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What's new in Tignes winter 2019/20

Exciting developments for the upcoming ski season

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| Ana Hernández, Tignes Editor | Published
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Winter is coming and the first snowfalls of the season have fallen on the mountains of Tignes. People are already skiing on the glacier and the lifts linking Tignes and Val d'Isere will open in a few days, on Saturday, November 30th 2019... not long now!

There have been plenty of new developments throughout Tignes. Here are a few of the changes, both on the pistes and in the villages, for the upcoming season.

New on the slopes

Famous snowboard, skateboard and streetwear brand DC have partnered up with Tignes this season. Local shapers will be lead by Benjamin Ravanel, director of Ravach Park, to create the new DC Park which will host plenty of events from January 2020 featuring DC athletes.

This winter, the future of professional skiing will be moulded on the slopes of Tignes. Opened on November 1st, APEX2100 is a brand new international alpine ski academy hosting up to 150 kids aged 9 to 18. Founded by a group of British investors, students will be able to continue their education in English and French while they train at the highest level.

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New green alternatives

Tignes is the first ski area in the world with a Green Globe certificate for its low-impact lifts. Some local companies have followed the ski area's example, including Cool Bus, whose commitment to the environment is increasing this season. Their 100% electric Teslas will now not only be used for VIP transfers but also for regular services so, when booking a transfer for four people or less, you'll have a chance to ride these eco-friendly beauties. To date, they've racked up over a quarter of a million kilometres thanks to their electric fleet, cutting their CO2 emissions by around 65 tonnes, and they're aiming to add at least another 125,000km to that total this winter.

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New ski hire options

Independent ski and snowboard hire company Tignes Spirit are offering a special seaseon-long let service. Their seasonal packages are very affordable, starting at €100, which means that you won't have to purchase new gear to spend the season in Tignes. They have the latest equipment available for rent, including touring skis, split boards and cross-country gear, as well as kid's equipment and even outerwear and protective clothing. Head down to their shop in Le Lavachet to check out their stock.

Available in two of Tignes’s Skiset shops this winter is Scanfeet, a state-of-the-art foot scan that takes a full 3D image of the skier’s feet in under 20 seconds and then pulls up the best-suited boots available in store. Enjoy rental boots that fit like a glove in record time! Even better, scans are shared among Skiset shops so you won’t need to scan your feet again if you rent your equipment with them.

Worried about slipping on those icy pavements when walking to the slopes? Fear not, Intersport is now offering GripWalk across their whole rental range. These innovative boot soles offer a non-slip surface as well as a more natural profile for walking (or dancing at La Folie Douce!), and they can be combined with GripWalk bindings for perfect performance on the slopes.

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New restaurants

The Chalet du Bollin mountain restaurant has been revamped this winter. Located at the top of the free Bollin chairlift, it will be open from 07:00 to 22:30 serving homemade cuisine made with seasonal ingredients in a modern setting. Carnivores will feel at home here as the menu focuses on grilled meat, prepared on the restaurant's terrace, but there'll also be options for vegans with a great salad bar on offer. Twice per week, the Chalet du Bolin will host themed evenings – you'll be able to ride a snow groomer or hike up wearing snowshoes to reach the restaurant, and slide back down on a sled.

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New catering options

Huski revolutionised self-catering four winters ago when they launched their meal delivery service. Since then, for a fraction of the price of a catered holiday, you can enjoy delicious breakfast, lunch, three-course dinners, canapes, fine wines and even cheese boards at your apartment or chalet completely hassle-free. Huski delivers everything to your door and the only thing you need to do is pop your food in the oven to heat it up. This year, they’re offering a new, locally made, Savoyard-inspired range of meals called “Gourmet 73” cooked daily by chef Nick Casey at their headquarters in Bourg Saint Maurice. Think creamy tartiflette and moreish Beef Mondeuse! Also new this season is their very own beer, the Huski Mountain Pilsner created in collaboration with the Brasserie du Petit St Bernard.

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New ways to pamper your body

Mobile Alpine massage company Massage Me is offering two brand new therapies this winter. First of all is their 100% bespoke MY Massage service where you’ll be able to select every single step of your wellbeing journey, from the massage style and pressure preference (including Swedish, sports, holistic and even a combination of all of them), to the part of your body that needs more attention, the massage oil and even the music. This winter, they’re also adding Physiotherapy, Pilates and Yoga to their mobile services menu in partnership with Alpine Therapies. Not only that, but they’ve embarked on a green journey to be more eco-friendly, from reducing single plastic use and carbon emissions to assessing the materials they use. So it’s not only your muscles that will feel much better by booking a massage with Massage Me but also the environment.

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New airport transfer options

Whiterides Airport Transfers are celebrating their 10th anniversary this years. A decade of transporting skiers, snowboarders and mountain lovers in general to and from the airport. Set up in November 2009 by Dan Barnett, this company has steadily grown from only one minibus to a fleet of 14 shuttles and 16 members of staff. Operating year-round, Whiterides provides private and shared transfers from Geneva, Lyon, Chambery and Grenoble airport to the main resorts in the Tarentaise Valley, including Tignes. To celebrate their 10 years, they've moved premises to a brand new head office and garage. Congratulations! 

This season, it'll also be easier than ever to find Simply Transfers' representatives at Geneva airport. They've set up a brand new meeting desk in the arrival hall, just opposite the baggage-retrieval area and near the visitor's centre. With a rotating wall and screens displaying the Simply Transfers and Loyet logos, it'll be hard to miss! Not only will it be super simple to spot the meeting desk but also their representatives, as they'll be wearing a bright red polo shirt with their logo.

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