Tignes Ski Resort

Espace Killy – ‘le plus bel espace de ski du monde’ – claims to be one of the most beautiful ski areas in the world, and we do not disagree. The skiing on offer is massive and, taken together, the ski area of Tignes and Val d’Isere is absolutely world class.

The mountains that surround Tignes may be beautiful but the resort itself is not. Situated next door to the more renowned resort of Val d'Isere, Tignes at first sight appears to be a poorer and less attractive neighbour. The main villages of Val Claret, Tignes Le Lac and Le Lavachet (now collectively called Tignes 2100) are still characterised by a mix of high-rise apartment blocks, some hotels and only a few traditional chalets. Refurbishment programs have improved things, but there is a limit to what can be done. A multi-story concrete block looks better when re-clad with wood, but it's never going to be charming. 

It can be convenient though. Tignes was built high up the mountain and most of the accommodation is either 'ski-in, ski-out' or only a short walk away from the pistes and lifts. It's also mostly car free. Visitors might arrive by car but are then encouraged to keep their vehicle locked away in an underground car park. And the resort is too far away from airports and cities to be plagued by day trippers.

Tignes can also be a comfortable place to stay. It still has it's share of the tiny 'shoebox' apartments dating from the 1960s and 70s, but since the 1990s new buildings have been constructed with larger rooms, and sometimes with saunas and swimming pools too. Tignes 1800 (the smallest of the Tignes villages, and previously called Tignes Les Boisses) has been transformed in this way.

So ignore its brash exterior and look again at Tignes, and appreciate its combination of modern, queue-destroying lifts, its ever reliable snow (you can ski here in summer), and, above all, its impressive variety of conventional runs and spine-tingling off-piste, and you will soon see why this is a genuine world-class ski resort. And if it's still not quite as glamorous as its neighbour over the hill,  it's also less pricey, and that's always welcome.

Finally, if you really prefer charm to convenience, consider staying in Tignes Les Brevieres, the lowest of the Tignes resorts (although at 1550m it's still high enough to ski back to in most conditions). It's a little bit isolated but it has a village-like feel.

Tignes Pros & Cons

+ Huge ski area shared with Val D'Isere

+ Snow sure

+ Lifts and slopes are close to accommodation

+ Excellent lift-served off-piste 

+ Fast lifts and frequent ski busses

+ Generally cheaper than Val d'Isere

- Ugly buildings

- Bleak, cold setting above the treeline

- Long transfers from airports

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Tignes Statistics

  • CountryFrance
  • RegionSavoie
  • Base2,100 metres
  • Peak3,450 metres
  • Vertical1,350 metres
  • Beginner61 %
  • Intermediate24 %
  • Advanced15 %
  • Longest Trail6 km
  • Total Lifts24 
  • Cable Cars
  • Funicular
  • Gondolas
  • Surface Lifts19 
  • Riders per hour70,100 

5 Day Snow & Weather Forecast

  • 16th OccLightRain 8° -3° Patchy rain possible New Snow 2cm
  • 17th IsoRainSwrsDay 10° -2° Patchy light drizzle New Snow 2cm
  • 18th PartlyCloudyDay 11° -2° Partly cloudy skies New Snow 2cm
  • 19th PartlyCloudyDay 12° -1° Partly cloudy skies New Snow 2cm
  • 20th PartlyCloudyDay 13° 0° Partly cloudy skies New Snow 2cm

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