Off Piste 2                     
James Callery

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.

Henry

Henry

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.

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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.
Henry 3Tignes 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.

Pricing

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.

Off Piste

Off Piste

About James Callery

James studied Philosophy at the University of Glasgow before pursuing a career in media. After finishing an NCTJ Journalism qualification he was taken on as an intern at Good Ski Guide magazine in London where he is now Production Editor. James is also a qualified ski instructor and has attended several press trips in Europe. His articles have been featured in a number of publications including The Sunday Times and Good Holiday.