Ski Weekends in Tignes

The Resort

Tignes is truly a great ski resort, that many people return to year after year for its seemingly unbeatable snow record and location in the excellent Espace Killy ski area. At an altitude of 2,100m, snow is often found at resort level long before and long after many other resorts are out of season. For this reason it is a perfect option for an early or late season ski weekend.

Having spent quite some time in the shadows of neighbouring Val d’Isère, Tignes has, over the last 10 years, developed into a thriving resort, with some excellent restaurants and bars that offer a relaxed and friendly atmosphere – Le Caveau, in Tignes Val Claret, on the other side of the lake is an underground hidden gem, with a superb atmosphere, occasional live music and internationally influenced fine dining.

Two of Tignes’ five villages, Le Lac and Val Claret, are based around a huge lake that is frozen through the winter and is used as a starting ground for many of Tignes’ varied off-slope activities such as huskysledding, skidooing, parapenting and ice-diving; an underwater, other worldly experience of refracted light and ice formations. A two minute walk from the lake is Les Almes, Tignes’ most visually appealing area, with chalets and hotels built in the traditional wood and stone of old French Alpine villages.

The Mountain

Quite simply, one of the world’s best ski areas, Tignes is linked with Val d’Isère, which, thanks to an excellent lift system, can be reached in around 10 minutes on skis (or 25 minutes by local bus). Together these excellent resorts provide some impressive statistics: 102 lifts including two high-speed underground funiculars, six gondolas and four cable cars, serving 300km of ski-able terrain spread over 128 pistes (Espace Killy).

The pistes spread out from all angles from the resort, combining huge, moon-scaped motorway runs, an excellent glacier and some great tree-lined runs in to Val d’Isère and the lower village of Tignes Les Brévières. La Grande Motte glacier, which can be reached in around 15 minutes from Tignes Val Claret thanks to a speedy funicular and cable car, provides great skiing even in the summer months, where the French national ski team can often be seen honing their skills. During the early season, this is where the majority of the skiing can be found.

People keep coming back to Tignes for the excellent snow record and the expansive, varied terrain, but there is also a good selection of après ski, bars and restaurants that cross the scale from the more modest to fine dining. Tignes is an excellent choice for the early intermediate through to the free-riding and off-piste expert.

As with Val d'Isère, tranfer time can be a little taxing for a short break, but once you reach the resort, the scope of the mountains, some high quality hotels and perhaps the most varied list of activities in the Alps make for an enthralling break.

Espace Killy Piste Map