This resort is definitely up there as one of the best and is probably our favorite ski resort also. Tignes is almost entirely surrounded by piste, boasts it’s very own glacier and when combined with the Espace Killy pass, offers access to one of the best ski domains around. However brilliant skiing is not all Tignes has to offer. With its extensive range of restaurants, bars and clubs, massive offering of accommodation (spread across 3 distinct areas) and even a very large frozen lake at the heart of the resort, it’s safe to say that Tignes really does cater for all. Without a shadow of a doubt, this resort is most certainly a must visit.
Access to both Tignes and Val d’Isere ski area, totalling 300km of piste | Home of the Grand Motte Glacier, boasting all year skiing and guaranteed snow during the winter | Never more then a couple of minutes from the slopes, max | The original Folie Douce, enough said | One of the largest choices of accommodation of any resort | A large frozen lake right in the heart of the resort | Free 24 hour shuttle bus between all 3 areas.
Tignes is often described as having its own ‘microclimate’, but whether you know what that is or not really doesn’t matter. What does matter is that between that and its very high altitude skiing, Tignes is able to offer some of the best snow conditions in the Alps. Combine that with the 300km Espace Killy pass and you really are in skiing (or boarding) heaven. With a huge mix of runs (perfect for all levels).
For a lot of you, this is probably the first bit you’re going to read… Tignes as a resort has a great range of bars and clubs to offer and definitely holds its own when compared to any other resort. Each of the 3 areas of Tignes has a number of bars and clubs, with the Val Claret area boasting probably the best of the lot. But don’t let that fool you, both the other two areas (Le Lac and Lavachet).
Tignes is a commune in the Tarentaise Valley, Savoie department in the Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France and located in the Savoie region. Tignes is just over 2.5 hours drive from Grenoble and Geneva airport and just under a 2 hours drive from Chambéry Airport. Ben’s Busoffer great value shared transfers to Tignes
Alternative Ski Activities
Just because you’re on a ski holiday, doesn’t mean you have to ski. You have world famous Alpine food, beautiful rustic buildings, the smell of wood smoke wherever you go & heaps of the fluffy white stuff to play in. Other activities in resort include: Swimming Pool (free with Espace Killy Pass) | Ice Skating on the lake | Bowling | Cinema | Husky rides over the lake | Ice diving in the lake | Night sledging | Bun J Ride
Tignes boasts skiing for all levels. If you’re a beginner, you probably want to stick to Le Lac & Lavachet, as this is where the bunny slopes are found. You also have the ‘Tranquil Ski Zone’ which consists of speed restricted greens. As for the more advanced skier, you have huge expanses of off-piste, miles of perfectly groomed piste & even 2 ski parks. Throw in the Espace Killy pass & also enjoy the whole of Val d’Isere too.
Is This Resort For Me?
Great skiing, great après. Chances are, you’re going to like Tignes. Although Tignes may lack your typical rustic, alpine village feel, it makes up for it with it’s extremely diverse and somewhat UK influenced restaurants and bars. You’ll find a whole host of chalets, apartments and hotels here, however the resort’s most popular lodging choice is without doubt its apartments. With the resort divided into 3 areas, it really can offer something for everyone. So whether you’re a student group or family of 4 looking for a quiet break, Tignes is big enough and diverse enough to cater for all. to O and if you’re into long, open runs, expansive off-piste and don’t mind a lack of tree line skiing, then this resort from a ski point of view is definitely for you. With its tranquil ski zone offering speed restricted blues and green, Tignes is also ideal for beginner too.