Tignes in France Resort Guide
Tignes is undoubtedly one of the most snowsure resorts in Europe and in itself offers a massive range of skiing, rising as it does from the lowest station at Les Breveries 1550m right up to the all-year round skiing on the Grand Motte glacier at 3450m. It is a huge ski area in itself, even without accounting for the multitude of links with Val d'Isere which together form the famous L'Espace Killy - in total over 300km of prepared runs served by more than 100 lifts. Tignes comprises of five villages, all linked by an excellent shuttle bus service. Traffic in the villages is very much limited now, with designated parking areas - keeping the main village centres a bit quieter. At the lower end of the valley, beside or below the dam are the villages of Les Brevieres and Tignes Les Boises, which offer slightly cheaper accommodation and slightly fewer amenities, but there is still good lift access. Le Lac is the mid level hub, a compact jumble of long appartment blocks and modern hotels, standing chhek by jowl with the odd more traditional chalet. It is linked by bus to the apartments and smaller selction of bars and restuarants at Lavachet. Val Claret at 2100m has a great range of skiing, sitting as it does at the head of this massive natural amphitheatre like bowl, with direct rapid access provided up onto the Grande Motte runs via the new'ish underground funicular. So also it boasts runs taking off on three sides of the valley. In total Tignes runs face just about every direction of the compass. They major on longer cruises for good intermediates, great piste perparation, but there are demanding mogul faces, loads of lift served off piste, and beginners lifts at all three major villages. More recently Tignes has continued to invest heavily in new underground car parks and the resort have constructed a new Maison de Tignes all services reception area has been built to mean a one stop centre for most requirements. If you tire of the snowsport and want to try something a little different, Ice Diving is available in the frozen Lac de Tignes, and no diving experience is required.
Accomodation & Après Ski
There is no shortage of busy bars, restaurants and clubs in Val Claret, with many offering apres ski happy hours. There is a regular and free bus that travels between all the villages, up until midnight, so you can also explore the nightlife in the neighbouring villages.
For amazing views, drink and food, Grizzly’s is the best option in the resort. An outdoor fire pit helps to provide a truly cosy feel for visitors, while the cocktail menu is one of the most popular in Val Claret with several delicious options available.
The Aspen Coffee Shop is another great location to relax in after some time on the slopes. You can expect tasty local food here at affordable prices, but try to get there early as it can get very busy.
Try La Table en Montagne. Expect to pay quite a lot for the dishes here, but the price is certainly worth it, with meat and fish cooked to perfection on hot stone tiles.
|RESORT HEIGHT||2100||VERTICAL DESCENT||1900||OPENS||Dec - May, June - Sept|
|TOP STATION||3450||DRAG LIFTS||22||EXPERT RATING||10|
|BOTTOM STATION||1550||CHAIR LIFTS||21||INTERMEDIATE RATING||10|
|GONDOLAS/CABLE CARS||10||BEGINNER RATING||7|
Lift Pass Prices From
- Adult One Day Pass : €61
- Adult Six Day Pass : €304
- Child One Day Pass : €49
- Child Six Day Pass : €244
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