The main street running through the center of the resort is where you’ll find the majority of the shops as well as some great cafes and bars for a quick pit stop when the shopping gets too much. You’ll find every ski brand imaginable (plus a few new ones) from Arc’Teryx, Rossignol, Killy, Kjus, Mountain Force, Nike, Parajumpers, Red Bull, Timberland, Sorel, Lange, Lacroix, Castelbajac, Head, Scarpa, Salomon Technica, Dainese, and Burton. In honor of the great man of the resort, I would recommend a visit to Killy Sports – not only is the choice of clothing and kit second to none but they also have a fascinating display of old skis and a great restaurant if you want to combine shopping with a meal out ( The Fondue Factory is part of the shop complex). If you’re looking to replace your ski boots, then head for Snowberry where you’ll find experts in boot fitting.
There are some great non-ski shops offering a range of apres-ski and leisure clothing including Patagonia, Roxy, and Quiksilver. It is also a great resort for souvenir T-shirts with innovative and fun designs.
If you’ve been inspired by the scenery and local design, you find a number of interior design shops so you can take home all the necessary alpine-inspired items to recreate the look at home. In particular do visit Arpin where all the products are made locally, especially the woollen rugs and throws which are woven as they have been since 1817 in the mill near Bourg St Maurice.
Food shopping is always a delight in France and Val d’Isere is no exception. Do visit Patrick Chevallot, an award-winning patisserie where you can indulge in his fantastic bread, cakes, and savory tarts. Buy local charcuterie and cheeses at Fermette de Claudine and La Cave sur le Comptoir is great for wine tastings and if you find a favorite you can purchase a bottle or two to take home with you – or arrange for cases to be shipped. Every Monday there is a market with stalls of clothing, jewelry, gifts, and Savoyard delicacies of cheese and meats.