Early Season Skiing in Tignes le Lac & Val d’Isère

Why Tignes & Val d’Isère?

At an altitude of 3656 metres, the Grande Motte glacier is the perfect destination for early season skiing for ski racing teams, ski clubs, those on ski development courses or training and those skiers just looking for an early break on the snow before the main season starts.  We’re counting down the days until the grand opening at the end of September and we’re so excited that winter is coming!


If you’re itching to get your ski legs back into action, book your first trip of the season with Ski Bonjour… you may have some questions… we have tried to pre-empt these to help you!  If you haven’t skied early season before – you’ll love the quiet slopes and early snow!


Grande Motte Tignes - Early Season Skiing

Where Can I Stay?

The Chalet Bonjour-Tourelle in Tignes le Lac offers a great location to stay from 18th November 2017 – £59 per night or just £329 for a week!   We can offer flexible stays at this chalet from one night to as long as you’d like to stay, subject to availability!  This price includes a delicious breakfast, afternoon tea and a three-course evening meal with an abundance of wine until coffee is served.

Chalet Bonjour Tourelle in Tignes le Lac

Or why not stay at Chalet Bonjour-Bivouac or Bonjour-Palmyre in Val d’Isère from 3rd December which is just £449pp for a week!  Both these catered chalets are right in the heart of Val d’Isère with fantastic access to the slopes and local amenities.

 Chalet Bonjour Bivouac in Val d'Isère  Chalet Bonjour Palmyre in Val d'Isère

When Can I Ski?

The Grande Motte glacier opens for skiing on 30th September 2017 and the link between Tignes and Val d’Isère opens on 25th November 2017.


You can stay with Ski Bonjour in Tignes from 18th November or Val d’Isère from 3rd December this year!


Early Season Skiing in Tignes & Val d'Isère

What Courses are Available?

If you are wanting to brush up your already established skills before the season starts there are a range of opportunities to ramp up your ski skills, such as:

All Mountain Performance

A 3 day Pre-Season Performance ski course from 18th to 20th November 2017 with elite British ski instructor Mark Gear in Tignes with All Mountain Performance.  This course is suitable for skiers from levels 5-7 (find your ski level).

The Development Centre – TDCski

Early Season ski clinics are available with The Development Centre – TDCski for small groups with specific goals and high levels of personal instruction.  Enquire directly for clinic dates, development levels and prices.

All of their instructors are native English-speakers and excellent, experienced coaches, qualified to the highest level, each with many seasons’ experience teaching all ages and abilities, skiing and guiding on and off-piste in the Espace Killy area.


Snoworks provide a wide range of courses for all abilities including instructors for BASI and  pro racers.  Their courses start from as early as 14th October 2017 in Tignes.   Here are the courses that are available to combine with a stay with Ski Bonjour:

From 18th November 2017 and throughout the season:

  • Pro Race Camps
  • Pro Test Technique
  • Ski All-Terrain
  • Ski Bumps
  • Pro Instructor Training
  • Ski Race Carve
  • Ski Autumn Ski Courses
  • Pro Eurotest Training
  • Ski Off-Piste
  • Ski Off-Piste Safety

Pick a course that suits you and stay at Chalet Bonjour-Tourelle for the ultimate location in the heart of Tignes serving delicious food & wine.

What’s the Weather Like?

It has been snowing in Tignes just this week so the bottom layer of snow has started to form on the peaks and higher up in the mountain.  Check out the Grande Motte webcam to see what it’s like right now – it’s live, cold and snowy!  This webcam is at the top of the Funiculaire Perce Neige and next to Le Panoramic restaurant which sits at 3032m – serving fairly expensive but delicious Savoyard food with amazing views.  The webcam here gives an impressive 360º view point and looks right up to the top of the Grande Motte cable car showing the red ‘glacier’ and black ‘descente’ runs down.

Tignes le Lac - photo taken by Lala Jones 21st September 2017
(Photo taken by Lala Jones on 21st September 2017)

What’s On?

Beaujolais Nouveau – 16th November 2017

An annual traditional celebration when many bars & restaurants will be offering wine tasting sessions.  Beaujolais Nouveau is a red wine made from Gamay grapes, fermented for just a few weeks before being distributed to bars, shops and restaurants.

Première Neige (1st snow) Alpine Skiing World Cup Competition

From 9th December 2017 Val d’Isère is hosting the Ski World Cup.   Tickets and further information is available here.  This event is full of awesome skiing action – certain to keep you entertained and not one to be missed!  Here’s a teaser from the Val d’Isère Ski World Cup 2016.


Bars to Party

The Loop Bar, in prime position at the foot of the slopes in Tignes le Lac, is THE place to party in the winter with endless happy hour drink deals and après ski sessions with the best live bands in the alps AND big party nights with top DJs.  They also have 4 big screens showing all the sport you could wish for.


Loop Bar Tignes le Lac

Now with Meantime London Larger on draught, Loop Bar will open this November with DJ Kommissar on the decks kicking off the winter party tunes.

What are the Benefits?

As well as fantastic catered chalet prices you will also benefit from cheaper ski passes, great ski hire deals and free use of the swimming pool, need we say more?  Here are some more details:

Early Season Lift Passes

The Grande Motte is due to open on Saturday 30th September this year, this is then followed by progressive opening of the Tignes ski area until late November.  Here are the ski pass prices from 30th September to 24th November 2017.  The ski area is open from 8.45 am to 2.45pm.

Grande MotteAdult (Age 14 to 64)Child or Senior (Age 5 to 13 or 65 to 74)
1 day€32.00€26.00
6 days€192.00€156.00
7 days€224.00€182.00

The Tignes – Val d’Isere link officially opens on 25th November to 1st May 2017 widening the ski area to a massive 300kms known as the Espace Killy ski region.  These are the prices which are set from 25th November to 22nd December 2017, offering a fantastic early season discount.

Espace KillyAdult (Age 14 to 64)Child or Senior (Age 5 to 13 or 65 to 74) 
1 day€51.50€41.50
2 days€89.50€72.00
5 days€223.00€178.50
6 days€256.50€205.50

When you book your accommodation with Ski Bonjour we can pre-order these discounted ski passes for you so that they are ready for you to collect in the chalet allowing you to head out to the slopes as soon as possible!

If you’re not sure which ski pass is right for you, have a look at our guide to Espace Killy lift passes in Tignes & Val d’Isère.

Ski Hire

Tignes Spirit offer our guests a fantastic 40% discount on ski or snowboard hire. They provide a great service too; delivering equipment to your chalet by expert technicians to ensure you are fitted perfectly and ready for your first day skiing.

Le Lagon Swimming Pool

This aqua and well-being centre is also open from 30th September 2017.  It’s a great place to relax and is less than 5 minutes walk from the Chalet Bonjour-Tourelle.  There is a swimming pool, spa, exercise and gym area all in the heart of the mountains.   When you have finished carving your turns, you can head over to the swimming pool or spa to relax for the afternoon.

Here are the opening times for the whole season:

From September 30th to November 24th 2017

  • Monday / Tuesday / Thursday / Friday

From noon to 2pm: fitness area & from 4 to 8pm: all the areas

  • Wednesday / Saturday / Sunday & during school holidays

From 2 to 8pm

From November 25th 2017 to May 6th 2018

Opening everyday

From 11am to 9pm fom Sunday to Friday & on Sunday from 2 to 7.30pm

How do I get to Resort?

There are some amazingly cheap flights to bag pre-season to Geneva airport, check out flights with Easyjet for early season in November or Jet2 later in December.


From Geneva you can get a shared transfer with Snowdrone which has one of the largest and most modern fleets in the area. Drivers are professional, experienced, friendly and English speaking. Choose between their VW Caravelles, Tesla Model X and Audi A6 allroad. Their business class vehicles come with 4×4, leather seats, WiFi, iPads, USB charging ports and more. MaxiCosi child and baby seats (as well as booster seats) are provided free of charge if requested in advance. Choose a private transfer or a one of their regular shared transfers for a more affordable option. All ensuring a relaxing start or end to your holiday. Whatever the weather.

Contact details to book by email: info@snow-drone.com or call: +44 203 23 94 978.

How do I Book?

So what are you waiting for?  You have an awesome deal waiting for you at Chalet Bonjour-Tourelle  in Tignes or Chalet Bonjour-Palmyre or Bonjour Bivouac in Val d’Isère for 7 nights with delicious food & wine, 40% off ski hire and discounted pre-season ski passes which we can pre-order for you; all in a fantastic snow-sure resort with skiing from as high as 3456m!!!


To book now and stay with Ski Bonjour this year, contact us on +44 (0) 1765 67 77 87 or email ski@skibonjour.com.


We look forward to welcoming you to the Espace Killy this winter!


Ski Bonjour's Catered Chalet Collection in Tignes & Val d'Isère

Further Resources

Best Webcams in Tignes

Guide to Tignes le Lac

Ski & Snowboard hire in Tignes

Christmas in Tignes

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