Tignes Ski Resort, France

  • Resort height: 2100m, 6890ft
  • Highest lift: 3456m, 11,338ft
  • No. of lifts: 72
  • Guide lift pass price: £268
  • No. of slopes: 158 (Approx)
  • Total piste: 300km
  • Eurostar : Yes
  • Transfer times:

    Geneva: 3 hrs 30 mins
    Grenoble: 3 hrs 30 mins

    Train transfer (approx.): 40mins

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Overview of Tignes

Tignes ski resort: high, convenient, snow-sure and hard-core – just a few of the fitting superlatives to describe skiing in Tignes. If you are looking for excellent snow, the resort’s altitude of 2100m will provide this whether it’s November or April.

This height also grants access to beautiful wide pistes, hugely varied terrain and some of the best lift-served off-piste in the world. Ski Tignes for a place where sport comes first and stopping for lunch is considered a weakness. Don’t ski Tignes if you’re looking for a chocolate box village – the purpose-built resorts of Le Lavachet, Le Lac and Val Claret will disappoint here, although the views across the lake are beautiful, especially as the sun peeks over the peaks at sunrise or when lit up at night. Instead, head down to the old village of Les Brevières or Tignes 1800 for a little rustic alpine charm and some trees.

Tignes ski resort’s planners should also be praised for the convenience the resort offers, no Tignes chalet is too far from a piste or lift and the 24 hour bus service means you can pick your runs and never have to worry about how you’ll get home (just don’t get stuck on the Val d’Isère side after lifts close as this will cost you). Most Tignes chalet guests prefer first lifts to late nights but you will always find a few friendly seasonnaires living the ski hard/party hard dream of an evening. If you take your skiing seriously, you definitely need to ski in Tignes this season!

As well as being a great resort for skiers and snowboarders Tignes has a great range of activities of non-skiers too. Such as husky riding, ice-skating, ski-doos, toboggan runs, and lots more.

3 Things We Love About Tignes

  1. Quality Ski Area – The size and the terrain of the Espace Killy rank it amongst the best ski areas in the world, with 300km of marked piste.
  2. Snow Sure – At 2100 metres, Tignes Le Lac and Val Claret offer as good a guarantee of snow as any other resort stations in Europe all winter long. The Grand Motte Glacier is even open in summer, so you can always be sure there is top skiing available in Tignes.
  3. Ski Convenience – The high altitude of Tignes’ villages means there is plenty of accommodation which is within easy reach of the slopes, if not ski-in/ski-out.
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Skiing and Boarding in Tignes

Tignes skiing is high, snow-sure and awesome. Everyone will find something to please, but the resort really comes into its own for intermediates to experts. All five of the villages have their own free nursery slopes to get beginners up to speed.

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The best are in Lavachet and Val Claret. From there, you can take the Fresse lift up to the gentle rolling greens of the Ski Tranquille zone or join the snowboarders practicing their jibs over by the Palafour lift in Le Lac. Intermediates, after making a tour of the valley on the lovely blues starting at the Chaudanne lift and finishing at the Paquis or vice versa, should head straight for the Grande Motte and feel the thigh-burn coming down the lovely fast wide red slopes. The Palafour is also a perfect place to play or practice your carving down from the top of the Grattalu chair. Don’t forget the obligatory photo-stop at the eye of the needle.

If you can hold your nerve, Trolles, the black piste back down into Le Lac, will definitely get the adrenaline pumping. Advanced skiers have the choice of a number of excellent challenging blacks – go for gradient on the Sache, bumps on Silene or sheer speed on Descente.

The lack of trees leaves plenty of open powder fields between the runs and there are also plenty of well-tracked off-piste itineraries to sample. Hire a guide to get the most out of the area and be aware of the risks of skiing off-piste – perfect for perfecting your technique are the Naturide and Le Spot areas, which are patrolled but un-pisted areas for fans of skiing au naturel.

Tignes ski resort features slalom stadiums, a mogul field, a half-pipe and a beginner/intermediate snowpark (plus the Val Park over in Val d’Isère) to get your skis into.

Lift Passes in Tignes

In both Tignes and Val D’Isère we only sell the full area pass that covers the entire Espace Killy area. The neighbouring areas are so well connected that even first time beginners will benefit from having the option to cover  the entirety of the ski area. In both Val D’Isère and Tignes the lift pass also allows free access during your stay to the swimming pool in your chosen resort. 

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Après-ski in Tignes

The best après-ski starts about 3pm up on the slopes at the Folie Douce bar, where live DJs and champagne-spraying barmen get the crowds jumping. Just don’t miss the last Tommeuse lift back to the Tignes side of town (which stops before the music does).

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You’ll also find a number of establishments throughout Tignes waiting with jugs of cold beer to welcome you off the slopes and even a few live bands to enjoy. Loop Bar at the end of the high street in Le Lac is one such place. Down in Lavachet you’ll find La Queue de Cochon and Box Bar on the way back to your Tignes chalet or check out Val Claret classics, Saloon and Couloir. Snuggle up with the three bears and a delicious hot chocolate at Grizzly’s also in Val Claret. For a more fancy experience visit Cave du Loop which newly opened in the 17-18 ski season and serves wine, cocktails and offers a more relaxing atmosphere.

The late night scene can vary with the best parties happening on alternative nights. You’ll find some of the best live bands and late-night dancing at Underground in Le Lac, and Blue Girl or Melting Pot in Val Claret.

The ski hard/play hard mentality of Tignes ski resort doesn’t leave much time for admiring the scenery and as such, most non-skiing activities are generally focussed around the lake. Try ice skating, cross-country skiing, husky dog sledding, or be a bit more adventurous and go ice diving under it. You could even float down to land on it from the top of the mountain with a spot of paragliding. The Lagoon wellness centre, designed to fit inconspicuously into the rocks, has swimming pools, water slides, a spa and a fitness room to enjoy (one visit free with your lift pass). There is a bowling alley and a cinema for when it’s really cold out or you could always pick up some new ski gear in one of the resort’s many excellent ski and board shops.

Dining Options in Tignes

Tignes ski resort delivers a cosmopolitan selection of eateries with everything from fast food to haute cuisine, seafood to Asian food, plus of course all your local savoyarde favourites. Head to the top of the list at L’Arbina for superb seafood, oysters and foie gras.

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For delicious French/English fusion head to La Queue de Cochon which is reasonably priced and provides a somewhat special experience. This restaurant/bar is also a great gin bar and often has live bands playing. Visit Bagus for a traditional and inexpensive savoyarde dish. For the best value perfect pizzas head to L’Arbina, stick with the classic burger and French fries at Aspen or Loop Bar, or nip next door to “take-away extraordinaire”, Tignes Cuisine, all of which are also good places for lunch. For those looking for a fine dining experience visit Couloir or Pepe 2000, or even consider La Ferme in Lavachet (but make sure you book a few weeks in advance).

Up on the hill, mountain restaurants tend to be a little on the expensive side, especially on the Val d’Isère side, but the well-linked lifts and convenient ski-through villages mean it is perfectly possible to drop down to resort level for a pit-stop (although most who ski in Tignes view stopping for lunch as a weakness so you shouldn’t have too much trouble finding a table). Le Panoramic at the bottom of the Grande Motte glacier offers great table service, value and savoyarde classics, plus a few surprises such as grilled lobster. Or let yourself be tempted by the smell of fresh waffles and crepes that drifts across from the restaurant at the top of La Tovière bubble lift (which is also accessible to pedestrians).

Childcare in Tignes

This winter we are delighted to offer a private nanny service in partnership with t4 Nanny in Tignes. For more information on t4 Nanny and what they can offer during your family ski holiday, please see our t4 Nanny page.

    Ski essentials in Tignes

    Organising ski hire has never been easier. Select your preferred departure date and see what discounts we offer when you pre-book. (Please note helmets are not included. Please call if you'd like to hire one).

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    Child   (7-12 yrs) Skis | Poles £56 £48 £75 £64 Book your ski hire at the same time as purchasing any lift pass and save an additional
    £20 per person
    Ski | Poles | Boots £70 £60 £102 £87
    Snowboard £75 £64
    Snowboard | Boots £102 £87
    Adult   (13+ yrs) Skis | Poles £87 £74 £97 £82 £114 £97 £131 £111
    Ski | Poles | Boots £116 £99 £135 £115 £152 £130 £172 £146
    Snowboard £97 £82 £114 £97
    Snowboard | Boots £135 £115 £152 £130

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    Ski essentials in Tignes

    A lift pass is a necessity for every ski holiday and often a sizeable chunk of your holiday budget. As a result, and using our 35 years of experience, we have sought great value prices for you, so browse via resort and date to see how much you can save!

    Six Day Full Area Pass Ski Saver
    Senior   (65-74 yrs) £224 Book your ski hire at the same time as purchasing any lift pass and save an additional
    £20 per person
    Adult   (14-64 yrs) £279
    Child   (5-13 yrs) £224
    Family   £896

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    Ski essentials in Tignes

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