Thanks to its lofty altitude of 2,100 metres and the snow-sure Grande Motte glacier, Tignes has great all-year-round runs. To inspire you in time for your next trip, take a look at our quick guide to a day skiing in Tignes.
Morning Skiing in Val d’Isère
Start the day by hitting the slopes in Val d’Isère. Tignes links with this area as part of the vast Espace Killy – with a massive 300km of ski runs that cater to all abilities, from novice to expert. Whether you have children in your group or are all advanced skiers, you’ll find plenty of suitable terrain. The immaculately maintained interconnected piste networks are well serviced by 90 ski lifts to get you around with minimum hassle. As well as the 154 runs, you’ll find slalom courses, snow parks and a mogul field to explore.
Hot Chocolate in Val Claret
Aim to finish off your morning ski session in Val Claret – the highest village in Tignes, which has direct access to the Espace Killy. The Aspen Coffee Shop is just a short walk from the slopes. It’s the perfect spot to grab a coffee or a hot chocolate before catching the funicular to the top of the Grande Motte Glacier. The journey takes just six to eight minutes. Shooting through an underground tunnel and depositing you right on the terrace of the Panoramic Restaurant. This is a great spot to enjoy the spectacular views, a gourmet lunch or just grab a quick bite from the snack bar.
Ski the Grande Motte Glacier
Skiing in Tignes wouldn’t be complete without facing the glacier. A cable car takes you right to the summit, which reaches a fantastic altitude of 3,500 metres. This is the highest point of skiing in Tignes, and the long runs down to Val Claret or les Brevieres are typically in great condition, although snow cannons are on hand to top up any sparse snowfall. Non-skiers will enjoy a visit to the glacier for a peek at the Ice Caves, filled with sculptures carved out of ice by expert ice sculptors. There are also winter walking trails to suit a range of abilities and fitness levels.
Après Ski at La Folie Douce
The après ski in Tignes is some of the best in Alps. After a long hard day spent skiing in Tignes, it’s time to enjoy the après ski scene at La Folie Douce – the ‘highest club in Europe’, perched right at the top of the Daille cable car (thus accessible to non-skiers). A cold beer on the sunny terrace or a dance on the tables is the ideal way to finish the day. Plus, the Nuvoself restaurant inside is well worth a visit if you’ve worked up an appetite out on the slopes. Come snow or shine, there’s live music outside from around 2pm. Enjoy the open-air dance floor and Ibiza vibe with saxophone players, dancers and fancy dress until around 6pm.