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Tignes and The Espace Killy (Or Tignes/Val D'Isere) 2021/2022. (Useful links updated on Page 1)

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Right, the glacier is open so here goes. This post will develop over the morning!

Sorry its a bit late but here's hoping its a better season than last year. Unfortunately, for a number of reasons I won't be in Tignes for as much time this season, so the daily updates will not start until after Christmas and there will be a bigger gap in Feb. But when I'm there it will be service as normal.

Clearly, things are going to be different in resort this year, recommendations may well change as we see what business have survived the hiatus of the last 18 months, so it will be a case of rebuilding the knowledge base. But lets start with the useful links links, some are still sleeping or need a new security certificate, 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, and Sat from Lyon (no Chambery and Lyon only Sat this year):
http://www.altibus.com/
Weekends from Geneva and Grenoble, Lyon Sat only this year):
https://www.bensbus.co.uk/ski-transfer/tignes-airport-transfers/
Private Transfers (Operator based in Tignes):
http://www.mountainrides.co.uk/
Private transfer based in Val D, also do shared transfers to Tignes and Val D, max 8, departing GVA up to every hour
https://snow-drone.com/ Discount code snowheads05 see post dated 21 Oct for details
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
Another multinational school in Val Claret
https://www.333school.com/
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/
School Holiday Hacker
https://demo.ecoledeski.fr/user-media/18/2021-2022.jpg


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Hey, fantastic, thanks @chocksaway. Let the season begin! I plan to head out on Friday/Saturday so if there are any other Snowheads out there, do say hi and feel free to hook up for a run or two.

I can add a bit of info on parking to this post in due course. My evening run takes me past most of them so I can update you all on height restrictions, what the heck might be happening at the Grande Motte car park with all the Club Med building work, etc.
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What a pleasant surprise to see this - we’ve been hoping against hope but it does seem to be more of a reality now that we will ski again this winter! Looking for to see the picture building over the next couple of months. Xx
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Just had an e mail from Altibus, 25% off GVA to all resorts before 28 Oct 21.
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chocksaway wrote:
Just had an e mail from Altibus, 25% off GVA to all resorts before 28 Oct 21.


They are shared, timed transfers, I take it?
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@chocksaway, Thanks as always. In Tignes from 13/11 to 18/12 and staying in Val from then until 2/1/22. So may be able to keep people somewhat informed on conditions etc. It will be interesting to see how "normal" or not it is. Originally thought 27/11 onwards but impatience got the better of me. Doing quite a bit with Snoworks. A week or two doing technical on the glacier will hopefully get rid of the rustiness after 20 months.
Fingers still crossed that nothing stupid happens in next 4 weeks
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Great updates here, thanks very much all, and I intend to keep a close eye on this thread ahead of group of six of us arriving 28/11 to ski/board for four days, for first time in Tignes. Good to see GM open and in use today. @bobski62 - I get ticked off/giggled at/generally poked fun at for offering to hook up with folk these days, but glad to see someone else continuing to use it for its original meaning! I will carry on regardless, stuff them.. Very Happy
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@bobski62 & @paddyhambo: I’ll join your hook-up club - out there from PSB onwards so can chip in with pre-Xmas and pre-@chocksaway contributions.
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GreenDay wrote:
chocksaway wrote:
Just had an e mail from Altibus, 25% off GVA to all resorts before 28 Oct 21.


They are shared, timed transfers, I take it?


https://www.altibus.com/en/top-destinations/tignes/
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@GreenDay, In addition to the link above, its a big bus from Geneva, 3 times a day, more at weekends. It then drops folk along the valley for minibus and taxy transfer to the other resorts. The bus normally continues to Tignes then Val, although occasionally a swap at Bourg. I've used it dozens of times. The only snag is timing through Geneva, I have missed one by 10 mins, and had a 4 hour wait, but it was a free transfer. As ever the on line reviews are heavily biased to when it goes wrong. No one ever comments when it goes right, over 95% of occasions.
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@Kenzie, @chocksaway, Cheers both.

Yes, we are looking at a private transfer next year, had too many dreadful drives and none of us CBA any more (mind you less chance of a horror in early march than January).

One of our pals (who lives in Seez) mate has a transfer co, waiting to hear from him.
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@GreenDay, Snowdrone would be a good call too. Based in Val, you can go full private or booked a shared one, max 8 folks.

I hope they are operating, trouble is there are a load of legacy websites still turning. I've been taking round my contacts all day checking on things!
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@chocksaway, Thanks for the new page.

If anyone wants to meet I’m in Val d’Isere from 25 Nov for most of the season hopefully, our long stay visa interview is on Wednesday. We are going back to the UK for Christmas and probably for 10/14 days in February.

Snowdrone are still operating, although the quote I got today to bring family from Geneva to Val d’Isere was not competitive, but generally can’t fault the shared service they run.

Today’s research for our return after Christmas.
Geneva to Val d’Isere Wed 28 Dec for 4 people returning 2 people on Wed 5 Jan
Snowdrone €754
Mountain Rescue €590
Cool Bus €652
Mountain Rides are showing €552 but I’ve not contacted them yet.
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@muppet, 2 years ago I've used Mont Blanc Transfers, I found them through FindTransfers.com and they were between the cheapest. They had many recommendations.
Clean modern van, arrived on time with a pleasant and responsible driver.
I used the same website last week and they starred once again.
You can always check and send them a request.
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Which of the ski schools do you recommend?
Beginner with introduction lessons and 4 or 5 hours practice at the Chill Factore
Will be based in Val Claret if that makes any difference
thanks
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Snowdrone have been in touch. They are raring to go with both private and shared transfers, the latter is a good option for small groups as the prices are competitive, with most of the benefits of a private. With departures up to every hour, there's not much of a wait and it's door to door. And they operate every day for those not tied to the weekend. They have also got a number of all electric vehicles if you want to feel a bit greener.


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@1015, Most of the recommendations are based in Lac. But there is 333 in Val Claret, which would make it easier for the beginner, not having to make a couple of bus journeys.
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Can you take two chairlifts out of La Daille and get to the top of BV, or is it three? I can't remember and the map is missing a dimension.

All this covid stuff is making the where-to-go decision turn on the ability to ride chairlifts, typically not a major criterion.
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@1015,
Group lessons or private lessons?
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@Scooter in Seattle, I think you would need three: Etroits, Mont Blanc and Marmottes. Haven't stayed in La Daille for a long time but have a vague memory that they wouldn't run Etroits if it was quiet, just the Daille gondola, this may be different in a plague year though.
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The Etroits lift no longer exists. It is the new La Daille gondola or the Funi. Or bus and the Olympic gondola or the two chairs.
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@rjs, thanks and I did wonder about Etroits not running...I'll be there in the back half of March and they do start to pinch pennies around that time, and probably should.
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@Scooter in Seattle, See the post by Ski lots, I was looking at an old lift map.
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@rjs, me too. Damn, not great news. Might put me back in town. Great intel though, its why I'm here. (thx @Ski lots)
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@rjs & @Scooter in Seattle - here’s the interactive lift map (Etroits chair has gone - it is dead, deceased, defunct, no more, expired, pushing up the daisies):

https://live.skiplan.com/moduleweb/2.0/live.php?resort=tignes_valdisere_hiver&module=ouvertures&station=tignes?wmode=transparent

Check tomorrow morning CET and you’ll see the Grande Motte funi ticked green and running.
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@Scooter in Seattle, would Val Claret suit you better? Tufs + Marmottes to get to the top of Bellevarde. Tommeuses or Borsat to return home. Also lots of chair lifts on the right side of the map and to get up the glacier.

How big is your group? If you're going when it's quiet enough for them to be shutting lifts, will it also be quiet enough that you can make sure you always get a gondola to just your group? (Olympique from Val d'Isere to Bellevarde would be too big for this - you'd have to hope the chair lift alternative was running - but the other gondolas hold 8 - 10 people).
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@rjs, thanks and I did wonder about Etroits not running...I'll be there in the back half of March and they do start to pinch pennies around that time, and probably should.

Unlikely for any lifts to be shut that early - the season runs until May.
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@thelem, thanks for the suggestion. I will be solo as the rest of the fam will meet me in Paris once I'm done, so a single hotel room is what I'm after. The one time I was there I stayed in VDI next to the church tower, and I thought VC looked like a great base, but not much in the way of character. My first thought was out there towards Le Clocheton (Manchet valley?), but some SHs have told me that area is more condos rather than hotels; thus their suggestion of La Daille, which seemed on target (though not a architectural gold mine either) before chairlifts became more important. Hopefully that fades as we draw closer.
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@1015,
Group lessons or private lessons?

group lessons but it is for just one of our party
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@Scooter in Seattle - YSE used to do a good offering for singletons in Vd’I - chalet hotel Chardons - right next to the church in the old village - might even be the place you stayed last time - Google “YSE Val d’Isère” to see if they still offer it. They’re saying in this season’s publicity material that they’re running the traditional fully catered chalet service.
Unlike their other chalets 8/10/14 people Chardons is an old hotel which is run like a big chalet (and has single rooms) - IIRC circa 40 beds.
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@1015,
Group lessons or private lessons?

group lessons but it is for just one of our party

If it had been private you could have asked the instructor to meet you, rather than you go to meet them.
But if you ask when booking you may get lucky ...
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Our Easter plans seem to keep chopping and changing. We were set on Tignes, then we found a great apartment for what we need in Val Thorens, but that booking got rejected as they want Saturday-Saturday, so we're back to Tignes again, and i've requested to book an Airbnb in Résidence le Home Club in Le Lavachet. Any particular horror stories?

I've only visited Tignes once, about 8 years ago and we stayed in Val Claret. Our trip at Easter is with my girlfriends Sister and her Partner who will be first timers, but will have some lessons at a snowdome beforehand. Sister is likely to be very nervous.

Will we be ok in Lavachet? Looks like there's a couple of green runs in the village at Le Lac/ Tignes 2100 and then we could either get the Tovière lift up and ski round to the Borsat lift where there's a number of greens (not sure how difficult the blues are on this route) or we can bus up to Val Claret take the Fresse lift up and then have access to all the greens at Borsat. End of the day looks decent as they can download on Tovière back in to Le Lac and then I think the walk to Lavachet isn't too bad?
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The walk to Lavachet is not bad but the free bus every 6 or 7 minutes at peak time is much easier! By the middle of the week a beginner will be able to ski from the top of the Rosset lift to the centre of Lavachet. The Home Club is a big block with lots of long term seaonaires. But the Guardienne is very keen on keeping control. As with any block it is a lottery as to who your neighbours are.
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@chocksaway, thanks. Sounds like it'll be fine for us. We're only going to be there Wednesday-Monday, skiing Thursday-Sunday, so I think it'll be fine for what we need. If the others don't get on with skiing, they'll be able to walk around Tignes 2100 fine, bus up to Val Claret etc.
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@swskier,
Or they could check out alternative activities such as ice skating (lake ice permitting). Evo2 usually have plenty on offer.
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1015 wrote:
Which of the ski schools do you recommend?
Beginner with introduction lessons and 4 or 5 hours practice at the Chill Factore
Will be based in Val Claret if that makes any difference
thanks


I think the only school that does group lessons from Val Claret is ESF.

Getting to Le Lac gives you more options. We use Ultimate who are pretty good
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@Kenzie, yes, will see how they get on, but if they don't enjoy it, i'm sure we can find some stuff for them to do, while I and the GF ski, because there's no way i'm giving up ski time for ice skating! Laughing

Airbnb has been confirmed, next point to consider is how we arrange parking when we're arriving late at night. Tignes website says you can only prebook if you arrive Friday-Sunday, Monday-Thursday you need to go to a ticket office after arriving, which close at 10pm, and we land in Geneva at 8.45pm......

An email to the tourist office to try and sort that one out I think.
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@swskier,
The ice skating is also under floodlights.
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SnowDrone Towers have been in touch with a discount code:

Here is a promo code you guys can use for a discount:

snowheads05

That is 5€ off a shared transfer per person 18th December until 17th April.

For private transfers, it is about 5% off for weekend transfers between the same dates, 18th December until 17th April.
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