“Val d'Isère, situated at the head of the Tarentaise Valley, induces a level of passionate partisan commitment among its devotees that is unequalled elsewhere. Together with neighbouring Tignes, it forms a rugged, boundary-free, snow-sure playground that is marketed as LEspace Killy. Its altitude and micro-climate ensure that skiing is possible from the beginning of December until early May and its off-piste terrain is some of the most enjoyable, demanding and easily lift-accessed of any in Europe."
Some believe "Val" and "Tignes" is the best Ski area in the World. The Skiing is superb and if you get to ski with Jean or Patrick Zimmer from "Top Ski" you may find that you ski all day without ever seeing a piste !
Although based in Tignes in 2002 you can’t ski one without the other and you’d be mad to choose the Espace Killy if your ski standard isn’t good enough to explore the whole area. Rotaski Elite were also lucky to find a chalet ‘almost’ all to ourselves which was being demolished at the end of the season so were were allowed to treat it as such. We also drank more than the Russians apparently - there were twelve of them the previous week, we were just four Gorillas!