How is Tignes or Les Deux Tignes in Frech Alps ?

How is Tignes or Les Deux Tignes in Frech Alps ?

Post by George E. Caban » Thu, 28 Dec 1995 04:00:00


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?

Given the early date of January, what other French Alps resorts would
you recommend.  Currently Courchevel, Meribel, Val Thorens and Les
Menuires seem to have very little snow.

Thanks for any info.

George

 
 
 

How is Tignes or Les Deux Tignes in Frech Alps ?

Post by Hatim Guennou » Thu, 28 Dec 1995 04:00:00


Quote:

> Newsgroups: rec.skiing.resorts.europe,rec.skiing.alpine
> Date: 27 Dec 1995 06:32:39 -0500
> Organization: PANIX Public Access Internet and Unix, NYC
> Summary: How's Tignes or Les Deux Alpes ?
> Keywords: alps french france tignes ski

> 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?

Go to Val d'Isere. The Best. You will love it.
Moreover, it has a gateway with Tignes. Thus you can also try the latter
sometime.
For your information I've been skiing in many places in France and
I am assuming that you are a good skiier.

Quote:

> Given the early date of January, what other French Alps resorts would
> you recommend.  Currently Courchevel, Meribel, Val Thorens and Les
> Menuires seem to have very little snow.

> Thanks for any info.

> George


Enjoy your trip

hatim


 
 
 

How is Tignes or Les Deux Tignes in Frech Alps ?

Post by Jim Huze » Thu, 28 Dec 1995 04:00:00


Quote:

>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?

>Given the early date of January, what other French Alps resorts would
>you recommend.  Currently Courchevel, Meribel, Val Thorens and Les
>Menuires seem to have very little snow.

>Thanks for any info.

>George


Hi George,

Tignes is nicer than Le deux Alpes. You have access also to Val dIsere.
As for C, M, VT, LM they are all in the Trois Valles where (as in Tignes)
You ALWAYS find snow. I think in addition You will have a fairly good
chanche that there will be additional snow before You go there!

Have fun!

Jim

 
 
 

How is Tignes or Les Deux Tignes in Frech Alps ?

Post by D » Sat, 30 Dec 1995 04:00:00


Quote:

> 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?

> Given the early date of January, what other French Alps resorts would
> you recommend.  Currently Courchevel, Meribel, Val Thorens and Les
> Menuires seem to have very little snow.

> Thanks for any info.

> George


Hi

Tignes and Les Deux Alpes are relly two good place for great skiing.
With Tignes you can ski in Val dIsere and all the "Espace Killy"

But it's true that there is very little snow in northern french Alps.

But it should snow today or tomorrow and this week end.

Bye.

Eric

 
 
 

How is Tignes or Les Deux Tignes in Frech Alps ?

Post by Neil Robert » Sat, 30 Dec 1995 04:00:00

I have already skied Tignes two weekends this season 25/26 Nov
and 2/3 Dec. The glacier skiing is from 3500m and open all year
(wind dependant). The first weekend two Americans died after
losing thier way of the piste and sitting under a rock all night
in very bad weather! It was possible, even enjoyable to ski down
to the Val Claret station (accom' here).
Since 26Dec the weather has been very snowy in the Alps, indeed
its snowing here in Geneve as I type.
I have been to Les Deux Alps for a week about three years ago and
was very disappointed. I was able to snowboard all the open runs
in the reasort in a day (mid February) and the link to the big
steep La Grave sector (guide recommended) was rarly open and
involves a long (20mins) walk at altitude.
Also Tignes links easily into Val D'Isere giving over 300 km of
piste and lots of classic off piste (Guide recommended!).
OMHO forget Les Deux Alps and go to Tignes / Val D'Isere.

Neil Roberts
Sitting at work in Geneve and watching it snow lots.

--
Neil Roberts                    Currently sitting in Geneve, CH.
Imtecvision Ltd

 
 
 

How is Tignes or Les Deux Tignes in Frech Alps ?

Post by Dennis Summerbe » Sat, 30 Dec 1995 04:00:00


Quote:



> > 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.

> Hi

> Tignes and Les Deux Alpes are relly two good place for great skiing.
> With Tignes you can ski in Val dIsere and all the "Espace Killy"

> But it's true that there is very little snow in northern french Alps.

> But it should snow today or tomorrow and this week end.

First you'd better get the date right, over here we say 6/1 - 13/1 (check
your reservation, odds are there'll be even less snow in June :-)

It depends on your standard of skiing. Deux Alpes is not quite considered
a top resort. It has sufficient variety for intermediate-moderate advanced
skiers but an advanced skier would find it limiting. If your an expert,
forget it. If your going to have transport you might find it interesting
to visit neighbouring resorts. Alpe d'Huez, Serre Chevalier and Mont
Genevre are within an hours drive and all have some fun skiing (Alpe
d'Huez also has a couple of famous routes). Round the corner from Deux
Alpes is La Graves which many rate as the best off-piste skiing anywhere.

Otherwise Tignes (or Val d'Isere) is a better bet.

Dennis

Dr D. Summerbell, NIMR, The Ridgeway, Mill Hill, London NW7 1AA.


Tel: +181 959 3666 X2366
Fax: +181 913 8527

 
 
 

How is Tignes or Les Deux Tignes in Frech Alps ?

Post by Marc Lang » Sat, 30 Dec 1995 04:00:00

Don't trust too much on that snow reports :-(

                        Marc

 
 
 

How is Tignes or Les Deux Tignes in Frech Alps ?

Post by Wayne Britto » Sat, 30 Dec 1995 04:00:00

I've just heard, via the BBC Radio 5 8:35 Fridays ski slot,
that it's snowing right now (Fri 29 Jan) in Tignes and set to
continue all weekend over most of the alps.

I was in Tignes a few weeks ago when the snow was some what
lacking, but the galcier was open and had some good skiing on
it.

Happy New Year

Wayne

 
 
 

How is Tignes or Les Deux Tignes in Frech Alps ?

Post by Andrew Well » Mon, 01 Jan 1996 04:00:00



Quote:


>> 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?

 I have not skiied in USA (yet!)

Quote:
>> Given the early date of January, what other French Alps resorts would
>> you recommend.  Currently Courchevel, Meribel, Val Thorens and Les
>> Menuires seem to have very little snow.

Val Thorens - glacier + snow cannons.  Huge ski circus connecting
Courcheval and Meribel.
Les Menuires - rather low.  difficult to get to main Val Thorens ski
lift system.  I think there is noly one lift which takes you directly
there "Masse"

I would add that Tignes is fantastic.  Glacier (if open - closes with
high winds) 3400m - cold !! but on top of the world.

Quote:
>> Thanks for any info.

>> George


George,

--

 
 
 

How is Tignes or Les Deux Tignes in Frech Alps ?

Post by Dennis Summerbe » Wed, 03 Jan 1996 04:00:00

Quote:

> > Tignes and Les Deux Alpes are relly two good place for great skiing.
> > With Tignes you can ski in Val dIsere and all the "Espace Killy"

> > But it's true that there is very little snow in northern french Alps.

> > But it should snow today or tomorrow and this week end.

> First you'd better get the date right, over here we say 6/1 - 13/1 (check
> your reservation, odds are there'll be even less snow in June :-)

> It depends on your standard of skiing. Deux Alpes is not quite considered
> a top resort. It has sufficient variety for intermediate-moderate advanced
> skiers but an advanced skier would find it limiting. If your an expert,
> forget it. If your going to have transport you might find it interesting
> to visit neighbouring resorts. Alpe d'Huez, Serre Chevalier and Mont
> Genevre are within an hours drive and all have some fun skiing (Alpe
> d'Huez also has a couple of famous routes). Round the corner from Deux
> Alpes is La Graves which many rate as the best off-piste skiing anywhere.

Its snowing everywhere. Forget les Deux Alpes, its well down the list for
someone coming all the way from North America for any level of skier.

What kind of skiing do you like and at what level do you ski?

Tignes is fine but not necessarily the best for you. The best argument in
its favour are when snow conditions are poor, and that no longer seems to
be the case.

I'm off to Meribel on Sunday for two weeks. Maybe I'll see you there.

Dennis

Dr D. Summerbell, NIMR, The Ridgeway, Mill Hill, London NW7 1AA.


Tel: +181 959 3666 X2366
Fax: +181 913 8527

 
 
 

How is Tignes or Les Deux Tignes in Frech Alps ?

Post by Mad Dog Ski Dea » Wed, 03 Jan 1996 04:00:00

Quote:


> >> 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?

They're different.

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

http://mole.uvm.edu/skivt-l/France/


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How is Tignes or Les Deux Tignes in Frech Alps ?

Post by I S Downi » Thu, 04 Jan 1996 04:00:00


: 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.

: Are these resorts good and which one is better?  I'm used to Rocky
: Mountain skiing - how do these two sites compare?

I've just got back from the Xmas week skiing in Tignes.  They now have
loads of snow, and it was still dumping when we left (Sat 30th Dec).  
Most of the runs are now open, although getting lifts to them is a
different matter. The only thing that prevented us from getting anywhere
was that there was so much snow falling the Ski Patrol could not keep up
with the avalanche risk and open all runs.

As to the second question? Well I've never been to the others so can't
compare, but I can say that Tignes (free access to Val D'isere) is sooooo
big that I couldn't ski everything even in two weeks.  It's huge, and I
like to do good runs several times, so that adds to the "see every run"
problem.

Tignes appaerntly has the best snow in the alps (Report Friday 29th Dec)

Hope this helps,
enjoy yourself.
Iain

 
 
 

How is Tignes or Les Deux Tignes in Frech Alps ?

Post by Stuart Paynt » Wed, 17 Jan 1996 04:00:00



|>
|> >         If you go to Tignes, try the off-piste "La Vallee Perdue", it's
|> > really GREAT !
|>
|> ...provided you're keen on mountaineering and/or cave exploration... :-)

As long as you can stand on your skis, you can make down the Vallee Perdue.
It is at best an intermediate run, but you may have to kick off your skis
at the bottom to climb out. We took a couple of novice skiers thorugh it and
with patience, we made it through no problems.  No mountaineering or caving
experience required.

A couple of my best runs were on the Col de Ves (facing Val Claret) as
well as Vallon de la Sache to Tinges les Brevieres.

Have fun...Stu

 
 
 

How is Tignes or Les Deux Tignes in Frech Alps ?

Post by Stuart Paynt » Wed, 17 Jan 1996 04:00:00



|>
|> >         If you go to Tignes, try the off-piste "La Vallee Perdue", it's
|> > really GREAT !
|>
|> ...provided you're keen on mountaineering and/or cave exploration... :-)

As long as you can stand on your skis, you can make down the Vallee Perdue.
It is at best an intermediate run, but you may have to kick off your skis
at the bottom to climb out. We took a couple of novice skiers thorugh it and
with patience, we made it through no problems.  No mountaineering or caving
experience required.

A couple of my best runs were on the Col de Ves (facing Val Claret) as
well as Vallon de la Sache to Tinges les Brevieres.

Have fun...Stu