Ski, stay, rest and play! Our handy ski guide will help you out with everything you need to know about the fabulous French resort of Tignes.
In a Nutshell
- Snow-sure resort with fantastic off-piste and summer glacier skiing
- Great for mixed level abilities with its diverse range of slopes
- Perfect for serious skiers looking for some great après
Tell Me More
As one of the highest and most snow-sure destinations in Europe, Tignes ski resort has a reputation not only for its access to a vast skiable area, but also its diversity of terrain. Sitting at 2100m, the resort hunkers down in a picturesque mountain plateau beneath the shadow of the 3455m Grand Motte.
The five villages that come under the collective Tignes 2100 sit at varying altitudes, with Le-Lac, Val Claret and Le Lavachet at 2100m, Les Boisses at 1800m and Les Brévières at 1550m. This does give the resort a somewhat disjointed feeling, with no defined centre as such, but as the largest village Le Lac is the closest thing to it.
Because it’s purpose-built, the majority of the accommodation has excellent access to the pistes, which is a major plus for serious skiers. But in terms of chocolate box beauty, the multi-storey apartment buildings and the fact that its high altitude puts it above the tree line doesn’t give rise to the traditional Savoyard mountain village one might expect.
While it may be a bit of a Plain Jane in terms of its aesthetics, there are plenty of things to love: ski-in ski-out accommodation a-plenty, a long season, superb snow quality, and some absolutely kicking terrain for intermediate and advanced skiers, including summer glacier skiing on Grand Motte.
“The high altitude and diverse terrain of Tignes make it without a doubt one of the best year-round resorts in the French Alps. The season almost never stops…”
On the Slopes
In the Resort
There are more than 150km of pistes networked around the immediate Tignes ski area, along with a host of off-piste opportunities. The entire region is supremely easy to access and Tignes’ ski facilities include:
- 47 ski lifts
- 19 drag lifts
- 24 chair lifts
- a cable car
- a funicular railway
One of the resort’s major selling points is its mix of terrain. There are plenty of wide, confidence-building intermediate slopes for skiers and boarders (although they can get crowded), and for anyone who really wants to shred – ding dong, it’s on! There are a few nursery slopes close to the resort, but they’re slightly steeper than you might expect and it’s not really the best place for absolute beginners.
The resort is renowned for its freestyle and off-piste opportunities. The lack of trees and abundance of fresh, soft powder means that it easily lives up to its reputation. It’s also home to a world-class snowpark, which has played host to the former European Winter X-Games.
The Tignes ski area is linked to neighbouring Val d’Isere, making up the renowned Espace Killy. This basically doubles your choice of pistes to more than 300km, and provides a smorgasbord of 10,000 hectares of skiable off-piste terrain. Yes, it’s big! But with a total of 77 lifts across the Espace Killy region, it’s all within easy reach.
Top tip: If you’ve got your eyes on the prize and you want to escape the crowds, the funiculaire from Val Claret will get you up to the 3000m altitude mark on Grand Motte in just a few minutes.
Off the Slopes
Generally speaking, there’s pretty much one thing on people’s minds when they come to Tignes: skiing. But that’s not to say you can’t find some other activities if you’re in need of a rest day.
Indoors, Outdoors, Around the Lake
In winter, the frozen expanse of the lake (for which Le Lac is named) becomes a picture-perfect site for a leisurely walk to take in the mountain scenery. But the adrenaline hounds can also get up close and personal in a very different way, with ice diving or paragliding. If you’re constrained to indoor activities due to the weather, Tignespace and Le Lagon offer swimming pools, wellness treatments and a range of sports.
Après and Nightlife
With the après and nightlife spread over five villages, the lack of a centralised precinct doesn’t hamper the range of options – plus, there’s a 24-hour free bus service to get you around.
There’s an excellent selection of restaurants serving up everything from hearty modern food to fine dining and traditional Savoyard cuisine. If you’re looking for a party there are four nightclubs and a host of bars and restaurants both on and off the mountain. The general advice is to find your favourite and plot up for the evening so you’re not spending more of your time getting between venues than at them.
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Where to Stay
We’ve got an excellent selection of accommodation in Tignes: ski-in ski-out apartments for large groups, studios for the romantic twosome, and well-priced catered chalets that leave you free to concentrate on your times on the slopes. We have options in the villages of Le Lavachet, Val Claret and Le Lac.
Bec Rouge 133
The spacious Bec Rouge 133 is offered on a self-catered basis and affords the luxury of skiing right from the door. Its unbeatable position right in the heart of Le Lac means that you’re only a short walk from all the village facilities. Stylish, sunny and newly renovated, this delightful apartment is perfect for couples, small groups or families.
Other features include:
- Two twin bedrooms plus sofa bed
- Outside parking nearby
- Gorgeous south facing balcony
Hameau du Borsat
The lovely Hameau du Borsat studio apartment in Val Claret is the perfect home-from-home for romantic couples or up to four guests. Within walking distance of shops, restaurants and close to the pistes, the apartment has its own balcony with fantastic views over the mountains. With a spacious living area and fully equipped kitchen, Hameau du Borsat is homely, comfortable and very convenient.
Other features include:
- Covered parking
- Additional sleeping area
- Lift and ski locker in building
How to Get There
The most convenient airports to access the resort are Geneva (3 hours away) and Chambéry (2 hours away). Numerous budget airlines offer regular scheduled flights from the UK to both of these airports. You can also fly into Lyon or Grenoble, which are slightly further away. If you’re coming in to Geneva or Grenoble, we offer a dedicated minibus transfer service so that you can arrive in style.
If you’re planning a road trip to Tignes, skis on the roof and adventure in your heart, factor in a trip of around 630 miles (1000km). It’s a fairly easy drive, though, with all but the very last 40km on comfortable dual carriageways or motorway. If you do choose to self-drive, we’ll be able to provide easy-to-follow directions, including organising the Eurotunnel or ferry crossings.
So now you’re in the know about Tignes ski resort you’re probably already dreaming about taking on the might of the Grand Motte Glacier or getting out into the pristine powder for some off-piste action. If you’ve decided you’ve found your perfect winter match in Tignes, Ski Amis is the go-to operator to ensure your holiday is as enjoyable and hassle-free as it can be. Just make your choice from our catered or self-catered accommodation and we’ll take care of the rest.