We’ve just got back from seven snowy days of skiing in Val d’Isère and Tinges.
It was a week fuelled by mountain wine, cheese, saucisse, mogul fields, mind-blowing views, blue skies, Baileys hot chocolate and, of course, plenty of après. We stayed less than a 10 minute walk from the centre ville, in the gorgeous Chalet Cachoban. Every morning we took it in turns to buy fresh pain au chocolat for breakfast before heading to the slopes for a day of skiing.
Considering we went mid-March, the snow was in pretty good condition, and every morning we took to the chairlifts at 9am, ready to explore the mountains. The skiing in Val d’Isère ended up not being nearly as good as Tignes, so we made our way from piste to piste until we reached the fresher snow and had the slopes nearly to ourselves. My legs had no idea what hit them and were like jelly after the first couple days – nothing that plenty of pit stops with vin chaud and a croque monsieur couldn’t fix!
Once the sun dipped below the mountains we headed home, wriggled out of our ski boots and snuggled up in the beautiful wooden-beamed living room in our chalet, cracked open a bottle of vin rouge and nibbled on baguettes and charcuterie. In the evenings, we tried out a few quintessentially French restaurants (make sure to check out La Casserole and La Taverne d’Alsace) and made an appearance (or two) on the Val d’Isère nightlife scene (Dick’s Tea Bar being a favourite of the group).