Tignes Ski Resort

Tignes is one half of the Espace Killy, ‘le plus bel espace de ski du monde’. The resort itself is no great beauty but it's a convenient and affordable base for those who want to explore the seemingly endless snowsure ski slopes that almost surround its high purpose-built villages.

Lift-linked to the more famous Val d'Isere, Tignes can appear to be the brasher, less attractive neighbour. The main villages of Val Claret, Tignes Le Lac and Le Lavachet (now collectively called Tignes 2100 in homage to Val Claret's altitude) are very apartment-dominated, although there are some hotels and a few chalets. Refurbishment programs have made them slightly easier on the eye, but there is a limit to what can be done. A large concrete block looks better when clad with wood, but it's never going to be pretty. 

It can be a convenient place to stay in, though. Built high up in the mountains, most of the accommodation in Tignes is either 'ski-in, ski-out' or only a short walk from the pistes and lifts, and the resort is mostly traffic-free, with many of the access roads and car parks buried underground. (Getting to Tignes from the airport is therefore easiest via a specialist transfer service.) Its apartment blocks are also changing. Tignes still has its share of 'shoebox' studios dating from the 1960s and 70s, but the more recent developments have much larger, well-appointed apartments, with wellness centres and swimming pools beneath them. Tignes 1800 (previously called Tignes Les Boisses) is still being transformed in this way.

And for those who really prefer charm above convenience, there is always the option of staying in Tignes Les Brevieres, the lowest of the Tignes resorts at 1550m. It's a little bit isolated but has more traditional chalet-style architecture and a village-like ambience.

But wherever you stay in Tignes, it's the skiing that's most important, and on that score, it's one of the world's best resorts. Tignes offers a combination of modern, queue-destroying lifts, ever reliable snow (you can ski here in summer), free nursery slopes, excellent ski schools, a huge network of pistes for skiers of every standard, and easy access to terrific off-piste. And if Tignes is not quite as glamorous as its neighbour over the hill, it's also less pricey, and that's always welcome.

Ski & SnowBoard hire in Tignes

There are plenty of equipment rental outlets in all the villages, but the prices charged can be high if you simply walk into the nearest one.

ALPINRESORTS.COM works with ski hire shops in all the Tignes villages and can secure discounts of up to 60% if you book online here.

SKISET has 8 ski rental outlets across all the Tignes villages and will give discounts of up to 50% if you book online via this link.

Tignes Pros & Cons

+ Huge ski area shared with Val D'Isere
+ Snowsure
+ Lifts and slopes 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 Rating

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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 

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