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Category Archives: Off the Slopes…

  1. Tignes through the Seasons

    Ever wondered what Tignes is like without the snow? For many it’s hard to even imagine these mountains in any other colour than white or without its bustle of skiers, snowboarders, and après bars. But once the snow has melted, there’s a whole other side to Tignes that many never see – another world of…

  2. Fake it ‘Til You Make it: How to Look Good as a Beginner

    Let’s face it, when you’re spending half the time on your bum and being overtaken by someone half your height every two seconds, you’re not going to look that slick as a beginner. But while your skiing skills might be letting you down, there are some things you can do to preserve a bit of…

  3. The Story of Chardons

    Today, Chardons Ltd is one of the longest running independent holiday companies in the Espace Killy region with a portfolio of 13 chalets. But where did the story begin? Our story starts in 1992 with the arrival of Chardons Ltd founder Mark Hayman in Tignes. Despite humble beginnings washing dishes, Mark would go on to…

  4. What’s on in December in Tignes and Val D’Isere

    The ski season has begun in Tignes, with the ski lifts already starting to open and the snow falling thick on the ground! With December just around the corner we thought we’d give you a run down of what’s on next month, and why an early season ski trip could be just what you and…

  5. What to Bring on Your Ski Holiday

    The season is approaching and the excitement is growing day by day. And while your flight might still be a little way off still, packing for a ski holiday is something that cannot be left till the last minute. Especially for those who have never been skiing before, you’ll need to think hard about what…

  6. Useful French Terms for your Ski Holiday

    Many people across Tignes & Val d’Isere, including all our chefs, hosts and office team at Chardons, speak English. However when you are out and about its nice to be able to learn some of the local language, and make the effort to speak with the locals in French. Therefore we’ve put together a list…

  7. How to spend your evenings in Tignes and Val d’Isere

    So, your day skiing in the beautiful mountains of the Espace Killy is coming to an end. You’ve got a delicious meal waiting for you back in your chalet but you’re now wondering what else to do this evening. While the warm log fire in the chalet is enticing for a cosy evening in, you…

  8. A History of Tignes and Val d’Isere

    Tignes and Val d’Isere are two of the biggest resorts in the Tarentaise Valley. With about 300km of pistes, two glaciers, and about 90 ski lifts, the Espace Killy’s legendary histories include the likes of the 1992 Winter Olympic Games, the 1992 Winter Paralympic Games, and the 2009 World Championships. The two valleys have a…

  9. Family Fun: Stay entertained in Tignes and Val d’Isere

    A ski holiday in the Espace Killy is the perfect opportunity for some quality family time. Whether you’re a young family wanting to introduce your kids to the mountains for the first time, or an older family trying to spend some much sought-after quality time with your teenage kids, Tignes and Val d’Isere have plenty…

  10. A Guide to the Best Apres Ski in the Espace Killy

    Tignes and Val d’Isere are famous for their apres ski, so if that’s what you’re looking for as part of your holiday, you’ve come to the right place. After the sun sets in the mountains, skiers across the valleys set down their skis and pick up their beers, and the towns transform into a buzz…