> >> Hi fellow skiiers,
> >> I'm planning to be in France the second week of January (1/6 - 1/13).
> >> I've been checking the Snow reports and it seems that two good places
> >> are Tignes and Les Deux Alpes.
> >> My questions are these:
> >> Are these resorts good and which one is better? I'm used to Rocky
> >> Mountain skiing - how do these two sites compare?
Both are plenty big -- Tignes probably more so, especially when you add in
Val d'Isere. Vertically, however, there is no contest: If the snow is
good, you can pack in a non-stop 7000+ feet of vertical at Les 2 Alpes,
either down the front or up over the glacier and down the back to La
Grave. At Tignes, best you can do is about 5000' from the top of the
Glacier de la Motte down to Val Claret.
Any way you look at at, both resorts DWARF the North American Rockies
(yes, even the Pacific Coast Canadian giants at Whistler/Blacomb).
Mood-wise, I like Tignes much better. All the steep stuff at Les 2 Alpes
is huddled around the Village, except the La Grave stuff (but if you want
la Grave, ski la grave and blow off les deux alpes). The top is flat --
great for debutantes, but kinda boring for the better pistemeister.
Tignes has steep stuff everywhere, and some great off-piste adventures
(well, I suppose Les 2 aAlpes has some scary off-piste, too, but it isn't
quite as easy to find). Tignes also seems more laid-back, less commercial.
In Grenoble, they call Les Deux Alpes "La Piscine:" the "factory", because
of it's heavy congestion of ski schools and drag lifts near the village.
For more info, see
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