The ski resort of Tignes in the magnificent Savoie Alps is made up of three main villages le Lac, le Lavachet and Val Claret. All of the villages are interlinked by a first-rate free bus service which operates until late. The resort is high up in the huge, well-linked, Espace Killy ski area which is well known for it’s off piste skiing and good lift access.
Tignes is a glacier resort and due to its altitude enjoys an enviable snow record it is recognized as having some of the most comprehensive and demanding skiing in Europe.
Val Claret at 2100m is the highest village with a superb position at the foot of the Grande Motte funicular and to the main ski lifts. Le Lavachet and le Lac are positioned a little lower; all the villages have a number of shops, cafes, bistros and restaurants.
In le Lac a weekly market is held it also has a modern sports centre. There are around twenty restaurants in the resort with choices to suit most tastes and budgets. If you are self-catering there are supermarkets for you to get provisions. You will find plenty of bars/venues for evening entertainment where you can sometimes enjoy singing; dancing and live music.
The ski area has 300kms of marked pistes and around 52km of cross country trails in the Espace Killy area. There are 20 green, 59 blue, 36 red and 14 black runs, the longest run is 10kms (la Sache) and 97 lifts. A photograph is required for your lift pass at this resort; you can purchase a local pass which covers Tignes or an area pass covering the whole Espace Killy.
Novice skiers will find a number of easy runs with wide slopes which are usually well kept, once you have improved your basic skills and are more capable you can enjoy the Grande Motte which has some gentle runs.
Intermediates will find there is a fantastic mix of skiing with a huge number of exciting and challenging runs. The off piste possibilities are endless and snow conditions very good. You can take the large but gentle run towards Tignes-Les Brevieres and enjoy some stunning scenery.
Advanced skiers will be impressed with the many off piste options and with some of the challenging runs including a number of ‘scary’ black runs!
Tignes has a snowboard park with plenty of kickers and hits to suit many of you riders plus heaps of wide runs and terrain for freeriding, on or off piste. Non-skiers should find some activity or attraction at this resort to interest them activities include ice-skating, parapenting, hang-gliding and at the sports centre you can try the squash or tennis courts and maybe some aerobics. You may want to join one of the snow walks or enjoy a husky sleigh ride or the 10 lane bowling alley.
As with many French ski resorts Tignes is purpose built, it is not an attractive resort but it does offer excellent skiing and is suitable for all age groups.