TR, solo skier, Tignes Le Lavachet, Jan 2019
Started by Dobby in France 13-Aug-2019
Dobby posted 13-Aug
Travel - BA flights, LGW to GVA, on Avios/points, so cost next to nothing.
Transfers - Alpine Sherpa, booked through Tignes Chalet Company. Transfer was fine. Turned up when expected, got you there when expected.
Chalet - Chalet Ramo, Tignes Le Lavachet, owned by the Tignes Chalet Company. Single room without paying the single supplement, which can't be bad. It was my first time in a chalet and I was impressed. Food was good, beer/wine was free during meals and was cheap outside meals (honesty bar). The hosts made a real effort. Hot tub on the patio. Newish boot room for skis/boots. Room was very nice and the staff fixed the shower very quickly after some muppet (erm, me) broke it. Chalet was about 150-200m walk to the Le Lavachet drag from which you could ski down to Le Lac. Minibus available to take you to Le Lac if you wanted.
Skiing - first time I had skied an area as large as Tignes/Val D'Isere and it won't be the last. Fantastic area with lots of skiing for everyone. Too many highlights to mention, though Double M and the scare-chair in Val spring to mind. Snow was great, although my decision to head out on my own on the first morning in snow and flat light with a "where does this run go?" attitude was probably not the best thing to have done...
I had booked myself on to a Snoworks all-terrain course which (IIRC) was 5 half days of steeps (ish), some bumps and off-piste (a sort of "gateway" course for those who haven't done much of this before). I enjoyed the course, though I found out that off-piste is not my thing. I also did not realise how tiring off-piste was. I tried to ski all day everyday, and this was a bit of a mistake from the point of view of being able to do my best in the off-piste.
Apres/beer - didn't do much of that. Too knackered. Visited a couple of bars in Le Lavachet which sold good craft beers and weren't mentally expensive.