In a Nutshell
Tignes makes up one half of the Espace Killy ski area, one of the highest regarded ski areas in the world. Tignes is made up of several satellite villages, our favourites are the two highest and best, “Val Claret” and “Le Lac”. These two areas cover all bases; tasty lunch spots, varied accommodation but most importantly jaw-droppingly good skiing! Beneath the Grande Motte glacier there are runs to be found for all abilities to enjoy, a huge beginners area sits in between Tignes and Val d’Isere for learning without repeating the same single runs and with 24 black runs and 40 reds there’s plenty of steep and deep to push you to your limits. We love Tignes and believe the lift of any snowsports lover is not complete until they have explored it’s seemingly endless slopes.
Tignes is one of the most snowsure resorts in Europe. Tignes has a huge glacier so even on a bad year Tignes is one the safest bets in the Alps and is perfect for any early season or late season trips.
Tignes is one of the first resorts to open fully for winter, opening in the last week of November usually and stays open all the way through the season until the beginning of May! Making it the resort with the longest season (tied with Val Thorens).
The Espace Killy (includes Val d’Isere) is 300km of pistes with two high mountain glaciers and all of it is included in your lift pass so there is so much for you to cover!
Places to Stay
Between the villages of Val Claret and Le Lac there is the perfect place to stay no matter what you’re looking for. Val Claret plays host to the nightlife scene featuring two nightclubs and plenty more bars, but even if you choose to stay down in the slightly quieter area of Le Lac there are regular shuttle buses all the way through the night to ferry you between the two. Plenty to choose from if you’re after a luxury stay, with multiple accommodations boasting spas and saunas. Then even if you’re after a budget studio apartment this is even possible with a pool!
Best Bits of Tignes
The Eye of the Needle
This has to be one of the coolest sights to behold in all of the Alps, you’ll find it high above Le Lac at the top of the Aiguille Percée chairlift. Over the years the wind and snow has eroded a hole straight through the middle of the rock which looks incredible. From up here are several blues and reds to take you back down to resort level, or if you keep to the left you can reach one of the lower corners of the Espace Killy, Les Brevieres. Speaking of corners…
Hit the 4 corners of the Espace Killy
The 300km of piste that interlink the resorts of Val d’Isere and Tignes have countless hidden gems to be discovered. So maximise your chances of finding something no ones seen before by stretching the ski area to it’s limits! Looking at the piste map the four corners are La Fornet & the Val d’Isere Glacier to the left and Les-Brévières & the Grande Motte Glacier on the Tignes side. Once you’ve made it to each of these points you can really say you’ve skied the Espace Killy. Do it all in one day and you’re super human!
Stop for lunch
Obviously you’re here to ski, we know that, but it’s very important to refuel and Tignes has some of the best lunch spots around. Visit the Planks shop in Val Claret for a delicious pie and shop for some sweet new gear while you’re at it. You can head down to Tignes Cuisine in Le Lac for some drool inducing asia-inspired dishes or just next door is Loop Bar serving up some great burgers. After a pit stop and one of these fine places you’ll be more than ready for an afternoon of shredding hard.
Tignes stepped up the game in 2018 with the addition of a brand new Cocorico. It’s older brother in Val d’Isere had become infamous for some of the best après in France so it was about time they got one to match!