Tignes (Tignes-Val d’Isere) 

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Tignes

Tignes is a purpose-built French ski resort with several villages scattered on the mountain from Tignes Les Brévières at the bottom of the dam (1,550m) to Tignes 1800 (the newest village), Tignes Le Lavachet (quiet village), Tignes Le Lac (centre of the resort) and Tignes Val Claret at 2,100m the highest of Tignes ski villages and the best place for après-ski.

A free shuttle bus runs between its five villages or you can ski to each one as they are all connect via slopes or chair lifts.

Tignes is one of the most snow sure ski resort in France and Europe offering great ski-in ski-out access to the beautiful Tignes-Val d’Isere ski area with 300km of slopes to explore.

Season

November 28, 2020 – May 2, 2021 

Ski area

Tignes has the area’s longest run – a 10-kilometre black run called La Sache that descends from the L’Aiguille Percée rock formation (also known as Eye of the Needle).

It is one of 26 black runs that make up the 300-kilometre Espace Killy ski area, which includes neighbouring Val d’Isere.

Altogether the ski area has 90 lifts, with 20 green runs, 67 blue and 41 red.

Tignes also has a terrain park, a half-pipe, air bag, boardercross and introductory freestyle zone called gliss’park.

Accommodation

Choose Val Claret or Tignes Le Lac to be close to shops, restaurants and bars, or a more affordable ski-in/ski-out apartment at the quieter Lavachet.

You may choose to stay a bit further away from the action in a traditional chalet at Les Brevieres or in the newest village Tignes 1800.

Non-ski activities and experiences

Activities include ice diving in the lake, a Bun J Ride jump, ice driving, paragliding, snow tubing, ice climbing, karting on ice, dog sledding, snowmobiling, mountaineering and snowshoeing.

There’s also an aquatic and wellness centre.

Après-ski

Val Claret and Tignes Le Lac have the most restaurants and après options.

There is an inviting terrace at Dropzone which converts to a nightclub in the evening, live music at Couloir and an inviting fire pit at Grizzly’s log cabin.

Resort altitude2,100m
Linked ski area

Espace Killy: Tignes & Val d’Isere

Skiable area

300 km of slopes
154 runs (20 green runs, 67 blues, 41 reds, 26 blacks)
2 snowparks

Number of lifts90

Hotel Les Suites
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Hotel Les Suites. Hotel Les Suites – Maison Bouvier is the first 5 star hotel in Tignes. Well located in the heart of Tignes Val Claret and close to the slopes, it’s a luxury boutique hotel blending traditional alpine chalet architecture with contemporary design and an exciting focus on gastronomy.

Le Taos Apartments
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1 to 3 Bedroom apartments. Le Taos Apartments. In the centre of Tignes le Lac, in the Rosset area, the hotel ‘Le Taos’, provides a Mexico inspired ambiance, and will allow you to discover the mountains as never before, thanks to its uninterrupted views: from the Aiguille Percée to the Grande Sassière.

Le Telemark
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1 to 4 Bedroom apartments. CGH Residence & Spa Le Telemark. Located at the entrance to Tignes, close to its famous lake, Le Télémark residence has what it takes to delight you – mountain style architecture with chalets laid out in a star.

Le Nevada
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2 to 3 Bedroom apartments. CGH Residence & Spa Le Nevada. If you want to combine your passion for riding sports with being cosseted, then the Nevada residence in the heart of Val Claret is a must for you. At the foot of the pistes and boasting one of the most prestigious spa and montage centres.

Le Jhana
|Tignes

2 to 3 Bedroom apartments. CGH Residence & Spa Le Jhana. A charming residence with 19 apartments, located close to the shopping centre and Curling Square from where the ski lifts depart towards the Tignes-Val d'Isere ski area and the mythical glacier La Grande Motte! The wood and stone Savoyard architecture of the residence, plus the high quality interiors and refined

La Ferme du Val Claret
|Tignes

1 to 3 Bedroom apartments. CGH Residence & Spa La Ferme du Val Claret. Residence La Ferme du Val Claret offers direct access to the slopes of Tignes-Val d'Isere. Welcoming décor to help you to rediscover yourself, the maximum sunshine to help you to blossom, a quiet atmosphere to help you to recharge your batteries…If the Ferme du Val Claret has

Approximate (private) transfer time to Tignes from:

  • Bourg St Maurice train station (closest): 30min
  • Chambéry airport: 1hr 50min
  • Geneva airport: 2hrs 30min 
  • Lyon airport: 2hrs 30min 

Resorts altitude: 1,550m (Les Brevières) to 2,100m (Val Claret)

Tignes-Val d’Isère ski area

Val Disere Tignes Trail Map Large 1 2
What makes Tignes ski resort unique?
  • Tignes’ high-altitude ski resort at 2,100m has access to the Grande Motte Glacier which provides snow-sure and quality conditions throughout winter from late November until May. You can even ski in summer on this glacier. Most of the slopes above the resort are north facing, giving Tignes a reputation for one of the top ski resorts in France and Europe for reliable, quality snow.
  • Tignes has one of the most varied and extensive winter activities in the French Alps including ice diving, ice driving or the unique Bun J Ride (bungee jumping with your skis/snowboard strapped on).
  • It is part of one of the most beautiful and easily accessible linked ski areas in France, the Tignes-Val d’Isere ski area with a huge 300km of slopes as your playground
  • Tignes is located next to a beautiful and impressive dam where you will find the authentic village of Tignes Les Brévières at the foot of the dam. Tignes 1800/Les Boisses is also charming and the high altitude purpose-built ski resorts at 2,100m have convenient and easy ski-in ski-out access (although not that attractive to the eye, you will be pleasantly surprised by the great atmosphere).
Who would love Tignes ski resort the most?
  • Families will love Tignes Le Lac with its central location for so many activities and its ski-in ski-out convenience. Here there are 5 villages to choose from.
  • Party people will love Tignes Val Claret where all the lively après-ski scene is located as well as quick access to the Perce Neige funicular to La Grande Motte cable car at 3,034m which finishes up at the top of the Glacier station at 3,456m.
  • Friends and family members who do not wish to ski will be amazed by the countless non-skiing activities on offer in Tignes.
  • For people looking to ski a truly world-class ski area without breaking the budget, Tignes has incredibly cheap ski packages on offer.
  • Skiers /snowboarders looking for awesome off piste skiing with high quality snow conditions throughout the entire winter season, including early opening and spring skiing, will find it at Tignes.
  • Tignes has a snowpark and it also connects easily to Val d’Isere snowpark.
  • There is so much off piste terrain for the advanced skiers and so many good quality intermediate groomed runs for everybody to enjoy.
What is there to do for non-skiers in Tignes?

Tignes is full of winter activities not many European ski resorts can match such as the unique Bun J Ride and ice diving in Tignes Le Lac.

For family members and friends who are not skiing, Tignes has one of the best non-skiing activity programmes on offer in the Alps!

This includes: Ice Driving (incl Quad bikes and buggy), snowmobiling, Fat Bike, paragliding, speed riding, ice-climbing, mountaineering, dog sledding, snakegliss, snow tubing, tobogganing, helicopter rides, microlight, snow shoeing, village igloo for kids, curling, horse riding on snow (including ponies for kids), ski joering, horse sleigh rides, horse snakegliss (rubber ring pull by a horse), Camp Trappeur, Glacier evening (gourmet dinner on the glacier restaurant followed by the longest night skiing downhill slope in Europe). And that is just for the outdoor stuff!

Tignes also has a very impressive Sports Centre called Tignespace with many indoor activities on offer such as: rock climbing, squash, team sport courts (handball, basketball, badminton, hockey…) golf simulator, dancing classes, gym etc… it is Europe’s highest training centre.

You will also find the Lagon aquatic centre with its swimming pool, sauna, hamman, hot tubs, spa treatments…

How do we get to Tignes?

Tignes is a 2-hour 30min drive by private transfer from either Lyon or Geneva Airport.
It’s a 30 min drive from Bourg St Maurice train station, the closest train station in France to Tignes.

A shared shuttle transfer from Geneva will take over 4hrs and will only drop you off at the village bus stop, not at your accommodation – not ideal if you are travelling with ski gear and luggage and don’t know your way around.

Top Snow Travel can also arrange helicopter or scenic flight transfers from all airports or other ski resort altiports in the region.

How long does Tignes ski season last?

Next winter, Tignes ski resort is scheduled to open from November 28th 2020 to May 2nd 2021.

Which other ski resorts are part of Tignes-Val d’Isère ski area?

There are only 2 ski resorts linked on the Tignes-Val d’Isère (formerly called Espace Killy) lift pass: Tignes & Val d’Isère.

When is the best time to go skiing in Tignes?

January 2nd to Feb 6th 2021 is the cheapest and best time to go (low season), followed by 6th March until mid-April 2021 (the shoulder season).

For Australians travelling to France to ski during our January summer holidays, we benefit from the cheaper rates on offer in the French ski resorts’ low season.  This happens to be when the French and Europeans go back to work and school after the 2 week Christmas and New Year holiday period.

Europeans and the Brits flock to the resorts through February into March (DO NOT TRAVEL from 6th Feb to 6th Mar 2021 as this is the French school holidays). The slopes are extremely busy, the queues at the lifts are long and the price for accommodation is very expensive during that time.  Even all the restaurants are booked out!

Typically, in January, the snow is dry with the largest build up. It is also the coldest time, so you will need to make sure that you dress warmly. It is still wise to choose a high-altitude resort in case mother nature has not been kind earlier in the season. Bear in mind though, that snow-making is used to supplement natural snowfall in high traffic areas.

So, not only is January the cheapest time to go skiing in the French Alps, it is also the best time to go thanks to the weather conditions, the lack of queues, more availability and choice of accommodation and you get to breathe fresh air with your loved ones, rather than with thousands of other people!