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Espace Killy Ski Area

An iconic ski area, shared by two contrasting but equally wonderful resorts

The combined resorts of Val d'Isère and Tignes produce a formidable ski area which stronger skiers and snowboarders will get the most from. The region is named after the celebrated Jean-Claude Killy, who grew up in Val d'Isère, dominated skiing in the late 1960s and won three gold medals at the 1968 Grenoble Olympics. Val d'Isère, with its picturesque “old quarter”, 16th century church, bustling town centre, and lively nightlife, was once a small hunting village owned by the Dukes of Savoie. Skiing started here in the 1930s, and it gradually acquired a reputation as one of the finest ski areas in the world. Tignes, much more recent, is purpose-built (there was once a much older village, but it was ‘moved’ above the treeline in 1952 to make way for the familiar huge dam that you drive past on your way to the resort. Each resort has a funicular and at least three main base areas.) Both resorts have summer skiing, but the Grande Motte glacier at Tignes is the area which dominates as a summer skiing destination. Although the Espace is a vast domain with 300km of pistes, it’s the off-piste opportunities, including itineraries like the Tour de Charvet and Col Pers in Val d'Isère, Tignes’ glacier, and some challenging couloirs in both resorts that many skiers and snowboarders come for. A high mountain guide is advisable for some routes. Each December, Val d'Isère traditionally hosts the opening World Cup downhill races in the Criterium de la Première Neige on its OK piste. The La Face run, built for the 1992 Albertville Olympics, was also used for the 2009 World Championships. For those who enjoy bumps, Solaise in Val d'Isère and the run down Tovière into Tignes should keep them more than happy.

  • from£348pp
  • Area: 300km
  • Altitude: up to 3656m

Tignes is home to the stunning Grande Motte glacier, a stunning location for high altitude skiing. Together with Val d’Isère’s these two superb ski areas make up the world famous Espace Killy ski area, named after France’s best known Olympic skier, Jean-Claude Killy.

  • from£428pp
  • Area: 300km
  • Altitude: up to 3450m

Ski Val d'Isère! Even without its sister resort of Tignes, Val d’Isère would be one of the finest ski areas  in the world. Together they are pretty much unbeatable, particularly for skiers and snowboarders searching for challenging off-piste terrain.

Skiing levels

Cross Country

Mountain facts

Ski areas
  • 87
  • 41
  • 26
Longest run
Chairlifts 48 , Cable car 4 , Gondolas 4
Slope direction
Ski/resort bus

Free in each resort

What We say
  • The undiscovered corners of the Espace Killy can be your most memorable experiences – Le Fornet is a must!

  • Tignes has a 24 hour bus service between Val Claret, Le Lac and Lavachet.

  • On low visibility days head to Les Brevières for beautiful tree-lined runs.

What You say
  • I loved the ski school Evo2, it was exciting to discover new places and they were fun and pleasant to be around. I learnt lots of new skills and enjoyed it very much.

    Tignes, Aaron Widdows, Feb 2018
  • Great Ski Trip; weather, entire package was well organised, great and efficient.

    Val d'Isère, Luc Louette, Feb 2018
  • Chalet Hotel Le Savoie & Spa – excellent location, charming staff, wonderful food. Staff worked very hard and were always smiling and helpful. Le Savoie is definitely to be recommended to others. First class!!

    Val d'Isère, Graham Juniper, April 2018