There is nothing quite like sticking two planks to the bottom of your feet, standing at the top of a mountain all bundled up in multiple layers admiring the view before looking over the edge and counting to three whilst plucking up the courage to carve your way down a slope with the wind blowing across your cheeks. Darryl had never been skiing before and it was something that he had always wanted to do and an experience I had been very keen and excited to share with him. So, for his 30th birthday I bought him a private skiing lesson before we headed off on our week escape to the snowy Alps where we stayed at Hotel Diva in the little town Val Claret, Tignes booked via crystal ski.
Hotel Diva was a little 3* hotel that certainly exceeded our expectations. Its proximity to the lifts was excellent being spoilt for choice with 4 lifts right outside its front door, the staff were very friendly and accommodating, the hotel itself was pretty, warm and comfortable (especially in front of the fire with a hot chocolate in the evening) and the food was really yummy (very very important of course especially after a long day's skiing). We stayed half board and we were thoroughly impressed by the food as the quality was great and there was certainly plenty of choice with lots of fruit, muesli, ham, cheese, eggs, hot vegetables, pastries and toast for breakfast and then a 4/5 course evening meal which more often than not included a soup of the day, salad buffet, a choice of main (either a meat, fish or vegetarian option) followed by a trolley full of decadent desserts each day which included things like macaroons, apple pie, chocolate tart, chocolate mousse and eclairs to name a few.
We bought a full area pass so had the luxury of exploring both Tignes and Val d'Isere. I would highly recommend this pass if you are looking to go skiing in this area as you will be spoilt for choice with lots of long and beautiful runs. Even the green and blue runs were lovely and long and took advantage of the spectacular views. It is probably not the most appropriate area for beginners (unless you like being thrown in the deep end; sorry Darryl) but the skiing is fantastic especially for those that are intermediates and more advanced skiers and snowboarders. Having said that, the majority of the slopes were lovely and long and wide and so even if you are a beginner, there is plenty of space to learn and not feel pressured by other skiers/snowboarders.
We had the most incredible time and were blessed with great sunny weather with only a few snowy days. We can't wait for our next trip. Hopefully same again next year?!
If you want to see what we got up to, do check out our vlog.
Have you been skiing? Where is your favourite place to hit the slopes?
Naomi Lilly x