Ski holidays in Tignes offer a lively atmosphere with world-class, snow-sure skiing on the doorstep. Tignes ski resort is made up of several areas - Val Claret, Le Lac and Le Lavachet, which sit at a resort altitude of 2,100m, offering unparalleled access to the world-class slopes of the Espace Killy ski area. Tignes was purpose-built to ensure its skiers could wake up as close to the pistes as possible, and there is a wealth of ski-in ski-out accommodation options to choose between.
Popular with groups and families looking for a variety of slopes and well-priced accommodation, Tignes offers everything from high-altitude glacial runs on the Grande Motte Glacier, to a lively après scene featuring foot-stomping parties at the renowned La Folie Douce. The ski area links up with the famous resort of Val d'Isère, giving access to a vast 300km of slopes, plus plenty of off-piste opportunities. Keep a look out for the iconic 'Eye of the Needle' rock formation that sits at the top of the Aiguille Percee lift, and is one of Tignes' most instantly recognisable features.
Resort Altitude: 2,100m
Resort Skiing: 3,456m
Total Ski Area: 300km
Green Runs: 21
Blue Runs: 69
Red Runs: 44
Black Runs: 25
Cross Country: 44km
Travel date 23/02/2019
Booked by: Hugo Clarke
Travel date 27/01/2019
Booked by: Mark Fotheringham
Travel date 26/01/2019
Booked by: Nicola James
Travel date 14/02/2020
Booked by: Mark Fotheringham
With a resort altitude of 2,100m and a top lift going as high as 3,456m, a Tignes ski holiday offers one of the most snow-sure ski trips in Europe. The Grande Motte glacier means that you can ski here nearly all year round, with the lifts open 11 months of the year. With a healthy selection of green, blues, reds and blacks; Tignes is the perfect ski resort for all levels of skiers. Tignes also links with Val d'Isère to form one of the most impressive ski areas in the world.
For new skiers, Tignes offers two specially dedicated beginners areas that can be used free of charge. Intermediate and advanced skiers will probably benefit the most from the diverse skiing area. There are some great cruising blues and steep descents to be found on the Grand Motte, and long winding slopes can be found in Val Claret and Col de Fresse. Freeriders will want to ski the Paquerette, Epilobe and the face of the Aiguille Percee for some steep powdery action.
Tignes ski resort continues to offer plenty of opportunities for riders to practice the wildest tricks in its special 2km long snowpark. It contains a pipe for beginners, a Pro pipe and a boardercross course; as well as a separate area for beginners and children. The modern lift system in the is well suited to boarders, whilst the top section of the Grande Motte is ideal for beginners.
Freeriders have plenty of choice in Tignes, with some long powder-runs such as the Aiguille Percee to Tignes Les Brevieres.
With many ski schools and instructors to choose between, there really is something for everybody.
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Tignes ski resort offers a good selection of childcare. Les Marmottons kindergarten works with the ski schools Evolution 2 to offer lessons for children aged three years upwards. There is also T4 Nannies, a private nanny company, who will look after young children.
Tignes has a plethora of restaurants, most of which serve traditional Alpine food. Mendikoa is a great place for traditional French cuisine such as tartiflette and steak dishes. Loop Bar is a must for a relaxed lunch on their sun terrace and next door Tignes Cuisine offers affordable Asian inspired dishes. At the top of the Chaudannes lift, L'Alpage des Chaudannes is a great spot for a lunch break. They serve a great variety of food at reasonable prices and the portion sizes are usually very generous.
Our favourite spot is Loop Bar, which is in a prime position overlooking the slopes with a sunny terrace. Over in Val Claret we really like the Couloir Bar & Restaurant. Saloon bar is also worth a visit, with a happy hour and live DJs and Cocorico is the place to be seen after the lifts close.
For night-owls, the top late-night haunts are Melting pot, and Le Blue Girl.
Tignes has plenty of alternative activities for adventurous non-skiers, including ice diving, snow rafting, ice climbing and microlight flights. There are also more leisurely things to do like visit one of Tignes' many spas, the great leisure centre, bowling alley or many shops.