Tignes Ski Resort Guide

Part of the world-famous Espace Killy, Tignes is a high altitude resort with an impressive snow record and a wide variety of terrain. Paired with a reasonable price tag and access to some of the best slopes in the world, it’s no wonder why Tignes is a favourite amongst holidaymakers. 

Tignes is made up of five separate villages with the main resort on the edge of Le Lac sitting at 2100m. And although you won’t see Savoyard-style chalets in the village, what it lacks in architecture it makes up for in incredible off-piste skiing and stunning mountain views. The ski area is connected with neighbouring resort Val d’Isère, therefore offering a huge skiable area to keep you busy your entire holiday (and then some!). So if you’re there for the skiing, you won’t be disappointed.

Tignes is also one of the most snow-dependable resorts and boasts a long ski season through until May. The Grande Motte glacier looms over the resort making an impressive backdrop and offering skiing opportunities in summer as well as winter. Families, groups, and university students alike all flock here to get their ski fix for a reasonable price. And with a huge range of pistes for every level, there is something to suit everyone.

Find the lesson that suits you with our Tignes Ski School.

Tignes Resort Information

Tignes Key Facts

  • 150km pistes in Tignes
  • Tignes is part of the Espace Killy with its 300km pistes
  • Tignes is made up of 5 villages: Val Claret, Tignes le Lac, Le Lavachet, Tignes les Boisses and Tignes les Brevieres
  • 7 green runs
  • 14 blue runs
  • 20 red runs
  • 14 black runs

Tignes & The Espace Killy Piste Map

Espace Killy Piste Map

Click on the image to download a high res piste map of Tignes and The Espace Killy.

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Skiing in Tignes

Best Ski Runs in Tignes – our pick of the bunch

Tignes’ high altitude offers snow-sure conditions almost all winter long, which is great for beginners to learn on. There is a little something for every level skier in resort, and when combined with Val d’Isère, you’re not at a loss for new spots to explore. However advanced skiers will especially love all of the itinerary runs and off-piste skiing Tignes has to offer.

For Beginners:

  • Le Lac Beginners Area – A great place to start with free lifts and a nice progression from a magic carpet to the Lavachet drag.
  • Rosset Chairlift – Once you’ve gotten to grips with the basics, this is perfect to progress.

For Intermediates:

  • Palafour – Perfect for the morning sun!

For Advanced:

  • Trolles – A great on-piste challenge which heads back into Le Lac.
  • Golf – A great un-pisted itinerary run
  • Chardonnay bowl or Sache Valley – Grab a guide and venture further afield into these areas.
  • La Face – The famous black run in Val d’Isère is a must!

Ski Hire in Tignes

Want to know where can you get ski or snowboard hire in Tignes?

We recommend getting your ski hire with Ski Set in Tignes. They offer great quality and a large selection of skis, provide an easy way to book online and best yet – you get an exclusive New Gen discount when you book through our website. Book your ski or snowboard hire in advance via the button below.

Tignes Restaurants

There’s more to Tignes cuisine than just cheese.

Although we have a few Savoyard favourites, that we recommend giving a try, there are also restaurants where you’ll find international dishes. Here’s what we recommend.

Cheap Eats

  • La Croissanterie du Lac – A fun mix of a bakery/snack bar/bar and it works. Great for quiches, coffees and other lunch goodies.

Mid Range

  • Brasserie L’Arbina -At Le Lac in the centre of Tignes, offering fondues and good pizzas at a reasonable price for the location.
  • Chevallot Bakery (an export of Val d’Isère’s famous bakery) to enjoy beautiful quiche’s, sandwiches and pastries. There is limited seating inside but further seating on the decking to enjoy views of Le Lac if it’s sunny.
  • La Cantine – Tasty toastie and soup café in Le Lavachet. Comforting warm food and
    great coffee just a short ski or a bus ride from Le Lac.
  • Tignes Cuisine – Offers burritos, wraps and Asian style noodles. Delicious fusion food
    and great value.

Fine Dining

  • La Ferme des Trois Capucines – A family-run Savoyard farmhouse in Lavachet. It’s a short ski from the bottom of the Lavachet drag lift to the right of the bottom of the Paquis and Chaudannes chairlifts. To add to its alpine charm, the children can even see the farm animals that produce the milk for its homemade cheeses. A true culinary delight for both adults and children (booking recommended).
  • Queue de Cochon – A quirky and cosy gin bar and restaurant boasting a delicious fine-
    dining menu. This is one of Lavachet’s offerings not to miss!

Tignes Après & Nightlife

  • Marmot Arms – In Tignes Le Lac, this is a great spot to watch sports games and drink draft beer. They often have live music or DJs so you can stay there all evening.
  • Cocorico – A recent addition to Tignes, head to the bottom of lanches in Val Claret to dance on the tables to live music!
  • Queue de Cochon – In Le Lavachet is a go-to place for great happy hour deals on prosecco and pints as well as their mouth-watering pulled pork rolls. In the evening it offers a delicious menu and often has live music to accompany your post-dinner espresso martini!
  • The Box – The TCs Bar replacement in Lavachet, Box Café Bar is an intimate bar that offers live DJs, sport and the Yard of Ale challenge! They even offer a beautiful brunch if you’re struggling the next day!
  • If you’re looking for late-night dancing Tignes has a few nightclubs. Head to Melting Pot and Blue Girl in Val Claret.

A bit of history

The story of Lac du Chevril

Les Brévières and Tignes itself were the original two villages in the area in the early 1900s. In the 1920s rumours started that they were going to create a dam that would completely cover the village of Tignes under a newly formed lake. It was strongly opposed by the locals (and it is possible to still find some of these characters in Tignes today who were sent to jail for attempting to blow up the dam). In 1952 those rumours became a reality and what is now Lac du Chevril sits where the old Tignes village used to be.

The dam was meant to provide 20% of France’s electricity, but ironically, soon after it was created France started using nuclear power and the dam was never used. The lake is now used to charge up a ‘battery’ to store energy that would provide the ski resort with power, if it’s existing supply should fail. The dam has become a landmark for Tignes and now has a huge figure of Hercules painted on its walls, known as the Giant of Tignes. They drain the lake every 10 years or so for maintenance and you can walk around and see the remains of the old village.

The money that was paid to the local community for damages in loss of the original village is what helped build the first ski lifts in Tignes in the early 1970s. These connected Les Brévières with its larger sister skiing and snowboarding resorts and put the village on the map for skiers. Once Tignes linked up with neighbouring resort Val d’Isère, Espace-Killy was created and named after Jean-Claude Killy the famous French skier, who won 3 gold medals in the 1968 Olympics in Grenoble.

Tignes Village Map

tignes-street-map

Tignes FAQ’s

Fly

If you’re arriving by air then you’ll probably fly into either Grenoble, Lyon or Geneva. You can then get a private or shared transfer from the airport to your accommodation.

There are buses from the airport but you will need to change at Moutiers and they’re not cheap so if they is a few of you it often cheaper to share a transfer.

The train is the cheapest option but again this will involve several changes and the trains are somewhat infrequent.

Drive

It’s about a 9hr drive once in France to reach Tignes. The benefits of driving are no luggage restrictions and the option of an extra day skiing during a week’s holiday but the tolls can be quite pricey on the motorways so something to consider.

Here are some of our favourite tour operators in Tignes:

Ski Olympic
Several chalets and chalet-hotels within easy reach of the slopes.

Alpine Elements
This is one of Alpine Elements main resorts with 10 chalets to choose from.

Skiworld
Catered and self-catered ski holidays.

White Horizons
Catered chalet holidays from an experienced independent provider.

Snow Chateaux
Catered chalet holidays.

Ski Beat
Catered chalet holidays for all.

As well as some agents with whom you can book stays in Tignes:

Alpine Answers
Free ski holiday booking service in 150+ resorts. Over 1,200 chalets and hundreds of hotels ranging in size from 2 to 200 people.

Altitude Holidays
Small, flexible, owner-run company.

Caramel Snow
A unique and personal service, going the extra mile to ensure your bespoke ski holiday is perfect.

Carrier
Luxury tour operator.

Firefly Collection
Firefly Collection offers a cherry-picked selection of the finest luxury ski chalets, together with expert, impartial advice, and a complimentary concierge service.

Flexiski
Flexiski offers tailor-made holidays across the Alps.

Independent Mountain
Catered and Self Catered Chalets & Apartments in the French Alps.

Move Mountains
Handpicked ski holidays.

Much Better Adventures
Active holidays direct from Independent Operators.

My Chalet Finder
A website specialising in self-catering chalets and apartments across the world’s top ski resorts.

Oxford Ski Company
Arrange luxury ski holidays; chalets, apartments, hotels – whatever your heart desires.

Powder Beds
Ski accommodation specialists.

Ski Boutique
Luxury ski holiday agent offering the finest chalets and hotels with a VIP service from start to finish.

Ski Independence
Travel agent specialising in ski vacations.

Skiline
Ski Holiday Company – run by skiers for skiers.

Ski Solutions
Luxury ski resort travel and accommodation.

SNO
Ski deals and cheap holidays with the biggest tour operators in Tignes.

Snowfinders
An up and coming ski agency who will find you exactly what you want! Best prices, best advice.

If you’re staying in Val Claret or Lavachet there is a free bus which runs every 10mins to Tignes le Lac and our meeting point.

If you’re staying in Les Boisses you can catch a bus which runs every 30 mins to Tignes le Lac.

For private lessons however we can meet you in other locations within the ski srea on request.

Find all Tignes lift pass options and prices here.

You can check out the latest snow conditions using these webcams.

For useful information about resorts, including snow reports, where to eat, transfers and more check out one of the following sites:

Tignes.co.uk

Tignesnet
A helpful site with regular event listings of what’s going on in resort, snow reports and more.

Food Shopping

  • Carrefour on Rue de La Poste offers good variety and reasonable prices for a mountain supermarket and is open later than other options.
  • For your daily bread or a tasty bakery treat head to Chevallot Bakery along the main road in Le Lac, opposite the Rosset chairlift.
  • Each part of Tignes: Val Claret, Lavachet, Boisses and Les Brevieres all have their own supermarkets and bakeries on the main streets (check opening times of each as they sometimes differ to one another).

Clothing Shopping

  • Rue de la Poste has several good clothes and accessory shops on both sides of the road.
  • Tignes Spirit in Lavachet also does a great range of ski and snowboard clothes… especially good if you need thermal onesies!

Doctors – As you drive to the top of the Rue de La Poste the road starts to go back down towards the lake the doctors is signposted on the left.

Dentist –  Opposite the Post Office in Le Lac but on the opposite side of the road facing the lake.

Pharmacy – Half way up Rue de La Poste on your left.

Tabac – Along the main street in Le Lac between Escale Blanche and the Loop Bar.

Cash Point – One at the Maison de Tignes in La Lac, one at the Poste Office (on Rue de la Poste surprisingly!) and one at the side of the car park in Le Lavachet.

Hairdresser – Hair beauté Edwige in Val Claret offers hairdressing in the Sefcotel building.

There is no need to worry about what to get up to after skiing, as TIgnes has a number of activities to keep you entertained all day long.

Le Lagon: Head to Le Lagon swimming pool in Le Lac for a splash around with the kids. Children under 5 get free entry and you get a free pass per day included in the price of your weekly ski pass. There is a paddling pool for toddlers, and for older children Jacuzzi style under water benches, a cave and a slide where children (or adults) can go head to head!

Tignes Espace: Head to Tignes Espace, the sporting hub of Tignes, and book your children onto the trampolines. Right in the heart of Le Lac, a great way to tire the kids out by letting them bounce to their hearts content!

Bowling: For the older kids (and adults) book a bowling lane next door to Tignes Espace in Le Lac for an evening’s entertainment and some light competition between the family!

Ice Skating: Head down to Tignes lake where the children can try their hand (or feet!) at ice-skating. It’s completely free other than the skate hire which is €2 for under 13s or €3 for adults. Every Thursday there is a “disco on ice” from 20:00-22:00 for any older children/teens that may fancy it, of course this is weather dependent!

Sledging: Between the Toviere lift and Le Lagon swimming pool is a small sledging slope, great for races on sledges with a good run-out at the bottom. Sledges can be purchased in all shapes and sizes at most ski-hire shops and if you’re lucky some chalets come with sledges/bum-boards available to use as and when the kids desire!

We recommend one childcare providers in Tignes:

T4 Nannies
T4 offers a private nanny service in Val d’Isère, Tignes, Méribel, Courchevel, La Tania, La Plagne and La Rosiere. They hand pick nannies who share the belief that undivided attention, fun and getting involved are the key ingredients to a happy family holiday.

Boobird Childcare
Entwining passions for travelling and natural learning, each child’s holiday is filled with play and creativity. Parents can explore the mountains knowing their children are safely cared for.

Check out what our Tignes Ski School has on offer