D’isère — Tradition Meets Modernity

Laurence Grigorov, who as director of Johannesburg based residential property development company Laurence Martin Developments, enjoys traveling abroad and uses the experience to broaden his scope and appreciation for different cultures and styles. This is often influences upcoming projects and developments. Laurence Grigorov is a keen snowboarder and has been to Europe and America several times to follow his sporting hobby. His favourite skiing destination is Val d ’Isere in the French Alps.

Located at an altitude of 1.821 meters, Val-d ’Isère is one of the most famous skiing villages of the French Alps, and has merged with the skiing station Tignes to form the „most beautiful skiing region of the world“– Espace Killy. The two local mountains alone Val-d’Isères — Solaise and Bellevarde — provide skiers of all levels with a broad range of slopes and variants — from practice to professional slopes.

The most distinct peak is without a doubt the Grande Motte at 3656 meters, whose slopes are the highest of the skiing region. Not without reason do several skiing races in the framework of the alpine ski world cup take place every year — traditionally around December — on the slopes around Val d‘Isère. Since the Olympic games of Albertville in February of 1992, one slope of Val d’Iséres also became a legend. The „Bellevarde“, a slope that was specifically designed for the downhill race by the former Swiss world champion Bernhard Rüssi, has since been in the circle of the slopes steeped in legend, like the Streif in Kitzbühel or the Lauberhorn slope in Wengen.

If you prefer to ski on less demanding slopes you will also find enough selection in Val d’Isère. Quite often you will find red, blue and green trails next to each other on the same slope. In addition you can get directly to the different areas of the skiing region quickly and easily outgoing from the station Val d’Isère.

Ski vacation in Val-d’Isère is worthwhile by all means not only due to the convincing slope offer and the advantages of a highly modern skiing region. In spite of contemporary infrastructure, Val-d’Isère has held onto attractive traces of the past and thus offers a unique ambience. The old centre of town consisting of several traditional Savoyian houses, a small church with a cemetery and the chapel Saint Roche that was erected in 1653 as protection against the pest forms the heart of the chic skiing village. Rustic buildings with a lot of wood, stone and slated roofs characterize the overall picture.

A total of 28.000 beds in hotels of all categories, rustic chalets, cosy holiday apartments or generous vacation homes provide matching accommodation for every taste.

Laurence Grigorov often uses sport and exercise to destress from the pressures of his work and business.