For those big and small, young and old, there is nothing more exciting than a lads ski holiday. A week away from work and time to relax (which in this case means ski, eat and booze. Lots).
This time it was a late deal booked through internet ski giant Iglu Ski. Although unimpressed with the booking itself and the almost invisible rep at the airport, this holiday in Tignes was second to none.
January is a fantastic time to go skiing - no kids, quiet pistes and you can get roudy without offending too many people.
Although Tignes is not the prettiest of resorts, it's a high, snow sure resport, with plenty of good bars. Depending of what kind of night your wanting (and which part of Tignes your located) there are lots of bars to suit all tastes. We were located in Tignes La Lavachet, one of the quieter areas, but the Brasero and Scotty's Bar kept us content with beer and shots!
After an afternoon's skiing (especially finishing off with Trolles, the ONLY run available to get you back to Tignes La Lavachet), there's nothing better than a pint of the cold stuff, and the staff and Brasero were always more than happy to help!
For accommodation we stayed in Chalet Petit Ramo, based in Tignes la Lavachet. The chalet sleeps 12 in total, but if you're like us and don't plan on sleeping much then the food will knock you out. A big 'thank you' to our Kiwi chef Emma, who worked her socks off and provided us with superb food all week. The highlight? Probably being able to sniff her little puddings....
Higher up, the scenery was absolutely superb as you'll see by the photos and the Espace Killy ski area provides a great range of skiing from wide blue runs to house-sized mogulled black runs such as Sache down to the village of Les Brevieres. Takes a while, but definately the run of the week for me.
So for anyone looking for a great ski holiday, try going with Ski Olympic. If you're going to Tignes, look out for the reps, they're a great bunch.
Great Tignes Ski Reources
http://www.endlesswinter.co.uk/espacekillymap.html - Tignes and the greater Espace Killy piste map area
http://www.tignes.co.uk - All about skiing, accommodation and the resort of Tignes
Tignes Snow Report