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Tiffindell Resort Reviews

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Tiffindell Resort Reviews

Visitor reviews for Tiffindell Ski Resort

Tiffindell Ratings

Overall: 3.6. Based on 12 votes and 16 reviews. Vote

Access: 2.8

(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Tiffindell.

Public Transport: 2.2

(1) There are no buses or taxis to Tiffindell, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.

Scenery: 4.7

(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.

Accommodation: 3.9

(1) No places to stay in/near Tiffindell, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.

Cheap Rooms: 2.6

(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.

Luxury Hotels: 3.5

(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Tiffindell.

Ski in/Ski out: 4.5

(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.

Childcare: 4.5

(1) There are no child care facilities at Tiffindell, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.

Snowsure: 3.9

(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Tiffindell is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.

Snowmaking: 4.6

(1) Tiffindell relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.

Snow Grooming: 4.8

(1) There are no snow groomers at Tiffindell, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Tiffindell are groomed daily.

Shelter: 3.5

(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Tiffindell is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.

Nearby options: 2.6

(1) If snow conditions are poor at Tiffindell, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.

Regional rating: 4.3

(1) Tiffindell usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.

Lift Staff: 4.5

(1) The staff at Tiffindell are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Tiffindell are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.

Crowds/Queues: 3.9

(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.

Ski Schools: 4.5

(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.

Hire and Repairs: 4.5

(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.

Variety of pistes: 2.3

(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Tiffindell has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.

Beginners: 3.8

(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.

Intermediates: 3.7

(1) No intermediate terrain at Tiffindell, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.

Advanced: 2.6

(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.

Snow Park: 3.0

(1) Not even a kicker at Tiffindell, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.

Off-piste: 2.9

(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.

Cross-country: 2.2

(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Tiffindell, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.

Luge/Toboggan: 2.6

(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Tiffindell has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.

Mountain Dining: 4.3

(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.

Eating: 4.0

(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.

Apres-Ski: 4.2

(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.

Other Sports: 3.0

(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.

Entertainment: 3.2

(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.

Winter Walks: 2.8

(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.

Ski Pass Value: 3.3

(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.

Value (National): 3.9

(1) Overall, Tiffindell is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.

Value (Global): 3.5

(1) Overall, Tiffindell is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.

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August 25, 2008
Dean from Ski South Africa South Africa
Heard a lot about the changes and came to see for myself; what a fantastic holiday we had; the ski instructors where fantastic and the entertainment, top class!! Well done to the Tiffindell team. This resort now compares on a world stage. After being told many times that the reason for the poor food in the past was logistics and location the new team of chefs have proven them all wrong; 7**** food everyday and world class. Well done to the new takeover guys! The new accommodation block makes a huge change to a luxury resort!! Keep building!! Get the lift in next year and watch this resort grow!!
July 10, 2008
Warren Bosman from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Warren Bosman from Afgahnistan, Had an unforgettable holiday at Tiffindell. The resort is top class, run very professionally with the guests needs in mind. We were a group of 8 who all agree that all our next winter holidays will be spent there. Excellent training in snowboarding from our instructor, Mat. After three days we were boardsliding the rails and hitting the jumps...The food was unbelievably good....Thanx Tiffindell for a great time!!!!!!!
June 23, 2008
Warren Bosman from Ski Afghanistan Afghanistan
Had an unforgettable holiday at Tiffendell....The Resort is top class, run very professionally with the guests needs in mind. We were a group of 8 who all agree that all our next winter holidays will be spent there. Excellent training in snowboarding from our instructor, Mat. After three days we were boardsliding the rails and hitting the jumps...The food was unbelievably good....Thanx Tiffendell for a great time!!!!!!!
June 09, 2008
Sean from Ski South Africa South Africa
The resort is fantastic!! The owners have changed the look and feel in 3 months!!(what a difference from previous years). The show is fantastic,the food 5**** with the new executive chef and his team. The PRO team made us all feel at home and the instructors world class!!! Will be back for years to come.
July 19, 2006
Frans from Ski South Africa South Africa
Good fun on two slopes, can be very very cold - even in Africa (-15 degrees celcius) Being skiing there for 6 years now and each year the resort gets better, busier and more sophisticated. Well worth a visit if you want to experience skiing in Africa. Night life at the resort very hectic fun!!
August 17, 2005
Hugo from Ski South Africa South Africa
Tiffendal is a 250 bed facility perched in the shadow of a 3000m peak, Ben McDuie. They use the cold, dry air to generate snow to make up for the generally poor snow cover. Occasionally, a half meter dump allows for more options but the ski lifts are only available for the main slopes. With only two short runs the goal here is not to have a big ski experience. It is rather a good place if you are not likely in any event to get beyond the nursery slopes and need a pub near by to keep the courage up. The party is worth the drive in.