Altitude: 1550-3456 Meters

Tignes-Val d'Isère in short

  • High altitude skiing and glacier skiing at Tignes
  • Free ski lifts for beginners
  • World class snow park

Tignes-Val d'Isère is one of France's biggest linked ski areas and was formerly called the Espace Killy in honour of French Olympic triple-gold-medal-winner Jean-Claude Killy. In the last few years, the ski area of Val d'Isère and Tignes has been completely renovated and enlarged, allowing it to be classified as one of the most beautiful Olympic-level ski areas in the world. Thanks to this, every skier has a wide range of ski slopes to choose from in either Val d'Isère or Tignes. Steep black runs, sunny south-facing slopes, wide pistes for cruising and outstanding off-piste skiing, all well supported by an excellent ski lift network: this is what you can look forward to during your ski holidays in Tignes-Val d'Isère. For those looking for an adventure off-piste, it is advisable to make use of the services of a professional local ski guide as the off-piste areas in the Espace Killy around Val d'Isère and Tignes are vast and the lunar landscapes can be a little deceiving!

The skiing in the Tignes-Val d'Isère ski area is well-known for being an expert’s paradise. However, intermediate skiers can enjoy cruising all day long on the beautiful red slopes in this ski area. There is plenty of skiing for beginners in Val d'Isère and Tignes but the lack of easy intermediate slopes in the Espace Killy area means the learning curve is particularly steep once they are ready to move onto the real stuff. There are good blue runs up at high altitudes. However, if you choose Val d'Isère for your ski holidays, the best way down is by the gondola lift if you want to avoid the rather daunting options to get back to the resort. From both Val d'Isère and Tignes, there are some free ski lifts for beginners. The snow park in Val d'Isère is world-class and often hosts top-level competitions that can be enjoyed by the public from the sunny terrace of the Les Marmottes restaurant. Summer skiing is also possible on the Pissaillas and Grande Motte glaciers. Easily accessible from Lyon, Chambéry and Geneva, the Espace Killy ski area is a great destination for a spot of weekend skiing in either Val d'Isere or Tignes!

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Overview of slopes and lifts in Tignes-Val d'Isère


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Additional information

Green slopes53 km Drag lifts26Start of the season
Blue slopes147 km Chair lifts43End of the season
Red slopes72 km Gondola lifts9Glacier
Black slopes28 km Train2Min. altitude1550 m
Total300 km Capacity13501 Pers./HourMax. altitude3456 m

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Tignes-Val d'Isère: A world-class ski area

Reaching altitudes of more than 3450m above sea level, Tignes-Val d'Isère is considered a world-class ski area with something to offer virtually every level of skier and snowboarder. It is particularly renowned for its off-piste and freestyle terrain, and hosts the annual European XGames, one of the biggest freestyle events in Europe. Six slalom courses, two snow parks including a halfpipe, and a boardercross run ensure freestylers will never get bored here. Fantastic off-piste terrain lies in wait off the Grande Motte, the Col des 3000, Borsat and more, and there are around a dozen pistes that are secured but not pisted, for freeriding in total safety. Meanwhile, expert skiers can tackle the notoriously steep Face de Bellevarde in Val d'Isère, a black run with a vertical drop of 1000m. If you're more the racing type, you might want to try your hand on the Piste OK World Cup downhill run.

Off-piste & freestyle in Tignes-Val d'Isère

Snow parks 2Tables
Half pipeBoxes
Quarter pipeRails
BoardercrossOff-piste allowed
KickersOff-piste zone

Ski pass prices (low season)

Low season 6-day ski pass Children Adults Free up to
Espace Killy EUR 149.00 EUR 186.00 5 Years old
Val d'Isère EUR 196.00 EUR 244.00 5 Years old
Tignes EUR - EUR - 5 Years old

Ski pass prices (high season)

High season 6-day ski pass Children Adults Free up to
Espace Killy EUR 223.00 EUR 278.00 5 Years old
Val d'Isère EUR 244.00 EUR 304.00 5 Years old
Tignes EUR - EUR - 5 Years old

Blogs about Tignes-Val d'Isère

26 May 2020 by Danielle in 'Destinations''

France is known for having a good number of the world’s largest linked ski areas, with some of the ski areas measuring over 600km of pistes at altitudes of more than 3000m above sea level. But that’s not all France has to offer, and skiers and snowboarders are starting to discover the smaller resorts whose pretty scenery, village atmosphere and varied terrain can easily compete with the biggest names in the Alps. In our list of the top 15 French ski resorts, we've selected some up-and-comers alo... More ›

1 September 2019 by Danielle in 'Ski areas''

The highest-altitude ski areas are starting to open for ski season soon! Below is a list of ski areas that are projected to open in September and October. Please note the dates have been provided by the ski areas but are subject to change depending on snow cover.... More ›

31 July 2019 by Danielle in 'Latest news''

The French ski resort of Tignes is one of the only glacier ski areas to remain open for skiing in the summer months. Traditionally, it was possible to ski every day of the year. Due to the glacier melting over the last few decades, the summer ski season has been reduced to just a few weeks. And this summer, Tignes announced it would be closing the glacier ski area ten days early in light of the heatwave that ravaged France this month. The ski area closed on July 25th instead of August 4th as was... More ›
(Photo: © © Tignes)

9 October 2018 by Danielle in 'Ski areas''

The popular French ski resort of Tignes is planning to build an indoor ski slope at an altitude of 2000m to compensate for the melting snow and shorter ski seasons it’s been facing over the last few decades. Inspired by the indoor ski slope in Dubai, the “Ski Line” at Tignes would measure 420m and be located next to the Tichot lift on the Val Claret slalom slope. The proposal has met with backlash from local residents, who argue that an indoor ski slope would compromise the natural beauty of t... More ›

4 May 2018 by Danielle in 'Ski areas''

For the first time ever in Val d’Isère’s 82-year history, this popular French ski resort plans to open its winter slopes in the summer! Although the regular ski season ended on May 1, several non-glacier pistes will reopen on June 3rd before the main glacier area opens for the summer. Val d’Isère made the unprecedented decision after the incredible snowfall enjoyed by the French Alps in the 2017/2018 ski season. Val d’Isère received almost 9m of snow this season and current snow conditions at... More ›

Snow report
Tignes-Val d'Isère

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The information applies for the ski area of L`Espace Killy. During the ski season information is updated daily.

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