Breakout Ski in Tignes Val Claret
13-21 Jan 2017 – £465
TRIP CODE: BO17.TIGNES
The low down
The other side of the mountain from Val d’Isere, Val Claret is its powder pounding step sister. It occupies the highest and best of the 5 resort villages that make up Tignes with close links to Lavachet and Le Lac if you decide to venture to other parts of town. Tignes provides a pretty much irresistible 365 days of snow sure skiing enabled by its mini micro climates and with a little help from the Grande Motte Glacier right at the top to provide you with the most ideal ski conditions. Whereas those who frequent Val d’Isere typically stop for a long lunches only to be dancing upon tables by four in the afternoon at the Folie, those who head to Tignes do so with one priority in mind – the skiing. With massive on and off piste opportunities to be had, Tignes is a place where everybody can push their riding to the max.
With the upgraded Espace Killy pass you have opened your skis to over 330km of piste runs, while new ‘naturide’ areas (patrolled yet un-groomed areas) add to this and provide safer off piste opportunities. As host to the annual European Winter X-Games, Tignes is also a haven for freestyle skiers and boarders in world class parks and one mighty super-pipe.
A staff favorite for powder days and it gets the popular vote for an awesome nightlife line-up – a trip here just blows you away. You can’t call yourself a hardcore Snowdie unless you have explored the seemingly endless and vast ski area- on and off piste. Plus any resort at 2,200m will be sure to give you as good a chance of decent snow as any other resort out there but with a price tag that you couldn’t even find at ASDA!
The social side
For those not completely knackered by time the lifts close Tignes has an array of après bars. A particular favorite is the Loop Bar down in Le Lac, with its sunny terrace overlooking the black Trolles run and the off piste Lavachet Wall plus frequent live music makes it the perfect spot for a cold beer after a long day. With a large concentration of bars in what is described as the “upper level” of Val Claret, you’ll find yourself cruising casually from one place to the next with no tedious walks between venues. For the non smokers among you who haven’t developed cold-hardened skin from hours outside, this may come as a welcome fact.
Fancy another sport apart from skiing or want to make the most of your holiday in the Alps? Or just want to chill looking out onto a frozen lake? Then head down to ‘TigneSpace’! Tignes newest edition and largest center in the Alps. With fully equipped gym, swimming pool and pitches available for hire and viewing are to chill out in. Or explore what lies beneath the ice covering the “Lac de Tignes” with some ice diving! Or sit back and mush, as you have a husky ride experience. If all else fails and that’s not enough, pump up the adrenaline with some ice driving.
Would it suit you?
Snow Surety & Quality: Ski Junkies and freestylers and powder hungry explorers will be well entertained. However this shouldn’t put off intermediate or beginners though, making Tignes ideal for mixed ability groups.
Budgets: not only is Tignes a top resort it is sister to Val d’Isere so you can get the same quality skiing for half the price.
Altitude: One of the higher resorts on offer Tignes is also has its own Glacier which allow for our summer sessions to take place. Keep your eyes peeled as places go instantly!
For more general information on Tignes, check out the official Tignes website.
Download the Espace Killy ski area piste map.