Tignes Sights & Landmarks


Landmarks and sightseeing in Tignes, France

There are numerous reasons why Tignes is such a fantastic ski resort to visit.

Not only do you have the entire 300km of the Espace Killy (Tignes & Val s'Isere ski area) to explore, you have numerous excursions, exciting opportunities for off-piste skiing and boarding and, of course, a wealth of interesting landmarks, showcasing Tignes fascinating history.

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Things to see in Tignes


Tignes attraction - Eye of the Needle

The striking rock formation sitting at 2800m called the eye of the needle; a huge rock with a hole worn right through the middle. It is a perfect place for picnics on a sunny day and you cannot miss out on getting a picture sitting inside the eye itself.

This landmark can be reached by taking the Aiguille Percée chairlift up by Tignes Le Lac. You may recognise this formation from the James Bond film ‘ A view to Kill’, where Roger Moore skis through the eye of the needle.

Tignes attraction - Longest black run in France

Tignes also boasts one of the longest black runs in Europe, called La Sache, which actually starts from the eye of the needle and runs all the way down to Les Brevieres, the lowest village in Tignes.

Running an impressive 10km long, this is not one for the faint hearted, particularly on an icy day.

Parts of the run are fairly tame, however there a few gnarly sections of steep moguls and ice where you have to have your wits about you - Still an exhilarating piste though.

Tignes attraction - The Hidden Valley

The hidden valley; or more 'hidden gem' if you want something totally different.

A skiing adventure not to be missed for the skilled amongst you. Starting from just under Tommeuses chairlift, you ski through trees, very narrow valleys, under rocks and through caves. It really is a once in a lifetime descent. 

Tignes attraction - Lac de Chevril dam

Finally, a huge landmark with a ton of history attached is the Lac de Chevril, an impressive dam built in 1952.

Based in La Boisses, the dam provides us with some stunning views from various points in resort. It wasn’t always seen as such a beautiful phenomenon however, the decision to build the dam was met with much opposition from the local people, but now draws in the tourist skiers. 

Every 10 years, the dam is drained and you can see the old village that once lay beneath – quite a spectacle.


There is of course so much more to see and do in Tinges and its neighbour resort Val d'Isere. A week here, skiing, snowboarding, exploring and having fun can easily be filled. 


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