I found myself missing the mountains and with a job blogging for Line-S…
My first piece, which you can find below, was about my favourite resort, Tignes! Find out what occurs in this beautiful mountain resort from one of the ex-locals, from paragliding to afternoon apres and lots more; Tignes (Part 2)
The longer days and better weather may leave many resorts with poor snow coverage… this is not the case in Tignes. Get out early and enjoy the perfectly groomed pistes, then bask in the afternoon sun at après, pint in hand, which is always so appealing that you might not make it back out. So for keen skiers – you’ll have the pistes to yourself, après-holics – there will be no stopping you!
Early afternoons you’ll find the majority of seasonaires lounging outside Tignes Cuisine and Loop Bar in Le Lac, why? Because they know where the best food is, combined with a sun-filled terrace and jugs of beer at happy hour, which tends to lead to very rowdy afternoon après sessions, especially on Wednesdays.
If partying on the mountainside is more what your after then the Folie Douce, located in between Val d’Isere and Tignes (you shouldn’t need directions – you can usually hear the bass thumping from a few pistes away), will shower you with champagne. If you student budget doesn’t stretch so far as a magnum of Moët, then I’d suggest you to try the bubble challenge… just ask one of the local seasonaires as to what it entails!
Easter-time hosts some of the seasonaires favourite competitions, from TC’s rail jam to Les Brevieres Cup – a race in fancy dress from the top of the glacier to Le Moose Bar in Les Brevieres. Not only is Tignes full of steezy seasonaires, but also pro freestylers for the SFR Freestyle Tour, attracting some of the biggest names in the game, notably Gus Kenworthy, Kevin Rolland and Jesper Tjader.
If these big competitions inspire you to become the next big thing then have a go on the airbag, the perfect opportunity to practise some tricks and as the snow gets slushier in the afternoons, park sessions will be all the more forgiving with a softer landing. You could be ready for the BRITS in no time!
These long, sun-filled afternoons clearly warrant a French-style lunch break whether its finding a spot for a beer and picnic, enjoying the rather comfortable man made snowfas or enjoying BBQ’s held at Brasero’s or at the DIY BBQs by the lake.
On bluebird afternoons, what better way to see Tignes and the fingers couloirs from above? Evo2 offer paragliding sessions which are absolutely exhilarating, you’ll be begging Cedric to take you up again! And before the end of the season wraps up, you’ll sure have witnessed some sublime views, from above the clouds, or by hiking up at first light to watch the sunrise over our beloved Tignes.