Tignes Ski Resort

If you’re looking for high-altitude, snowsure slopes and a lively resort there is no better choice than Tignes. We keep coming back and are proud to host our Leaders Course here each winter.

Tignes shares the huge Espace Killy ski area with its neighbour Val d'Isère. Between the two there are 300km of pistes for all abilities on offer, from long gentle greens to seriously steep off piste. The lift system is very good after a lot of investment in recent years and even if the natural white stuff is lacking, a powerful snowmaking system and the Grande Motte Glacier ensure that snow reliability is as good as it gets.

There are four separate villages to choose from. If you’re looking for guaranteed snow, good value accommodation, a lively nightlife and maximum practicality then Val Claret and Le Lac are your best bets. For a quieter, wooded setting then either Les Boisses and Les Brévières make a great base – especially for families.

We’re massive fans of Tignes here at the Ski Club, making it the perfect base for our Ski Club Leaders Course, held in resort each December. 

There are also seven Ski Club Freshtracks Holidays heading out to the resort this winter, all of which are also available as a course-only option if you’d rather book your own accommodation.

If this wasn’t enough, the Ski Club’s Instructor-led Guiding Service returns again to the slopes of Tignes and the Espace Killy – be sure to pre-register soon to save your slot.

And finally, join the 300 members of the Ski Club’s Facebook Group for the resort – it is incredibly active and is the place to be to meet up with other members this winter.

Our Tignes Resort Ratings

  • Beginner ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
  • Intermediate ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
  • Advanced ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
  • Snow Reliability ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
  • Fast Lifts ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
  • Resort Activities ★ ★ ★
  • Après ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
  • Value ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
Pros

Fantastic snow record – the best early-season bet

Loads of great, varied terrain shared with Val

Large areas of lift served off piste

Lots of convenient, ski-in-ski-out accommodation

Cons

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

Still a few long, slow chairlifts that need replacing

Quite a long transfer and road prone to closure in snowstorms

Resort can appear a bit stark and high-rise for some

Tignes Skiing and Snowboarding

The slopes that make up the Tignes ski area are as snowsure as they come and offer great options for all abilities. There are good learning areas in both Val Claret and Le Lac, although these can be plagued by fast through traffic at the start and end of the day. For intermediate skiers the options are almost endless across the entire Espace Killy and the area is home to some of the finest off piste terrain in France.

  • Total Pistes: 150km (300km in Espace Killy)
  • Green: 14%
  • Blue: 43%
  • Red: 26%
  • Black: 17%
  • Additional Ski Routes: 20km
  • Lifts: 47 (78 in Espace Killy)
  • Altitude: 1550m – 3456m

For Beginners

Convenient learning zones are located in both Val Claret and Le Lac, as well as down at Les Boisses. Progression on to longer greens is possible but this is best on the Val d’Isère side of the hill, where piste Verte from the Bellevarde and the entire Borsat area offer long, easy greens. The wide blue beneath the Grattalu chair is good for moving further forward, just take care on the resort return as there are a couple of steeper sections.

For Intermediates

Tignes provides some of the Alps’ best intermediate terrain. Our top pick is the long, undulating Génépy run down from the glacier and for quieter slopes the long blue from the top of the Aiguille Percée is a great option. Keen intermediates will want to cross over to Val d’Isère – just note that the descent into the resort can be tricky, especially in icy conditions. But once you are in Val, there are some great intermediate slopes on the Solaise mountain.

For Advanced/Expert & Off Piste

There are some great options here, both on and off piste. For a long, steep descent on piste, ski the Sache all the way from the Aiguille Percée down to Les Brévières. Most of the other blacks have been converted to ungroomed ski routes, of which Golf and Campanules are popular. Over in Val d’Isère the options are vast, from the Banane off the Bellevarde to the trees above Le Fornet – the ski area offers some fine off piste terrain.

Tignes Piste Map

The piste map can be downloaded here. An interactive piste map is also available on the Tignes website.

Tignes Ski Pass Prices

One day passes can be bought for the Tignes area only, but any longer passes also include Val d’Isère too, via the Espace Killy Pass. Cheaper rates are available before 22nd December 2018 and a season pass will cost €1300 for an adult. Note that these prices may change, so check with the resort’s website for the latest or give the Ski Club’s expert info & advice team a call on 020 8410 2009.

Category

Day Ticket

3 Days

6 Days

Tignes Only

Adult (13-64)

€45 – €50

n/a

n/a

Child (5-13)

€36 – €40

n/a

n/a

Senior (65+)

€36 – €40

n/a

n/a

Espace Killy

Adult (13-64)

€53.50 – €59

€138 – €153

€265 – €294

Child (5-13)

€43 – €47.50

€110.50 – €123

€212 – €234

Senior (65+)

€43 – €47.50

€110.50 – €123

€212 – €234

Tignes Season Dates

  • Tignes: 29th September 2018 – 5th May 2019
  • Espace Killy Link: 24th November 2018 – 1st May 2019

For full details see the resort's website and note that these dates are subject to change. The Ski Club’s expert info & advice team are also on hand to help – call 020 8410 2009.

Tignes Resort

Le Lac is probably the hub and is ideal for families as the best beginner zone is right at its heart, but each of the four main villages have their own centre and their own atmosphere. Val Claret is the most convenient base and has a vast range of mostly self-catered accommodation, but also some hotels. Both are lively at après time and well into the night. Les Boisses and Les Brévières are quieter and prettier, but access to the slopes of Val takes longer.

For Families

The options are great and there are loads of English-speaking companies that can assist with childcare. Le Lac is ideal as it’s right next to the best nursery slopes, but the lower villages are quieter. Off the snow there is loads to do, including an excellent swimming pool with slides in Le Lac, whilst the lake itself is a hub of winter activities – which includes dog sledding.

For Après

Tignes is one of the Alps’ liveliest resorts and the bars of both Le Lac and Val Claret fill up quickly at the end of the ski day – including Loop Bar, Le Coffee, Couloir and Drop Zone. Keen revellers should head to the Folie Douce above Val d’Isère – just don’t miss the last lift up the Tommeuses and note that the ski down from the Tovière isn’t the easiest. If you want to continue the party into the early hours, Melting Pot is usually full of seasonnaires.

How to get to Tignes

As it sits right at the end of the valley, the transfer to Tignes is quite a long one. Chambéry is the closest airport at around two hours away, whilst Geneva sits approximately three hours away. Lots of companies offer shared transfers, especially from Geneva.

A great option is to travel by train, catching the Eurostar to the town of Bourg St Maurice in the valley before grabbing a quick bus transfer up to the resort. Check out the Ski Club’s Guide to travelling to resort by train.

  • Chambéry airport: 2 hours (driving)
  • Geneva airport: 3 hours (driving)
  • Snowtrain: 8-10 hours from London
  • Calais: approximately 12 hours driving (618 miles)

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  • Family Friendly
On Slope
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  • Fast Lifts
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  • Snow Reliability
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