Tignes is widely considered as one of the finest ski resorts in the French Alps. The oldest of the five villages that make up the resort – Tignes Les Brevieres – has been in existence since the 13th century, with the other four coming after the local council received funds from the government for the famous dam built at the foot of the valley.
In Tignes’ ski area beginners will have their own free spaces at the bottom of the slopes and then once a bit more confident on their skis, they will have the opportunity to try the green and blue runs and even go all the way to Val d’Isère ski area. For intermediates and confident skiers and boarders there are great challenging red and black runs towards the Grande Motte glacier as well as some amazing off-piste for freeriders and powder lovers.
Tignes is also well equipped for freestylers and its terrain park offers units for both experts and novice. There is also an air bag to practice tricks safely, border cross for all levels and a half pipe where freestyle champs realize their runs during major competitions.
To join the ski area of Val d’Isère you can either take “Tovière” gondola from Tignes Le Lac or the lifts from Val Claret; “Tufs” and “Fresse”.
Tignes is linked with Val d’Isere to create the expansive Espace Killy ski domain. The main areas of Tignes – Le Lac, Lavachet and Val Claret – sit at a high altitude of 2100m and each provide great access to the slopes. From Tignes Val Claret you can directly access the Grand Motte glacier via the impressive funicular. The glacier reaches a summit of 3456m and receives enough snow to be open for skiing in the summer.
Tignes and its festivities start on the 31st of December – a great way to start the New Year with a torch lit descent, some good music and the midnight fireworks! Some freestyles competitions such as the SFR Freestyle Tour will also be hosted in the resort. In April don’t miss the “Live in Tignes” music festival by Francofolies, four days of concerts by international artists.
It’s also host to a number of excellent summer activities including – but not limited to – 18 hole golf, tennis, mountain biking, , hiking, climbing, paragliding, archery, water sports or simply take in the breath-taking mountain scenery that surrounds Le Lac. It also has a wealth of kids clubs.
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 (2100 m) 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
The nearest airport to Tignes is Chambery, however, as flights are less frequent, Geneva is the most common and popular airport to fly into as it gives skiers a greater choice of flights. Chambery: approx. 2h 15min Geneva: approx. 3h 00min Grenoble: approx. 4h 00min Lyon: approx. 4h 00min