With the help of our friends at The Mountain Rescue, we’ve put together some handy tips and advice for you to book your next ski holiday:
You’ve had the idea to book a ski holiday, and now your family and friends are relying on you to provide. Where do you start?
There are lots of package ski holidays available, but we think you’ll find it advantageous to book independently. Compared to the “hop-on/hop-off” package option, booking independently gives you a lot more flexibility, control and can even save you money! You oversee all the details of your stay and get to speak to the people actually in resort so know exactly what to expect when you get there.
Our guide on ‘how to book a ski holiday’ will remove all the hassle you may think comes with independent travel.
Considerations when booking a ski holiday
- Which ski resort?
- Travel – by air, rail or road?
- Accommodation preferences.
- Group or individual ski passes.
- Group or individual ski lessons.
Which ski resort in France?
In the French Alps there is a host of ski resorts to choose from. It is often very overwhelming when trying to decide which to visit.
We can highly recommend the area of Tignes – Val d’Isère, a large ski region formerly known as Espace Killy. Even if you have a broad range of ages and skiing abilities in your group the Tignes – Val d’Isère region has enough facilities to keep you all entertained.
There are ski lessons and designated ski areas for young children in Tignes le Lac, Val Claret and Val d’Isère.
Beginner skiers will find thoughtfully placed beginner areas in many of the villages. Some of the beginner chair lifts are totally free – an encouraging addition from Tignes – Val d’Isère.
In Tignes le Lac the free lifts include the Lavachet and the Rosset, and in Val Claret take the Bollin. Each of these have a nice easy green slope which brings skiers straight back to the lift. In Val d’Isere the Village chair lift is free and offers a great slope to start out on.
Experienced skiers will have a hard time getting bored with such a huge area and many lovely lunch stops.
A breakdown of Tignes – Val d’Isère in numbers
- A skiable domain of 36km².
- 4.8km² of patrolled and marked ski runs.
- 32km² of off-piste skiing.
- 300 km of ski runs from beginner to expert.
- Maximum altitude: 3456m (top of the Grande Motte cable car).
- Minimum altitude: 1550m (village of Tignes les Brévières).
- A maximum vertical of 1906m.
- 78 ski lifts.
After looking at those figures and finding out there’s something for everyone, you’ve decided on your ski resort! Now you need to look into flights and accommodation.
Booking travel for a ski holiday in Tignes – Val d’Isère
The fastest way to travel from the UK to any French ski resort is to fly the most part of the journey. Being in the mountains nearly all ski resorts are situated a while away from an airport, so there are some travel arrangements to consider.
Best airports for Tignes and Val d’Isère
The closest airport to Tignes or Val d’Isère is Chambéry, however you may find flights inconvenient as it is a small (albeit growing) airport.
Grenoble, Lyon and Geneva airports are all much larger. Although, technically in Switzerland, Geneva possibly has the most substantial choice of flights. It is very close to the border of France and it is easy to cross.
Geneva airport is about 3 hours away from Tignes-Val d’Isère. Independent airport transfer companies like Mountain Rescue Transfers offer private travel to Tignes and Val d’Isère from any of the airports mentioned. So it is very easy to get back and forth.
You may consider a train from the airport to Bourg-Saint-Maurice, but will always need road transportation for the last hour of the journey.
Tignes and Val d’Isère by rail
To get to Tignes by rail your group would need to board the Eurostar at London St. Pancras or Ebbsfleet International, heading for Bourg-Saint-Maurice – the end of line.
Once you have arrived at Bourg-Saint-Maurice you would then need to embark on a road journey to Tignes/Val d’Isère for the last hour, which of course Mountain Rescue offer too.
Booking ski holiday accommodation
For the perfect ski holiday we recommend traditional catered chalet accommodation in Tignes and in Val d’Isère. Having someone cook a fantastic meal for you is invaluable after a hard day of learning to ski or tearing up the pistes. Straight off the mountain you simply take a warm shower and relax, with a glass of wine, waiting for dinner to be served by one of our chefs or cook hosts.
We are a small and independent catered ski chalet company, who are passionate about making your ski holiday memorable. If the fully catered service and all that food is a bit too much for you, we also offer self-catered accommodation and flexible catering packages tailored to your needs.
How to book a ski holiday – passes and lessons
Easy! Here at Project Ski we can book ski passes and lessons in Tignes or Val d’Isère on your behalf. Jade, who is based in the UK but knows the resorts like the back of her hand after 5 seasons living in the mountains, will be on hand to help you with every step of the way. She can offer advice on the best ski school for you to use depending on your requirements and also recommend our preferred equipment rental partners. However, if you would like to book yourself, please use the information and links below to help. Remember to quote our partner code for discounts and special offers.
Booking ski passes in Tignes/Val d’Isère
Booking ski passes in advance is well advised. They can be booked as an extra to your Project Ski holiday and be ready and waiting for you to activate with a payment in resort. Our resort manager will pop round and see you in the comfort of your chalet or apartment and take a payment – much preferred to walking to the pass office in ski boots through the snow and then standing in a queue. All you’ll need to do is get up and head straight to the first lift in the morning.
If you’re traveling as a family, consider buying family passes, which can save a significant amount of money. And remember the more days you book in succession, the bigger savings you make.
How to book ski lessons in Tignes-Val d’Isère
Tignes and Val d’Isère are well known for its fabulous ski schools, all of which speak great English. There are some local French ski schools, and al
so some English run ski schools. With so many schools available, it’s hard to know who to choose. We’ve shortlisted and tried and tested a few to make that decision making process much easier for you.
Group bookings can again save money, but do not sacrifice your ski skills for a bit of cash. Often it is better to separate siblings into different groups so they do not distract each other. And that can be the case for adults too. Private lessons & coaching sessions are often invaluable.
Always check that you are booking lessons that start and finish near your accommodation – especially in Tignes where there are a few different villages.
Ski schools in Tignes – Val d’Isère
We recommend the following ski schools in Val d’Isère and Tignes:
Once you have these five basic areas covered, you will have booked the perfect ski holiday and saved money for your group. All that’s left to do is remind everyone to bring warm clothes, sun protection and a pair of sunglasses. Oh and enjoy your ski holiday of course!
We look forward to welcoming you to Val d’Isere and Tignes.
The Project Ski Team