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Tignes ski resort in the Tarentaise valley, France.
Tignes ski resort in the Tarentaise valley, France.
Powder at Tignes.
Powder at Tignes.
La Grande Motte stands tall over Tignes ski resort.
La Grande Motte stands tall over Tignes ski resort.
Tignes is linked with fabulous Val d'Isere ski resort.
Tignes is linked with fabulous Val d'Isere ski resort.
A tiny portion of the Tignes off piste freeride terrain.
A tiny portion of the Tignes off piste freeride terrain.
The early bird catches the corduroy at Tignes; dropping into Val Claret.
The early bird catches the corduroy at Tignes; dropping into Val Claret.

Tignes

Tignes Ski Resort France

It is no exaggeration to suggest that Tignes & Val d'Isere combined rightfully hold a place at the very top of the list of best ski resorts in the world. Tignes ski resort in France has the size, elevation, lifts, snow & accommodation that make it wonderful for all skiers & snowboarders.

Despite the main resort area being high up in the French Alps at over 2,100m, Tignes does not quite stack up on beauty compared to the belle resort of nearby Val d’Isere. However, if you can overlook the mix of long high-rise apartment blocks, complete lack of trees, high priced food & underwhelming nightlife, you will find in Tignes an incredible combination of modern lifts, seemingly endless snow, impressive array of fun intermediate runs and vast, adventurous off-piste frreride terrain.

The Powderhounds eyes made popping sounds when we visited Tignes! Yours will too.

Tignes Skiing & Snowbording

Tignes is one of those ski resorts where the trail map simply does not convey the vastness and quality of the terrain available. There are relatively few beginner slopes ( but plenty on the border with Val d'Isere) and the ski area is mainly made up of long cruiser intermediate runs as well as accessible & inspiring off-piste lines for more advanced skiers. Over 10,000 hectares of freeride terrain exists in the Tignes-Val d'Isere resort area.

The general ski area can be broken into four main sectors; La Grande Motte; La Tovière/Lavachet; Palet/Aiguille & Percée/Palafour, but in reality a few paragraphs here will not do it justice. Let it suffice to say here

Tignes is very proud of La Grande Motte glacier. Skiing on the glacier is wide open, and the run under the cable car is a good intermediate test of stamina, whilst experts can go off piste over into the Palet sector. Many skiers come to Tignes and never leave this section of the mountain since there is so much variety. On the expert slopes there is often avalanche danger, so check with guides. There is a six minute, underground funicular (cable train) from Val Claret to the glacier which then connects to the Grande Motte cable car. All of the runs on Grande Motte are north facing.

The skiing in La Tovière/Lavachet area is a steep 600m vertical drop back into town. There are some great off-trail runs over the back side of Lavachet into Val d’Isère (you will need an Tignes Val d'Isere pass to get back though) or around the cliffs back into Tignes. To get to Toviere take the Aeroski gondola from Tignes-Le-Lac.

Palet/Aiguille and offers cruisy terrain under the Col du Palet, with tougher intermediate runs down from the Aiguille Percée. Experts have tonnes of off-piste possibilities, but for more scenic and relaxed skiing in good weather, head towards Tignes’ famous geological attraction, the ‘eye of the needle’ - a completely natural rock formation that sticks out from the Aiguelle Percee peak.

The Tignes snowpark is 2.5km long and one of the largest in the world. The terrain park includes a quarterpipe, halfpipe, boardercross course, air bag, jumps & features for skiers & snowboarders alike.

Interlinked with Val d'Isere

Tignes is lift, piste & pass interlinked with Val d’Isère (the ski area formerly known as Espace Killy). The combined ski network features 300km of runs linked by 102 lifts.

Summer Skiing and Snowboarding at Tignes

The all round nature of the Tignes ski resort continues into summer. From late June to early August, 6 lifts access 20km of piste trails on the Grand Motte glacier.

Where is Tignes Ski Resort?

Tignes lies in the Tarentaise Valley in the Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France, not far (at least as the crow flies!) from the border of Italy, 12 km by road from Val d’Isere. Closest major centre is the town of Bourg St Maurice.

By Air: The two main international airports near Tignes are Lyon (220 km) and Geneva (170 km). Flights to Chambéry (140 km), Grenoble (160 km) and St. Eienne (290km) are less regular and origins are from Uk and European origins only.

By Train: Eurostar runs a ski service twice a week from London to Bourg-St-Maurice. Daily TGV train services also go to Bourg-St-Maurice station from which there are regular bus or taxi transfers to Tignes (all the way up to Val Claret), which take approximately 45min 

Tignes by Road (from the UK) If you allow for €50+ road tolls and more traffic during school holidays, getting to Tignes from Calais using the French motorways (‘autoroutes’) is comfortable, straightforward and takes about 9hr. The road up the valley from Bourg St Maurice isn't great considering the volume of traffic it carries during winter, so a bus may be the safer option for most overseas visitors.

Tignes Hotels and Accommodation

There are two typically French upper mountain villages at Tignes, Val Claret & Tignes -Le Lac. Two smaller (& quieter) villages are further down the mountain, Les Boisses & Les Brevieres. All the villages are linked by piste trails, ski lifts and a regular free bus service. The typical accommodation in Tignes is self contained apartment, although there are a small number of hotels available.

Val Claret is the highest village (over 2100m) located in a prime ski in ski out locationTignes. It is the perfect place to stay if immediate access to the lifts and piste to door skiing is your number one priority. Val Claret’s location adjacent to lifts facing in all directions means that the first lift & fresh tracks are a distinct possibility, but with all that convenience comes a price and it is in euro - lsometimes lots of them. Even an ordinary espresso (very ordinary actually!) will set you back a pretty penny.

Tignes-Le-Lac is situated next to a lake (at 2100m) and uses a one-way road system to keep traffic through the centre to a minimum. Most of the hillside accommodation is only a few minutes walk to the lifts which will take you up & away.

Les Boisses and Les Brevieres are linked to the main ski areas by lifts and can be returned to via skiing trails. Both offer a cheaper & more traditional option than staying in the two main resort villages, but they are generally quieter, with fewer services, less nightlife and particularly in the case of Les Brevieres, less winter sunshine.

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Tignes Activities

Tignes is one of the increasing number of ski resort locations that offer heli-skiing. More information on Tignes heli-skiing is coming.

Tignes has plenty of other activities on offer if you need a break from the slopes including ski-jöring (being pulled along the snow by a horse), paragliding, cross country skiing, snowmobiling and dog sledding. There is even an ice diving club?!

Nearby Ski Resorts

Tignes is part of the legendary skiing region called the Tarentaise. A festival of wonderful French ski resorts, from mega resorts to 'secret stashes', are within an hours drive of Tignes. The world's largest fully interlinked resort the 3 Valleys (Courchevel, Meribel and Val Thorens), huge Paradiski (Les Arcs and La Plagne) plus the smaller La Rosiere (linked to Italy's La Thuile) and excellent Sainte Foy are all close by.

Why Ski or Snowboard at Tignes?

It is advanced skiers and boarders who benefit most from what Tignes has to offer. At first glance there seems only to be a handful of black runs, but Tignes has an abundance of off-piste skiing. The excellent lift-accessible off piste really makes Tignes popular with skilled skiers and hangers on that want to say they skied Tignes, but actually don't.
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    Tignes Trail & Piste Map
  • Tignes Ski Trail & Piste Map
  • Vertical (m)
    1,550 – 3456 (1994)
  • Average Snow Fall
    7 - 10m+
  • Lifts (102)
    10 Gondolas/cable cars/funicular
    44 Chairlifts

    Summer Skiing - 6 lifts for skiing
  • Ski Hours
    Winter: Late Sep/early Oct to early May
    8:45am - 5:00pm

    Summer: Late June to early Aug
    7.15am - 1:00pm
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs - 300km
    Longest run – 10km+
    Advanced - 18%
    Intermediate - 25%
    Beginner - 57%
    Off piste - 10,000ha
    Summer skiing - 20km
  • Lift Pass Prices (Day Ticket 18/19)
    Tignes only
    Adult - €33 to 50
    Child - €27 to 40
    Child u/5yr - Free

    Tignes - Val d'Isere
    Adult - €53 to 59
    Child - €43 to 47.50
    Child u/5yr - Free

    Summer Skiing at Tignes
    Adult - €25
    Child - €20
    Child u/5yr - Free
 

    Tignes Summer Ski Trail & Piste Map
  • Tignes Summer Ski Trail Map

    Tignes - Val d'Isere Ski Trail & Piste Map
  • Tignes - Val d'Isere Ski Trail Map