Tignes Ski Resort Guide & Reviews Ski Area, Apres-Ski, Things to See & Do in Tignes

Resort Reviews

Skiing in Tignes - part of the superbly linked ski area called L'Espace Killy sharing over 300km of pistes and a serious amount of very good off-piste with it's more expensive neighbour, Val d’Isère.

Due to its altitude and glacier, going on a ski holidays in Tignes means you don't have to worry about snow - it's snow record is impeccable and is one of only two ski areas in France listed as 'Snow-sure resorts'.

But, being so high, Tignes suffers from a severe lack of trees which does make the resort look a bit bare. The building architecture is also dated although there is an on-going programme to revamp these chalet style and the newer builds are very attractive. Having said that, what Tignes lacks in beauty is certainly made up in abundance with the quality of services and the sheer excellence of the ski terrain.

Après-ski

Tignes has a vibrant party scene with very lively bars and night clubs. There are over 100 restaurants that serve a wide variety of cuisine ranging from hearty local specialities to fine gourmet cuisine from Europe and around the world. There are also plenty of cafés and pizzerias.

Key Information (Local Area)
Altitude2100m
Top lift3550m
Family
Beginner
Intermediate
Expert
Piste (km)300
Longest run10km
Off Piste
Cross country40km
SeasonJan - Dec
Snowboard parks1
Heli Skiing
Summer Skiing
Glacier skiing
Babysitting
Creche
Apres skiLively & Fun

Tignes & Espace Killy ski area guide

The Espace killy Tignes / Val d’Isère ski area offers you 155 runs stretched over 300km between 1550m and 3450m and is an incredible winter sports playground for skiers and boarders.

Tignes has 5 ski areas - Les Brévières (1550m), Tignes 1800 - Kalinda Village (1800m), Le Lavachet, Le Lac and Val Claret (2100m) which are all connected by a 24 hour bus service. Le Lac is the main village where you will find the majority of chalets, hotels and nightlife plus the fast gondola that whisks you up towards Val d’Isère. Being a pedestrianised resort, all cars must be parked at the resort entrance in a 3,500 space multi-storey carpark.

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Beginners

Tignes has some gentle slopes for beginners and a separate nursery area at Le Lac with 5 free lifts.

Intermediate

One of the best places in the alps for intermediate skiers with stacks of long cruising blues and reds in both Val d'Isere and Tignesand around the Grand Motte glacier.

Advanced

Tignes, together with Val d'Isere has some of the finest off-piste around. The "Naturide" area offers serious challenges - this is a patrolled zone of black pistes which never sees a piste basher. Another great challenging run is La Face - this is the olympic run from the top of La Bellevarde to Val d’Isère.

Snowboard

Tignes, together with Val d'Isere has some of the finest off-piste around. The "Naturide" area offers serious challenges - this is a patrolled zone of black pistes which never sees a piste basher. Another great challenging run is La Face - this is the olympic run from the top of La Bellevarde to Val d’Isère.

Other ski holiday activities

  • Ice diving
  • Ice skating
  • Paradigling
  • Snowmobiling
  • Dog sledding
  • Paragliding

Childcare

Tignes looks after the youngsters extremely well with some kindergartens providing day care for babies from just 10 weeks old! Evolution 2 has an excellent ski school for the children and receives fantastic reviews year after year.

Our view on Tignes ski resort

If you are booking your ski holiday in Tignes, try and avoid arriving on a Saturay - its transfer day and the road from Bourg St Maurice is a nightmare. Traffic jams are the norm and the journey time can easily be over 4 hours no matter which airport you arrive at

When the weather is not great, the Lagon leisure centre in Tignes le Lac is a good place to keep the kids occupied. It has a 25m pool and water slides - for the adults, there is a fitness and a wellness centre

If you like Tignes, you may also want to have a look at Flaine (its traffic free, 1800m high and great for kids) or Val Thorens