France, Espace Killy Ski Area
Sister resort to Val d’Isere, Tignes brings altitude as well as attitude to this iconic pair of resorts. Together they form the world famous Espace Killy area, named after France’s best known Olympic Skier – Jean-Claude Killy. Thanks to its altitude Tignes has an unbeatable snow record and provides outstanding conditions for intermediate and expert skiers and boarders while still providing for beginners and improvers.
The resort consists of three main villages in the snow-bowl, all linked by an excellent and free, 24 hour bus service. At 2100m the highest village is Val Claret which has a superb position at the foot of the snow sure Grande Motte glacier. Le Lac and Le Lavachet have a cosier village feel to them with excellent access to the slopes.
All the villages have a great selection of shops, bars and restaurants and a lively, friendly buzz about them. Further down the mountain is Tignes 1850 and Les Brévières with their laidback atmospheres. There really is something for everyone in Tignes.
Beginners skiing and snowboarding in Tignes
An easily accessible green run in Tignes le Lac is the perfect starting place for complete beginners, with further green runs in Val Claret and les Brevieres. As you progress, plenty of wide, cruising blue runs will allow beginners and improvers to easily explore the mountain and hone the techniques learnt during ski and snowboarding lessons.
A number of ski schools operate in Tignes, providing an excellent standard of tuition. Complete beginners will also be reassured that the high altitude location of Tignes means snow-sure conditions. You won’t have to travel to the top of the mountain to get good quality snow.
Intermediates skiing and snowboarding in Tignes
The ideal area for intermediates, Tignes provides a wide choice of long blue and red runs. The Grand Motte glacier gives spectacular views over the whole valley and beyond with a suitably challenging red run leading you into Val Claret.
The blue run from the top of the Grattalu chairlift, with its wide piste and generally great snow conditions, is an excellent area in which to get your ski-legs back if you have been away from the slopes for a while.
During peak season when all pistes are open, long blue and red runs from the top of Aiguille Percée (2748m) all the way down into Tignes les Brevieres (1550m) give skiers and boarders something to really get their teeth into.
Advanced skiing and snowboarding in Tignes
Tignes has a great selection of ‘Naturides’, un-groomed black runs which blend the snow conditions of natural terrain with the security of patrolled pistes. The area is known for the quality of its off piste and the mountainside is criss-crossed with bold lines carved by daring freeride skiers and boarders.
The Vallon de la Sache down to les Brevieres is a lengthy black run sure to challenge the more advanced skier and boarder. Or hop over to the other side of the Espace Killy to take on the infamous Face, a steep, icy black run which leads all the way into Val d’Isere.
Freestyle and terrain parks in Tignes
Tignes provides fantastic facilities for skiers and boarders who are beginning to learn or improve their freestyle technique. Two ‘Easy Parks’ with green and blue tables and rails are a great place to practice and you can also have your performance recorded on video for prosperity.
An airbag in Val Claret is ideal for honing your mid-air tricks without fear of serious injury.
More advanced freestylers will want to take a turn in the half-pipe near the base of the Les Lanches chairlift. Frequently used to host international competitions such as the European X Games and the Ski Halfpipe World Cup, this facility is open between mid-January and mid-April.
Depends on lift and time in season. Generally 09:00 until 16:00 - 16:45
FREE between villages and runs all night between the upper villages.
Chalet Camille is a superb free-standing chalet is a fantastic location in Tignes Le Lavachet, only 30m from the piste and the Paquis and Chaudanne ski lifts. There is also a hot tub and sauna to ease muscles after a day on the mountain. Next door to the Chalet Isabelle they are in an ideal situation for quick and easy access to the large ski area.
Chalet Chardonnet has a perfect location just on the lakeside, with handy access to the ski lifts. The Tovière gondola is just a short walk away or if you wish to start skiing in Val Claret then the regular ski shuttle bus service stops just outside the chalet.
Chalet Isabelle is a superb free-standing chalet in a fantastic location in Tignes Le Lavachet, only 30m from the piste and the Paquis and Chaudanne ski lifts. This chalet has a hot tub to ease muscles after a hard day on the mountain. The chalet is in an ideal situation for quick and easy access to the large ski area and is next door to the Chalet Camille.
Located in the Rosset area of Tignes and finished to a very high standard with a ‘New Mexico’ theme, this property boasts large picture windows providing wonderful views of Tignes and the mountains.
Restaurants, food and drink
As with many winter resorts in France, Tignes provides a grand gourmet experience. There are plenty of restaurants, both on the mountain and in the town, where you can sample the delicious, Savoyarde cuisine such as tartiflette and fondue. Typified by their use of cheese and potatoes, these regional specialities provide a filling and necessary meal after a heavy work out.
‘L'escale Blanche’ in the centre of Tignes le Lac serves a magnificent fondue, while ‘L'Alpage des Chaudannes’ at the top of the Chaudannes lift serves one of the tastiest tartiflettes on the mountains.
The ‘Aspen Coffee Shop’ in Val Claret is an American themed cafe with affordable food and a good range of burgers. A short walk from the pistes it is an ideal stop for lunch.
Alternatively ‘Tignes Cuisine’ which serves either noodles or burritos (an odd mix we know) is located at the end of the Trolles black run coming back from Val d’Isere. Why not reward yourself after taking on that challenging, steep piste?
Après, bars, clubs and nightlife
Tignes is a lively resort with a great range of bars and clubs. ‘Loop Bar’, near the Toviere gondola, attracts a young crowd and is popular with off-duty seasonaires and ski-bums. Their menu is pretty tasty too, especially the chilli nachos, and it makes a great stop off for lunch.
‘Jacks Club’, located in the local bowling alley, is open until late into the night. Cheesy pop and dance music will have you dancing through to the early hours of the morning. And ‘T-Bar’ in Val Claret is located directly underneath our very own Chalet Le Curling where residents have their own private access to the bar.
Those looking to have a more sedate après experience will enjoy ‘Grizzly’s Bar’ in Val Claret. Decorated in a very ‘bear’ fashion, as supposed to a very bare one, the benches in this establishment are lined with fur rugs and extra blankets are available. It’s a perfect place to cozy up with a hot rum chocolate.
There are plenty of small supermarkets dotted about Tignes for those staying on a self-catering basis and require groceries. Similarly, there are lots of shops selling souvenirs and postcards so you can bring gifts back home for those unfortunate enough not to join you on your holiday.
Equipment rental and sports shops are typically open until late in the day so you can maximise your time on the mountain before returning your equipment at the end of your last day.
Spas and relaxation
Visitors to Tignes who have booked an Espace Killy lift pass will have free access to the swimming pool at Le Lagon aquatic centre. The centre also provides wellness facilities such as Jacuzzis, saunas and a hamman which can be paid for locally.
In addition to Le Lagon many of the hotels and apartments in Tignes have luxury spa facilities available for their guests to use. These include the Village Montana Hotel and the Résidence le Telemark Apartments.
Arts, culture and events
The culture of Tignes is heavily focused around sport – winter sports in particular. Tignes has played host to the SFR Freestyle Tour for the past two years as well as the Ski Halfpipe World Cup Final. Non-sporting events held in the resort include a Christmas parade with fireworks and Santa Claus touring the local villages, as well as a Pop-Rock festival to herald the New Year.
Towards the end of March Tignes hosts Europe’s largest gay festival of winter sports – European Snow Pride. The festival features many après events and DJ sets as well as a pool party.
Tignes is a magical place when it snows but if you find you want to spend some time away from the slopes there are also plenty of other activities to keep you occupied. Here are just a few of our favourites, all of which are recommended by our local representatives.
Glide across the beautiful lake for free with your weekly lift pass. If you are feeling competitive then why not challenge your friends and family (or even your Inghams representative) to an afternoon ice hockey game.
Treat yourself to an afternoon relaxing in the wonderful wellness area in Le Lac. With your lift pass it only costs about €12 for 90mins chilling and relaxing those achy ski legs away. There is also a fantastic recreational pool area here, and if relaxing isn’t your thing then the incredible fitness facilities will help you train for your next ski expedition.
Don’t forget your speedos!
If you want to explore Tignes with four legged fluffy friends then take a dog sledging ride around the lake. Whizz around in two-person carriage enjoying the scenery. Don’t forget to arrive early so you can have cuddles with the dogs!
This is an incredibly popular excursion so make sure to book this with your resort representative as soon as you arrive as places can be limited.
Why not head to Jacks Bar where you can challenge your friends and family to a game of bowling. There are no barriers here so make sure you have your head in the game. Jacks is a popular après location and becomes incredibly lively later in the evening.
Tignespace will keep you occupied with its state-of-the-art infrastructures in an exceptional setting. This indoor sports and conference centre opened in 2013. Its massive climbing walls and indoor football pitches make it perfect for white-out days when the snow is just too heavy to ski.
Other activities in Tignes:
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Resort Code: FRTI
Languages spoken: French
Time difference: GMT+1
Flights depart Saturday
Isle of Man
Transfer 3hrs by coach
Flights depart Saturdays
Transfer 2hrs 15mins by coach
Supplements apply on some flights.
*Only private transfers (at supplement) available on these flights.
Direct Eurostar to Bourg St Maurice
Transfer from Bourg St Maurice - 50mins
Private transfers and Self drive are available.
Car hire available: No
Evening resort bus service: No
Local bus services:
Parking available: No
Resort Ski bus available: Yes
Ski bus info:
FREE between villages and runs all night between the upper villages.