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If you're looking for a comfortable, homely base and don't need hot tubs and home cinemas, the Armoise is ideal. It's a really great, no-frills chalet that ticks the boxes for location, great food, good views and a traditional feel.
You'll find the chalet on the shores on the lake near the village of Tignes Val Claret, the livelier of the two villages in Tignes. The view from the sitting room balcony rises up to the Grande Motte glacier. Relax with a slice of cake and watch the sunset change the colour of the mountains around you.
The lounge/diner is the real heart of the chalet. Relax and enjoy chatting with friends old and new in the traditionally furnished lounge. You get a lovely sense of warmth from all of the solid, hand-built furniture and wood-clad walls. It all makes for a classic ski chalet holiday.
Nearest lift: 800m (Tichots and Tufs lifts)
Ski bus stop: 60m
Tuition meeting point: 800m (ESF)
Resort centre: 500m (Tignes Val Claret)
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 into 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 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 created with them in mind!
It's not just on the mountain where the smiles happen. Try ice karting on the frozen lake, paragliding over the frozen lake or ice diving under 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
Our chalet board basis is designed for skiers and boarders. Breakfast is a fairly extensive affair with cooked and continental options every day. Your daily afternoon tea of freshly baked cakes and biscuits will be waiting for you when you come in from the slopes.
Evening meals are a three-course set-menu with regionally inspired dishes and free-flowing wine throughout the week, all followed by fresh coffee. We provide evening meals on six nights a week leaving you free to head out and explore the resort on one evening.
All of the six twin rooms here have ensuite facilities for convenience. Some have a balcony for you to enjoy a good blast of fresh mountain air in the morning but all have great views.
Don’t forget that you get free guiding and coaching throughout the week from fully qualified ski and board instructors with our Mountain Expert service.
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 are at least three sessions a week and we guarantee each guest at least two sessions a week. Your hosts will explain how it works when you get there.
Free guiding and coaching from fully qualified Neilson Mountain Experts
Free lift pass for the group organiser when 12+ people pre-book a lift pass
Children under 15 can receive a discount when part of a group booking the whole chalet and they share a room with at least two adults
Neilson rating: ***
Lounge/diner with free Wi-Fi and TV
Balcony with views of the glacier
Ski/board and boot storage room
Wireless speaker and board games for your entertainment
Daily housekeeping with towels provided
Your chalet host lives in
Children under 15 are welcome when part of a group booking the whole chalet
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