Tignes & Val D’IsereFrance
Built for Sliders and Riders! A modern resort, designed for the best skiing and snowboarding in the Alps. You are never far from a lift and the whole resort is built for the best winter-sports experience – amazing ski area and equally amazing nightlife.
Linked to Val D’Isere, Tignes is part of the Espace Killy ski area and enjoys one of the longest seasons in Europe, November – May. Just a 5 minute walk from your apartment is over 300km of slopes, an abundance of off-piste areas and wide open glacier runs. Tignes is as snow-sure as you can get in the French Alps, boasting a glacier as well as over 200 snow cannons, at least 50% of the resort is usually open in the early and late season. La Grande Motte glacier in Tignes is famous for summer skiing (June – August), this is the place to be for year round skiing and employment opportunities.
Tignes is one of the most popular resorts for holidaymakers from all over Europe, especially the UK. Instructor training in Tignes is provided by a top British ski school, TDC Ski, and lessons shadowed will be in English following BASI Level 4 ISTD instructors.
You’ll become part of TDC Tignes family and get a real feel for living in the French Alps. With access to a huge ski area with a variety of terrain, Tignes is the perfect place for training to be a snowboard or ski instructor.
Resort height: 2100m (6890ft)
Winter season: Late November to early May
Highest summit: 3456m
Annual snowfall: 665cm
Average temperature: -1ºC – 9ºC
Highest lift: 3456m
No. of lifts: 82
Snow-making: Yes (50%)
Snow park: 3
Skiable vertical: 1906m
SKI THE AMAZING SLOPES
The freestyle hub of the Alps and with over 300km of piste, there is something for everyone in Tignes. With powder bowls, challenging moguls, fast trails, tree-lined alpine routes, two incredible snow parks, boarder-cross courses and a dedicated beginners area – there is all the terrain you need, and more, to achieve BASI Alpine 1 & 2. A long season, amazing facilities and great snow, Tignes is the off-piste resort in Europe and on your days off you will be spoiled for choice.
Tignes has several bars and nightclubs – many where you will get discounts – and the area of La Lavachet is popular with holidaymakers and seassonaires alike, so this is where the real parties start! Like most European resorts the après atmosphere is lively and enjoyable and there is always something going on. When you’re living in a resort every day feels like holiday, and you will have the best 10 weeks of your life.
With plenty of bars, restaurants and cafes to choose from, there is something for everyone – quiet local places to relax after a long day of training and energetic bars where the parties never stop.
As a holiday destination and winter-sports hot spot, Tignes is geared up to keep you entertained, with ice skating on the frozen lake, swimming pool and even a climbing wall. There are plenty of outdoor activities such as snow-shoeing, cross country skiing, ski jöring, paragliding, dog-sledding and even ice scuba diving, you will find something different to try on your days off.
As for events, the Tignes calendar is littered with slopestyle events, apres live music and international on-snow competitions..
BASED IN LAVACHET
Based in La Lavachet, your apartment will be just a short walk from the central bus station primary ski lifts. The area is a prime location for local bars, supermarket, shops and restaurants. Apartments are based on 2-3 sharing and have everything needed to live comfortably and relax during downtime. All apartments have a kitchenette, lounge area and bathroom – bed linen is provided.
Five days per week (on the days you are training) breakfast and evening meals are provided. Meals will be located at a variety of restaurants and eateries in Tignes, combined with some evenings of home-cooked food delivered to your apartment.
SHOWING YOU THE WAY
Tignes is a large resort made up of 5 areas, and there is a regular free bus service all season. Buses pass through every 15 minutes during the day and once an hour in the evening – so night owls can party all over the resort and will be able to get home at no cost.
Winter Sports look after you the whole way and look out for you to make your season the best it can be and the most productive with all the extra courses you can do. I would highly recommend a season with Winter Sports.
The instructors were amazing, everyone knew how to improve you in their own different ways, which made your skiing ability and your teaching ability improve every day.
The Internship course was great and packed full of experience. It definitely helped me when applying for jobs. It made me stand out in front of the crowd. Without The Winter Sports Company I would not be where I am today
The best part of being a ski instructor is definitely the early morning skiing, every day we got the chance to warm up and train with top-level instructors before the mountain opened to the public. That meant I got the best training in resort and fresh tracks every single day!
The whole course feels like you are all friends helping one another to improve, there is no ‘teacher/student’ strict boundaries which makes the whole experience more enjoyable. I have certainly improved my own skiing and feel very confident with being able to teach others of all ages.
The training was brilliant everyone in the group had their own things to work on and successfully completed all the courses. I felt the training worked to everyone’s comfortable pace and was instructed by the some of the best instructors in Canada.
Thank Winter Sports Company for providing me with a once in a life time opportunity and making my first full season so enjoyable.
Taking the snowboard instructor course has allowed me to turn a hobby into a career. I am returning to Sun Peaks this year as an instructor. So, thanks Winter Sports!
Not only do you leave with a qualification, you leave with a bunch of new mates and a tonne of awesome memories