Skiing in Val d'Isere, apres ski and a little taste of Tignes!

Chalet Cherrier dining roomAfter another busy season in the London office, expectations were high for the end-of-season staff trip to Val d’Isere. The requirements were simple; amazing weather, fresh snowfall, beers a-plenty and laughs all the way, and we were not in the least disappointed on any count. The Chalet Cherrier was superb. Located right in the centre of the resort, it was only a 2 minute walk to the main gondolas and ski lifts into the mountains. The open, spacious lounge area was perfect for the group’s size and the long sofas meant we could all sit together in the evenings, comparing our days’ skiing and awaiting our meal. The bedrooms were all perfectly spacious with lots of storage areas, and the beds comfortable. The fact that there was always at least one member of staff in the chalet was also great because if we ever needed anything, someone was on hand. Ross, skiing in Val d'IsereOur host Ben was spot-on, his food superb, and the rest just seemed to fall into place. From day one, banter levels were though the roof and it wasn’t long before the more hardcore amongst us were burning the candle at both ends, with heavy nights out around Val’s superb bars and clubs then (almost) first lifts the next morning. Skiing together most days, in groups of ability levels, was perfect because a number of us had done seasons in Val and Tignes so knew the area really well. Those less confident were well catered for in the Val d’Isere valley, with gentle blue pistes such as the Leissieres and St Jaques proving absolutely ideal. For more advanced skiiers and boarders, once the Val D valley had been explored we were keen to see what Tignes had to offer. The area from the Grand Motte peak down to Val Claret was superb, and coming down from the Aiguille Percee and Col du Palet peaks, all the way into Tignes le Lac, was off the scale. La Folie Douce, Val d'isereThe ski area is a bone of contention around the sales team here as resort allegiances run very deep indeed! As a Meribel / 3Valleys specialist I didn’t find the Val d’Isere valley steep enough as I snowboard, though was perfectly happy with the Tignes valley. Overall the Espace Killy is a very, very decent ski area and Val’s nightlife is absolutely superb. There’s enough variety in the pistes for anybody at all, and Val d’Isere itself thoroughly deserves its reputation as world-class resort.

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