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If you want to ski in Tignes then you'll be in the heart of the 'Espace Killy' with over 300km of lift-linked trails and pistes. You can also ski or snowboard right in to Val d'Isere. It's superb for all levels and abilities - a must visit resort! Read on to discover more.
Choose to stay in Tignes and you will find yourself at an altitude of 2100m which is above the tree line. There are in fact three villages, Val Claret, Le Lac and La Lavachet that make up Tignes. These are interconnected by a free ski shuttle bus. As part of the Espace Killy you can ski over 300 km of piste, (nearly 200 miles) of lift-linked trails. Access is not as easy as some other ski resorts, however the nearest airports are most definitely Chambéry or Grenoble, with a long drive to Geneva if that's the best airport for you.
On the Slopes
Part of the world famous L'Espace Killy, Tignes gives you fantastic slopes that are linked by high-speed chair-lift (and a few fantastic pistes) to neighbouring Val d'Isère. Between the two key ski resorts is an unbelievable variety of skiing for all abilities. Lift access is good (there are 97 lifts in all!), and a total vertical drop of 1,900m means there are some great long runs. This area is renowned for its great off-piste challenges, while boarders will enjoy a half pipe, boardercross course and some great freeriding.
If you ski Tignes you are also in the ski region of Espace Killy so find out more about this area before you book your holiday here.
Off the Slopes
With over 60 restaurants between the three villages you'll find something to suit every taste in the Tignes ski resort. The best restaurant in the area is considered to be Le Lac at The Hotel L'Arbina, while La Côte de Boeuf is for those who worship meat!
Daffy's Café has good Tex-Mex, while La Pizzéria 2000 serves not only pizza, but also local dishes such as fondue and raclette. When your meal is over, there are plenty of bars to keep you busy.
Who's it Best For?
Tignes is great if you love off piste, this is one of the best places in the world for lift served off piste runs. This is also a great place to go if you want to ski Espace Killy but don't want to pay the prices of Val d'Isere.
Tignes is a great choice for a ski holiday, it gives you great access to the Espace Killy without having to pay the prices of Val d'Isere. The snow is usually good here, the only real downer is the look of the place, the resort architecture isn't to everyone taste!
Ski holidays and cheap ski packages to Tignes are available online right now with GoSki.co.uk. By giving you access to leading tour operators, skiing and snowboarding holidays in Tignes can be booked and then enjoyed by all the family.
Why Choose Tignes?
- Good long ski season at an altitude of 2100m
- Well established ski and snowboard schools
- Great lift served off piste
- Varied terrain and great access to the ski area of the Espace Killy
- Staying here wont break the bank, unlike other resorts nearby!
Is Tignes Right for You?
If you now think that Tignes is the resort for you then use our holiday search to find the right holiday that suits you. If however you are still unsure, why not try out our Tignes tailormade ski holidays service to help you.
Chalets are a great option on a ski holiday. For many they embody just what it means to to go on a mountain holiday as many are nestled into the slopes with log burning stoves and all the character of alpine living.
Tignes offers a great variety of chalets, many are situated within easy reach of the lifts and town itself. There are luxury chalets on offer with chefs, saunas, home cinema and every luxury you could want but it also has a reputation for offering good value accommodation.
Where Should I Get the Chalet?
If it's luxury you are looking for then head to Tignes le Lac or the village of Les Brevieres. There are plenty of budget chalets on offer in Tignes, if nightlife is important to you then head for Tignes Val Claret, a quieter option is Les Brevieres.
Many chalets in Tignes offer ski in ski out. A good place to start looking is in Val Claret as the underground funicular that gets you to the top of the mountain is based here. Families should look at Tignes le Lac and Tignes Le Lavachet as the nursery slopes here are excellent.
Apartments are very popular in Tignes. For many they are a slightly cheaper option than a chalet and provide a bit more privacy and space than a hotel. Luxury apartments are available but in Tignes, if you want real value for money, check out some great self catering apartments, many right in the centre of the resort with all the amenities on hand.
If money is not a problem check out some great luxury apartments in Tignes Val Claret. Here you will find apartments that come complete with spa, fitness rooms and sauna. For those on tighter budgets check out Tignes Lavachet. They aren't the prettiest but they do the job and you are on a free bus service here into more lively resorts in the area.
Are Apartments a Good Option?
Some people still get hung up on the need to stay in a ski chalet. But there are some incredible apartments coming to market now which do rival chalets in terms of luxury and facilities. Some companies are now building apartments blocks that come complete with swimming pools, spa facilities and other luxury hotel services.
Overall apartments can in some cases offer better value for money than a chalet and can be a great choice for families or groups holidaying together. Booking apartments in the same apartment block can allow you to be together but also give you the space that may mean you are still talking at the end of the holiday!
Hotels can be a great choice for a ski holiday. You have no worries about food and some hotels will even come out to the airport and collect you, so no ski transfers to worry about! In addition hotels can be a great choice when you are travelling with children as many offer entertainment and even babysitting services.
Tignes is predominantly all about apartments but there are some good hotels here too.They range from top end 4* hotels to 2* options for those on tighter budgets.
What Type of Hotels are Available in Tignes?
Tignes doesn't really cater for the 5* luxury market so you wont find a 5* hotel here but you will find some good 4* offerings including the Les Campanules, Le Ski d'Or and The Club Med which is a great choice for families.
You will also find a good number of 3* options here but if you are really on a 'nothing' sort of budget then check out two options-the UCPA Hotel and the Chardons Chalet Hotel. The latter is run by a group of skiers and boarders who want to ensure that Tignes continues to be open to those who cant traditionally afford a skiing holiday.
It's really important to get your transfers sorted before you leave home. It often works out cheaper and the last thing you want is to start your ski holiday stressed and anxious. The nearest airport to Tignes is Chambery which is 2 1/2 hours away. Next to this are Lyon which is 3 hours away and finally Geneva which, although it is 3 1/2 hours away, has a good selection of airlines to choose from.
Get a Coach to Tignes
Getting a coach to Tignes could be a great option if you are looking for a really cheap transfer option. A return from Grenoble airport will cost you about £80 return and £74 return from Geneva.
Many of these coaches are really comfortable and will make multiple stops in the resort, so if you are on a tight budget check this out. You will also pay less in most cases when you book online before you leave home.
At the other end of the scale why not consider arriving in style and getting a helicopter to whisk you into the resort. If you share the helicopter it could also work out cheaper than you think and you get to hit the slopes a lot quicker. Helicopters are available to book from Geneva, Chambery, Grenoble and Lyon.
FEATURED SKI TRANSFERS
With Tignes ski schools offering great value ski and snowboard instruction, how to know where to go? Through GoSki.co.uk you can find a number of providers offering both ski lessons and snowboard lessons, with all abilities and needs catered for. So book online now for the best deals.
Tignes ski schools
This winter, improve your ski and snowboard technique thanks to some help from any one of the Tignes ski school listings below. Whether you want group or private, are a beginner or an advanced skier or boarder, everyone can learn something. So look for professional instruction from any one of a number of Tignes ski schools and look forward to your winter holiday!