I know that every resort and ski school are a little bit different and have their own personal touches but I wanted to tell you about our experience in Tignes Val Claret with SKIONE, both the children's school (Les Marmottons) and the adult lessons. Arriving on a Sunday night and having to be ready for school at 9am sharp on the Monday morning meant that things were a little fraught and we were not as organised as we possibly could have been, even with the help of the lovely Mark Warner staff. Hopefully, if you're thinking about booking a ski holiday and taking lessons, this post will help put you at ease and make sure that you're fully prepared.
Before we left for our Mark Warner ski holiday to Tignes, I asked on this blog, Twitter and Facebook what you wanted me to report back on about our time away. Well, the overwhelming response implied that many of you are married to keen skiers but don't really fancy a Winter holiday yourself. So ultimately, what you wanted to know is can you go on a ski holiday and not ski? And how would that work?
Having planned to ski every afternoon (lift passes and ski equipment had been booked and paid for), I was going to take a look around the hotel and town and collect up a few ideas and suggestions for you. However, as my littlest dude didn't really take to being left in the crèche for long periods of time, thus scuppering my intentions to practise my pitiful parallel turns, I can now actually give you a more informed response. Hence the reason for dedicating a whole post to the question.
Yesterday, we returned from a week in the wonderful resort of Tignes, France, and a stay at the truly lovely Mark Warner Chalet Hotel L'Ecrin. While the week didn't go 100 percent to plan (more on that in a later post), we had the most amazing time and were captivated by beautiful mountains and were thankful for the warmth and hospitality of the Mark Warner team. I have a feeling, that at four and a half, it's going to be one of the first memories that my eldest recalls as he grows older, and what an experience for him to look back on (and not just because he returned with a whole breakfast-buffet's worth of Nutella sachets in his hand luggage after filling his pockets every day, unbeknown to us).