Tignes Ski Resort

Tignes ski resort in the Tarentaise valley, France.
Powder at Tignes.
La Grande Motte stands tall over Tignes ski resort.
Tignes is linked with fabulous Val d'Isere ski resort.
A tiny portion of the Tignes off piste freeride terrain.
The early bird catches the corduroy at Tignes; dropping into Val Claret.
Despite some big crowds, there are always fresh lines at Tignes.
Tignes off piste skiing is super fun.
Tignes off piste skiing is super fun.
The Tignes lift system moves a huge amount of skiers very efficiently.
Tignes skiing.
Tignes chutes below the Grande Motte.
Tignes gets a little bit of snow!!
Tignes 1550 village of Les Brevieres with avalanche debris on the piste!
Tignes 2100 villages of Le Lac & Le Lavachet.
Tignes highest village, Val Claret.
Tignes 1800 village, Les Boisses.
Tignes off piste skiing.
Wear your party pants at Tignes - Val d'Isere's La Folie Douce.
Solitude in the Tignes off-piste on an otherwise busy day.

Tignes Ski Resort

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Interlinked Ski Resort

Val d'Isere
    Tignes Trail & Piste Map
  • Tignes Ski Trail & Piste Map
  • Vertical (m)
    1,550m – 3456m (1906m)
  • Average Snow Fall
    7 - 10m+
  • Lifts (102)
    10 Gondolas/cable cars/funicular
    44 Chairlifts

    Summer Skiing - 6 lifts for skiing
  • Ski Hours
    Winter: Late Sep/early Oct to early May
    8:45am - 5:00pm

    Summer: Late June to early Aug
    7.15am - 1:00pm
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs - 300km
    Longest run – 10km+
    Advanced - 18%
    Intermediate - 25%
    Beginner - 57%
    Off piste - 10,000ha
    Summer skiing - 20km
  • Lift Pass Prices (Day Ticket 18/19)
    Tignes only
    Adult - €33 to 50
    Child - €27 to 40
    Child u/5yr - Free

    Tignes - Val d'Isere
    Adult - €53 to 59
    Child - €43 to 47.50
    Child u/5yr - Free

    Summer Skiing at Tignes
    Adult - €25
    Child - €20
    Child u/5yr - Free
    Tignes Summer Ski Trail & Piste Map
  • Tignes Summer Ski Trail Map
    Tignes - Val d'Isere Ski Trail & Piste Map
  • Tignes - Val d'Isere Ski Trail Map

Tignes Ski Resort France

It is no exaggeration to suggest that Tignes & Val d'Isere combined rightfully hold a place at the very top of the list of best ski resorts in the world. Tignes ski resort in France has the size, elevation, lifts, snow & accommodation that make it wonderful for all skiers & snowboarders.

Despite the main resort area being high up in the French Alps at over 2,100m, Tignes does not quite stack up on beauty compared to the belle resort of nearby Val d’Isere. However, if you can overlook the mix of long high-rise apartment blocks, complete lack of trees, high priced food & underwhelming nightlife, you will find in Tignes an incredible combination of modern lifts, seemingly endless snow, impressive array of fun intermediate runs and vast, adventurous off-piste freeride terrain.

The Powderhounds eyes made popping sounds when we visited Tignes! Yours will too.

Summary of Pros & Cons for Tignes Ski Resort

Pros

  • World class piste terrain for all levels of skier on a massive scale;
  • Most reliable snow in France, with most terrain over 2000m;
  • Modern lifts & facilities;
  • Massive off piste & backcountry terrain for all levels;
  • Good range of expert & extreme ski options;
  • Lift pass linked to Val d’Isere (great value too!);
  • ’Ski in’ accommodation available everywhere;
  • Very good après ski;
  • Relatively easy to get to via train and bus;
  • Villages in splendid alpine surroundings.

Cons

  • Busy in some areas of the resort;
  • Alot of competition for off piste powder in easy to get to locations;
  • Eating & drinking out can be expensive;
  • Some pistes are overcrowded & get skied off & bumped up by lunchtime – particularly trails leading to or from Val d’Isere.

Pro or Con Depending On Your Perspective

  • Majority of accommodations are self-contained apartments that are 'visually challenging';
  • No main central village;
  • High altitude villages can be extremely cold in mid-winter!

Tignes Skiing & Snowboarding

Tignes is one of those ski resorts where the trail map simply does not convey the vastness, complexity & quality of the terrain available. The sound of your popping eyes will continue all the way up on the gondola from the bottom of the resort at Les Brevieres to the cable car at the top of the resort on the Grand Motte glacier - a vertical of typically European proportions - a lazy 1906m. See the Tignes ski trail map here.

Whilst there are relatively few real beginner slopes (but plenty on the border with Val d'Isere) the ski area has 57% of its trails rated as beginner. Many of these are in fact lower intermediate runs which combine well with the numerous long cruisy intermediate runs.

Accessible & inspiring off-piste lines for more advanced skiers are everywhere, as are some challenging black piste trails. Ranging from open alpine bowls to extreme couloirs, there is over 10,000 hectares of freeride terrain in the Tignes-Val d'Isere resort area. There are also a fair few people to compete with to harvest a few fresh lines. See the Tignes-Val d'Isere ski trail map here.

See our Tignes Skiing & Snowboarding page for more information.

Interlinked with Val d'Isere

Tignes is lift, piste & pass interlinked with Val d’Isère (the ski area formerly known as Espace Killy). The combined ski network features 300km of runs linked by 102 lifts.

Summer Skiing and Snowboarding at Tignes

The all-round nature of the Tignes ski resort continues into summer. From late June to early August, 6 lifts access 20km of piste trails on the Grand Motte glacier.

Where is Tignes Ski Resort?

Tignes lies in the upper Tarentaise Valley in the Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France, not far (at least as the crow flies!) from the border of Italy and only 12 km by road from Val d’Isere. The closest major centre is the town of Bourg St Maurice, about 30km by road north of the resort.

The two main international airports near Tignes are Lyon Saint Exupery (220 km) and Geneva (170 km). Flights to Chambéry (140 km), Grenoble (160 km) and St. Eienne (290km) are less regular and are from UK & European origins only. Book direct transfers from the airport to Tignes here.

Regular TGV, regional & Eurostar trains connect Tignes to locations like Lyon St Exupery airport & as far away as London via the train station at Bourg-St-Maurice. Regular bus or taxi transfers connect to Tignes, all the way up to Val Claret, taking approximately 45min. Search & book train tickets to Bourg St Maurice here. Buy bus tickets at Bourg St Maurice.

If you allow for extortionary road tolls and more traffic during school holidays, getting to Tignes from anywhere in western Europe is straightforward. The final road up the valley from Bourg St Maurice& to Tignes isn't great considering the volume of traffic it carries during winter, so a bus may be the safer option for most overseas visitors.

See our Travel to Tignes page for more information.

Tignes Accommodation

There are two typically French upper mountain villages at Tignes, Val Claret & Tignes -Le Lac. Two smaller (& quieter) villages are further down the mountain, Les Boisses & Les Brevieres. All the villages are linked by piste trails, ski lifts and a regular free bus service. The typical accommodation in Tignes is self-contained apartment, although there are a small number of hotels available.

Val Claret is the highest village (over 2100m) located in a prime ski in ski out location. It is the perfect place to stay if immediate access to the lifts and piste to door skiing is your number one priority. Val Claret’s location adjacent to lifts facing in all directions means that the first lift & fresh tracks are a distinct possibility, but with all that convenience comes a price and it is in euro - sometimes lots of them. Even an ordinary espresso (very ordinary actually!) will set you back a pretty penny.

Tignes-Le-Lac is situated next to a lake (at 2100m) & uses a one-way road system to keep traffic through the centre to a minimum. Most of the hillside accommodation is only a few minutes walk to the lifts which will take you up & away.

Les Boisses & Les Brevieres are linked to the main ski areas by lifts and can be returned to via skiing trails. Both offer a cheaper & more traditional option than staying in the two main resort villages, but they are generally quieter, with fewer services, less nightlife and particularly in the case of Les Brevieres, less winter sunshine & intriguing avalanche hazard potential.

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Tignes Ski Rentals & Lessons

Ski rentals are available in all of the Tignes villages. Search & book ski or snowboard rentals in Tignes here.

A mind-boggling array of ski instructors & ski schools ply their trade in the Tarentaise valley. To narrow down the field, search & book private or group lessons with the best providers here.

Tignes Activities

Tignes is one of an increasing number of ski resort locations that offer heli-skiing. More information on Tignes heli-skiing is coming.

Tignes has plenty of other activities on offer if you need a break from the slopes including ski-jöring (being pulled along the snow by a horse), paragliding, cross country skiing, snowmobiling and dog sledding. There is even an ice diving club?!

Nearby Ski Resorts

Tignes is part of the legendary skiing region called the Tarentaise. A festival of wonderful French ski resorts, from mega resorts to 'secret stashes', are within an hour’s drive of Tignes. The world's largest fully interlinked resort the 3 Valleys (Courchevel, Meribel and Val Thorens), huge Paradiski (Les Arcs and La Plagne) plus the smaller La Rosiere (linked to Italy's La Thuile) and excellent Sainte Foy are all close by.

Tours in or near Tignes

Safari (Road Trip) Tours

Tarentaise Powder Ski Safari
GUIDED OFF-PISTE ADVENTURE
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Days Skiing | 3+ Resorts
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Ski some of the most famous ski areas of the world in France with an experienced guide riding vertical descents of up to 2,000m through untracked powder even days after a snowfall. Join a "fixed date" tour or get your own group of 4+ together for a custom tour.
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USD 1,944
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Single-Base, Multi-Ski-Area Tours

Tarentaise Valley Star Ski Tour
GUIDED OFF-PISTE ADVENTURE
2 - 5 Days | 2 - 5 Nights | 2 - 5 Skiing Days | 3+ Resorts
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Ski some of the most famous ski areas of the world in France with an experienced guide riding vertical descents of up to 2,000m through untracked powder even days after a snowfall. Join a "fixed date" tour or get your own group of 4+ together for a custom tour.
Price p/p From price based on twin/double-share room occupancy & min group of 4.
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USD 701
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