The Espace Killy is one of the most popular ski regions in the world and it is made up of two of the worlds best ski resorts, Tignes and Val d'Isere. In total there is roughly 300km of piste in the area and there is a good spread of blue, red and black runs which make the area ideal for groups of mixed ability skiers. Nearly all of the skiing in the area is above 1850m and there are two glaciers (one in Val d'Isere and one in Tignes) which makes the area one of the most snow secure ski regions in the entire Alps. You can even ski there in the summer months should you wish to do so!
The two village of Tignes and Val d'Isere could not be further apart in terms of image and feel but the combination of the two resorts together really gives a feeling of a ski region that has everything. Val d'Isere is seen as being the chic and sophisticated resorts with its pretty and traditional resort centre while Tignes is purpose built and ugly yet super practical. In years gone buy Tignes was thought of as being the poorer relation to Val d'Isere but in recent years that image has totally changed. They have invested millions into a modern high speed lift system and until recently Tignes was the annual host of the European Winter X Games drawing in the worlds best freestyle skiers and snowboarders from all over the globe.
In contrast to this, Val d'Isere this thought of as pulling in slightly more sophisticated crowd, attracted by the multi-million pound chalets that are on offer. However, for your average holiday maker there is something for everyone in both resorts when looking for a ski holiday in the Espace Killy. There is plenty of night life in both resorts and the après ski is great as well. The Folie Douce is one of the most popular après ski bars and it is enjoyed by holiday makers staying in both Tignes and Val d'Isere.
There is a whole host of accommodation options in the Espace Killy, from cheap self catered apartments to middle of the road chalets and expensive hotels, and top end luxury chalets. You name it and you will find it and here at iSki we have a good mix of everything that is on offer. To save you the time of spending hours looking for something why not just give us a call tell us what you want and let us do the hard work for you. Either call us on 02037780123 or email us to enquire.
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Undoubtedly one of the best ski areas in the world. The Espace Killy has someything for all skiers no matter what you tastes or skiing ability no matter whether you are staying in Tignes or Val d'Isere.
Of the two resorts that make up the Espace Killy (Tignes and Val d'Isere), Tignes is probably the one that is thought of as being most suitable for beginner skiers. There are plenty of gentle runs that can easily be accessed from the resort centre. The skiing is thought of as being a bit tougher on the Val d'Isere side but there are still 87 runs spread between the two resorts that are classed as green or blue, so there is plenty of beginner terrain in the Espace Killy.
There is loads of intermediate skiing in the Espace Killy. Roughly 80% of the ski terrain in the area is classed as either blue or red and with 300km of piste on offer intermediate skiers will be able to ski day after day finding new terrain on each outing. There are some lovely tree lined runs in Val d'Isere as well as the lower parts of Tignes but for skiers who like big open pistes with plenty of space to manoeuvre, there are plenty of pistes like this as well.
Advanced skiers will love the challenge of the black runs that are on offer in the Espace Killy. The legendary Face de Bellevarde in Val d'Isere is one of the toughest runs on the area as is the high speed Trolles run down into the centre of Tignes Le Lac. A must try for advanced skiers is also the men's Olympic downhill run in Val d'Isere. There is also an abundance of off piste on offer and two of the best snowparks in the Alps for anyone who is looking for some freestyle action.
There is some fantastic off piste skiing in the Espace Killy but on a powder day you will have to get up early to make the most of it. There are always some seriously early birds who hit the slopes in both Val d'Isere and Tignes so if you are not out on first lifts then it is easy to get to midday and find that all the best lines have not just already been taken, but that the entire powder field is tracked out. Having said that, don't let it put you off because if you love off piste then you will love the Espace Killy. 'The Fingers' (an impressive set of couloirs that lead down towards Tignes) offer some of the most extreme off piste in the area but if you want something a little easier then check out the hidden valley leading down towards Val d'Isere. The entrance to the valley can be found at the bottom of the Tommeuses chairlift.
A snowboard holiday in the Espace Killy has almost everything for everyone! It has big wide open pistes for those who like to shed it up. but there are also great tree lined runs for those who like looking for natural hits and riding through tree lined powder after a fresh dump. On top of this there are also plenty of back bowls for powder hounds and for freestyle riders you will find two of Europe's best snowparks! To top it all off there is great nightlife in both Val d'Isere and Tignes. Tignes is probably thought of as being more snowboarder friendly with its more laid back vibe but both resorts will offer you a fantastic snowboarding holiday.
The most famous après ski bar in the Espace Killy is probably the la Folie Douce which is on the Val d'Isere side of the area. However, holiday makers from both Tignes and Val d'Isere can enjoy the jovial party atmosphere with live music and DJ's out in the open on the sun terrace with plenty of dancing on tables to be found. The après ski party always finishes at the same time as the lifts are closing and you can ski straight back to down afterwards if you are staying in Val d'Isere, whilst if staying in Tignes you can get home with one lift and one run. There are loads of bar in the centre of both resorts to carry on the après ski party. Check out Loop bar in Tignes and Saloon bar in Val d'Isere to name but a few.
There is a fantastic Aquacentre in both Tignes and Val d'Isere including swimming pool and wellness area with saunas in both. You also have indoor tennis and squash courts on offer in both resorts, plus each resort also has ice skating and husky sledging available. In addition to this non skiers will love the weekly markets on offer and having a cinema in both Tignes and Val d'Isere is a nice touch as well.