Focus on: Tignes & Val-d’Isère
Despite being neighbours, you’d struggle to find two more differing ski resorts than Val d’Isère and Tignes. Both share L’Espace Killy, and between them they boast more than 180 miles of pistes and 90 lifts. However, best of all, they both can lay claim to that crucial regularity of snow.
Tignes arguably isn’t the most aesthetically pleasing of resorts, and probably lacks a feeling of luxury compared to Val d’Isère. However, it probably edges having the best snow, and there’s a wide choice for those seeking gastronomic delights in the evening. Tignes is particularly good for snowboarders too, as there’s a range of very wide runs (including lots of blue and reds), as well as varied terrain.
Val d’Isère is doubtless the more traditional, and alpine-feeling of the two, and as such it’s probably little surprise that it’s the more expensive resort. It’s very popular with more advanced skiers, particularly those seeking off-piste thrills. Nearly 40% of visitors are from the UK, and there’s a truly international feel, which adds to the famous nightlife. La Folie Douce is particularly renowned – live DJ’s and dancing on the tables make for the ultimate apres bar.
Flights from the UK to Grenoble (2 hours and 40 minutes from both resorts) start from as little as £29 for a return trip, with Lyon (2 hours and 45 minutes away) starting at £47. Chambery airport is closer, but much more expensive. If you’ve yet to be tempted by these famous ski destinations, then 2018 is surely the time to visit.