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Tignes and The Espace Killy 2020/2021. (Useful links updated on Page 1)

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Well there was snow covering the sheep on Val Claret this morning. So here's hoping for a good year despite the it's buts and maybe of the plague!

Here's a collection of useful links to help with your visit - they have been checked but some are still sleeping wink
Clearly things may change as the situation develops, check terms and conditions before paying!

Tignes Main Site (official):
https://en.tignes.net/
Ski passes:
https://www.skipass-tignes.com/en/
Bus Transfers
Daily from Geneva, Sat-Sun from Chambery and Fri-Sun from Lyon:
http://www.altibus.com/
Weekends from Geneva and Grenoble, Lyon maybe from Feb 21:
https://www.bensbus.co.uk/ski-transfer/tignes-airport-transfers/
Private Transfers (Operator based in Tignes):
http://www.mountainrides.co.uk/
https://alpinesherpa.com/
Ski Instruction (British Staff):
http://www.ski-instruction-tignes.co.uk/default.aspx
https://ultimatesnowsports.com/ski/tignes-skiing-lessons/
https://www.skinewgen.com/ski-schools/tignes/ (multinational but fluent English speaking staff)
http://www.tdcski.com/tignes/
Off Piste Adventure and training (British staff)
https://www.facebook.com/TignesOffPisteOfficial/
Weather:
http://www.meteofrance.com/previsions-meteo-montagne/tignes/73320
Route Info (Savoie Only):
http://savoie-route.fr/
Avalanche Reports (Meteo France):
http://www.meteofrance.com/previsions-meteo-montagne/bulletin-avalanches/savoie/avdept73
Live Lift Status:
http://www.skiplan.com/bulletin/bulletin.php?station=tignes&region=alpes&pays=france&lang=fr
http://www.skiplan.com/bulletin/bulletin.php?station=val-d-isere&region=alpes&pays=france&lang=fr
Bus Timetable from Bourg:
http://altibus.com/documents/gares/9/navettes.pdf
Val-Tignes (for repatriation of lost souls that missed the last lift or for a spot of (even more) expensive shopping!):
https://www.tignes.net/sejour/deplacement/la-navette-tignes-val-disere
Ski Rental and new boots:
https://guyclarey.sport2000.fr/fr/
Purveyors of fine craft ales to those who have had enough eurofizz:
http://sapaudiabrewing.co/


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Making a mark thanks...
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Looking forward to the new season. Who knows what it will bring rolling eyes
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Nice to see the place white down to Brev. Let’s hope !!
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Fingers crossed!
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I've only booked the Easter 2 weeks holiday so far. Its a gamble at whatever. Who knows?
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I'm counting the days....! arggg.....
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The resort and the businesses face financial meltdown if they lose the whole season. Our government in the end may prove the sticking point. I think even if the resort is open there will be reduced numbers due to people not prepared to accept the risk. We may need to get use to apres in the open air. My plan at the moment is last Sat in Nov to Xmas.
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I know Val is Brit central at times, but everything I have read of late the French are very confident they will have a strong domestic season - I think they may be OK without our ££ this coming season.
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Our thinking at the moment is 9th January to 13th February so we are there for the quiet part of the season and gone before the Parisian school holidays start. We are nervous of being in the resort once it starts to fill up. We are about 60/40 in favour of that at the moment, but we won't book the shuttle until nearer the time. We will book a fully flexible ticket and try to drive straight through without an overnight stop. It's about 18 hours from North Yorkshire but we have two drivers. It depends on the weather. All up in the air at the moment.
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@dunc999, 50% of skier days in Val D are British, it's about 33 % in Tignes. I don't think the domestic market can take up that slack as very few French skiers go elsewhere; indeed why would they?

As my neighbour, whose family own a 4 star hotel in Tignes, said during the B debate: without the British market I will go bankrupt, no ifs or buts.
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@chocksaway, Season before last I picked up 2 French ski tourers who were thumbing a lift from near the lake back up to Val d'Isere. They insisted on buying me a Demi and instructed to me to park my van at the rear of the old Ducs du Savoie hotel (sp?). We then crossed the road to the La Casserole resto/bar for said beer. They seemed very familiar with everyone. Turned out the older guy ran the Parapenting business at the top of Solaise and the younger guy (his nephew) was part of the family that owned the Ducs du S. and their main business, the 4 star hotel on the main road. They quizzed me about the logistics of my doing a season (without working) and then joked "Brits should all stay away so they could enjoy some peace and quiet". But he quickly qualified that with "No English skiers, No resort!" Such is the reliance on their spending.

I actually had a great laugh with the pair of them, (very un-French sense of humour on their part). And if I could have figured out a way of not driving back to Tignes I reckon it could have very easily have turned into a bit of a session.


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First turns of the season today as the French ladies team practice slalom on double M
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stewart woodward wrote:
First turns of the season today as the French ladies team practice slalom on double M

Are they skiing down to the bottom of Vanoise chair?
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Grinning wrote:
stewart woodward wrote:
First turns of the season today as the French ladies team practice slalom on double M

Are they skiing down to the bottom of Vanoise chair?

Don't think so, they are on the top part of Double M, some pics here.

Mayby using snowmobiles to get back up.
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Mark1863 wrote:
The resort and the businesses face financial meltdown if they lose the whole season. Our government in the end may prove the sticking point. I think even if the resort is open there will be reduced numbers due to people not prepared to accept the risk. We may need to get use to apres in the open air. My plan at the moment is last Sat in Nov to Xmas.

Open air apres in Tignes, end Nov to Xmas, generally very cold!
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Planning on jan in tignes hotels en route booked. Chunnel to book nearer the time
Flat organised
Keep positive
Makes more sense to worry about how much snow there will be, a lot or a very large lot!!
Insurance sorted for the usual risks
Self insuring for the imponderables
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Might book a few lessons as last year had a half day ILG which was very useful for some technical stuff although pants skiing!!
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We moved our whole booking from April 2020 to April 2021 so I have everything crossed quarantine rules are relaxed and businesses in Tignes survive.

Looking at current quarantine measures, we fly to Geneva so quarantine is required for 10 days, does that count if I am just going to France? We then also have to quarantine for 2 weeks coming back which would rule probably half of our group of 20 out. I'm just praying these rules are relaxed in the new year perhaps.

looking forward to seeing more great pics and info over the next 6 months. fingers crossed we can all get out there!
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We moved our whole booking from April 2020 to April 2021 so I have everything crossed quarantine rules are relaxed and businesses in Tignes survive.

Looking at current quarantine measures, we fly to Geneva so quarantine is required for 10 days, does that count if I am just going to France? We then also have to quarantine for 2 weeks coming back which would rule probably half of our group of 20 out. I'm just praying these rules are relaxed in the new year perhaps.

looking forward to seeing more great pics and info over the next 6 months. fingers crossed we can all get out there!


You might as well just stay for the season....
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Aren’t the Swiss rules that you don’t need to quarantine on arrival if you’re transitioning straight out of the country? So flying to Geneva but heading straight to France is okay.
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Aren’t the Swiss rules that you don’t need to quarantine on arrival if you’re transitioning straight out of the country? So flying to Geneva but heading straight to France is okay.


Hopefully that is the case!
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Just seen the season pass prices - they may have been there for a while but I just hadn't noticed. 1069.50 Euros until 27 November which is being sold as a 25% discount.
1141 Euros from 27/11 to 18/12 which is 20% discount. Pretty much the same as last year? At least we have until 27 November to get the full discount.
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@lynnecha, Yip, the Owners partnership opened today. Trouble is I need 11 weeks occupation to justify any parking or lift pass discount. I think this year may well be pay as I go!
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@chocksaway, we did Ski a la Carte one season. It’s quite good value with the free days, but no discount for Seniors so season pass works better for hubby.
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Keeping it open for 20/21, but if we ski it will most likely be late on the season and probably be a bit of a last minute trip.
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Update to the links posted at the top of this page, which point to the non-secure http site, these pages are the 2 best ones for transfers to Tignes https://www.bensbus.co.uk/ski-transfer/tignes-airport-transfers/ and Val d'Isere https://www.bensbus.co.uk/ski-transfer/val-disere-airport-transfers/ We're currently still running from Grenoble and Geneva on weekends, but due to a lack of demand, we've suspended the Lyon service until 13th Feb. Hopefully things will pick up before then!
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[quote="Ben's Bus"]Updated, thanks though in my defence the old one worked, unlike some of others Very Happy
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Anyone have any idea what they are doing on the GM cable car? See today’s webcam. Dusting overnight. The GM looking good for early October. Looks to me that perhaps they are trying to put a chair in - assuming the cable car is unuseable for the winter.
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Update to the links posted at the top of this page, which point to the non-secure http site, these pages are the 2 best ones for transfers to Tignes https://www.bensbus.co.uk/ski-transfer/tignes-airport-transfers/ and Val d'Isere https://www.bensbus.co.uk/ski-transfer/val-disere-airport-transfers/ We're currently still running from Grenoble and Geneva on weekends, but due to a lack of demand, we've suspended the Lyon service until 13th Feb. Hopefully things will pick up before then!


I'm fully intending on booking my transfer to Bourg once things become clearer, fingers crossed there's a season for us this year.
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@Mark1863, Tignes.net suggest maintenance on the GM Cable Car, due to open 17 Oct.....
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chocksaway wrote:
@Mark1863, Tignes.net suggest maintenance on the GM Cable Car, due to open 17 Oct.....


Wonder what the rules will be - presumably will not fully load it
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@Mark1863, Well they could limit it to folks on the open air viewing platform upstairs like the summer, that should dissipate any nasty bugs fairly sharpish!
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@Mark1863, Well they could limit it to folks on the open air viewing platform upstairs like the summer, that should dissipate any nasty bugs fairly sharpish!

'nasty bugs' - is that the new seasonnaire code for British students & other annoying punters? Toofy Grin
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It almost looks skiable in parts at the moment. Perhaps some more over the coming weekend. Should be OK for the autumn on the GM
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Snow cannons pumping out near bottom of Double M this morning. A sign of winter even if it is just a test. Thought they were on yesterday but could not quite make it out
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Had not noticed the tennis court netting in Lac, so not sure whether it was up. Certainly not this morning. And they have started putting the tyres down on the courts. It seems a bit previous. The forecast looks warmish for a week. Perhaps they had nothing better to do! Clearly, I haven't as I am the only one posting. rolling eyes
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Noticed the tyres yesterday. Val C had them out a good week ago. I was showing the kids yesterday and explaining the rationale. They didn’t believe me that there were tennis courts there as no reference point in winter apart from the flat run out.
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Noticed on the Val d’Isere webcams that some piste basher tracks have appeared on the Borsat and Pisaillas feeds Very Happy
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Glacier looks lovely in the evening sun right now on the webcam. Cable car not open until Thursday now according to Tignes.net, but the other lifts are running.
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New Savoy rule of 6 seems to be now in place. Maximum table size of 6 in restaurants and contact details must be given when dining.

Also no drinking in the streets between 10pm and 6am, but don’t think that will effect many Snowheads.
Val d’Isere tourism are looking at setting up Covid testing in town rather than people having to go down to Bourg St Maurice.
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