If you're searching for a ski resort in France, then Tignes is sure to have made an appearance. As one of France's most popular ski resorts, Tignes is a must-visit destination for all ski lovers.
What's great about Tignes is that it is open from Nov through to April, and given it's resort height it provides plenty of snow for the entire winter as well as everything else you could need to enjoy the trip of a lifetime.
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Tignes is the second highest ski resort in France, making it an attractive destination for skiers from all over the world. Sitting 2100m above sea level, it is known for its thrilling routes, as well as having one of the best snow records in Europe. Its location means that even the summer can provide high-quality snow for skiers and snowboarders.
Located in the Espace Killy region of the Alps, Tignes sits alongside Val d'Isere - making up an impressive area of 300km of on-piste runs between them, as well as two snow parks, and two glaciers.
Within Tignes, you'll find the villages of Les Broisses and Les Brévières at the top and the bottom of the famous dam but the main parts of the resort are Le Lavachet, Val Claret and Tignes le Lac. Each area has its own unique feel and skiing to suit all experience and ability.
With something for everyone, a ski holiday in Tignes does not disappoint.
A ski holiday in Tignes provides something to suit all types of skiers. With 61 beginner, 46 intermediate and 25 advanced pistes, skiers at each level have plenty of variety.
Ski-in, ski-out is common in Tignes, which makes it quick and easy to get to the slopes. With beautiful views and an exciting atmosphere, Tignes makes a great choice for small and large groups. Choose from a wide selection of apartments, chalets, and hotels to find accommodation to suit your needs.
It's easy to get back and forth between Tignes and Val d'Isere, with an Espace Killy lift pass, providing excellent value for your money and the chance to explore both renowned resorts. In Val d'Isere, you'll find some truly striking views, as well as Olympic black run, La Face, one of the world's most thrilling ski runs.
As well as a highly-rated ski experience, Tignes doesn't disappoint with the night life. Après ski offers something for everyone, with the stylish Loop Bar and charming Marmot Arms proving some of the most popular destinations for food, drink and fun post-ski. But for those wanting a real party atmosphere Cocorico is the place to be.
Whatever you're looking for in a skiing holiday, you'll find it in Tignes. With a wide variety of accommodation and skiing for all levels, a ski holiday in Tignes is a must. Let us help you plan your perfect skiing holiday and find you great Tignes ski deals. Get ready to hit those slopes.
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The first question when organising a skiing trip for more than one person is always what level of skier a resort caters to. It will come as a relief to know that Tignes' slopes offer a range of runs suitable for all skill levels, from nursery slopes up to those chosen for the 1992 Winter Olympics. There is also the world renowned snowpark and superpipe for those who are even more adventurous.
It's customary in the Espace Killy for the lifts servicing the nursery slopes to operate free of charge, which makes beginners' skiing in Tignes unusually welcoming for the Alps. For the most part, it's recommended that beginners don't buy lift passes for the first three days of their holiday, when they feel ready to take on trickier runs, as the saving this offers is considerable.
Blue and red runs are strongly represented in Tignes, with more than enough to provide several weeks' variety – there's no need to repeat the same runs unless you enjoyed them enough to choose to. Of particular note, however, the run from the top into central Val Claret is astonishing, and the view from atop the Grande Motte glacier is well worth the effort involved in getting there.
The more difficult end of the reds and Tignes' famous black runs guarantee that while the relative novices in your group are getting to grips with the piste in earnest, any advanced skier will find an engaging challenge of their own. The famous, long Sache run from Tignes 2100 to Les Brévières and the difficult, thrilling schuss of Trolles, both stand out as experiences not to be missed for a skier worth his salt.
The snow park and halfpipe in Tignes used to play host to the European X Games, meaning that whether you'd rather just enjoy a run through the beautiful powder or you're more at home jibbing to your heart's content, Tignes is an incredible experience for any snowboarder, from beginners to the very best. Elsewhere in the Espace Killy, Val d'Isere boasts another snow park of almost the same quality.
If you'd rather experience cruising runs than the controlled intensity of a snow park, Tignes le Lac in particular holds a snowboard run called Le Palafore that's become a favourite of travellers worldwide, whatever their experience level.
The amazing snow record Tignes' altitude ensures means that the off piste is phenomenal, with spectacular powder throughout the season, including the renowned if dangerous challenge of skiing the fingers, a series of challenging couloires. But while not everyone is willing to take that risk, the lower reaches of the Grande Motte are excellent, and le Spot is that incredible rarity, a cultivated and controlled off piste area atop Val Claret.
The famous La Folie Douce in Val d'Isere always grabs the headlines when it comes to Espace Killy apres ski locations, and it is easy to stop at La Folie Douce for a spot of apres ski and still get back to Tignes on the last lift. However, Tignes is well supplied, with Val Claret's Couloir Bar and the Loop in Tignes le Lac being two of the best known and best regarded.
Night clubs are equally well represented here, with Tignes 2100's Jack's Club being one of the standouts. Val Claret, of course, has a unique vibe and the Melting Pot has established a name of its own.
As a purpose built resort, Tignes lacks some of the odder pastimes of Val d'Isere – though the aerofoil trips offered there are just as easy for Tignes visitors to embark on – but with quad bikes, buggies, helicopter flights, and the like it's easy for an active holidaymaker to have a blast without once strapping on skis or board.
In the winter, when the lake’s frozen, ice driving, husky sledding, and even horse riding are on the menu. If you’d rather not go to that kind of effort, however – and it would be hard to blame you – there’s always the resort’s luxurious health spa and swimming pool. Access to the swimming pool is free with your lift pass but there is a charge for the spa facilities. Why not treat yourself?
You're going to the French Alps; a little luxury never hurt anyone.