We stayed in Alaska in early March 2012 as part of a group of 6 booked through Ski-Total. Transfers were fine - 3 hours from Geneva and well looked after by resort reps. Ski passes all sorted on bus and were with us by dinner time - a nice little touch meaning you can hit the slopes first thing in the morning rather than queue for a pass.
The chalet is sited on a hill about 3 mins walk up from the main road where the bus leaves you. Chalet staff were great with helping carry heavy gear up on arrival. I'll try and break this down a bit or it'll just be a ramble about our holiday -
Staff - Excellent - can't remember their names and they probably won't be there next year but for the record there were terrific - from the chalet staff to the transfers/resort reps they were all very friendly and efficient.
Food - The main plus point on food was that it was served bang on time every night which is what you want on a ski holiday. Food was of a good standard but and did the job - nothing to write home about but given it's a three star chalet no complaints here.
Location - To get to a piste is a simple 2 min walk further up the hill and this gets you onto a nice little red (not too steep though) which takes you to an option of two high speed chair lifts taking you up either side of the valley. In terms of starting the day this was really good as you can get up to Val Claret and from there all over the Espace Killy pretty quickly. Alternatively you could wander down into Le Lac (about 10 mins max) and jump on the aeroski bubble if you'd like to head straight over to the Val d'Isere side.
So the start of the day was fine but the only problem for anyone less than an intermediate is the runs back down into Le Lac at the end of the day - on the Val side is a steep black which we often avoided. Most days we ended up in Val Claret and got the bus back along but this is totally avoidable, just how it seemed to happen when skiing the Grande Motte a fair bit of the time.
Ski Area - This is amazing - probably one of the best in the world. It helped that there was a ton of snow when we were there and some nice fresh powder.
Cleanliness - The chalet was kept clean and rooms were tidied and cleaned every day.
Nightlife - Le Lac is OK for Apres but not fantastic - Val Claret is a bit better but if you really want some crazy fun head over to La Folie Douce (google it) aboce La Daille - absolutely crazy.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A conveniently positioned new addition to the Ski Total range in Tignes, the Alaska is within just two minutes walk of the piste. Put your skis on here, and you can ski straight down to the Chaudannes and Paquis 6-man high-speed chairlifts, giving you a choice of heading up either side of the ski area to start your ski-day. At the end of the day, you can then ski back to the same point for the shortest walk home. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Chalet Alaska Hotel Tignes