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Tignes

Tignes Ski Resort Guide

Tignes, France

Rated: 5/5 (from 7 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForFreeriders, Expert Skiers, Intermediates, Beginners, Snowboarders, Snowfall and Apres-Ski!
Total Piste Length93 miles
Highest Lift11,319ft
Resort Height6,890ft
 Nearest AirportsChambery and Annecy
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Tignes

Tignes shares the huge Espace Killy with Val D'Isere, with a vast ski domain directly accessible from five different base areas, from Les Brévières, at the lowest point in the system up to Val Claret at the head of the valley.

Summary

The French ski resort of Tignes is in the French Alps at an altitude of 6,890ft, with 93 miles of marked runs.

Tignes is part of the Espace Killy ski area with access to 186 miles of downhill skiing, with 154 marked pistes, served by a total of 87 ski lifts. In addition to the skiing in Tignes itself (93 miles of pisted ski runs), the appropriate ski Lift Pass will allow you to ski or snowboard in the other Espace Killy ski resort of Val d'Isère. Tignes is directly linked by Ski Lift to the ski areas of Val d'Isère.

Tignes comprises the villages of Tignes Le Lac, Tignes Les Boisses, Tignes Les Brévières and Tignes Val Claret.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Tignes?

The next notable snow forecast is 1in, expected on 4 December, with around 4in forecast over the next 7 days.

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Ski Area Stats

Tignes Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
2513 miles
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
4636 miles
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
6162 miles
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
2275 miles
Downhill
Total Length
93 miles
Cross Country
Total Length
12 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
87

Espace Killy Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
24
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
44
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
65
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
21
Downhill
Total Length
186 miles
Cross Country
Total Length
27 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
87

Altitudes

Tignes Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift11,319ft
Resort Altitude (Tignes)6,890ft
Lowest Trail5,085ft
Max Vertical6,234ft

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Tignes
Freeriders
Expert Skiers
Intermediate Skiers
Beginners
Snowboarding
Snow
Apres-Ski

Tignes Overview

One of the highest resorts in Europe, Tignes offers more skiing in winter and in summer than pretty well anywhere else, thanks to its high altitude skiing on the Grande Motte glacier and its commitment to maintaining a vertical of at least 1000 metres (3280 feet) for eight months of the year. Sharing the vast Espace Killy ski area with neighbouring Val d'Isère, purpose-built Tignes has the stronger French influence of the two, as well as being largely based at a higher and more snow-sure altitude.

There are in fact five base areas to Tignes, although Tignes Le Lac and Le Lavachet more or less run in to one another. They stand together in a vast snowy bowl above the tree line resembling some sort of isolated moon base, from a distance. Tignes Val Claret is a little further up the valley whilst down the mountain, but all lift-connected, are Les Boisses and Les Brévières.

There are three more traditional villages along the valley floor on the road to Val d'Isère (Le Reculaz, Le Chevril and Le Villaret du Nial), but these are not lift-linked.

Skiing

Many regard the Espace Killy as one of the best ski areas in Europe, and some regard it as definitively THE best. The 300km (187 miles) of pisted runs include seemingly endless snowy motorways for intermediates to cruise around on, whilst experts will find more to entertain here than almost anywhere else on the continent; both on and off the slopes.

The maximum skiable vertical of 1900m (6234 feet) is one of the largest in the world and the lowest lift height of 1550m (4085 feet) ensures top-to-bottom skiing for most of the winter season. The hundreds of snow cannons are a help too.

Tignes for Beginners

Beginners might not be able to appreciate the skiing heaven that is all about them, but they at least have five free lifts to choose from down at the resort. There's therefore no need for a lift ticket for the first few days, and with the resort altitude you don't need to go up the mountain to find the snow. When you do gain confidence, however, a trip on the high-speed underground funicular will take you up to the Grande Motte glacier where there are plenty of wide gentle trails, as well as spectacular views when you're taking a breather.

Tignes for Intermediates

Intermediates have around 100 Blue and Red runs between Tignes and Val d'Isère, aided by a largely modern lift infrastructure to get you back up quickly and efficiently.

Several fast, high-capacity chairs link from Val Claret provide a fast link over to Val d'Isère, and the Toviere gondola allows rapid access from Tignes le Lac.

Tignes for Experts

It's the advanced skiers who will most appreciate what Espace Killy has to offer however, not least because it's often the experts who run out of options at smaller resorts. Black runs are numerous, and the Reds tend to be long enough or steep enough to keep the best skiers entertained, such as the 'Double M'.

Off-piste opportunities are possibly unmatched anywhere; legendary runs include 'The Lavachet Wall' (always, always, check Avalanche Risk before heading this way - or into any other off-piste terrain) and the Tovière mogul runs. The Aiguille Percée descents, the nearby Chardonnay Bowl and 'Golf' are fabulous but challenging off-piste terrains.

Apart from normal piste and local off-piste skiing in the company of ski school or mountain guides, Tignes has many special itineraries available including ski-safaris to other resorts in the Haute Tarentaise area of the French Alps.

Numerous ski schools, including the ESF and the highly-regarded Snoworks, offer courses for all levels, styles and genres of snow sports.

Telemark tuition is offered and there are extensive cross-country trails.

There are a variety of pistes to suit all levels of skier ability, from Beginner to Expert.

Snowboarding

Tignes has expanded its long standing reputation for skiing by succeeding in offering the best of all forms of winter sports - including snowboarding.

The Palafour and Grattalu areas have extensive fun parks, with features to suit all abilities (and confidence levels).

Tignes has at least three dedicated snowboarding schools - The Snocool, Kebra surfing and Surf feeling, offering off-piste, heli-surf and free riding courses as well as video analysis. The ESF, Evolution 2 and the International Ski school also have snowboarding divisions.

Location and Map

Where is Tignes?

This ski resort is in the French Alps in Espace Killy, Savoie.

Map

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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Tignes is Chambery, 100 minutes drive away.

Annecy, Geneva, Turin Caselle, Lyon Bron and Lyon St-Exupéry airports are all within three hours drive.

Infrastructure

Ski Lift Capacity

The 87 ski lifts are able to uplift 75,500 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Snow Making

Snow-making is available, on 31 miles of ski runs, with 216 snow cannons.

Season Dates

When is Tignes open?

 Opened : December 2, 2020.

 Closes : May 6, 2021.

Usual opening is early October (Re-opens for summer skiing from late June to August), and usual closing is Early May.

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

Trail Map

Tignes Trail Map
Tignes

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Tignes, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

Visit the Tignes Tourist Office for the latest.

Talking about Tignes

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Aprés Ski

The resort does not have the reputation of Chamonix or St Anton for non-stop hedonism, but there's plenty to be found if you want to party through the night. Le Lac and Val Claret are the liveliest areas. Popular haunts include the recent addition of Cocorico at the base of the funicular in Val Claret, Harri's Bar and the Crowded House with the Blue Girl Disco and Les Caves Du Lac nightclub in Le Lac opening into the small hours.

Tignes le Lac is home to the impressive Tignespace sports centre and the Lagon swimming pool.

History and Development

The first base of 'Tignes the ski resort' is Tignes Le Lac, which began as the relocated village of Tignes when the original was submerged under Lake Chevril following the construction of the dam in 1952.

The church bell was the only physical artefact to be carried up to the new village site, but the spirit of skiing which began in 'old Tignes' in the 1920s has been carried forward with spectacular results!

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