What's new for 2019
The Gentiana is one of the best located hotels in Tignes Le Lac. A ski slope runs right past the hotel and you're also close to the resort nightlife. It's a good choice for couples and groups wanting to make the most of Tignes. It's definitely a firm favourite amongst Neilson guests, and the Chairman of Neilson too!
You can be on the slopes in seconds and the lifts are just 100m away. Plus there are resort shops, bars and restaurants are just a five minute stroll away.
An added bonus in 2018/19 is that all guests over 18 can join our free Neilson Mountain Experts ski guiding and coaching service throughout the week. Fully qualified instructors will guide you around the slopes whilst giving tips on your technique at the same time (if you want it).
The hotel has a really nice feel. You're guaranteed a warm and friendly welcome from the owners Serge and Nadia. He's a real character and wants nothing more than for you to have a great holiday. His hotel is set up for exactly that as there's a small pool and wellness area to relax in and rest your legs.
The food is very good too and exactly what you need before and after a day on the slopes of this incredible area. The Gentiana is definitely worth a stay and a good example of what a ski hotel should be.
Nearest lift: 100m to Paquis and Chaudanne chairlifts
Tuition meeting point: 250m
Resort centre: 200m
Tignes is one of the most snowsure resorts in Europe. It's 2100m up in the high Tarantaise area of the French Alps where the skiing tops out at a breathless 3456m. It also happens to have some of the most exciting and challenging terrain in the world.
The resort is split in to two villages; Le Lac nestles on the shores of a frozen lake with beautiful views of Toviére mountain and the Grande Motte glacier. It's an ideal springboard into the massive Tignes - Val d'Isère ski area and has a good après-ski scene too. Val Claret sits around the other side of the lake at the bottom of the Grande Motte glacier and is probably the livelier of the two resorts.
It forms one half of the vast 300km Tignes - Val d'Isère area and it's just a quick drop over the hill (and a slightly eye-watering chairlift ride) into neighbouring Val d'Isère. The area suits all levels of skier and snowboarder, but intermediates and advanced levels won't be able to stop grinning as it was seemingly carved with them in mind!
It's not just on the mountain where the smiles happen. Try ice diving under the frozen lake, ice karting on the frozen lake or paragliding over the frozen lake. For something a bit more laid back, head to the Lagon Aqua and Well-being Centre. It has swimming pools, water slides, hot tubs, saunas - basically everything you need to help you unwind or fill an afternoon off the slopes.
Area size: 300km in the Tignes - Val d'Isère area
Linked resorts: Val d'Isère
Resort altitude: 2100m
Skiing altitude: 1550m to 3456m
Number of runs: 155
Range of runs: 15% green, 46% blue, 27% red and 12% black
Lifts: 36 drags, 43 chairs, 5 gondolas, 4 cable cars and 2 funiculars
Night skiing: Yes
Cross country trails: 40km
Snowmaking: 900 snow cannons
Resort bus: Yes
The small wellness area has a heated pool as well as a sauna, steam room, hot tub and a hydro-massage shower. All are free to use and perfect for working out any aches and pains.
The half board meals here give you a buffet breakfast and four-course evening meal. Enjoy a pre-dinner drink in the bar or head out to the resort's lively après-ski bars for some post dinner cocktails.
The 40 rooms here are a good size with plenty of storage for your luggage. Each has cable TV, mini-safe, free Wi-Fi and an ensuite with bath or shower, bathrobes, hairdryer and wc. Single rooms are also available.
In 2018/19, we're pleased to be introducing free ski guiding and coaching throughout the week from fully qualified ski and board instructors. We call them our Mountain Experts.
Designed for confident blue and red-run skiers and snowboarders, they'll show you around the mountain on free guiding sessions, and even offer free coaching sessions to help you become a more confident skier or snowboarder.
There will be at least 12 hours of sessions a week and we guarantee each guest at least two sessions a week. Your Neilson resort hosts will explain how it works when you get there.
Free guiding and coaching from fully qualified instructors on our Neilson Mountain Experts service
Free lift pass for the group organiser when 12+ people pre-book a lift pass
Official rating: ***
Lounge and bar
Free use of indoor heated pool and wellness area
Free Wi-Fi throughout
Departure airports: Birmingham, Edinburgh, Gatwick, Manchester or Stansted
Departure day: Saturday
Arrival airport: Grenoble
Flight duration: 1 hour 45 minutes to 2 hours 5 minutes
Transfer time: approx. 3 hours 30 minutes