Those who have experienced ski holidays in Tignes will confirm that the resort is unbeatable in terms of its high altitude, snow-sure slopes and excellent skiing over a vast terrain. Joining with its neighbour Val d’Isere, Tignes forms part of the incredible Espace Killy ski area, and as the higher of the two resorts, provides fast access to 300km of slopes.
The resort is split into a number of areas with most visitors staying in the main villages of Tignes le Lac or Val Claret. Centred around one side of the scenic lake is Tignes Le Lac whilst further up the valley, Val Claret is often considered better located for skiing. A free bus service connects all the villages.
skiing in Tignes
Tignes highest ski point rises to an impressive 3455m at the top of the Grande Motte glacier, where you can ski even during the summer.
Serviced by two free ski lifts, beginners will find the best nursery slopes in Tignes le Lac. Most of Tignes' local slopes are ideal for intermediates and the wide red runs from the Grande Motte glacier right back down to the resort, are not to be missed. Of course, there are superb intermediate pistes throughout the Espace Killy.
Tignes is one of the best resorts for experts due to the extent of the challenging terrain. There is a wonderful variety of black runs, many of which are now classified as ungroomed Naturides, and you will also find some of the best lift-served off piste itineraries in the world.
The apres scene may be over shadowed by the reputation of its energetic neighbour Val d’Isere, but there is still plenty to choose from. Both Tignes le Lac and Val Claret have a good early evening apres atmosphere especially during the popular happy hours. Some of the livelier bars are open until late with live music, dancing and sports.
Restaurants range from those serving reasonably priced local Savoyard cuisine such as fondues and raclettes, to gourmet establishments for extra special occasions.
For more information about Tignes ski holidays, call 020 8939 0862 or make an enquiry.