Overview of Tignes
It forms one half of the iconic Tignes-Val d’isere ski area, along with neighbouring Val d’Isere. The ski area was previously known as L’Espace Killy after Jean-Claude Killy, a former World Cup Alpine skier who was from the local Tarentaise Valley.
Tignes is an absolute top-tier ski resort and perhaps one of the Alps most well known among Brits. It has an excellent variety of high-altitde slopes across a terrain spanning 300km. Its slopes climb as high as 3,456m and offers a wide range of terrain from long glacier descents down the Grande Motte glacier or tree lined blues in Les Brévières.
Tignes the perfect ski holiday destination. Made up of different little villages located at varying altitdes on the mountain face, each village possess its own unique charm and ambience. Some of the villages have ski-in and ski-out accommodation, some have a vibrant nightlife and party scene, some are more chilled out and family friendly and so on.
Overall, Tignes offers a fantastic holiday experience, regardless of where you choose to stay. All villages have excellent facilities across the board from accommodation, leisure facilities, entertainment and general services/ammenities. There is so much to get up to in Tignes, read further for more information.
Tignes makes up one half of the Espace Killy ski area, one of the highest regarded ski areas in the world. Tignes is made up of several satellite villages, our favourites are the two highest and best, “Val Claret” and “Le Lac”.
These two areas cover all bases; tasty lunch spots, varied accommodation but most importantly jaw-droppingly good skiing! Beneath the Grande Motte glacier there are runs to be found for all abilities to enjoy, a huge beginners area sits in between Tignes and Val d’Isere for learning without repeating the same single runs and with 24 black runs and 40 reds there’s plenty of steep and deep to push you to your limits.
We love Tignes and believe the lift of any snowsports lover is not complete until they have explored it’s seemingly endless slopes.
Between the villages of Val Claret and Le Lac there is the perfect place to stay no matter what you’re looking for. Val Claret plays host to the nightlife scene featuring two nightclubs and plenty more bars, but even if you choose to stay down in the slightly quieter area of Le Lac there are regular shuttle buses all the way through the night to ferry you between the two. Plenty to choose from if you’re after a luxury stay, with multiple accommodations boasting spas and saunas. Then even if you’re after a budget studio apartment this is even possible with a pool!
Tignes Best Bits
The Eye of the Needle
This has to be one of the coolest sights to behold in all of the Alps, you’ll find it high above Le Lac at the top of the Aiguille Percée chairlift. Over the years the wind and snow has eroded a hole straight through the middle of the rock which looks incredible. From up here are several blues and reds to take you back down to resort level, or if you keep to the left you can reach one of the lower corners of the Espace Killy, Les Brevieres. Speaking of corners…
Hit the 4 corners of the Espace Killy
The 300km of piste that interlink the resorts of Val d’Isere and Tignes have countless hidden gems to be discovered. So maximise your chances of finding something no ones seen before by stretching the ski area to it’s limits! Looking at the piste map the four corners are La Fornet & the Val d’Isere Glacier to the left and Les-Brévières & the Grande Motte Glacier on the Tignes side. Once you’ve made it to each of these points you can really say you’ve skied the Espace Killy. Do it all in one day and you’re super human!
Stop for lunch
Obviously you’re here to ski, we know that, but it’s very important to refuel and Tignes has some of the best lunch spots around. Visit the Planks shop in Val Claret for a delicious pie and shop for some sweet new gear while you’re at it. You can head down to Tignes Cuisine in Le Lac for some drool inducing asia-inspired dishes or just next door is Loop Bar serving up some great burgers. After a pit stop and one of these fine places you’ll be more than ready for an afternoon of shredding hard.
Tignes welcomes all types of skiers, but its lively apres-ski scene means that you’ll find it particularly exhilarating if you’re a livewire in the evenings as well as on the slopes!
Many bars are busy from mid-afternoon when the first skiers pull up for a refreshing beer after a hard day having fun on the pistes, and as the night unfolds you can find hotspots offering everything from live music and DJs to exotic cocktails and tabletop dancing. If you’re a bon vivant, you’ll love the following eclectic Tignes spots:
Marmot Arms is a British-style boozer in Tignes Le Lac, located next to Residence Le Lac and opposite the Palafour Chairlift. There’s a great selection of beers, wines and spirits, cocktail hour is between 4-6pm each day and it’s open from 10am for breakfast.
Loop Bar is located at the bottom of Rosset and Trolles pistes and its busy terrace affords a spectacular view of the sunset over the mountains. As well as tasty breakfasts and lunches, live music, DJs and even comedians are on the menu, so there’s a little something for everyone at this vibrant venue.
La Flambee is the place to be if cosy and traditional ambience floats your boat. Nestled in Hotel Village Montana at the bottom of the slopes in Les Almes in Tignes Le Lac, it’s a wonderful place to sprawl out on a comfy fireside sofa and warm yourself up with a revitalising vin chaud.
Couloir is a classy spot to combine cuisine with cocktails, tapas and live music, and it’s bang in the middle of Val Claret. If you’re dining with a group of friends and seeking a self-contained night out under one roof, you’ll have the time of your life here.
A delicious restaurant and bar in the heart of Val Claret. This place is great for lunch or dinner or even for a few pints. The menu is great and the wine list even better. They cater for all dietary requirements, so vegans and intolerances fear not!
A great self-service restaurant at the base of the Grande Motte glacier at 3000m. The owner has a huge St Bernard called Igloo...he is very friendly but the size of a small horse!
The greatest value fast food in resort! Serving delicious Asian inspired dishes, this tiny little restaurant is a popular place with locals and tourists alike. The food is so good that you might end up eating lunch there every day...
La Ferme des 3 Capucines
A stunning chalet opposite the Chaudanne and Paquis chairlifts, this actual farm rears its own livestock. You can't get fresher than that!
Tignes 2100 Alpine Kitchen
The restaurant at the Langley hotel in Tignes le Lac serves some delicious cocktails and has a great food menu. If you are fancying something different to cheese then this place has got you covered!
Drop Zone has been around in Tignes for as long as we can remember. It's a really fun bar that is perfect for a small group of mates or a large snowsports club. A firm favourite of ours!
The Marmot Arms
Great burgers and wild après ski!
This great little bar and restaurant in le Lavachet has a great sun-trapped terrace and serves delicious food and drinks. Definitely one to try as a lunch treat!
Check out Blue Girl if you have the stamina for a very late night...you've been warned!