After the destruction of the original village of Tignes in 1952 caused by the construction of a dam, the inhabitants moved to the shores of the new lake. Today, 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 lastest addition to this varied selection is Tignes 1800. Tignes' ski area, linked to that of Val d'Isère, makes up the Espace Killy ski area and is one of the best and most famous ski areas in the world.
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 and has a rather lunar atmosphere in its treeless landscape which is great for a complete change of scenery. The Espace Killy Tignes-Val d'Isère ski area has no less than 300 km of ski slopes of varying difficulty which extend between 1550m and 3450m of altitude. If you're looking for varied challenges on the slopes, you will not be disappointed as there are 6 slalom courses, a mogul race run, 2 snow parks and 1 gliss'park - just to add more thrills to your day on the slopes. Tignes attracts a young crowd meaning apres-ski and nightlife is 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.
|Families & Children|
With its music concept "Live in Tignes", this dynamic French ski resort says it all: after a day of skiing or snowboarding on the slopes of the famous Espace Killy ski area, party hard, and so what if we stay up all night! "Live in Tignes" is actually a series of 12, totally free, concerts held over 12 weeks during the ski season with big names from the pop, rock and electro scenes such as Keziah Jones and Shaka Ponk on the eclectic line up. And to play in extra time, dance floors abound in the resort, for example the Blue girl, THE clubbing rendezvous in Tignes or the Melting Pot in the heart of Val Claret join in the festive atmosphere and keep their doors open longer!
Tignes has been inspired by the greatest capital cities of the world and decided to opt for modernity by organizing a week-long, European gay festival in March. A Snow Pride that is being talked about everywhere because of its packed program. Among the events lined up: a cocktail reception and buffet evening with the best DJs from Europe, a giant ES Pool Party at the Lagon, Tignes' beautiful pool and spa center, a "camp trapper" evening, a gourmet evening and plenty more surprises...
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! You may even meet some top French athletes who come to Tignes to train and get in shape before important competitions. You can even try cross-country skiing on the Grande Motte glacier or, for example, the trail towards the Col du Palet or even further on to the Lac du Chardonnet - with a guide, of course!
The different modules of the snow park and boardercross in Tignes have seen some of the greatest riders in the world showing off their talent during the famous XGames competition and this is therefore THE spot for all riders. Regardless of your level, beginner or expert, there are rails, a halfpipe XXL, JIB , etc ... so everyone can have a go at following in the champions tracks! 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 9 black ski runs, secured but not groomed, just for the pleasure of powder hounds! These “Naturides” therefore offer all the sensations of freeriding without the dangers.
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 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|
Ski school and ski lessons Tignes
|No. of ski schools 7||Private ski lessons € 56|
|No. of ski instructors 750||Ski lessons5 Days, 15 Hours, € 140|
|Area for beginners||Snowboarding lessons5 Days, 15 Hours, € 140|
|Ski lessons in||Cross-country skiing -|
|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
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
|Playground||Ski lift for children|
Leisure & sports activities Tignes
|Public sauna||Footpaths -|
|Fitness centre||Torchlight 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|
|Indoor tennis court||Toboggan run|
|Green slopes||53 km|
|Blue slopes||147 km|
|Red slopes||72 km|
|Black slopes||28 km|
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