Tignes - stunning access to Espace Killy area
An Esprit family favourite and one of the ‘crème de la crème’ of world ski areas with guaranteed snow on the Grande Motte Glacier. The ‘Espace Killy’ ski area, combining Tignes and neighbouring Val d’Isère, ranks highly in any keen skier’s top ten world resorts, and deservedly so. Completely snowsure, with over 300kms of pistes, plus easily the same again in off-piste terrain, the area offers well over a mile of vertical drop, from the guaranteed snow at the peak of the Grande Motte Glacier down to the picturesque old village of Tignes-les-Brevières.
Our accommodation, child care facilities and children’s ski area are all conveniently close to one another, and with runs back to Le Lac from both sides of the valley for skiing parents, this is an easy resort for the day to day logistics of a family ski holiday. Furthermore, our partner ski-school has an excellent reputation for caring for English youngsters.
Our ski chalets are conveniently situated at 2,100m at Tignes-le-Lac and is ideally located for family skiing holiday in Tignes. Lifts head up both sides of the valley, with the Aeroski gondola giving immediate access to the Tovière ridge and the slopes of Val d’Isère, and the Chardonnet drag and Palafour chair heading up the Aiguillle Percée side of the huge Tignes bowl.
Tignes-le-Lac is also home to Les Marmottons – one of the best ‘Jardins de Neige’ for children in the French Alps and used for our Spritelet classes.
The resort centre offers an ample choice of shops, bars and cafés, and the other main Tignes centre, Val Claret, is easily reached on the regular free shuttle service, which runs throughout the day and night for the perfect family ski holiday.
Chalet Petite Charline - Close
Our Child Care In Tignes
|Nursery||17 weeks-40 months||All day care with qualified Nursery staff - 6 days||£315|
|Spritelets||3–4 years||Half-day ski-play - a toddler’s introduction to the fun of skiing - 5 afternoons||£215|
|Sprite Beginners||5–9 years||Morning classes for complete beginners aged 5-9 years - 5 mornings||£215|
|Sprite Improvers||6–10 years||Improver morning classes for those who have mastered snowplough turns on blue runs - 5 mornings||£215|
|Sprite Intermediates||7–11 years||For 7-11 year olds who have skied for a minimum of 2 weeks and are starting to parallel ski but still rely on snowploughing on trickier red runs - 5 mornings||£215|
|Supervised Lunch||3–12 years||Children’s lunch with staff supervision 12-2pm - 5 days||£85|
|Sprite Guided Ski Fun||6–12 years||For Improver standard children 6 years and older. They are guided, in an informal environment - 5 afternoons (peak weeks only)||£215|
|Snow Club||3–8 years||Action-packed half day activity club with our Snow Rangers, including lunch - 5 half days||£199|
|Mini Cocoa Club||3–5 years||7.30-9.30pm - A quiet time for pre-bed stories and play in most resorts - 6 evenings
(Children must be out of nappies)
|Cocoa Club||6–12 years||Supervised evening club 7.30-10 pm - 6 evenings||£59|
|Cocoa Club Plus||8–12 years||Supervised evening club 7.30-10 pm - 6 evenings (peak weeks only)||£79|
|Saturday Family Guiding||Over 5 years||Saturdays can prove to be a dilemma for families who are not confident enough to take the family out on their own - Book a guide either individually or as a group of families (groups are £39 per adults and £29 per child) - 6 mornings & evenings||£139|
|Peak weeks include departures on 20th & 27th December 2015, 14th February, 27th March, 3rd & 10th April 2016. Gressoney dates are one day earlier.|
Esprit Classic Child Care
For parents our Esprit Classic Child Care offers a completely seamless service and means being able to leave your accommodation after breakfast to head for the first lift, only needing to return after the last one shuts. We look after you children completely throughout the ski day if you wish. For the kids it means non-stop fun with english speaking staff and children!
Five mornings a week, children in Esprit Sprite classes and Spritelet Snow Clubbers are collected from their chalets by our staff (and/or the ski school instructors) and taken to the appropriate slopes for their lessons or to the resort’s Snow Club for morning fun.
At the end of the morning lesson or Snow Club, children joining Supervised Lunch, afternoon Snow Club or with afternoon Sprite sessions will be collected and taken to Chalet Corniche for lunch. Spritelets will eat lunch in Chalet Iceberg.
The Snow Club is based in Chalet Yosemite with outings for their specific snow fun activities. All children in afternoon Sprites or Spritelets will be taken to and collected from their session by our staff and will join the Snow Club children for the remainder of the afternoon, before being returned to their ‘home’ chalet for high tea.
Our Nursery in Tignes is based in Chalet Iceberg, conveniently situated between Chalet La Grand Motte and Chalets Caribou/Canvolan. We ask that Nursery children are delivered to their designated Nursery by their parents. Nursery lunches are held in Chalets Iceberg. Nursery children must be collected by their parents at 5pm and accompanied at high tea, whilst all other children will be supervised by our staff through high tea until 6pm.
Mini Cocoa Club will run in the Corniche Snug and Iceberg Nursery 6 nights a week from 7.30- 9.30pm for children aged 3-5 years who are staying in the chalets Corniche, Caribou and Iceberg. Parents are asked to deliver and collect their children.
Cocoa Club runs in the Snow Club room in the Yosemite from 7.30pm until 10pm on six nights a week and is available to all children aged 6-12 years. Parents are asked to deliver and collect their children to and from Cocoa Club.
Ski range from 1,550m – 3,456m
The ski-school also welcomes adult beginners, and will soon have you tackling the many blue runs on the Aiguille Percée side of the valley. There are wonderful easy slopes too in the Marmottes bowl on the Val d’Isère side, and you can avoid the tricky black run back to Lac de Tignes by riding the Aeroski down.
Skiing is believing, they say, and certainly it is hard to do this awesome area justice in words. It just has everything – miles and miles of wide open blues and varied reds, two glaciers with sensational snow, plenty of trickier black runs when you want a challenge, and some of the best off-piste in the world. This is an area you simply have to ski, at least once in your life.
Tignes-Val d’Isère holds iconic status amongst expert skiers, for its huge choice of black runs as much as the severity of some of them, plus its legendary off-piste temptations. A week is certainly not enough to cover every mile and take on every challenge, but you will have great fun trying!
Tignes and Val d’Isère have a glacier each, plus acres of further high altitude unpisted open bowls, which all receive bountiful dumps of fresh powder right throughout the season. Much of this is accessible by lift, leaving the true aficionados to trudge the ridges in search of the more extreme chutes and couloirs.
There is a lengthy fun-park beside the Palet lift in Val Claret, with a half-pipe at its base, and a smaller snow-park just across the Tovière ridge. With so many chairs, gondolas, funiculars and cable-cars, you can also easily plan your day to avoid the dreaded drag-lifts altogether.
Tignes-le-Lac offers a host of exciting après-ski activities (see below), as well as an ample choice of cafés and bars for everything from a quiet drink to a lively night out. There is also a choice of restaurants in all price ranges within an easy walk for our staff’s one evening off.
- Ski-jöring (imagine water-skiing, but on snow and behind a horse!)
- Tandem paragliding
- Snowshoe tours
- Helicopter sightseeing flights
- Spa treatments & massage
- Pool tables
- Banks with cashpoints
Pre-booking all your ski pack requirements couldn't be easier - simply tell us what you need and we will arrange everything for you.
Pre-booking simply means letting Esprit staff take the strain, vetting all suppliers in advance, getting everything ready for your arrival, and standing by throughout your holiday to help and support you.
Free lift pass for children under 5
|Equipment 6 Days||Description||White||Blue||Red||Black|
|Adult 13+ yrs||Skis/poles/boots||-||£97||£116||£129|
|Child 6-12 yrs||Skis/poles/boots||-||-||£51||£73|
|Child 3-5 yrs||Skis/poles/boots||£42||-||-||-|
1 FREE child White or Red skis/boots when 1 adult pre-books Red or Black skis and boots. This offer must be reserved at the time of booking and may not be available later as date restrictions apply. FREE helmets included with child skis/snowboard.
|Tuition||Ski AM||Ski PM||Snowboard AM||Snowboard PM|
|Adult price 13+ yrs||£167||£141||£167||£141|
|Times||3 hrs per day Mon-Fri 5 days||3 hrs per day Mon-Fri 5 days|
Tuition times: 9.00-12.00 or 14.00-17.00 (13.30-16.30 for December departures).
|6 Day Lift Pass||Local Pass||Espace Killy|
|Family (2 Adults & 2 Children under 18)||-||£695|
|Senior 65-74 yrs||£125/£134||£144/£162|
|Adult 14-64 yrs||£153/£172||£181/£199|
|Junior 5-13 yrs||£125/£134||£144/£162|
|Child under 5||FREE||FREE|
Recommend Sprite Beginner/adult beginner purchase lift pass locally. Recommend all other Sprites and adults to purchase the Espace Killy Pass. Lift Pass prices shown are for Low Season (week commencing 13/12) / High Season (20/12-10/04).
Passport & photo required for under 5 yrs and over 75 yrs.
Private Instructors & Mountain Guides
Fancy a big off-piste adventure in Tignes?
Enjoy the accelerated learning that comes with having your own Private Instructor. Rather than risk availability on arrival, you can pre-book to secure your own Private Instructor or Mountain Guide
|Instructor/Guide||2 Hours||1-2 people - £89|
|3-4 people - £99|
|5-6 people - £105|
Note: Available 09.00-17.00 Saturdays & Non peak dates only
Fly to Geneva (GVA) or Chambery (CMF) from the following airports
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