It's possible to ski higher, further and longer in Tignes than almost any other resort in the Alps, thanks to it's altitude and the Grand Motte glacier. Skiing is on offer the vast majority of the year, with the winter season running from October till May, alongside six weeks of summer glacial skiing.

Tignes shares the huge Espace Killy ski area with it's neighboring resort Val d'Isere. Between the two, there are 300km of pistes for all abilities on offer, served by 78 lifts. Despite sharing slopes, they could not be more different however. Where Val d'Isere is historic and expensive, Tignes is more laid back and friendly than its glamorous neighbour and with that come prices that are less eye watering, there is also lively après scene that attracts those that are looking for a slightly cheaper and more cheerful experience.

The resort is comprised of five separate villages, all purpose built and to varying degrees of attractiveness. Each one has their positives and drawbacks and price tags to suit varying budgets, read more in our town tab. Appearance has improved across the board, while all are linked by an increasingly efficient lift system.

While the resort really does offer something for everyone, it's intermediate and advanced skiers who will truly be in their element, served firstly by a multitude of cruisey blues and reds, as well as massive amounts of off piste powder opportunities, especially when combined with Val d'Isere. The lift system has improved, too, with a burst of fast chairs on the western side of the Tignes bowl since 2010.

The endless terrain and guaranteed snow have long made Tignes a favorite with UK visitors, including us at the Ski Club, being one of the two resorts where we run our expanded Instructor Led Guiding service, as well as hosting many of our Freshtracks holidays right the way through the season.

Pros

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

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

Huge amount of varied terrain

Lots of lodgings near the slopes

Cons

Resort architecture not to everyone's taste

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

Still a few long, slow chairlifts

Beginners need an area pass to get to long green runs

Getting there

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

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Ability
  • Advanced
  • Intermediate
In Resort
  • Family Friendly
On Slope
  • Boarder
  • Fast Lifts
  • No Queues
  • Snow Reliability
  • Terrain Parks

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