Altitude: 1550 Meters

Tignes in short

  • Snow is completely guaranteed
  • Linked to Val d'Isère
  • Ski in, ski out resort

Tignes consists of 5 ski resorts: Brévières (1550m), located at the bottom of the dam, Les Boisses located just above, and two more modern ski resorts, Val Claret and Le Lac (2100m), located a lot further up the mountain. The latest addition to this varied selection is Tignes 1800. The Tignes-Val d'Isère ski area, formerly called the Espace Killy, ranks among the best and most famous ski areas in the world. Thanks to the Grande Motte glacier, it's possible to ski at Tignes even in the summer months.

After the original village of Tignes was destroyed in 1952 in order to construct a dam, the inhabitants moved to the shores of the new lake. Today, the rebuilt, cosmopolitan and sports-oriented Tignes offers a unique ski holiday experience and allows you to enjoy the mountains from a different angle. This international ski resort allows you to ski well into spring. Tignes attracts a young crowd, meaning après-ski and nightlife are lively and bars and clubs stay open long into the night. Tignes 1800 is better suited for family ski holidays as the atmosphere is more relaxed. Getting to Tignes from the UK couldn't be easier. It's close to the Bourg Saint-Maurice stop on the Eurostar ski train, or alternately, just a 2-hour drive from Chambéry Airport.

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Skiing at Tignes-Val d'Isère

Tignes is a high-altitude ski area with a rather lunar atmosphere in its treeless landscape. Slopes up to 3456m above sea level ensure great snow cover throughout the winter. Along with neighbouring Val d'Isère, the ski area has no less than 300km of ski slopes, including slalom courses, a mogul race run, several snow parks and one gliss'park - just to add more thrills to your day on the slopes. Tignes offers summer skiing with 20km of slopes on the Grande Motte glacier, but due to decreasing snow cover in recent years, the ski resort is contemplating building an indoor ski slope at 2000m above sea level.

Freeride and freestyle in Tignes

Tignes is the home of the Winter XGames Europe, an annual event that showcases the world's best freestylers. In keeping with this, Tignes boasts a world-class snow park with rails, a halfpipe XXL, JIB and other features for riders of all levels, as well as a 1200m-long boardercross track. Freeriders won't be disappointed either. To safely enjoy the pleasures of off-piste skiing in some of the world’s best powder, Tignes - true to its motto 100% snow sports, 100% fun - offers 10 black ski runs, secured but not groomed, just for the pleasure of powder hounds! These "Naturides" offer all the sensations of freeriding without the risk.

Après-ski scene in Tignes

For ski-in, ski-out après-ski at the foot of the slopes, head to the Cocorico or the Loop Bar, two hot addresses where you can get the party started in the afternoon. After nightfall, the Blue Girl and the Melting Pot are the places to be in Tignes - dance away the night in these popular nightclubs! Once a year, Tignes hosts the Live in Tignes music festival with free live music on the slopes and in the resort centre. Tignes is also the proud host of the European Snow Pride festival, a week-long celebration of the LGBTQTA community that takes place in early spring every year.

Off the slopes in Tignes

After a long day on the slopes, pamper yourself in the spa or take the kids for a dip in the pool. Other non-skiing activities at Tignes include ice diving in the frozen lake, ice climbing, paragliding, dogsledding, snowtubing, or just taking it all in from the comfort of a horse-drawn carriage. Kick your adrenaline up a notch with a ride on the Bun J Ride, which combines the thrills of ski jumping, bungee jumping and zipline. For a more relaxed activity, the ESF ski school in Tignes offers snowshoeing and cross-country skiing tours around its lake: this is a great activity to get in shape before attacking downhill skiing or just a peaceful alternative to the sometimes crowded ski slopes!

Tignes 1800: a new family ski resort

Conscious of the fact that the number of families with children coming to Tignes was decreasing, this world-class ski resort decided to react and pulled a new family ski resort out of its hat! The new ski resort at Tignes 1800 offers comfortable, modern ski accommodation, great facilities including a fantastic swimming pool and a special ski area with free lifts dedicated to beginners. The new fast gondola links to the main ski area at Tignes 2100 and the rest of the Espace Killy ski area linking to Val d’Isere. There is a quiet and pleasant atmosphere in Tignes 1800 which is at an altitude more suitable for the younger members of the family.

 Apres-ski & entertainment Tignes

Restaurants 83 Theatre -
Bars & cafes 37 Casino -
Nightclubs & discos 4 Concert hall
Cinema 1  

 Ski school and ski lessons Tignes

No. of ski schools 9Private ski lessons € 56
No. of ski instructors 750Ski lessons5 Days, 15 Hours, € 250
Area for beginnersSnowboarding lessons5 Days, 15 Hours, € 250
Ski lessons in Cross-country skiingYes, price on request

 Book ski schools in Tignes online

Kids-Ski-Lessons 12 Offers available
Adult-Ski-Lessons 6 Offers available
Snowboard-Lessons 6 Offers available
Off-Piste-Skiing 2 Offers available

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 Facilities Tignes

No. of hotels 20 Supermarkets 8
Total no. of hotel beds 1100 Banks
Total no. of beds 31000

 Tourist information for Tignes

Tignes Accueil Lac-de-Tignes
0033 - 0479 - 400440

 Distances from Tignes

Railway station
Bourg-St. Maurice approx. 30 km by bus
Genève approx. 170 km by bus
From the motorway:approx. 60 km 1 uur by car

 Tignes for families and children

Childcare Magic carpet
Playground Ski lift for children

  Leisure & sports activities Tignes

Public saunaFootpaths -
Fitness centreTorchlight descentfakkeltochten tijdens bijzondere gelegenheden zoals oud & nieuw
Public solarium Indoor ice rink -
Massage Outdoor ice rink -
Spa & wellness Curling -
Indoor swimming pool Snow rafting -
Hot air ballooning - Dog sledding
Paragliding Snowmobile tours
Indoor tennis court Toboggan run
Squash court

Ski blog about Tignes

2 October 2020 by Nikki in 'Ski areas''

If you're passionate about off-piste skiing, only the number of descents outside the marked pistes count when choosing a ski holiday. Reserved mainly for skiers and snowboarders with a high level of technical skills and good physical condition, off-piste skiing offers the chance to discover the mountain differently: the deep mountain countryside, away from crowds and noisy ski lifts. However, not all ski resorts have a ski area that lends itself to off-piste skiing. Therefore, we selected 5 Fren... More ›

2 September 2020 by Danielle in 'Destinations''

The French skiing airport par excellence, Chambéry Airport comes alive in the winter and welcomes hordes of British skiers and snowboarders. A short flight to this pretty little town will drop you right in the heart of French skiing territory, with access to almost every big French ski area including Chamonix, Les Trois Vallées and Les Portes du Soleil. Chambéry Airport operates seasonal winter flights to more than half a dozen destinations in the UK, mostly with BA. This means it’s entirely fea... More ›

20 August 2020 by Danielle in 'Ski areas''

One of the biggest hassles about any ski holiday in the Alps is how to get there in the first place! Complicated transfers with long wait times are not the best way to start your ski holiday, so next time you book, why not choose one of these easy-to-reach resorts? We've avoided resorts that require costly private shuttles or car hire. All of the ski resorts on this list can be easily accessed from the UK using a combination of plane or train plus an easy shuttle bus or cable car. Remember to pr... More ›

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 ›

27 October 2019 by Danielle in 'Destinations''

Did you know there are already plenty of ski resorts open for skiing in November? The higher-altitude ski areas in the Alps have already been blessed with several snowfalls this autumn and as we get into November, the snow line should be dropping down as far as the valleys soon. In this article we'll give an overview of Alpine ski areas where you should be able to expect reliable snow cover for skiing in November.... More ›

Ski area
Tignes-Val d'Isère

Tignes-Val d
Total slopes 300 (km)
Green slopes 53 km
Blue slopes 147 km
Red slopes 72 km
Black slopes 28 km
Off-piste 0 km
Lifts (78 )
Drag lifts 26
Chair lifts 43
Gondola lifts 9
Train 2
160 cm
111 cm