L’Ecrin de la Crème – A Tignes Experience

At the beginning on the month, I had the pleasure of joining a Mark Warner trip to Tignes, Val Claret, to sample their new ‘flagship’ accommodation - Chalet Hotel L'Ecrin. Having been sat in the office whilst the Alps were scoring epic snowfall, it wouldn’t have been an understatement to say I was eager to get on snow and experience some truly heavenly, mid-season skiing.

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The BRITS 2014

Video editor Tom Dixon and first-time blogger James Street headed out to Tignes last Friday for the ultimate snowsports festival of the year – The BRITS. Not only is this event home to an incredible music line-up, lively après bars and enough fantastic skiing to last a season, it also hosts the British Snowboard and Freeski Championships. This is a […]

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10 minutes with Katie Blundell

Katie Blundell

Katie Blundell (26) is a professional snowboarder. She’s won the Slopestyle event at The British Championships in Tignes, France for the last two years. And her next stop is Clapham Common, London for Freeze Festival. Ski+board Deputy Editor, Rosie Barcroft catches up with her at the Snozone in Milton Keynes to find out what she’s been up to…

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Ski instructor training in Tignes: We’ve had our fun, now let’s get serious!

Ski Club of Great Britain member Tessa Regan is in Tignes for a ‘gap-year’ – saying goodbye to city life and hello to sun, snow and seasonnaires… better late than never! Well I’m not sure where the last 8 weeks of our Gapski  course have gone, but all of a sudden I find myself about to begin the final two week assessment for BASI Level 2. Am I ready? I’m not sure, but I guess I’ll soon find out! During half term week I was lucky enough to be able to spend every morning shadowing one of the TDC instructors, which I found immensely valuable, giving me some much needed insight into how to structure lessons and how to systematically build the learning throughout the week, while still making sure the lessons were fun and enjoyable.

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Ski instructor training in Tignes: Où est le soleil?

Ski Club of Great Britain member Tessa Regan is in Tignes for a ‘gap-year’ – saying goodbye to city life and hello to sun, snow and seasonnaires… better late than never! Constant snow makes learning to become a ski instructor tricky! Greetings from Tignes, where I am now 6 weeks into my 10-week Gapski ski instructor training course. In the last 2 weeks we have been continuing our training both on and off-piste and learning to become competent and confident skiers in all conditions and on all types of terrain. This has been particularly testing as we have had a very long run of snowy days with bad visibility – great news for the snow depth and quality, but very difficult for us poor trainee ski instructors trying to improve our skiing.

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