Tignes is a purpose-built ski resort located in the heart of Tarentaise Valley, offering dependable snow conditions for all ability of skiers.
- Tignes is part of the world famous Espace Killy ski area
- Snow-sure resort with high altitude skiing
- Enjoy a variety of on and off-piste activities
Tignes is located in the heart of Tarentaise Valley and is a purpose-built ski resort set across five villages - all of different altitudes. Situated high above the tree line at 2100m and part of the famous Espace Killy ski area, this snow-sure resort is perfect for varying levels of skiing ability and hiking enthusiasts. With excellent snowfall all season long, a plentiful selection of bars and restaurants, and child-focused attributes, Tignes holds its own as a must visit ski destination suitable for all holidaymakers. The villages within Tignes are ideal for groups as it has lots of lively après-ski options with a number of hot-spot bars to visit. Tignes is also perfect for families - it has many activities for children of all ages, both on and off the slopes.
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There are many different accommodation options to choose from in Tignes - relax in one of our full-service hotels, or choose from a range of apartment options to suit all budgets. Many of our residences or hotels in Tignes also boast additional amenities, such as swimming pools and spas. The villages within Tignes are connected by a convenient free bus service - so no matter where you stay you'll be able to easily access all the resort's facilities. Each of the villages within Tignes has its own atmosphere and we will be happy to advise you on the best location for your next ski holiday in Tignes.
Tignes is proven to be a ski resort with world-class terrain and an atmosphere to match. The high altitude ensures that snowfall is almost guaranteed all season, especially on the slopes of the Grande Motte Glacier, where you'll often find fresh powder. The Grande Motte Glacier is easy to reach via a funicular and cable car, once there you'll have the opportunity to ski a variety of terrain and you can even ski all the way back to your accommodation in Tignes. Tignes is part of the vast Espace Killy ski area - which connects the resort to the popular destination of Val d'Isere. The ski area is home to 300km of pistes, 2 terrain parks, 2 glaciers and 90 ski lifts. Tignes and the Espace Killy ski area is very popular with snowboarders, with a range of terrain to suit all abilities.
Tignes isn’t just home to a number of challenging pistes and fresh power skiing; there’s an abundance of off-piste activities to get involved in. Whether you’re interested in spending quality time with your children, enjoying some of the resort's fun activities, or looking for things to do as a couple / as part of a group – there are plenty of options to keep everyone busy. General resort activities include ice skating, a cinema, swimming and bowling.
- Bun J Ride
Something a little different for the thrill seekers – ‘Bun J Ride’ in Tignes allows you to jump a 30m ramp, falling off into a 40m drop on bungee cords. This well-known attraction runs from 21st December – 18th April each year – T&Cs apply.
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Evolution 2 - Ice Diving
The extraordinary resort of Tignes is recognised for offering unique off-slope activities, as well as being a skiers paradise. Visit Evolution 2 to take part in a one of a kind 'ice diving' experience - where you'll discover the beauty and wonder of a frozen lake... T&Cs apply.
Facilities for children
- Husky-dog rides
Children are able to take a ride on a sled, led by a team of excitable husky dogs. This popular winter activity runs from early December to the end of April (weather permitting).
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Tobogganing / sledging is one inexpensive activity that will keep the whole family entertained for hours. The Pala’Fou toboggan is an exhilarating 3km ride that runs alongside the piste from the top of the Palafour lift. It operates from 4.30pm to 7.00pm every day except Saturday and tickets can be purchased from the wooden chalet next to the Maison du Tignes in Le Lac.
The spectacular terrain in Tignes means that saddling up and going for a ride is a no-brainer. There are a wide range of trails and routes waiting to be explored in Tignes – which children are bound to enjoy discovering from horse-back. Age restrictions may apply, please contact the provider for more information.
Restaurants & Nightlife
Not only does Tignes offer a variety of quality restaurants that are suitable for all holidaymakers, but the lively atmosphere is enhanced with the choice of bars and nightclubs. We recommend visiting the following;
This beautiful alpine restaurant is located in Tignes Les Brevieres – Here, you can enjoy an extensive and traditional French menu at the foot of the slopes. This is a real treasure of the Alps.
- Lo Terrachu
This hidden gem located in Tignes Le Lac, boasts a traditional French atmosphere, hearty food, and a majestic view of the lake from the dining terrace.
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La Table en Montagne
This mountain cuisine in Tignes Val Claret is situated within the 5* Hotel Les Suites du Nevada. The whole family can share a fantastic meal with excellent service.
Loop bar in Tignes Le Lac is a perfect après-ski establishment. It is complete with a huge sun terrace and regular live music events.
Accommodation in this resort
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Advice & Guides
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Tignes Ski Area
The skiing possibilities are endless in Tignes; from the wide-open freeride terrain to the plummeting chutes and couloirs, there’s enough variety for all skiers and snowboarders. Tignes has some of the most challenging terrain in the world and excellent snow conditions all year long - the high-altitude location serves helps make this resort a must-visit for those looking to advance their skills.
Tignes also has a softer side including plenty of runs suitable for beginners. For blue and red run skiers and snowboarders, there's an enormous variety of leisurely cruising options taking you from the very top of the glacier, right down to the valley floor. There’s a large amount of accessible off-piste terrain that advanced skiers can enjoy, which can be easily accessed without the need for difficult climbs. The Tignes ski area hosts 22 beginner runs, 67 intermediates and 26 for advanced skiers.
Tignes is also home to one of the largest snow parks in the world, which includes a half-pipe and a quarter-pipe to keep adrenaline enthusiasts happy, whilst more casual skiers and riders can try their hand at the ski cross course.
- Espace Killy Ski Area
Named after the talented and three-time French Olympic ski champion Jean-Claude Killy, the Espace Killy links Tignes to the popular ski area of Val d’Isère. Many tour guides actually choose to take their Val D'Isere clients to Tignes to ski, as conditions and the variety of terrain is excellent. The Espace Killy ski area is home to over 300 km of downhill skiing. There are 150 individual pistes, served by 90 ski lifts spread across the area - providing easy access for all.
If you’re after more challenging ski terrain – there are 26 black (expert) runs in Espace Killy, including the ‘Face’ – which featured in the 1992 Olympics. Advanced skiers will also enjoy the 44 kilometres of off-piste which awaits in this large ski area.
Intermediate skiers will love the wide pistes found throughout Espace Killy – including the gentler slopes leading back to the resort. The many intermediate runs are also linked by high-speed lifts, a benefit for those looking to spend as much time as possible on the slopes. Tignes is also a great destination for those looking to beat the crowds – you can avoid the crowded runs near Val d'Isere by heading west where you’ll find the wonderful ski areas of Palafour and Chardonnet.;
Grand Motte Glacier
Take a quick funicular ride from Tignes’ Val Claret area to discover 20km of lift-served slopes for all abilities of skier. Situated in the Massif de la Vanoise and with an altitude of 3656m, the Grand Motte Glacier serves as an extraordinary skiing experience for all, with breath-taking views of Mont Blanc.
While visiting the Grand Motte Glacier, why not enjoy a drink on the terrace at 3000, while taking in panoramic views of the resort and snowy peaks.
Resort Altitude: 1550m
Total Pistes: 300km
Number of Lifts: 90
Snow Parks: 2
Save hassle by pre-booking your Tignes – Val d’Isère ski passes through Erna Low before you travel. Your ski passes will be sent out to you before you depart, meaning less time queuing at the resort and more time on the slopes. We can offer individual passes for various durations and passes for families with children aged 18 years or under. Additionally, student holidaymakers can take advantage of discounted ski pass rates by purchasing a family pass. Contact our ski experts now and we will be happy to advise you on the best ski pass options for your party.
You will be given the option to add ski passes during the online booking process; however, if you have already booked your ski accommodation with Erna Low, please contact us directly to book your ski passes, or use the search option below to find ski pass rates for this resort.
Although you’re able to rent or buy almost all required ski equipment from one of the resort’s many specialist sports shops, we recommend pre-booking your equipment before your trip to ensure ultimate value and convenience. We have a specialist selection of rental partners on board to guarantee our customers receive the best equipment at the best price, also taking into account the most convenient location in proximity to your accommodation.
Tignes Ski Rental Locations
The below map shows key locations for ski equipment hire / shops in and around the Tignes area. For assistance with booking your ski equipment, speak to our friendly team on 0207 584 2841.
Tignes Ski Rental Locations
You will be given the option to add ski rental during the online booking process; however, if you have already booked your ski accommodation with Erna Low, please contact us directly to book your ski equipment, or use the search option below to find rental rates for your preferred destination.
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Tignes is home to a number of ski schools and independent ski instructors to help your skiing development, whatever your past experience may be. The ski school usually allow children from the age of 3, although there are other options for younger children who are not old enough to spend their days in the snow. We are family ski holiday experts, so if you would like to learn any more information about the ski schools available, then don't hesitate to call our team.
Ski Schools for Adults & Teenagers in Tignes
- New Generation Ski and Snowboard School
New Generation ski school specialise in providing 'pro rider teen groups' which are ideal for teenagers looking to explore and learn without their parents. Pro rider groups will provide children with a warm-up day so they can practice their skills before they then embark on 3 days of ski racing, off-piste and freestyle skiing. Teenagers will also learn how to stay safe on the slopes and will also take part in avalanche training. Pro rider groups are available throughout the season and run at the same time as the other children groups.
ESF Ski School, Tignes Le Lac
ESF has 200 instructors and is based in the Tignes village of Le Lac. This ski school provides lessons for children and adults, catering for all abilities. ESF's 'Discover Ski' lessons are perfect for newbie skiers and will help you build up confidence at the beginning of your holiday. More advanced and intermediate skiers can take advantage of the other courses available - including ski clinics and off-piste tours and lessons. The instructors at ESF speak English and can also provide private lessons.
Ski Schools for Children in Tignes
New Generation Ski & Snowboard School
This ski school provides a range of ski lessons and children's ski groups for children aged 3 - 17 years old. New Generation also has 'Whippersnapper' groups - which are for younger children. This group runs for 2 hours a day and groups are limited to 6 children - meaning children get the individual attention and instruction they require. The school also provides 'full day' groups for children of all ages - providing you with more 'adult' time on the slopes.
ESF Club Piou Piou
ESF children's club is located in Val Claret, Le Lac, Lavachet and Les Brevieres, and take children from 3 years in the Piou Piou club.
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Evolution 2 Ski School
Evolution 2 has ski schools and ‘kids club’ located in Le Lac, Brevieres and Val Claret. The team are English speaking and offer a variety of ski lessons for children of different abilities. There’s also the option for children to join ‘kids club’ which is perfect for the younger skiers - from 3 years old, children will learn how to balance on skis and to get used to the feeling of sliding on snow!
Les Marmottons Ski Kindergarten
Children from 2½ to 8 years old can join the Marmottons ski kindergarten found within the Tignes villages of Val Claret and Le Lac. This ski school provides ski lessons for children of varying ability - at the start of the week children will undergo a 'ski assessment' so they can be placed in the right learning group. During their time with this ski school children will enjoy ski lessons with English speaking instructors and will learn using innovative and fun games. Children who attend this ski school will enjoy either morning or full day ski lessons, access to 2 free ski lifts and access to indoor and outdoor activity areas. At the end of the week, children will also take part in a prize giving ceremony where they will receive medals and certificates.
Travelling by Air:
Chambery airport is 138 km away from Tignes, making it the closest airport to the resort with an average transfer time of 2 hours. Geneva tends to be the more popular option for those flying from the UK and the airport is still relatively close to the resort, with an average transfer time of 2 hours 45 minutes. Many airlines have routes from the UK to Geneva, making it more accessible for UK skiers and snowboarders than Chambery airport. Alternatively you can also fly to Grenoble airport or Lyon airport - both also have an average transfer time of 2 hours 45 minutes.
Travelling by Car:
Tignes is the perfect resort for those wishing to go on a self-drive ski holiday. The approximate drive time between Calais and Tignes is 9 hours 15 minutes – the total journey is about 620 miles.
A toll system operates along the route – the cost of the tolls between Calais and Tignes is 82 euros (each way).
TIP: If you book your Eurotunnel crossing with Erna Low, you’ll receive an automatic upgrade to the Eurotunnel ‘Flexiplus’ service, designed to make your journey as flexible and comfortable as possible!
Travelling by Train:
Those wishing to get to the resort via train can take a direct route from London Waterloo to Bourg-St-Maurice, a town just 19 miles (30 km) from Tignes. The Eurostar ski train runs twice a week and is a great alternative to driving or flying. From Bourg-St-Maurice you can then get to Tignes by using regular buses or private taxis.
The transfer time from Bourg-St-Maurice to Tignes is approximately 40 minutes.
However you’re planning to get to Tignes, it is likely that you will need to book some sort of transfer to the resort (unless you are driving, of course). Here at Erna Low, we work with trusted transfer companies to ensure you have the easiest and most comfortable journey possible. We can help arrange the best transfer for you, for the best price, whether this may be by coach, taxi, minibus or even by helicopter! Contact us on 0207 584 2841 to find out how we can help you plan your dream ski holiday.
Current weather: Partly cloudy, some sunny spells
Fresh snow: 10cm
Last snowed: 2018-04-30
Piste information: Lower slopes good, excellent up high
Lower snow depth: 65cm
Upper snow depth: 195cm
Piste state: Excellent
Off-piste snow: Best up high
Runs to resort: Spring snow
Lifts open: 34
Lifts in total: 75