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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.

Tignes

Chalet Petite Charline - Close

Chalet Petite Charline
  • Traditional Savoyard building
  • Chardonnet lift under 2 minutes walk (120m)
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Family rooms and suites
  • Prices From £769
  • View Chalet

Our Child Care In Tignes

Child Care
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 7.30-8.30pm - A quiet hour of pre-bed stories and play in most resorts - 6 evenings
(Children must be out of nappies)
£29
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 £119
Peak weeks include departures on 21st & 28th December 2014, 15th February, 29th March, 5th & 12th April 2015. 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!

Collection Service

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.

Snow Club

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.

The Skiing in Tignes

The Skiing

Ski range from 1,550m – 3,456m

Beginners

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.

Intermediates

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.

Advanced

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!

Powder Potential

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.

Snowboarding

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.

Après Ski

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.

Activities

  • Husky-sledding
  • Bowling
  • Ice-diving
  • Ski-jöring (imagine water-skiing, but on snow and behind a horse!)
  • Snowmobiling
  • Tandem paragliding
  • Snowshoe tours
  • Bungee-trampolining

Other Amenities

  • Helicopter sightseeing flights
  • Museum
  • Spa treatments & massage
  • Pool tables
  • Banks with cashpoints

The Snow in Tignes

Tignes Snow Reports

Snow Reports for Tignes

Tignes Snow Report 19.12.2014

We’ve just had some fresh snowfall in Tignes and the connecting runs are open to Val d’Isere! The runs back into Val Claret are open, and the snow cannons are firing in Le Lac to make it possible to ski back into the centre as soon as possible. Those of you looking forward to some...

Ski Essentials

Ski Essentials

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 DaysDescriptionWhiteBlueRedBlack
Adult 13+ yrs Skis/poles/boots - £107 £127 £141
Skis/poles - £81 £97 £107
Snowboard - - £97 £107
Snowboard/boots - - £127 £141
Child 6-12 yrs Skis/poles/boots - - £61 £81
Snowboard/boots - - - £81
Child 3-5 yrs Skis/poles/boots £47 - - -

1 FREE child White or Red skis/boots when 1 adult pre-books Red or Black skis and boots. FREE helmets included with child skis/snowboard. 

TuitionSki AMSki PMSnowboard AMSnowboard 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 PassLocal PassEspace Killy
Family (2 Adults & 2 Children under 18) £585 (HS Only) £695 (HS Only)
Senior 65-74 yrs £135/£149 £159/£175
Adult 14-64 yrs £169/£185 £199/£219
Junior 5-13 yrs £135/£149 £159/£175
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 14/12) / High Season (21/12-19/04). Special Offer: Buy 1 Espace Killy lift pass and get 1 half-price: Departures 14/12, 11/01, 18/01, 25/01, 01/02 & 22/03. The second lift pass must be the same duration and is for adults only. 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/Guide2 Hours 1-2 people - £89
3-4 people - £99
5-6 people - £105
Full day £339

Note: Available 09.00-17.00 Saturdays & Non peak dates only

Fly From

Fly to Geneva (GVA) or Chambery (CMF) from the following airports

Birmingham CMF
Bournemouth GVA
Bristol CMF
East Midlands CMF
Edinburgh GVA
Gatwick CMF, GVA
Heathrow GVA
Manchester CMF, GVA
Southampton CMF, GVA
Stansted CMF

Bournemouth flights on 15th Feb departures only.

Esprit Cuisine in Tignes

Resort Cuisine

All of our holidays include great food six days a week. We set high standards for our cuisine, and train our staff extensively to ensure our guests enjoy every meal.

Includes a skiers' buffet breakfast to start your day, afternoon tea to welcome you 'home', and a 4 or 5-course evening meal with wine and coffee to complete the evening.

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