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A stay here means you're in for a treat. These are lovely self catering apartments with views over the slopes, Toviére mountain and the Grande Motte glacier from your balcony. It's the perfect place for a morning coffee (or tea) before heading out on the slopes.
Apartments sleep up to eight people which make them a great place for families and groups to holiday. There's so much to do including dining out in one of the three restaurants on-site, sipping G&T's in one of the two bars or relaxing in the spa.
This is self-catering on a par with North American style condos because of the sheer size of each apartment. Here though, you have the added advantage of superb facilities to make your holiday that little bit more special.
The Village Montana complex sits slopeside and looks out over Toviére mountain and the Grande Motte glacier.
Nearest lift: 50m
Bus stop: 150m
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 driving, paragliding or even 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
Les Bains du Montana spa is well worth a visit. Make sure you get good use of the heated Nordic swimming-pool (30°C), sauna, steam room, hot tub, relaxation room and herbal tea facilities. There's also massage and beauty treatments available if you want an extra treat.
Entry to the spa costs approximately €10 per session for adults and €6 for children under 15. The spa facilities (sauna, steam room etc) are reserved for guests over 15 years old but under 15s may use the pool.
These are self-catered apartments so the choice is yours. The kitchen is well-equipped with everything you need to cook up a storm.
Alternatively, dine in one of the four in-house restaurants or take a stroll into the resort centre and take your pick from over 60 restaurants and bars.
The Village Montana is split into 5 buildings which include the Montana Residence and the luxurious Chalets Airelles. Both have large, spacious apartments with plenty of light pouring in through floor-to-ceiling windows and sleep up to six people comfortably.
Each apartment is kitted out with an electric hob, oven, microwave, fridge, dishwasher, coffee maker, kettle, toaster and a full range of kitchenware. There's also free Wi-Fi, cable TV, a mini-safe and a spacious bathroom with hairdryer, towel heater, bath, shower and wc.
For a little more luxury, go for a three bedroom Airelles apartment which has a fireplace, sauna and spa bath.
Your beds are made upon arrival and towels are changed mid-week. There's also a cleaning kit and cleaning at the end of stay (except the kitchen and dishware) is all included.
Official rating: ****
Free Wi-Fi throughout
Heated ski lockers
Spa and wellness area
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