Tignes

Overview

At the heart of the world famous Espace Killy area Tignes is a high mountain resort with a long, long season. The winter ski season starts in November and ends in May and here at Snowfinders we have skied back to the resort on the Trolles run on the May bank holiday. The glacier serviced by the Grande Motte funicular is open for summer skiing all year round.

Some may regard Tignes as an ugly purpose built blot on the landscape, and admittedly it's not the prettiest place in the world but we're here to ski not take part in some architectural critique. Those wanting ski convenience in a high altitude snow sure resort, need to turn a blind eye to the architecture!!

Tignes offers a large ski area that is suitable for early intermediates to experts. Take the Aeroski Telecabine in the morning and head up to the Toviere where the option is to ski down on the Campanules to Val Claret or head over to Val d'Isere . Another day head up to the L'Aiguille Percee better known as the "Eye of the Needle" and ski down to Tignes Les Brevieres, with views of Lac Du Chervil on your way down this run offers stunning scenery. Take lunch at La Sachette( 50 metres over the bridge and on the left) cheaper and better than the more convenient restaurants on the bridge. In the afternoon discover the more traditional area of the Tignes Les Brevieres skiing.

The Espace Killy is a large ski area and has more than enough skiing for even the most dedicated. With legendary off piste the Espace Killy offers something for nearly everyone. Bullish beginners will prosper with plenty of great blues and reds to progress to, although nervous skiers might find the area limiting .

Tignes nightlife, whilst not in the same league as Meribel, Val d'Isere and St Anton is busy and entertaining with some worthwhile apres ski destinations. With our two favourites being the popular French bar Embuscade at the top of Le Bec Rouge area of Tignes Le Lac and the ever popular Grizzly in Val Claret.

Positive

  • Good snow and long season
  • Fantastic lift served off piste
  • A lot of slope side accommodation
  • Varied terrain and easy access to Val d'Isere

Negative

  • Unattractive resort
  • Bleak and treeless
  • Some long slow chairlifts
  • Limited apres ski

Offslope/apres ski

There is a small selection of activities for those who don’t ski such as Ice –skating and snowmobiling and dog sledding. There is also a new Leisure complex with great pools and wellness areas. These activities do get booked up quite quickly. There is a good selection of bars spread across the different areas in Tignes. Restaurants are varied and have welcoming and efficient staff.

Our View

A skiers resort with a huge area, excellent lift access, snow sure slopes and a long season. Close your eyes to the architecture and feast on the fact that there isn’t a property more than 10 minutes walk to the piste and a large amount of truly ski in ski out accommodation. From budget to luxury there is something for everyone.

 

 

At a glance

Chalets:
79
Hotel & Apartments:
22
Pistes:
300km
Resort height:
2100m
Top station:
3455m

Suitability

Experts:
5 stars
Intermediates:
5 stars
Beginners:
2 stars
Non-Skiers:
2 stars
Scenery:
3 stars
Resort charm:
2 stars
Nightlife:
4 stars