Still Snowing in Tignes
The snow twinkling under a baby blue sky, we glide over dunes of thick powder surrounded by Tignes’ jagged mountains. We’re hurtling in the direction of Mont Blanc on an Introduction to Off-Piste session courtesy of Mark Warner.
Our guide for the day is avalanche expert Henry Schniewind. Henry is one of the foremost off-piste experts in the Val d’Isère region. He is also the spitting image of Bruce Willis (or Bulldog from Frasier depending on your Goggle thickness).
“Keep your weight on both feet or the snow snakes’ll grab ya!” he yells gleefully, as we dart through the trees, brows glistening with sweat.
Cutting back across the piste we bomb towards Val Claret for lunch at the Panoramic. I feel incredibly spoilt as I tuck into the suckling pig platter, enhanced by some delicious red wine. Hours later we’re skiing the world-class reds of La Grande Motte and flying off jumps in the freestyle park.
Tignes is a skiers’ resort. You won’t find any chocolate box villages here, but combined with Val d’Isère the region is one of the best for skiing in France, if not Europe.
A short walk from our chalet is Loop Bar, the go-to place for Tignes’ seasonaires. Absorbing the last of the April sun with an ice-cold beer on the decking, I reflect on a perfect day spent in good company. Final ski of the season. What a way to end it.
The week we travelled would have cost £699 per person (09 -16/04/16) and includes 7 nights’ accommodation at Chalet Hotel Aiguille Percee, return flights, transfers, breakfast, afternoon tea and dinner with wine, plus evening childcare and lift pass collection service.
Introduction to off-piste from £495.