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28th January 2008 by Bob and Chines Stewart 

Val d’Isere and Tignes (Espace Killy): these are great resorts snow sure, good free bus service, new lifts great off piste, many good but expensive restaurants etc I like to get value for my own and my party’s money, so here are my recommendations.

Going to Val d’Isere if you are renting boards, skis or boots, I’d recommend using Snowberry. Unlike other hire shops with their one-size fits all this company have ladies’ and gents’ skis and boots fitted with custom insoles; they will make your hire boots comfortable. They are at Rond Point Des Pistes just by Val d’Isere’s excellent free bus terminal that is adjacent to the piste and lifts. You can rent and leave your boots and skis over night and ride the bus to collect in comfort, next morning. Discount is available to Ski Club of Great Britain Members, and other tour operators you may be travelling with. http://www.valdisere-snowberry.com/

Les Crozets is a self-service lunch stop in Le Fornet. It is ideal for mixed ability groups, and non skiers to meet for lunch. Ski from the top of the Le Fornet glacier to the door via all blue runs, if you do not fancy the last blue run (Mangard) you can take the cable car down. Pedestrians or skiers from other parts of Val d’Isere can use the free bus service which stops outside. After lunch skiers can get on the bus for any of the lifts back up to the various ski areas or use the cable car that is situated in the same building as the restaurant. No matter where you are in Val d’Isere you can get there on the free bus service. It is also a reasonable stop for skiers from Tignes coming over to ski at Le Fornet, and easy to get to for most grades of skiers. (Other than beginners from Tignes due to the distance) It is very popular with the French as a lunch stop, which is a good recommendation. Open 09.30 till 17.00hrs. Check if crossing from Val d’Isere to Tignes and vice versa that all skiers have a Espace Killy pass.

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