One of the schools offering lessons in Tignes is Evolution Two, one of the first ski schools to challenge the dominance of ESF in the late 1980s, and which now has branches dotted all over the French Alps. Tignes and Val Claret have a school each. Les formulaic that ESF, with more emphasis on teaching, rather than the ‘follow me and bend ze knees’ approach. On and off-piste instruction and guided excursions. Friday is set aside for skiing through the Vanoise National Park to La Plagne at the bottom of the Tarantaise Valley – a vertical drop of 6km.