The resort of Tignes forms a ski area named L’Espace Killy. With a little help from its famous neighbour Val d’Isere, the area makes up one of the world’s premier ski holiday destinations.
The old village of Tignes disappeared beneath the waters of Lac du Chevril when the valley was dammed in 1952.
The ski resort of Tignes (2100m) is now made up of smaller villages.
Le Lavachet, Le Lac, and Val Claret are the three main villages and are connected with a regular FREE bus service. Further down the valley you will find Les Boisses (1850m) and Les Brevieres (1550m) nestled at the very edge of the ski area.
With the majority of pistes above 2100m and a summit of 3600m, the resort has a snow reliability record that is the envy of the Alps. With this impressive snow record, Tignes has one of the longest European winter seasons, running from November into May. Add to that the summer and autumn glacier skiing, and you’ll find there are not many days when you can’t go for a slide.
Snowsports enthusiasts of all abilities are catered for, with over 300km of pistes accessed by 97 lifts, (See Piste Map). The area around Le Lac offers plenty of gentle slopes for those tentative first turns. By contrast, the vast areas of off-piste have long provided Tignes with the reputation of an off-piste mecca.
For a quick snack, make sure you sample the legendary nachos in the Loop bar, in Tignes le Lac. Tignes Cuisine next door, serve a whole variety of takeaway meals, from great pasties to Thai green curry - and for those tired ski legs, they also deliver. If you’re in Val Claret, then the Aspen Lodge for the awesome aspen burger is a must.
To dine out, visit Le Brasero in Le Lavachet for well-priced international dishes, or La Ferme des 3 Capucines, translated as ‘The Farm’. This restaurant really is a farm, offering amazing Savoyard dishes. Le Lac has many restaurants; Bagus Bar is a safe bet for a tasty pizza, or try Savoyarde tradition in real style, at Clin d’Oeil. Val Claret offers Le Petite Savoyard for all round value and if you want atmosphere, try Le Caveau, a great little restaurant which often offers live music starting around 9pm.
In Tignes Le Lavachet, you can sample a few beers and live bands in Le Brasero, or the infamous strength Mutzig beer in TCs, home to many a resort worker. Look out for the pool-opening party at Scotty’s towards the end of the winter.
If you fancy a relaxing drink in Le Lac, you could head to the Alpaka Lodge for cocktails. The Loop Bar has a great happy hour and regular live bands, and no trip to Tignes is complete without visiting the Jam Bar and the Bagus Bar. For the later nights, check out Jack’s Club.
If you're in Val Claret, then it’s essential that you experience Grizzly’s Bar; surrounded by wooden bears, it’s a unique and memorable establishment. Also find the stylish Couloir, and perhaps finish at The Melting Pot.
As we all know, in the mountains there is the odd day or two when the weather is not perfect. Below are some suggestions of how you might fill a day off the hill:
Le Lagon is a new aqua centre that offers a 25 metre pool with lanes, if you are fancying a few lengths. It also has a family play pool area with a 3 lane water slide, leisure pool, bubble bed, whirlpool seat and geyser. Access to La Lagon is FREE with a 6 day lift pass. There is a wellness centre that includes a spa, steam room, saunas and fun showers. If you are still not worn out then there’s a gym to burn off some energy.
The Tignespace complex has 2 squash courts, table tennis tables, climbing wall, bowling alley and a sports hall that can be used for football, basket ball or tennis.
If you are looking for something a bit different, then why not try ice skating on the lake, racing an ice kart, riding a horse, driving a husky drawn sled, ice diving, riding a skidoo or maybe a helicopter flight.
After all of that action you might need somewhere for some relaxation and pampering, so try one of the spas that are dotted around Tignes.
Please ask your chalet staff in Tignes for more info about all of the above activities on arrival.