Well, of course, it depends on what you’re looking for.
Runs to the resort that are nominally blue but are narrow and have been razored to perfect smoothness by snowboarders (and terrified beginners in wedges)?
Nursery slopes that are sliced through by out-of-control wannabes?
Overpriced mountain restaurants?
Foehn wind, damp snow, wind-blown crust (and combinations of all different kinds on top of one another)?
Val d’Isère has them all – oh, and did I mention the avalanches? Mustn’t forget the avalanches.
But then there’s also:
Huge and varied on-piste terrain with up to 2000 metres of vertical.
Even bigger lift-served off-piste
Ultra-modern lifts and almost no lift lines even at Easter and New Year
Some of the best guides and teachers on the planet (yes, and some pretty terrible ones too)
A skiers’ vibe. However good you are, there’s someone better than you, so there is no “go away gapers” rubbish. If you're serious about skiing and respectful of others, you can feel at home if you've been skiing for two days or twenty years. In the Espace Killy we’re all gapers (except Jean-Claude!)
Is Val d’Isère perfect? Certainly not! Is it the best? Well, I can’t ski much above 14 days a year and I don’t want to waste them, so it’s now my standard destination and my information on a lot of other resorts is lacking or out of date. I suspect if I were a different kind of skier I might be equally wedded to La Grave or perhaps Alta (neither of which I’ve skied). And I know that others are immune to its charms. But best for me? I’d be surprised if anywhere else worked better.