What truly defines an ideal skiing holiday? Through my ski adventures in Italy and France, Tignes, France, has etched itself in my heart as the ultimate ski destination.
My typical six-day getaway, packed with five days of intensive skiing, is all about embracing the mountain's grandeur. Tignes is not just a ski spot; it’s a haven to unwind, savour delightful meals, and wake up to awe-inspiring mountain vistas.
As we explore this winter wonderland further, let’s dive into some frequently asked questions about ski holidays.
Where is best to go on a ski holiday?
There are ample ski resorts across the world to choose from, and finding the perfect ski resort can be a delightful dilemma, as each offers unique experiences, views, and winter delights.
Tignes, with its diverse range of slopes, caters beautifully to both beginner and expert skiers. Le Grand-Motte, in particular, is a favourite area of mine for skiing down the mountain for its breathtaking views that make you feel on top of the world. The gentle descent under the radiant sun, with fewer skiers around, offers a tranquil skiing experience; I crave skiing in this part!
For the ideal stay, I recommend the bustling areas of Le Lac or Val Claret. These areas offer a fun, young and family-filled vibe with an array of restaurants, bars, shops and activities for all the family. The areas aren't too big to walk around too, so you can pop over the road for a croissant and coffee, or take a brisk walk around to soak up the atmosphere. I've created amazing memories here with both friends and family on past ski trips; there was never a dull moment!
If I have sold Tignes to you and you're thinking of coming here for your next ski trip, I would opt for an extended ski pass opens up the possibility to venture over to Val d'Isère, adding more thrill to your alpine journey. You'll be able to cross over into another region. Ski passes for Tignes start at 66 Euros per day which is pretty reasonable for what's open to you.
How much do skiing holidays cost?
Ah, the age-old question! The cost of a ski holiday can vary as wildly as a slalom skier. It all depends on your destination, the time of year, and the kind of experience you're seeking. From cosy budget accommodations to luxury chalets, the range is vast. Tignes, for instance, offers options for different budgets, especially if you plan and watch for deals. I would check out what accommodation is on offer on sites such as Booking.com, Tripadvisor.com, and research Hotels and chalets in Tignes to broaden your horizon and book directly with the hotel to save a few pounds.
What's the cheapest month to go skiing?
Looking for a bargain? Typically, late January to early February is your sweet spot as well as it being a quieter time on the slopes. It's after the holiday rush but before the spring break crowd! The slopes are less crowded, and the prices are more wallet-friendly – a win-win if you're able to travel outside of the school Holidays. You could even look at other European ski resorts in Italy and even Bulgaria for more budget-friendly ski holidays.
My advice from personal experience would be to book ahead. From flights to airport shuttles, booking in advance can massively help you to save massively and grab the best deals. As soon as you know you want to head off on a ski holiday, book whatever you can ASAP.
How many days is ideal for a ski trip?
In my experience, a five-day ski trip strikes the perfect balance. It gives you ample time to enjoy the slopes, explore the resort, and even indulge in some après-ski relaxation without feeling rushed. Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned pro, these five days allow you to fully immerse in the alpine experience. Allow one whole day for travelling, so for example, you could be away for six days but enjoy five full days of skiing.
Wrapping it up
There you have it, fellow snow enthusiasts! Whether you're carving the first tracks in the powdery snow of Tignes or exploring another hidden gem of the Alps, skiing is all about embracing the chill and finding joy at every turn.
So, pack your enthusiasm (and thermals!), and get ready to embark on a ski holiday that's sure to leave you exhilarated and eager for more.
Till then, keep dreaming of those snowy peaks and magical ski lifts! 🎿❄️🏔️
Here's a little directory of hotels, ski rentals, and flights that I booked on my most recent ski holiday to Tignes 👇
Ski & Snowboard Rental, Tignes, Le Lac: www.intersport-rent.fr/fr/stations-ski/tarentaise/tignes/tignes-le-lac/le-rosset
Flights (Bournemouth to Geneva): www.easyjet.com