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Tignes: Resort

Purpose-built resort surrounded by excellent piste and off-piste skiing, linked to that of nearby Val d'Isère.

The appeal of Tignes is simple: good snow, spread over a wide area of varied terrain shared with Val d'Isère. The altitude of Tignes is crucial: a forecast of 'rain up to 2000m' means 'fresh snow down to village level in Tignes' (or at least to Tignes 2100, as they are now trying to rebrand the main resort).

We prefer to stay in Val, which is a more human place. But in many ways Tignes 2100 makes the better base: appreciably higher, more convenient, surrounded by intermediate terrain, and with quick access to the Grande Motte glacier. And the case gets stronger as the resort tries to make the place more attractive and as more traditional chalet-style buildings appear.

The lift system has improved, too, with a burst of fast chairs on the western side of the Tignes bowl a few years ago. But investment has stalled since then, and there are still a few key links that need upgrading.



Tignes was created before the French discovered the benefits of making purpose-built resorts look acceptable. But things are improving, and the villages are gradually acquiring a more traditional look and feel.

Tignes-le-Lac is the hub of the resort and is itself split into two sub-resorts: Le Rosset and Le Bec-Rouge. It's at the point where these two meet - a snowy pedestrian area, with valley traffic passing through a tunnel beneath - that the lifts are concentrated: a powerful gondola towards Tovi�re and Val d'Is�re, and a fast six-pack up the western slopes. There is also a suburb built on the lower slopes known as Les Almes. A nursery slope separates Le Rosset from the fourth component part, the group of apartment blocks called Le Lavachet, below which there are good fast lifts up both sides.

Val Claret is 2km up the valley, beyond the lake. From there, fast chairs head up towards Val d'Is�re, up the western slopes opposite and to the Grande Motte. An underground funicular also serves the Grande Motte.

Beside the road along the valley to the lifts is a ribbon of development in traditional style, named Grande Motte (after the peak). Val Claret is built on two levels, which are linked by a couple of (unreliable) indoor elevators, stairs and hazardous paths.

Down the valley from the main villages (which are becoming known as Tignes 2100) are two smaller places. Tignes 1800 (which used to be called Tignes-les-Boisses) - set in the trees beside the road up - is in the midst of a 150-million-euro redevelopment, with the new Kalinda Village being built by MGM. The first stage opened in December 2013, and the final stage is due to be ready for the 2016/17 season. Tignes-les-Br�vi�res is a renovated old village at the lowest point of the slopes - a favourite lunch spot, and a friendly place to stay (but there's no bus service to the other Tignes 'villages'). Big gondolas from both these places arrive at the same point on the slopes.

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Opening times


  • 01 Oct to 5 May: 0800-1700

Getting there


  • Bourg-St-Maurice train station - 30 minutes
  • Chambery airport - 2 hours
  • Lyon airport - 2.5 hours
  • Geneva airport - 3 hours

Pros

Cons

 

Good snow guaranteed for a long season; about the best Alpine bet

Resort architecture not to everyone's taste (including ours)

 

One of the best areas in the world for lift-served off-piste runs

Bleak, treeless setting with lifts prone to closure in bad weather

 

Huge amount of varied terrain

Still a few long, slow chairlifts

 

Lots of lodgings near the slopes

Beginners need an area pass to get to long green runs

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tour operators in Tignes

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ski accommodation in Tignes

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member discounts in Tignes

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