A Skiing Holiday Can Still Be Fun Even If You Dont Actually Ski by primusboy


									A Skiing Holiday Can Still Be Fun Even If You Don't Actually Ski
In the early 1970’s I went skiing a few times whilst in France at
Grenoble and skied at Alpes Duez. I never really felt comfortable on snow
and ice and therefore avoided the subject for some 36 years.
My wife had never been skiing and had always wanted to try. Friends
invited us to join them on a week long holiday in April, Easter 2007 at
Tignes, near Val d’Isère in the French Alps.
There were fourteen in the party with ages ranging from late twenties to
early sixties. The majority were experienced skiers, many learning when
they were children.
My wife and another person had booked beginners lessons and started the
learning process. Seeing the snow put me off, however, I rented some
equipment and within an hour it was back at the rental shop!
Unless you were actually on the pistes the snow was disappearing fast and
the air was warm with daily temperatures reaching 23 degrees. Although it
was Easter the Christmas feeling is still there with Christmas
decorations in the restaurants, up in the streets, Christmas lights on
trees and buildings. The “12 days” of Christmas are well extended!
There is a very new swimming pool complex in the centre of Tignes-Le-Lac
and apart from a large pool with a children’s area there are also saunas,
Jacuzzis and a steam room.
Several lengths of the pool works up a good appetite to meet the skiers
for lunch. By borrowing or buying a ticket for the ski lifts, funicular
railway or cable car enables a non-skier to take advantage of the
fabulous views from heights up to 3456 m.
A particular favourite lunch time place for our group was to meet –
either by skiing there or taking the “bubble” cable car to a restaurant
up the slope from La Daile. The restaurant had live and disco music from
“Funky House” with a saxophone player, drummer on the roof, an electric
violin and the waitress with a radio microphone singing along as the
cleared the tables!
Another enjoyable trip was taking the free shuttle bus from Tignes-Le-Lac
then taking the Funiculaire Grande Motte railway to the Ski d’ete (summer
skiing zone) at Grotte de Glace. This area is actually on a glacier there
is all year round skiing here. You then go in a cable car up 3456 of “La
Grande Motte” mountain peak. The height of witch is 3656 metres. One of
our group, on an earlier visit had then climbed the mountain from the
3456 metre cable car terminus and skid down the mountain!
Tignes that is made up of Tignes-Le-Lac at 2100 metres, Tignes Les
Boisses at 1850 metres and Tignes Les Brevieres at 1550 metres and Val
Claret is full of French, British, Dutch and other nationality ski
companies running chalets and ferrying skiers about in Land Rovers and
mini buses. The car parks were full of Belgian, British, Dutch, German,
Swiss and even French registered cars whose owners were taking a skiing
break over the Easter vacation.
Tignes and the surrounding area is very much on the map in 2007 with “The
2007 Tour de France” passing through Tignes on Monday 16th July and on
Tuesday 17th will go from nearby Val-d’Isère to Briançon.
The week was most enjoyable sampling the excellent culinary skills of the
two Dutch guys running the chalet and benefiting from a lot of exercise,
excellent après ski, wandering around the smart shops of Val d’Isère and
good weather in addition.
Philip Suter is a Director of jml Property Services;
http://www.jmlproperty.co.uk a UK based company offering Insurance
products on line at http://www.jml-property-insurance.co.uk and a holiday
home advertising service http://www.jmlvillas.com and management training
within the uk. He a travel writer and is a very experienced property
consultant with over 30 years work in the Residential letting business in
the UK and served on the National Council of ARLA. He is a Fellow of the
National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) and a Member of The
association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA)

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