When I got to Bourg St Maurice, I found out that you can now get to Tignes by Eurostar/TGV from London/Paris, so great! I saw Eurostar advertising some packaged deals for this new offer.
Take a coach from Bourg St Maurice to Tignes Val Claret or Tignes Le Lac (where there is a bigger tourist office - Maison du Tignes/Tignes House) and you will be sorted. The bus trip costs 12,50 Euros, would probably go up in the future as is everywhere in the Eurozone, plus Tignes will be hosting the World Ski Championship in 2009!!!
The Espace Killy is in the process of updating its chairlifts, many of the higher up ones are exposed to biting winds and extreme cold, and they don't have shelter bubbles. The pistes at the top of the mountain are certainly worth the hardship, but it will nearly kill you getting there unless you have a neoprene face mask!
Walking from place to place in the snow is no fun. Well to be honest its really hard work actually. You might like to feel the burn in your calves and feel the sense of achievement at the end of the day, but i'd much rather get about without all the effort.
So equipped with a lift pass and a plank of wood the world (well Tignes), is your oyster.
Yes i am talking about snowboarding. It doesnt take a lot af practise just to get to thew stage where you can get about. (It just doesnt look very elegant!!)
The great thing about boarding is that if the worst comes to the worst you can always sit on the board and sledge down. This you might find even more enjoyable than the actual boarding, but beware, a snowboard is never happier than when pointing downhill. This means syke yourself up for a fast ride and make sure you hold on tight. However sledging on the piste during operation hours will probably be frowned upon by pisteurs. (Best to be done at the end of the day really!!)
So wrap up warm, grab your lift pass, strap on your board and be prepared to see an awfull lot of the area!!!