- Accommodation & Hotels
- Ski Area
- Ski Lifts & Pass
- Activities & Things to do ( Summer )
- Activities & Things to do ( Winter )
- Restaurants & Nightlife
- Festivals & Events
Tignes is a world-class resort made up of five small villages. Set high in the magnificent Savoie Alps, it’s got guaranteed snow, a lively après scene and some of Europe’s best slopes. It’s a purpose-built resort, so it lacks some of the old-world charm enjoyed by its neighbours, but the variety of chalets, hotels and apartments to suit all budgets more than makes up for that. Best of all, Tignes is part of the Espace Killy ski area, so you get to enjoy glaciers and great views, without the Val d’Isère price tag.
Tignes is an ideal resort for groups as there’s a busy après scene with many bars and restaurants to choose from. Families love Tignes as it provides child-friendly entertainment, such as swimming pools and ice skating rinks. There are plenty of family-focused hotels and good quality ski schools to help the kids master the basics.
Tignes is part of the Espace Killy ski area in the French Alps, with ski terrain ranging from 1550m at its lowest point to just under 3500m at the top of the glaciers. This altitude makes it very snow sure and with 300 kilometres of pistes, there's a lot of ski area to enjoy.
The 300km of pistes in the Espace Killy are accessed by 90 ski lifts and funicular railways to reach the glaciers. There are 20 green pistes, 67 blues, 41 reds and 26 blacks, and 2 snowparks, making it popular with skiers of every level of ability.
In Tignes alone there are 47 ski lifts, a funicular railway, a cable car, 24 chairlifts and 19 drag lifts, enabling you to ski around the 150 kilometres of pisted terrain. The Tignes ski area can be split into four areas, La Grande Motte Massif, Palet/L’Aiguille Percée, Toviere and Les Brévières.
Best time to visit Tignes
Thanks to the Grande Motte glacier, the winter season in Tignes lasts longer than most other resorts. You can often ride the glacier from the end of September and enjoy excellent snow through to mid-May, but the main Tignes ski holiday season runs, like the rest of the ski world, from early December until mid or late April. You can also get on the glacier in the summer (June – September), where lifts provide access until 1:30pm.
In terms of snow quality, Tignes is a tough resort to beat – with its' high altitude, excellent snowfall and the presence of the Grande Motte glacier, the Espace Killy is considered one of the Alps' most snow sure ski holiday destinations. While nature does an admirable job of maintaining the powdery pistes, excellent grooming technology and more than 300 snow cannons also serve to ensure you enjoy slopes of the highest quality. The slopes face N,S,E & W, which means that whatever time of day or year you're out, you can find sunny pistes to enjoy all day long.
If you prefer avoid hustle and bustle on the slopes, book outside the peak weeks of Christmas and February half term where a cheerful clamour of families head to Tignes during school holidays, and when hedonists hit the resort to party at New Year. At Sno we like it busy and exciting, so those are actually our favourite times to ski Tignes!
Snow conditions in Tignes
Conditions in Tignes are almost always exceptional. The resort has summer as well as winter skiing on its glacier area, and the high altitude of the resort (2100m) usually means a high amount of snow is on the base for the most of the winter, particularly in the higher areas.
Some west-facing runs suffer from the afternoon sun; however, it is not too problematic as there are good quality snow-making machines there. Towards the back end of the season, some slopes may become a touch slushy, but this is nothing too serious. Take a look at the Tignes snow history, where you can also check the current snow report, forecast and webcams.
Tignes comprises of four villages: Val Claret and Tignes Le Lac are surrounded by the main skiing are and are collectively branded Tignes 2100. Tignes 1800 and Tignes Les Brevieres are further down the mountain with their own slopes, and you have to take a couple of lifts to reach the main area.
'Tignes 2100' is now the official name for Val Claret and the main resort of Tignes le Lac, including its suburb Le Lavachet. Down the mountain near the top of the dam, the former site of the old army barracks and a slightly ramshackle village called Tignes Les Boisses, is now a gleaming new mini resort called Tignes 1800. Below the dam is Tignes Les Brevieres (a shortlived effort to re-christen it Tignes 1550 seems to have been abandoned).
They are all purpose-built, high-altitude resorts although Tignes Les Brevieres is better at disguising this than the others. All have modern fast lifts to whisk you up the mountain and at the end of the day, you can return to all of them by piste. Tignes 1800 and Tignes Les Brevieres are slightly out on a limb, but the North facing slopes above them have some of the best skiing and it only takes a couple of lifts to reach the main ski area. A free bus service links all the villages apart from Tignes Les Brevieres.
This is the highest village, located at the foot of the La Grande Motte, the glacier clad mountain that offers the highest skiiing in Tignes. It's lifts span out in three directions, speeding you up to La Grande Motte, or the Col Du Pallet (the starting point for many ski tours) or the ridge that runs between the Col De Fresse and Toviere from where you can descend down down to La Daille which is part of Val d'Isere. If you want to be first up the mountain and make fresh tracks you couldn't pick a better place than Val Claret. And even if you're not that keen, you will appreciate the convenience of never being far from a lift or piste. The resort is also mostly car-free because off street parking in the underground car park is obligatory, and there is no through-traffic because Val Claret is the end of the road. Accommodation options range from catered chalets to hotels (four star, three star and two star options) but, as is the case throughout Tignes, most people rent an apartment and go for self-catering. Val Claret has one drawback though: it often lacks warmth, in both the literal and metaphorical sense. In December and January the resort is often in the shade. It's also well above the treeline, and a bleak place to be in a blizzard. Val Claret's high rise buildings are not all ugly - some are quite stylish if you like modern architecture - but the village as a whole is functional rather than charming. And whilst there are bars and restaurants, many of its residents prefer to catch the bus down to Tignes Le Lac where there is more choice. Fortunately the free bus service is very good and runs until late at night.
Tignes-Le-Lac and Le Lavachet
Although the Tignes tourist board has now included this whole area within Tignes 2100, most people though still call it Tignes Le Lac because it is situated next to the lake (usually frozen over throughout the winter) and the village is dominated by the Maison de Tignes-Le-Lac. This is an impressive building that fronts the resort and offers information services, sells lift passes and houses the bus and coach station. A one-way road system pretty much succeeds in keeping traffic through the centre to a minimum.
Tignes-Le-Lac is split into four quadrants: Le Lavachet, Les Almes, Le Rosset and Le Bec Rouge. Le Lavachet is the largest and the furthest from the lake so it is often referred to as a separate village. Whether you stay here or in the other suburbs you can choose between hotels, (mostly two or three star) chalets or apartments. Most of the accommodation is only a few minutes walk from the major lifts which ascend both sides of the valley. If you want to ski on La Grande Motte, you take either the Aeroski or Paquis lifts and descend to Val Claret first (or take the bus). Like Val Claret parking is compulsory. Collectively Le Lac has more to offer in the way of restaurants and nightlife than Val Claret and is usually a little bit cheaper to stay in. It's also the place where most of the non-skiing related activities are located. If Tignes has a natural focal point, Tignes Le Lac is it.
Tignes 1800 (Tignes Les Boisses) and Tignes Les Brevieres
The original village of Tignes disappeared beneath the waters of Lac de Chevril when the valley was dammed in 1952. As a result Tignes Les Boisses and Tignes Les Brevieres were built nearby in a more traditional style than the villages higher up. They are linked to the main ski areas by lifts and can be returned to by skiing at the end of the day. Traditionally they offered a cheaper option than staying in the main resorts and were regarded as smaller and quieter outposts with fewer services and less nightlife. Both however have received considerable investment and now have smart modern appartments, chalets and hotels, and much faster lifts connecting them with the main ski area. As part of this investment, Tignes Les Boisses was re-branded Tignes 1800 and the name seems to be sticking. Tignes 1800 is connected to Tignes 2100 by a regular bus service (though there are not so many services late at night). Les Brevieres is more isolated, but that is all part of its village-like charm.
Tignes Ski Resort
Together with Val d’Isère, Tignes makes up the ski area Espace Killy, named after the Olympic champion skier Jean-Claude Killy. Two glaciers and more than 300 km of runs are waiting to be explored here. There is whopping 1,900 vertical metres between the valley station and the point where the ski area tops out, the Grand Motte Glacier. The views of Lac du Chevril also give this resort a truly unique feel. Many visitors may not know that the lake also holds a special secret – the original village of Tignes was actually located where the lake is now until 1952. The decision was then made to dam the Isère into a lake, and the village had to up sticks and relocate. Today, Tignes is known internationally as a great ski destination. There is something for every skill level here across some 154 trails. With 41 red runs and 26 black-rated trails, Tignes seems to offer almost endless opportunities for advanced skiers. The Grande Motte Glacier (3,656 m), perches above the ski area, allowing skiers and snowboarders to carve turns all year round.
There are various base stations in Tignes itself. If you want to head for the glacier, take the Tovière gondola to the Tovière peak (2,704 m), ski down to neighbouring Val Claret and then take the cable car up to the glacier. The glacier area itself is dominated by red and black-marked runs, though there are also several good blue runs on the lower section of the ice. The Génépy and Cairn trails down into Val Claret are particularly eye-catching, while the trails on the Aiguille Percée are a must for advanced skiers. The Rocher de Bellevarde (2,827 m) connects Tignes to Val d’Isère.
There is something for everyone here, from challenging terrain to a wide range of beginners’ runs. Youngsters can hone their skills on several practice slopes in the valley, while the Swatch Snowpark is a freestyle playground between the Col du Palet and Grattalu lifts. On top of boxes and rails, there is also a large air bag here for practicing those hard to hit tricks. Additional air bags can also be found in the lower section of the Carline and Millonex runs. On top of that, you can race your friends on a bordercross course by the Col du Palet lift.
Tignes is a veritable treat for freeride skiers. You can dip into the deep stuff off-piste just about everywhere here. Even beginners can hone their skills on nine “Naturide” runs. These are protected against avalanches but left otherwise ungroomed. In addition, powder hounds can check in at four info points where they can get the latest on the weather and avalanche warnings. Nevertheless, skiers unfamiliar with the area should only venture into the backcountry together with a mountain guide.
Skiing in Tignes
With varied pistes at a high altitude, the ski area has impressive powdered terrain for skiers and boarders alike.
Beginners can practice on the nursery slopes at Le Lac and Le Lavachet, where you'll find gentle, quiet runs that are accessible via free beginners' lifts. Le Bollin at Val Claret is another conveniently situated green and Grattalu is a lovely wide blue for those wanting to build confidence.
Tignes is incredible if you ski at an intermediate level, with miles of powdery blue and red runs including the now famous Genepy and Double M. Its main USP is arguably the presence of the striking Grande Motte glacier. With 20km of snow-sure trails, it provides some of the world's best runs for confident intermediates pretty much all year round and virtually guarantees great conditions throughout the winter.
Advanced snow lovers should also try the steep moguls at Toviere and Solaise or the 10k La Sache. A big attraction for Experts is the abundance of off-piste terrain, much of which is lift-served.
There's loads of quality freeriding terrain – including 9 safe but ungroomed areas called ‘Naturides', where all abilities can practice and perfect their freeriding in a safe environment.
Tignes comes very highly recommended by the snowboarders here at Sno, who enjoy its long, wide pistes. There's a great Boardercool area and a mini boardercross (with airbag) at the Gliss' park as well as challenging bends, whoops and curves on Tignes' 1400m boardercross.
The Swatch Snowpark, with an airbag, rails and good jumps for beginners and intermediates has a very cool "shoot my ride", where your performance is filmed and can be watched back. You can practice freestyling at high altitude during the summer in the Glacier Snowpark, and there's also an XXL halfpipe (one of the best in France) that features in the Winter X Games.
Tignes Apres Ski
While it's said that those who appreciate Tignes do so for the serious skiing over the après ski, this doesn't do justice to the fact that Tignes' 60+ bars/pubs and 4 night clubs provide some of the best nightlife in the Alps. All villages have their fair share of places to eat and drink, and with a shuttle bus service running 24 hours, you can enjoy your evening without worrying about the journey back. Jam bar is small but with a great atmosphere and Loop bar pretty much offers it all: with live sport, world class DJ's and well known comedians as well as great food. For a more sophisticated atmosphere, the Couloir has cocktails and comfy sofas. Whether you want a lively night of music and dancing or a quiet nightcap to round off a great day on the slopes, Tignes really does have it all.
There are 60+ restaurants in Tignes including pizzerias, grills and traditional French establishments. Whether your day on the snow leaves your mouth watering for a kebab at Le Tchüss or some fine dining (accompanied by live music) in Le Caveau, the numerous and varied restaurants are sure to satisfy every craving.
While it goes without saying that those on the piste are well entertained, Tignes is also notable for its' excellent range of activities for non-skiers. You can experience the incredible Espace Killy scenery on dog-sled, horseback, snowmobile or hang glider; try ice climbing or snow shoeing or experience a different perspective entirely by ice-diving through a hole cut into the frozen lake. There are also two children's sledging runs which are sure to keep little ones entertained in their mini bobsleigh. Indoors, Tignes has a bowling alley, ice rink and cinema. If there's plenty left in your energy reserves, there's a bungee trampoline, swimming pool and gym as well as a football pitch and basketball, volleyball, squash and table-tennis courts. If you prefer entertainment at a slower place, play a game of bridge or browse the museum, library and shops.
Families in Tignes
Book a hotel with childcare services if you’re travelling with little ones too young for to ski. Hotel Le Paquis is a popular place for families less than 1 minute from the ski school meeting point. For a cheap family getaway, self-catering Residence Le Telemark Apartments is near the ski school meeting place and kindergarten. Chalet hotels like Chalet Hotel Aiguille Percee are popular family favourites offering a fantastic combination of traditional alpine charm in a sociable hotel-sized property – many offer family rooms where everyone can stay together, while the children play and make friends and parents enjoy other adult company in communal dining and lounge areas. For an intimate, homely setting, stay in one of our smaller ski chalets – if you can arrange a group to match the number of beds you can book a sole occupancy.
Tignes is a brilliant place for family holidays – the ski area caters for all ages and abilities fantastically with excellent nursery areas and a variety of runs the family can enjoy together. Book anyone who wants to learn or improve into group lessons to match their age and ability or enjoy quality time together with a private instructor or guide. Little skiers and snowboarders will have lots of fun at the Gliss Park and freestyling teenagers will love the Swatch snowpark which has a ‘shoot my ride’ facility. Non-skiers and those too young to ski are well looked after here too – with a variety of non-ski activities indoors and out and excellent kids clubs, nurseries and childcare options.
Book your family getaway to the slopes with flights from your nearest airport and transfers to the resort for the easiest way to reach the slopes. With driving to the Alps becoming an increasingly popular way to ski, we also have self-drive packages for families. If it’s just the accommodation you’re after, select ‘Independent travel’ instead of an airport in your search.
Group Holidays Tignes
For an intimate setting, book a chalet like Chalet Colombero where groups of 8-10 can book sole occupancy and enjoy the place to themselves. In our ski hotels, groups of all sizes can book private rooms and enjoy communal living and dining areas. Hotel Diva is a large property, popular with groups for its slopeside position opposite the ski lifts in Tignes’ party capital Val Claret. Those looking for a cheap group holiday who don’t mind sharing out the workload should check out our self-catering apartments.
Whether your group is looking for a chalet, hotel or apartment, you don’t need to look further than prestigious ski in-ski out Montana Village which has all three! Chalet Montana offers a traditional setting for groups of up to16, the Montana Hotel has a good amount of rooms if any stragglers want to join up later and the Montana Apartments are able to sleep groups of up to 10 on a self catering group holiday.
The ski area caters for piste-lovers, freestylers and freeriders alike – whether at the beginning or well-established in their skiing or snowboarding careers – so groups of mixed abilities will love it here. Beginners can take advantage of quiet nursery runs in Le Lac and Lavachet while more confident skiers seek steeps, moguls and powder further afield in Espace Killy. Non-skiers tagging along won’t be left at a loose end while everyone else hits the slopes – Tignes has brilliant sports and wellness facilities as well as a great variety of shops and a cinema. Relax with a drink and a good book on one of many sun terraces or book accommodation with wellness facilities and beauty treatments.
Transportation - Get In
If you are travelling from outside of France, then flying into Chambery is likely to be the quickest way to get to Tignes. Tignes is then a transfer (taxi or minibus) or a bus ride away from the airport, unless you're driving yourself.
Chambery is the closest airport (2 hours) and has a good choice of airlines operating in winter only. Grenoble, Geneva and Lyon are all similar travel times to Tignes, in the region of 2 hours 50 minutes each for the fastest routes. Grenoble is also only used in winter. If you're looking for summer flights, Lyon or Geneva are your best options as they have flights all year round.
You can also get the fast TGV trains to Paris or Lyon and then onto Bourg St Maurice or take one of the dedicated 'snow trains' which run throughout the ski season.
In winter, there are four main airports you could fly into (see below) whilst in summer, flights only operate to Geneva and Lyon.
|Airports close to Tignes|
Chambery Airport is where most Tour Operators fly into in winter although you can get independent flights here too. Once you’ve arrived, we recommend you take a private transfer to resort as this is easier and faster than taking lots of connections on public transport.
Grenoble airport is also used by a number of winter tour operators and again we'd recommend a private transfer to resort.
Lyon Airport is also a viable option, sitting somewhere between Grenoble and Geneva in all respects - geographically, for passenger and flights volumes, flight pricing, although transfer times are a little longer and therefore slightly more expensive.
Geneva Airport is extremely well connected from most UK and European cities, year round. Flights to Geneva are much more competitively priced because of higher passenger volumes and you can pick up Swiss chocolate and fancy Swiss watches on your way through!
Once you’ve arrived at the airport you’ll need a transfer to Tignes, which you can do via private taxi or minibus, hire car, coach, train or public buses. Travel times vary for each airport, as do the respective transfer costs.
There are an increased number of international flights to the above airports during the winter months, operating from December to March/April. In summer, the same airlines fly out here but your choice of departure and arrival airports is reduced. Use our Flight Finder via the link below to search for the best flights for your trip.
If you’re bringing sports equipment with you, don’t forget to check how much extra the airline might charge you for carriage and give yourself extra time to get this additional equipment checked in. Often the excess baggage areas are separate from the main check in desks, so make sure you get there with plenty of time to potentially do two check-ins. You should be able to find out more information about prices and check in desks either on the airline website, on your tickets or email confirmation.
Transfers to Resort
Once you reach the airport, bus or train station, the most popular option for onward travel to Tignes is to take a transfer minibus. Most transfers for Tignes are offered on a private basis although some shared transfers are also available.
Alternatively you can catch on of the public buses from any of the airports to Bourg St Maurice bus station and then get a connecting bus to Tignes. If you're coming by train you can pick up the same bus into Tignes from Bourg St Maurice.
Using public transport can help keep the costs down on your trip to Tignes, however it can take considerably longer and may involve a few changes along the way.
Tignes has a bus terminus (Gare Routiere) in central Tignes and one at Val Claret where a couple of the international coaches stop (see more on coaches below). The local bus (line T15) from Bourg St Maurice stops at Les Brevieres, Tignes 1800, Le Lac and Val Claret.
Buses from Chambery airport to Tignes operate 4 times per day on Saturdays and once on Sundays during the ski season. It takes around 2 hours 45 minutes to get to Tignes. Buses from Lyon airport run on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays during the ski season, 3 times per day and take around 4 hours to get here.
Buses from Geneva airport operate every day of the week in winter with 6 buses on Saturdays, 4 on Sundays and 3 on all the other days of the week. This route also takes around 4 hours. Buses from Grenoble airport operate on 5 times per day on Saturdays and once on Sundays in winter and take between 3.5 to 4 hours to get to Tignes.
The nearest train station for Tignes is at Bourg St Maurice and it takes around another 40 minutes by road to get to Tignes.
If you’re travelling from the UK, the Eurostar leaves from London or Kent and takes you into Paris, where you can pick up a connecting TGV train to Bourg St Maurice. These trains only operate in winter (from December to April) on Saturday during the day and overnight on Fridays (without sleeping compartments).
International trains connect Bourg St Maurice to Paris Charles de Gaulle airport or from Paris-Gare-de-Lyon on the TGV service, which takes around 5-6 hours. If you're coming from Lyon Part Dieu you can reach BSM on the regional trains which takes around 3.5 hours.
Once you've arrived in Bourg St Maurice you can pick up a shuttle bus to Tignes, a taxi or a take a transfer minibus directly from BSM.
There are a couple of International coach companies that can take you direct to Tignes Val Claret Gare Routiere, alternatively you can take a coach to Grenoble or Lyon and from there you can pick up connecting buses to resort.
International coaches are usually more comfortable than your average coach and many travel through the night, allowing you to spend more time on your actual holiday. Although the journey time is obviously longer (London to Tignes takes around 18.5 hours), you don't have the usual airport hassle of checking in luggage and hanging around in the departures lounge waiting for your flight to board. It is also more eco-friendly and often a bit kinder on the pocket.
Bringing your own vehicle with you to Tignes is a good idea if you want to have a little more flexibility getting around once you’re here. Being able to drive yourself around the area is far more comfortable and convenient, allowing you to take day trips or visit other nearby resorts such as Val d'Isere, La Plagne, Les Arcs, Meribel, Courchevel or Val Thorens.
Bear in mind that in winter the road on the way up to Tignes includes a few quite winding sections in places and although snow clearers operate every day in winter, conditions can be hard to drive in. Read our Driving to Tignes Guide and find more information on Parking in Tignes once you’ve arrived.
Travelling with equipment
Airlines, trains and transfer companies are all well-versed in catering for customers who travel with their own sports equipment (eg skis/snowboards or bikes/golf clubs in the summer), but it’s well worth checking the details in advance. Each company will have their own individual policy terms and conditions depending on the type of sporting equipment you are transporting. Here's a snapshot of the different transport options and a guide to their restrictions:
By Plane: Some airlines charge for taking skis/snowboards, and some don’t, and this can also apply to bikes, golf clubs, parachutes, mountaineering equipment - so check before you book. Make sure you pack your gear well, as it’s not unusual for there to be a few bumps and bruises along the way, if you don’t! The same applies for your bike, whether that be a mountain bike, road bike or touring bike...pack it well and ensure it falls within the packaging guidelines specified by the carrier.
Airport Transfer companies - again, these guys know that you’re going skiing, so they are able to cater for skis and snowboards coming too. However, it’s always important to let them know exactly what you’re bringing, so that they can ensure having sufficient capacity for skis/snowboards/bikes/clubs etc. An 8-seater minibus is much more cramped if all 8 of you turn up with skis without having forewarned the driver!
By Train - depending on where you start from, remember that train travel might include a couple of changes and almost certainly lugging your gear up and down a few sets of stairs or escalators. Eurostar allows skis/snowboards as 1 of your 2 permitted pieces of larger luggage, however golf clubs, bikes and other sporting equipment incur an additional charge of around £30 for their registered luggage service.
Accommodation & Hotels
Le Ski d'Or Hotel is perfectly located for both business and leisure guests in Tignes. The hotel offers a wide range of amenities and perks to ensure you have a great time. Free Wi-Fi in all rooms, daily housekeeping, fax machine, fireplace, photocopying are just some of the facilities on offer. Each guestroom is elegantly furnished and equipped with handy amenities. Entertain the hotel's recreational facilities, including hot tub, fitness center, sauna, skiing, massage. Le Ski d'Or Hotel is an excellent choice from which to explore Tignes or to simply relax and rejuvenate.
- GOOD TO KNOW
- Beds need improvement
- Rooms could be larger
- Winter sports facilities are close
- Friendly service
- HOTEL LE SKI D'OR SUMMARY
- With a very good TrustScore of 86, this hotel is one of the best 16% in the city. Guests recommend it because of its location, service and breakfast.
Property Location: With a stay at Hôtel Les Campanules in Tignes (Tignes le Lac), you'll be minutes from Ski-lift de Tignes and Aeroski Gondola. This 4-star hotel is within close proximity of Lagoon Sports Center and Combe Folle.
Rooms: Stay in one of 40 guestrooms featuring flat-screen televisions. Rooms have private balconies. Complimentary wired and wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and premium TV channels provides entertainment. Private bathrooms with bathtubs feature complimentary toiletries and hair dryers.
Amenities: Pamper yourself with a visit to the spa, which offers massages, body treatments, and facials. You're sure to appreciate the convenience of ski-in/ski-out access at this hotel, which also features an outdoor pool and a fitness center. Additional amenities at this hotel include complimentary wireless Internet access and ski storage.
Dining: Enjoy a meal at a restaurant or in a coffee shop/café. Or stay in and take advantage of the hotel's room service (during limited hours). Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge. A complimentary buffet breakfast is served daily.
Business, Other Amenities: Featured amenities include complimentary high-speed (wired) Internet access, a computer station, and a 24-hour front desk.
Le Refuge is located in Tignes, in the northern French Alps, 50 metres from the ski lift. It has spa facilities and massages. The guest rooms include a DVD player and free Wi-Fi Internet access. All rooms are serviced by a lift.
- WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
- Guests recommend this for traveling with friends.
- Guests think this is a family-friendly hotel.
- GOOD TO KNOW
- Friendly service
- Great view
- Nice building
- Winter sports facilities are close
- HÔTEL LE REFUGE SUMMARY
- With an excellent TrustScore of 88, this hotel is one of the top 7% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its service, location and breakfast.
Property Location: Located in Tignes (Les Almes), Hôtel Village Montana is minutes from Ski-lift de Tignes and Aeroski Gondola. This 4-star hotel is within close proximity of Lagoon Sports Center and Combe Folle. Rooms Stay in one of 82 guestrooms featuring LCD televisions.
Rooms: have private balconies. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and satellite programming is available for your entertainment. Private bathrooms with showers feature complimentary toiletries and hair dryers.
Amenities: Pamper yourself with a visit to the spa, which offers massages, body treatments, and facials. You're sure to appreciate the convenience of ski-in/ski-out access at this hotel, which also features an outdoor pool and a spa tub. Additional features at this hotel include complimentary wireless Internet access, supervised childcare/activities, and ski storage.
Dining: Grab a bite at one of the hotel's 3 restaurants, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge. A complimentary breakfast is included.
Business, Other Amenities: Featured amenities include a computer station, express check-in, and express check-out. Planning an event in Tignes? This hotel has facilities measuring 538 square feet (50 square meters), including conference space. Self parking (subject to charges) is available onsite.
- WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
- Guests recommend this for traveling with friends.
- GOOD TO KNOW
- Wifi quality could be improved
- Good ski storage
- Nice building
- Great view
- HOTEL VILLAGE MONTANA SUMMARY
- This hotel has an excellent TrustScore of 87. Guests highly recommend it because of its service, location and food.
Property Location: With a stay at Hôtel Les Suites du Montana in Tignes (Les Almes), you'll be minutes from Aeroski Gondola and Lagoon Sports Center. This 5-star hotel is within close proximity of Tignes Lake Golf Club and Funival Funicular.
Rooms: Treat yourself to a stay in one of the 27 guestrooms, featuring fireplaces and LCD televisions. Rooms have private balconies. Satellite programming and DVD players are provided for your entertainment, while complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected. Detached private bathrooms have jetted bathtubs and hair dryers.
Amenities: Relax at the full-service spa, where you can enjoy massages, body treatments, and facials. You're sure to appreciate the convenience of ski-in/ski-out access at this hotel, which also features a health club and an indoor pool. This hotel also features complimentary wireless Internet access, babysitting/childcare (surcharge), and ski storage. You'll be on the slopes in no time with the complimentary ski shuttle.
Dining: Satisfy your appetite at the hotel's restaurant, which serves breakfast and dinner, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.
Business, Other Amenities: Featured amenities include express check-in, express check-out, and complimentary newspapers in the lobby. Planning an event in Tignes? This hotel has facilities measuring 2153 square feet (200 square meters), including a meeting room. Self parking (subject to charges) is available onsite.
- WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
- Guests recommend this as a luxury hotel.
- Guests think this is a family-friendly hotel.
- GOOD TO KNOW
- Bathroom could be optimized
- Professional service
- Spacious rooms
- Friendly service
- HÔTEL LES SUITES DU MONTANA SUMMARY
- This hotel has a very good TrustScore of 86. Guests recommend it because of its service, food and location.
Property Location: Located in Tignes (Tignes le Lac), Langley Hotel Tignes 2100 is minutes from Lagoon Sports Center and Aeroski Gondola. This hotel is within close proximity of Tignes Lake Golf Club and Funival Funicular.
Rooms: Make yourself at home in one of the 87 guestrooms. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available to keep you connected. Bathrooms have showers and complimentary toiletries. Housekeeping is provided daily, and cribs/infant beds (complimentary) can be requested.
Amenities: Take in the views from a terrace and make use of amenities such as complimentary wireless Internet access and ski storage.
Dining: Enjoy a satisfying meal at a restaurant serving guests of Langley Hotel Tignes 2100. Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.
- WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
- Guests recommend this for traveling with friends.
- GOOD TO KNOW
- Parking is rare
- Comfortable beds
- Hotel buildings could use some improvement
- Friendly service
- LANGLEY HÔTEL TIGNES 2100 SUMMARY
- This hotel has a very good TrustScore of 83. Guests recommend it because of its Vibe, food and breakfast.
Property Location Located in Tignes (Tignes le Lac), Le Gentiana is minutes from Ski-lift de Tignes and Aeroski Gondola. This ski hotel is within close proximity of Lagoon Sports Center and Combe Folle.
Rooms Stay in one of 40 guestrooms featuring flat-screen televisions. Wireless Internet access (surcharge) keeps you connected, and satellite programming is available for your entertainment. Bathrooms have bathtubs or showers and hair dryers. Conveniences include safes and desks, and you can also request cribs/infant beds (complimentary).
Amenities Enjoy the convenience of ski-in/ski-out access at this hotel, which also features an outdoor pool and an indoor pool. This hotel also features wireless Internet access (surcharge) and ski storage.
Dining Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge. A complimentary breakfast is included.
Business, Other Amenities Featured amenities include multilingual staff and an elevator (lift).
- GOOD TO KNOW
- Friendly service
- Great reception
- Rooms could be larger
- Rooms could be cleaner
- LOGIS GENTIANA SUMMARY
- This hotel has a very good TrustScore of 84. Guests recommend it because of its service, location and breakfast.
- GOOD TO KNOW
- Winter sports facilities are close
- Professional service
- Rooms could be larger
- Friendly service
- HOTEL LE LEVANNA SUMMARY
- This hotel has a very good TrustScore of 85. Guests recommend it because of its location, service and food.
Standing in the Val Claret district on the heights of Tignes, the residence is built in the local style, combining wood and traditionally worked stone. This is a remarkable resort setting with charming, spacious apartments, close to skiing runs and shops.
- GOOD TO KNOW
- Beds need improvement
- Friendly service
- Professional service
- Friendly atmosphere
- LES SUITES – MAISON BOUVIER SUMMARY
- With an excellent TrustScore of 92, this hotel is one of the top 4% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its service, food and breakfast.
Property Location: With a stay at Hôtel Le Taos in Tignes (Tignes le Lac), you'll be minutes from Ski-lift de Tignes and Aeroski Gondola. This ski hotel is within close proximity of Lagoon Sports Center and Combe Folle.
Rooms: Stay in one of 25 guestrooms featuring flat-screen televisions. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming is available for your entertainment. Private bathrooms with bathtubs or showers feature complimentary toiletries and bathrobes. Conveniences include phones, as well as safes and coffee/tea makers.
Amenities: Pamper yourself with a visit to the spa, which offers massages and body treatments. You're sure to appreciate the convenience of ski-in/ski-out access at this hotel, which also features an indoor pool. This hotel also features complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and ski storage.
Dining: You can enjoy a meal at a restaurant serving the guests of Hôtel Le Taos, or stop in at a snack bar/deli. Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.
Business, Other Amenities: Featured amenities include a 24-hour front desk, luggage storage, and laundry facilities. Self parking (subject to charges) is available onsite.
Tignes has few beginner slopes; the ski area is mainly made up of long cruiser runs as well as accessible and inspiring off piste.
Overall Tignes is best suited for skiers who want to build upon existing skills. There are few beginner slopes and the ski area is mainly made up of long cruiser runs ideal for intermediates and, for more advanced skiers, accessible and inspiring off piste.
The area has 67 runs, six slalom stadiums, a mogul field, two halfpipes and a snow park. Should they be needed there are also 193 snow cannons.
Wth the resort at 2,100 meters (6,890 feet) and rising to 3,450 meters (11,319 feet) Tignes's high altitude means it always has a good snow covering and there are regular snowfalls of classic light, dry powder. Tignes itself divides up into four different skiing areas: The Grande Motte, The Palet, Tovière and Brévières sectors.
The Grande Motte
The Grande Motte and Col Du Palet peaks are both directly accessible from Val Claret. The underground Funiculaire train running up the mountain is the fastest way to the Grande Motte cable car. It runs every 15 inutes and is impressively quick and efficient. Alternatively, if it is a nice day, you can take the more scenic route via the high speed Lanches chairlift and then the Vanoise chair to reach the cable. Once at the top of the cable car (capacity 115) you can admire the amazing view, pick your route down and enjoy the snow. All of the runs on Grand Motte are north facing.
Col du Palet is reached by taking the Tichot chair and the newly installed Grattalu lift. Some of lifts on this side are slow and in need of renovation but the ski runs over here are apt rewards for the time taken. If you want to try Tignes' latest Freeskiing project SPOT (Skiing the Powder of Tignes) then take the Col des Ves lift.
Toviere and Brévières
The Toviere and Brévières sectors are reached from lifts located in Tignes-Le-Lac. To get to Toviere take the Aeroski gondola. From this point you can ski back down to Le Lac, investigate the La Daille valley towards Val d'Isere (you will need an Espace Killy pass to get back though!) or head towards Val Claret. To get to the Brévières sector take the high speed Palafour chairlift, then ski to the Aiguille Perceé lift and admire Tignes's famous rock formation - 'the Eye of the Needle'. From the peak here you can either explore runs down to Les Brévières, Les Boisses or ski back to Le Lac.
Tignes Beginner Skiing
Although Tignes is primarily a resort for intermediates and advanced skiers, it does have some good beginner areas to offer.
Although Tignes is primarily a resort for intermediates and advanced skiers and boarders, it does have some good beginner areas to offer. Le Bollin in Val Claret next to the main lift stations is one of them and has some good local bars nearby, making it a handy place for not so confident skiers to practice and then meet up with friends later in the day. Lower down in Rosset and Lavachet are some gentler slopes which are used for learning and practice by various ski schools. Even further down in Les Brévières, Pitôts is the closest beginner slope. There are five free beginners' lifts in these areas. If you only want to admire the amazing views or meet friends for lunch in a mountain restaurant, but don't fancy the ski down, it's possible to buy pedestrian tickets for some lifts.
Tignes Intermediate Skiing
Well-groomed runs, consistently good snow and a huge ski area combine to make Tignes an intermediates' paradise.
With its 38 blue runs and 17 red runs Tignes is an intermediates' paradise. Well-groomed runs, consistently good snow and a huge ski area combine to make Tignes exactly the sort of destination for any skier aspiring to further their technique and ability. On the whole the runs are long enough to satisfy most skiers or boarders while the efficient lift system ensures that everybody gets to the top of the mountain quickly.
The descent from the very top of Grande Motte is an ideal intermediate run: a wide slope with a testing gradient that allows you to go at either a slower pace or straighten up and speed off.
For scenic and relaxed skiing, and if the weather is good, head towards Tignes' famous geological attraction, the 'eye of the needle'. This is a completely natural rock formation.that protrudes from the Aiguelle Percee peak. Be aware, though, that a few of the lifts here are slow and can be very uncomfortable and cold if it's windy or cloudy.
If the snow is good, and it usually is, the long black run down to Brévières (called Sache) is well worth while. It gives strong intermediate skiers the chance to improve balance, technique and stamina. At the end there is a real sense of achievement and maybe more importantly a restaurant, a bar and lifts back to Tignes-Le-Lac. All of the runs are well marked and the chances of unintentionally veering off-piste are minimal.
Tignes Advanced & Expert Skiing
The abundance of off-piste skiing, including some excellent off piste itineraries, makes Tignes a favourite with good skiers.
It's advanced skiers and boarders who benefit most from what Tignes has to offer. At first glance there seems only to be a handful of black runs, but it's an abundance of off-piste skiing, including some excellent lift-accessible off piste itineraries, that really makes Tignes so popular with good skiers.
The one thing Tignes really lacks is some decent tree runs. Because of its high altitude trees don't feature, but on the plus side this means all of the slopes are incredibly open and on a clear day it's easy to pick out the best runs and jumps.
Tignes Off Piste
Few resorts in France can match the beauty and grandeur of Tignes' off piste skiing.
The off-piste skiing in Tignes tends to be of quite a different character to that in neighbouring Val d'Isère - much of it a little higher and in general above the tree-line, which gives it something of a lunar landscape.
At the top of Lanches chair traverse around an untouched bowl (a favourite of guides) and end up at the foot of two runs, nicknamed 'Telegraph' and 'Telephone'. If timed right, from mid morning to early afternoon, both offer virgin powder snow, first-rate fall lines and rock jumps aplenty. Alternatively a ten minutes' or so walk from the bottom of the glacier button lift, Rosolin, brings you to the edge of one of the best runs in Tignes. Ski through a magnificent powder bowl and you will get to the top of three couloirs, simply nicknamed one, two and three. From here you decide which one you want to tackle and then ski down to Les Lanches chairlift.
Some of the links between the two sectors are in fact off-piste, and one of the easiest and most pleasant routes across to Val d'Isère from Tignes is L'Arriere des Campanules, in the Val Claret area, reached from the top of Tovière. You head down towards the lower section of the Génépy piste, and on to Tignes Val Claret. In the opposite direction - from Tignes back to Val d'Isère, is La Familiale. It too is reached from any of the Tovière lifts, and brings you to the bottom of the Tommeuses lifts which link the two resorts.
Perhaps the easiest off-piste run for would-de be off-piste skiers to learn on is Lognan, reached from the Grattalu or Merle Blanc lifts across the valley. You begin by taking the Lognan piste for about 600 metres. Where the piste separates into red or blue alternatives, there are a number of off-piste variants. You can chose whether you want to ski on down to the Grand Motte base area or the Val Claret bus.
Accessed with a 20 minute ridge walk from the top of Tovière, the Couloir Gendarme (just below a jutting rock which stands, policeman-like above the chute) can involve being roped down a tricky section until the couloir opens up to provide a wide and wonderfully long untouched snowfield.
Another off-piste route into Tignes from Val D'Isere is from the top of the Borsat Express lift. Simply hike up to the top of the ridge and ski down on the Tignes side to skiers left of the Isolee piste until you meet the Blue Genepy curling down from the Grande Motte. Be careful: there are rocks here particularly near the top and avalanches can occur. If in doubt, take a guide.
The Grande Motte, with the highest slopes in the entire Espace Killy, has a number of options. At the base of the glacier, reached by the Grande Motte funicular, La Langue du Glacier is wonderfully scenic without being difficult. Although it's steep, it's also wide enough to make even intermediates feel fairly unthreatened.
On the Grande Motte glacier itself, the North Face run, is fairly easy but can be chilly, and although they are not as major threat, there are crevasses, especially in lean snow years (when at least you're more likely to be able to see them) and if you wander too far away from the main route.
The North Face of Pramecou "is maybe the most beautiful north face in the Espace Killy" say Steiger and Bonnevie. "The approach is magnificent, opposite the Grand Casse, and with a spectacular first descent." It is also very difficult technically, with a slop reaching 45o. The run is reached from the top of the Grande Motte funicular, and means a walk of 15 minutes or more. A rope and skins are advised. Much less challenging but a delightful alternative is the Tour de la Grande Balme (AKA Tour de Pramecou) , which involves significantly less danger, though there is still potential avalanche danger. The Couloirs de la Grande Balme are much more serious, and should only be attempted by experts. The Couloir de la Petite Balme - from which you end up skiing down to the Génépy piste, and on to Tignes Val Claret - is very dangerous if you take a wrong turn.
Massif du Lavachet
Mickey's Ears (Les Oreilles de Mickey) in the Massif du Lavachet/Tignes le Lac area, provide one of the best known and most enjoyable off-piste areas in Tignes - overlooking the resort's famous dam. Unlike many other Tignes' off-piste spots, this area does include gladed skiing. It also includes some tough challenges: slopes as much as 45°, and the possibility of slides and collapsing cornices. The run gets its name from the attenae and satellite dishes attached to the relay station at the top of the Pointe du Lavachet. It's reached by taking any of the lifts to the top of Tovière. There are a number of variants, including one all the way back to La Daille (Val d'Isère).
Other worthwhile off-piste runs in Tignes include the Couloir du Chardonnet (usually with good powder) reached from the Merle Blanc chair, the Lavachet slopes above Tignes Le Lac (reached by the Aeroski cablecar) and the nearby Tufs couloirs - close to the piste but very narrow. Le Glattier, a wide and easy off-piste slope in the Massif des Brévières sector, can be reached from the Aiguille Rouge chair.
The Vallon de la Sache is one of the classic Tignes runs - a beautiful long run with a 900 metre (2,953 feet) vertical drop. You reach it via the Aiguille Percée chair or the Marais chair. This is a run which any reasonably experienced off piste skier or boarder will relish.
Apart from such a wealth of off-piste in the Espace Killy, there is also the possibility of some epic inter-resort tours, such as the one between Tignes and Champagny or Tignes and Peizey, both of which require transport back to Tignes.
Tignes has much to offer freeriders and boarders, including the dedicated SPOT area.
Tignes has much to offer freeriders and boarders, including a dedicated area, marked on the piste map as SPOT (Skiing the Powder of Tignes) in the Col des Ves sector. It comprises of different zones for different disciplines: backcountry, freeskiing, boarder cross and an Avalanche training section. The run Col de Ves is an ungroomed off-piste area, however it is patrolled.
In 2004/5 Tignes had two halfpipes: a 70m beginners' halfpipe and a 120m expert one that complies with FIS standards. A tow rope operating alongside takes riders back to the top. The whole resort is boarder-friendly and repair kits/tools can be found on most lifts.
Ski lifts & pass
Tignes has an excellent lift system and its vast ski area is efficiently handled by mostly modern and quick lifts.
Most lifts in Tignes vary opening and closing times depending on the time of year and you should consult an up-to-date Tignes ski map to check these. Recent necessary improvements have been made to the important lifts of Tommeuses, Palafour, and Grattalu but there are still a few rickety old fixed grip chairlifts that need to be replaced. The main lift up to the Col du Palet (Tichot) is incredibly slow - the adjacent draglift is faster. Generally, though, Tignes has an excellent lift system and its vast ski area is efficiently handled by mostly modern and quick lifts. Queues are rarely a problem except in holiday periods.
Tignes lift passes
You can buy either a Tignes or an Espace Killy lift pass. A Tignes lift pass allows you to enjoy all of the 67 ski runs, 150km of piste and 5000 hectares of area available to Tignes. An Espace Killy lift pass adds the runs in Val d'Isere to this - approximately the same ski area again! An Espace Killy lift pass is a little more expensive but definitely worth it for the intermediate or advanced skier. Surprisingly the lift pass is not electronic like in some resorts and you will need a photo for the pass. Take ID with you to take advantage of age discounts.
Tignes also offers a 'loyalty card'. The Carte Tignes is available to returning visitors as long as they have purchased a six-day lift pass within the last three years. It gives you a reduction off the price of your lift pass depending on the length of your stay. There are also discounts for children (5-12) and seniors (60-74).
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Activities & Things to do ( Summer )
Whatever you choose to do on your summer holiday you are sure to find a huge range of activities across the Tignes area. From relaxing to full on adrenaline there is something for everyone, every ability and every age in Tignes. Check out the selection of things to do below for some holiday inspiration!
Achery is one of those sports that people all ages love to try. There are a number of places near Tignes to practice archery and become the Robin Hood of the Alps, mainly at the Lognan athletic centre in Val Claret. They will provide you with bow and arrows, and you can also take lessons.
Tignes sports centre, Tignespace, features a large 1600 m2 multisports court with a basketball court, as well as a handball court, 3 voleyball courts, 2 trampolines and a roller-hockey rink.
The Sports Beach near the lake hosts a wide range of activities, with a trampoline located near the tennis courts, as well as a playing field next to the children’s recreation area.Throughout the summer, you can play beach football, beach volleyball, beach rugby, tennis and table tennis, as well as petanque.
The naturally formed 25-hectare lake in the heart of Tignes offers catamarans, pedalos and dinghy boats to relax on the water in summer.
You can bowl in Tignes in winter or summer. A great place to go if you're in a family, a group or to while away rainy days.
The Bun J Ride combines zip wire, bungee and a huge 30 metres ramp. In the summer you can do it on a bike or in tandem.
Canoeing / Kayaking
Canoe rafts are an unsinkable, stable type of inflatable canoe that allow you, without too much technique to profit fully from the joys and fun of white water river descent. The descents are taken on by groups of 4 to 5 boats, accompanied by a fully qualified guide. You are equipped with neoprene suits and shoes, a safety jacket and a helmet. The course which you take is chosen according to the water levels and experience of the participants.
A not-so-gentle but extremely refreshing summer activity is one way to describe canyoning! Plunge yourself into the mountain streams via a series of abseil descents, jumps and natural water slides – just make sure you choose a warm day!
You will make your way along rivers and rapids, using the river bed as a natural obstacle course. Not suitable for very young children, but anyone over the age of about 8 can take the (very cold) plunge and try canyoning. With the safety of a guide everyone can abseil down cascades, splash into pools and ride the river rapids. You can choose from short beginners’ routes or longer ones for the more adventurous. Different companies will have their own policies on age limits but usually, unless they are booked onto a children's activity course, anyone under the age of about 14 years old will have to be accompanied by an adult. A basic level of swimming ability is required for safety reasons. There are a number of adventure companies that offer guided descents down the local waterways.
Tignes offers challenging mountain roads where to cycle while enjoying the stunning scenery. However, riding in the Alps is much more demanding than your favourite local route back in the UK. The roads around Tignes are the setting for some of the most gruelling sections of the Tour de France but they can be tackled by enthusiasts as well as professionals. To gain the most from your riding in the area it goes without saying you need to have a reasonable level of fitness. You do not need to be a super man or woman but the ability to ride comfortably for up to 3-4 hours in the UK should see you enjoy the mountain routes.
The lake in Tignes is a great place for experienced and beginner fishermen to catch all types of trouts. There are six other high high-altitude lakes in the Tignes area. If you want, fly fishing guides can also teach you the art of angling. You must, however, ensure that you have the correct fishing permit and are aware of the local fishing regulations.
The Lognan Athletic Centre boasts the "Eric Cantona" natural grass pitch where you can practice football with your friends.
There are over 2.5 million people doing geocaching around the world and some of them (perhaps surprisingly) are right here in Tignes!. It’s a relatively new craze that started taking the world by storm in May 2000 after a computer geek decided that GPS could be “really exciting”. He hid some treasure at his home in Portland, America, for people to find, broadcast the GPS coordinates and said, “Come and get it”. His only rule: “Take some stuff, leave some stuff”. And that’s exactly what Geocaching is…you go in search of treasure by using the GPS system on your mobile device – once you’ve found it, you write your name in a logbook and replace the treasure you decide to take. It’s pretty simple really and means, as a family, you can be adventurers together. You won’t usually find anything quite as precious as gold, silver and diamonds but nevertheless it’s quite exciting!
For a truly unique experience, clamp on your crampons and go hiking on one of the Espace Killy’s Grand Motte or Pissaillas glaciers. The breathtaking views and spectacular crevasses make this an incredible adventure. There are a number of glacial hikes, of varying difficulty, in this region of the Alps. Most mountain guiding companies will run organised excursions to the most accessible.
Excellent course and beautiful scenery, you can play golf in the summer in Tignes surrounded by the fantastic mountain views. Tignes has the highest golf course in Europe at 2100 metres above sea level, the perfect spot to try you swing with its 18 holes and a wide range of obstacles.
Sit back and admire the mountains from even higher up! Daily panoramic helicopter flights are available (weather permitting) with a number of local flight companies. Relax and enjoy the stunning views as you fly over the snow-capped mountain tops, glaciers and alpine forests of the Alps.
The Espace Killy area offers a wide expanse of spectacular terrain on which you can saddle up and go exploring. There are a wide range of trails and routes waiting to be explored in Tignes and what better way to explore them than on horse back. A 2-hour ride costs around €55.
If you don't fancy climbing outdoors, or you're new to climbing and want to give it a go in an indoor centre, then Tignes has somewhere for you to go. Climbing equipment is normally provided, or you can bring your own and insurance is normally needed before you hit the climbing wall.
Tignes is a Mecca for mountain biking, with varying terrain and fantastic views it is perfect for mountain biking enthusiasts. With the whole of the mountain area to explore, Tignes is definitely a great place for biking as the different and varied terrains suit bikers of all levels. Whether you enjoy a leisurely cycle around some of the lower level trails, or a day's hardcore downhill mountain is more your ‘thang’, Tignes definitely has something to suit all tastes.
Tignes has an extensive MTB park with lots of of trails to try, from beginner to more advanced levels. You can even try the MTB airbag to do your best tricks on a bike in complete safety.
Paragliding / Parapenting
If you’ve never tried paragliding before then Tignes is a great place to learn how to fly. Known as “parapenting” in France & Switzerland, there are a great number of clubs and organisations in the area whose sole purpose is give you the experience of flying. From the heights of the mountain tops you can glide down to the bottom of the valley on a tandem paraglider controlled by the instructor. He manoeuvres the parachute while the passenger enjoys the ride and fantastic views. Top tip: go on a sunny, warm day when the thermals will keep your airborne for longer.
Tignes is a great place rock climbing for both beginners and experienced climbers. Experienced climbers can tackle the mountain side rock and enjoy the fantastic views (just make sure you have all the right gear and safety equipment). For beginners there are a number of adventure companies or mountain guides who can take you out on your first climb and show you the 'ropes'! Learn all the technique and skills in the safe hands of a well-trained mountain guide. Climbing is also a great activity for all the family, just check with the guide beforehand what their minimum age is.
Hiring a scooter is a great way to discover new places in Tignes and soak up the stunning scenery while driving through winding Alpine roads.
Many people would not automatically think of Tignes as a place to shop, however, the town boasts some great stores. As you would expect from an outdoor sports resort, there are plenty sports stores where you can get your hands on some of the top mountaineering, ski and snowboard brands but there are also some fashionable clothing stores, and plenty of shops selling traditional mountain goods.
Walking & Hiking
In the summer months Tignes is a mecca for walking and hiking in the beautiful alpine mountains. As the snow melts and the sun begins to shine the mountains make an excellent place to head out on a hike or walk. Walking is the perfect activity for groups, families and friends. Pick from a number of routes ranging in difficulty, from easy child friendly walks to challenging day long hikes. Along the way enjoy the fantastic mountain views, beautiful scenery and wildlife that is normally hidden in the winter months.
In the summer in Tignes you can come and discover the Blob Jump into the famous Tignes Lake! It's a not-so-easy-to-describe activity with a simple purpose: to catapult you several meters above Tignes Lake! You basically sit on a giant cushion and get hurled into the air and then into the lake... Why not give it a try! The activitiy is at Acroland water park in the Tignes Lake where you can also enjoy the slide ramp and ski or BMX ramp right into the mountain waters.
Activities & Things to do ( Winter )
Whatever you choose to do on your winter holiday you are sure to find a huge range of activities across the Tignes area. From relaxing to full on adrenaline there is something for everyone, every ability and every age in Tignes. Check out the selection of things to do below for some holiday inspiration!
Tignes is a winter walker's paradise, with lifts giving access to the higher ground and a network of groomed trails in the winter, it's very easy to discover the resort on foot. Don’t forget to check the weather forecast before you set out as conditions can change rapidly in the mountains. You do not need any particular equipment, just a pair of sturdy boots and layers of warm clothing that you can take off or put on as necessary. A pair of walking poles will come in handy for extra balance on icy patches and for checking snow depth before you go striding forth. Top tip: buy ‘grippers’ for your walking boots to prevent slipping which you can buy from most local Sport Shops.
Take your mountain bike out on the pistes & enjoy the snowy thrills. Once the pistes are closed, the mountain empty and the sun setting you would think the only thing happening would be piste grooming.... Well not in Tignes! Now you can race down the empty slopes on a mountain bike. Grab the gondola up and race, bump, slide and enjoy your descent down the snowy mountain on two wheels. The activity costs around 50 euros, which may seem steep but can definitely be worth it with the beautiful view, the sun setting and the thrill of the experience, plus it includes the rental of the bike, safety gear and a guide to take you down.
Spend the evening dining in a yurt in the forest and finish the night with a drink by the fire and torchlit sledge ride back down the mountain. This is suitable for anyone over 14 years of age and offers a unique evening experience in the wilderness of Tignes. Cost approx €70 per person.
You can bowl in Tignes in winter or summer. A great place to go if you're in a family, a group or to while away rainy days.
Bounce, jump & get some serious height on the Bungee trampoline. Strap into a harness and use the bounce from the trampoline and the bungee cords to catapult yourself into the air. Soft landings guaranteed! For something a little more adrenaline fuelled, try the Bun J ride where you're catapulted off the edge of a huge ramp!
Get back to nature and explore the lovely tranquil cross-country ski trails. There are two different techniques – classic and skating. Classic is the easiest for beginners; you simply place your skis in two parallel grooves, push off and glide around the trails. Skating is more energetic and a slightly harder skill to grasp; you push your feet out to either side as though you are ice skating and use your poles simultaneously to gain momentum. You can hire the comfortable boots and lightweight skis and poles fairly inexpensively from most sports shops and book a group or private lesson to learn the basics from most ski schools or private instructors. A number of adventure companies also offer cross-country skiing guiding, tours and lessons too. Find your way around with the cross country skiing maps.
There are over 2.5 million people doing geocaching around the world and some of them (perhaps surprisingly) are right here in Tignes! It’s a relatively new craze that started taking the world by storm in May 2000 after a computer geek decided that GPS could be “really exciting”. He hid some treasure at his home in Portland, America, for people to find, broadcast the GPS coordinates and said, “Come and get it”. His only rule: “Take some stuff, leave some stuff”. And that’s exactly what Geocaching is…you go in search of treasure by using the GPS system on your mobile device – once you’ve found it, you write your name in a logbook and replace the treasure you decide to take. It’s pretty simple really and means, as a family, you can be adventurers together. You won’t usually find anything quite as precious as gold, silver and diamonds but nevertheless it’s quite exciting!
Gym / Fitness centres
A public gym & fitness classes can be found at the main sports centre in Tignes, along with yoga and pilates.
Handiski / sit-ski
Enjoying the thrill of being on the pistes need not escape you if you're less mobile or have special physical needs. Resorts all over the Alps offer equipment and fully qualified guides to help you get the most out of your experience. Sit-ski, taxi ski, Vertiski, Handiski.. whichever method you're used to, or would like to try there will be at least one ski school or activity company in Tignes that offers this service.
Unfortunately, heli-skiing is not permitted in France, however some of the ski schools, adventure companies, local flight companies and mountain guide companies will offer a pick-up/drop-off heli skiing service for you where you will be taken over the border into Italy or Switzerland. It is expensive, but definitely a once in a lifetime experience!
Sit back and admire the mountains from even higher up. Daily panoramic helicopter flights are available (weather permitting) with a number of local flight companies. Relax and enjoy the stunning views as you fly over the snow-capped mountain tops, glaciers and alpine forests of the Alps.
Be in charge of your own sled and team of excitable husky dogs, driving them along forest paths in winter. After a brief explanation of how to make your team stop and start, you set off following the guide’s team. If this all sounds a bit much you can opt for a less physical outing where you sit in the sled and the guide does all the hard work! It's a very popular winter activity, so booking at least 48 hours in advance is a must. They run from early December to the end of April (snow-permitting).
If you want to try something different in Tignes other than hitting the slopes then why not try Ice Climbing. Whether you are an experienced climber or a beginner you can have a go at ice climbing on Tignes frozen waterfall. If you are a beginner and have never climbed before then a mountain guide or adventure company can take you out and teach you how to climb the slightly scary but incredibly beautiful looking ice waterfall. All equipment is provided and you will learn all the basics of climbing. The waterfall is located in Tignes Les Brevieres and is open to everyone. Talk to one of the activity companies or Mountain Guides for more information.
Submerge yourself in the icy depths & explore the wildlife below. You can try a completely unique experience in Tignes - Ice Diving. You can plunge into the icy cold waters of the lake and experience the thrill of diving under the icy layers above. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced diver you can have a go at ice diving. Adventure companies offering this activity will provide you with all the equipment and instruction you need, and will take you on this underwater adventure.
Ice-karting / Ice-driving
Learn how to control a car and whizz & skid on the ice. Have you ever fancied whizzing around on the ice in a car? Well now you can in Tignes. Ice driving is a specialised activity that will test your driving skills and push you and the car to your driving limit. The cars all have specialised studded tyres and during an ice driving session you can learn how to control and have fun with a car sliding around on ice. It is an exciting adrenaline pumping activity, but with special techniques and skills demonstrated and learned you come away having greater knowledge and experience on how to control a car in snow and ice. You can take part in a group or as an individual although we recommend you head down with some friends and enjoy the icy fun together.
Ice-skating / Hockey
Go outdoor ice skating on the frozen Tignes Lake. It's a fun thing to do with the family, or in a group if you want to do something a little bit different for apres ski. Perfect for children and families and those who just want to enjoy the beautiful mountain views whilst playing around on some skates.
Light Aircraft / Microlight Flights
This is a must do for any adventure-seeker’s bucket list. If you are visiting Tignes for the week and you want to try something a bit different, take a trip in a microlight over the mountains. The flight will leave you with an awesome and unforgettable ‘aerial’ memory of Tignes that not many people are lucky enough to experience. Located right beside the bottom of the Gratalu chair at the Altisurface, it is really easy to go and book in a flight.
Tignes is popular for ski touring, whether it's going up the pistes that most people normally ski down, or tackling more of a back country route. A number of ski schools, private instructors and companies can show you around, or if you've got all the necessary equipment you can head out in your own group.
Skiing & snowboarding
The main draw for people coming to Tignes in winter is of course the skiing and snowboarding. With the whole of the Espace Killy to ski in, as well as a wealth of off-piste areas, Tignes has something for every level of experience.
Sledging / Tobogganing
This is one winter activity that doesn't require a lot of expensive equipment, just grab your sledge and head for the nearest snow-covered hill! You can pick up a sledge at one of the many ski hire shops or sports shops in Tignes. You can also try Paret sledging in Tignes - an old fashioned type of wooden sledge guaranteed to be lots of fun.
Raquette à Neige or Snow-shoeing in and around Tignes is a perfect activity for bad weather conditions or for non-skiers. Don't forget to wear comfortable and waterproof boots. Either set out on your own, or join a group led by a knowledgeable local guide and explore the hidden parts of the ski area. Snowshoes and ski poles are provided by most companies offering this as an experience, or you can hire snowshoes from most Sports Shops or Ski Hire Shops, grab a trail map from the Tourist Office and head off on your own adventure. Be sure to check the weather forecast before you go.
Snowmobile / Skidooing
Those who enjoy speed will love riding a powerful snowmobile (like a motorbike with caterpillar tracks) around Tignes. Discover the different dimensions of driving; carving turns, accelerating in a straight line, ascents and descents. Snowmobiles are a great way to explore Tignes especially as you get to ride them when the resort is at its quietest. Disappear into the woods and blast around empty snow fields on your scooter with your own guide. Remember to wrap up warmly especially if you go after dark, and bring goggles if there is powder.
Where to go to jib, bonk, spin and pop in the Espace Killy. Or if you prefer a more gentle ride then why not try snowtubing! Sit in a rubber ring and fly down the piste...race your friends and see who makes it down first.
Spas & massages
If it is calm and relaxation you are after then head to a luxury day spa or book in for massage therapies and beauty treatments. A day spa is also the perfect activity when the weather turns. You can keep warm and revive aching muscles in saunas, steam rooms and jacuzzis or take a refreshing dip in a swimming pool. Unwind, relax and indulge.
Restaurants & Nightlife
Tignes does not have much of a reputation for après ski and nightlife, but this is not due to a lack of trying.
Tignes does not have much of a reputation for après ski and nightlife. Admittedly it does not have the party atmosphere of other European resorts but this is mainly due to the rather soulless feel created by most of its architecture and not down to a lack of entertainment effort. In fact there are over 75 restaurants, 50 bars and four nightclubs.
If you are staying in Val Claret you can cut off the slope by Tuffs chairlift and stroll towards the Crowded House. It's central, has a welcoming and laid back appeal and is perfect for a few drinks after a hard day on the hill. Alternatively if it's still sunny you should sit down with a drink outside one of the local bars with sun terraces, such as Fish Tank or Grizzly's Bar. Down the road in Le Lac there are more bars.
Tignes Restaurants & Bars
Tignes is not noted for culinary excellence, but there are loads of well-run restaurants offering good and relatively cheap food.
Tignes caters for most tastes, with many well-run restaurants where you can eat well and (relatively) cheaply. For a decent pizza head for La Pignatta in Val Claret, if you want to splash out and treat yourself, try Le Caveau in Val Claret, highly rated not only for its fine food but also for live music and atmosphere. Down in Le Lac the most revered restaurant is in the l'Arbina Hotel. Just along from there is the Clin d'Oeil, another highly regarded venue.
If you still have energy to burn after a day's skiing, there are various late night options in Tignes. Bars generally stay open until 2am; after that there are four nightclubs to choose from: a night of cheesy music at Jack's Club, the exotic and unforgettable Blue Girl, or the cooler and funkier Melting Pot or Cav du Lac.
Tignes Mountain Restaurants
Within the Tignes ski area there are ten mountainside restaurants, nearly all located at the top of lifts.
Within the Tignes ski area there are ten mountainside restaurants. Menus consist mainly of pasta dishes, salads, omelettes and steaks. Nearly all are located at the top of lifts and serve lunch until about 2pm. As with most mountain restaurants food is expensive, but there are also some (not so good) self-service stations. For those who want to relax in the sun after a few runs there is the Tavernes de Neiges at the foot of the Val Claret lifts but for a better view try the Panoramic restaurant atop of the Funiculaire.
Generally the food is good but Tignes is not known for amazingly high culinary standards. If you want to lunch in style then head over to Val d'Isere where you will find fancier menus, longer wine lists and higher prices.
Festivals & Events
There are loads of events in Tignes organised year-round. From quirky local events to large scale sporting spectacles there is always something worth visiting. In this section we bring you information about the major annual Tignes events in resort.
European Snow Pride
After a full day of skiing and boarding in the company of your friends, our guided groups or our ski classes you will enjoy at your leisure the variety of great events that we provide throughout the week: après ski on a sunny terrace, cabarets and shows, parties with Europe's best gay DJs and clubs, the giant Pool Party taking place in "Le Lagon", Tignes' enormous 5000m2 pool and spa complex, after hours clubbing...
The Brits, Tignes
The British Championships, or Brits, moved to Tignes in 2013 but it's been one of the highlights of the British snowsports calendar for years. A week long festival and competition fo skiers and snowboarders with Halfpipe, Big Air, Boardercross, Skiercross and Slopestyle events.
International Adventure & Discovery Film Festival
The Festival du Film Aventure et Decouverte showcases short documentaries featuring at least one of the following themes: adventure, exploration, ethnic encounters, sport or expeditions. The festival has been running annually since 1996 and goes from strength to strength each year - worth checking out. Ask at the Tourist Office for the full schedule.
Fete de la Musique
The Fête de la Musique is the celebration that takes place every summer solstice on 21st June in cities, towns and villages across France. More than a music festival, the Tignes Fête de la Musique is a free event that spills out from the bars and restaurants onto the streets and encompasses every type of music imaginable, from local amateur teen bands to professional classical musicians, from club DJ’s to traditional folk bands.
Celebrated across the whole of France with a bang...well, several in fact, fireworks always feature heavily. And the residents of Tignes celebrate this national holiday with as much enthusiasm as the rest of the country. Various activities are held across the city on the 14th, in memory of the storming of the Bastille on the same date in 1789. Traditionally the fireworks display normally starts off between 10-11pm.
Tour de France
The Alps have played a large part in the race over the years with the gruelling mountain climbs providing some of the most exciting spectacles of the event. The route changes slightly each year, taking in different towns, villages and cols along the way. Even if the race doesn't pass near to where you are this summer you can guarantee that it will still be avidly watched in bars and cafés around the country with everyone joining in to cheer on the famous yellow jersey!
Ice Trail Tarentaise
The Ice Trail Tarentaise boasts the highest highest trail race in Europe with 65km of trail and over 5000m height gain.
The festive season in the snowy Alps is always magical and every year there is some sort of celebration in resort to mark the occasion. Christmas in Tignes officially starts at the beginning of December when the Christmas lights are switched on. The night is marked with vin chaud, hot chocolate and music. From then on you can enjoy Christmas concerts, festive markets and live music throughout town as the resort gears up for Christmas and New Year.
New Years Eve
Come midnight the hoards of merry revellers head the centre of town for the big countdown – not an official event as such, more of a long-held tradition. On the stroke of midnight you are advised to duck as champagne corks and fireworks are unleashed in celebration! Likewise, planning ahead is advised if you have your heart set on ringing in the New Year in a particular bar or club – some of them are ticket-only, so enquire in advance to avoid disappointment!