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Tignes, France

Rated: 5/5 (from 7 ratings)

Tignes Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForFreeriders, Expert Skiers, Intermediates, Beginners, Snowboarders and Apres-Ski!
Total Piste Length150km
Highest Lift3,450m
Resort Height2,100m
 Nearest AirportsChambery and Annecy
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Tignes at a glance

Tignes shares the huge Espace Killy with Val D'Isere, with a vast ski domain directly accessible from five different base areas, from Les Brévières, at the lowest point in the system up to Val Claret at the head of the valley.

 When will it snow in Tignes?

The next notable snow forecast for Tignes is 1cm, expected on 20 August.

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Tignes Facts, Stats and Ratings

Tignes Rated

Ratings for Tignes
Expert Skiers
Intermediate Skiers

How High is Tignes?

Max Vertical and Resort Altitude for Tignes
Highest Lift3,450m
Resort Altitude (Tignes)2,100m
Lowest Piste1,550m
Max Vertical1,900m

Tignes Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats for Tignes
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
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Intermediate Runs
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
Total Length
Cross Country
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Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts

Espace Killy Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats for Espace Killy
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
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Intermediate Runs
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Easy Trails
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Cross Country
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Tignes Summary

The French Ski Resort of Tignes is part of the Espace Killy ski area with access to 300km of downhill skiing, with 154 marked pistes, served by a total of 87 ski lifts. In addition to the skiing in Tignes itself (150km of pisted ski runs), the appropriate ski Lift Pass will allow you to ski or snowboard in the other Espace Killy ski resort of Val d'Isère. Tignes is directly linked by Ski Lift to the ski areas of Val d'Isère.

Tignes comprises the villages of Tignes Le Lac, Tignes Les Boisses, Tignes Les Brévières and Tignes Val Claret.

Tignes Piste Map

Tignes Piste Map

Tignes Overview

One of the highest resorts in Europe, Tignes offers more skiing in winter and in summer than pretty well anywhere else, thanks to its high altitude skiing on the Grande Motte glacier and its commitment to maintaining a vertical of at least 1000 metres (3280 feet) for eight months of the year. Sharing the vast Espace Killy ski area with neighbouring Val d'Isère, purpose-built Tignes has the stronger French influence of the two, as well as being largely based at a higher and more snow-sure altitude.

There are in fact five base areas to Tignes, although Tignes Le Lac and Le Lavachet more or less run in to one another. They stand together in a vast snowy bowl above the tree line resembling some sort of isolated moon base, from a distance. Tignes Val Claret is a little further up the valley whilst down the mountain, but all lift-connected, are Les Boisses and Les Brévières.

There are three more traditional villages along the valley floor on the road to Val d'Isère (Le Reculaz, Le Chevril and Le Villaret du Nial), but these are not lift-linked.

On the Mountain

 Skiing in Tignes

Many regard the Espace Killy as one of the best ski areas in Europe, and some regard it as definitively THE best. The 300km (187 miles) of pisted runs include seemingly endless snowy motorways for intermediates to cruise around on, whilst experts will find more to entertain here than almost anywhere else on the continent; both on and off the slopes.

The maximum skiable vertical of 1900m (6234 feet) is one of the largest in the world and the lowest lift height of 1550m (4085 feet) ensures top-to-bottom skiing for most of the winter season. The hundreds of snow cannons are a help too.

Tignes for Beginners

Beginners might not be able to appreciate the skiing heaven that is all about them, but they at least have five free lifts to choose from down at the resort. There's therefore no need for a lift ticket for the first few days, and with the resort altitude you don't need to go up the mountain to find the snow. When you do gain confidence, however, a trip on the high-speed underground funicular will take you up to the Grande Motte glacier where there are plenty of wide gentle trails, as well as spectacular views when you're taking a breather.

Tignes for Intermediates

Intermediates have around 100 Blue and Red runs between Tignes and Val d'Isère, aided by a largely modern lift infrastructure to get you back up quickly and efficiently.

Several fast, high-capacity chairs link from Val Claret provide a fast link over to Val d'Isère, and the Toviere gondola allows rapid access from Tignes le Lac.

Tignes for Experts

It's the advanced skiers who will most appreciate what Espace Killy has to offer however, not least because it's often the experts who run out of options at smaller resorts. Black runs are numerous, and the Reds tend to be long enough or steep enough to keep the best skiers entertained, such as the 'Double M'.

Off-piste opportunities are possibly unmatched anywhere; legendary runs include 'The Lavachet Wall' (always, always, check Avalanche Risk before heading this way - or into any other off-piste terrain) and the Tovière mogul runs. The Aiguille Percée descents, the nearby Chardonnay Bowl and 'Golf' are fabulous but challenging off-piste terrains.

Apart from normal piste and local off-piste skiing in the company of ski school or mountain guides, Tignes has many special itineraries available including ski-safaris to other resorts in the Haute Tarentaise area of the French Alps.

Numerous ski schools, including the ESF and the highly-regarded Snoworks, offer courses for all levels, styles and genres of snow sports.

Telemark tuition is offered and there are extensive cross-country trails.

There are a variety of pistes to suit all levels of skier ability, from Beginner to Expert.

 Snowboarding in Tignes

Tignes has expanded its long standing reputation for skiing by succeeding in offering the best of all forms of winter sports - including snowboarding.

The Palafour and Grattalu areas have extensive fun parks, with features to suit all abilities (and confidence levels).

Tignes has at least three dedicated snowboarding schools - The Snocool, Kebra surfing and Surf feeling, offering off-piste, heli-surf and free riding courses as well as video analysis. The ESF, Evolution 2 and the International Ski school also have snowboarding divisions.

When is Tignes open?

 Opened : 30 November 2019.

 Closed : 15 March 2020.

Usual opening is early October (Re-opens for summer skiing from late June to late August), and usual closing is Early May.

NOTE:- Lift and Piste openings are always subject to Snow Conditions in Tignes.

Snow Making

Tignes is able to make snow, on 50km of ski runs, with 216 snow cannons.

Ski Lift Capacity

The 87 ski lifts of Tignes are able to uplift 75,500 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Where is Tignes?

Tignes is in the French Alps in Espace Killy, Savoie, France.

How can I get to Tignes?

 By Air

The nearest airports to Tignes are Chambery, Annecy and Geneva. There are six airports within three hours drive.

Off the Mountain

Tignes Aprés Ski

The resort does not have the reputation of Chamonix or St Anton for non-stop hedonism, but there's plenty to be found if you want to party through the night. Le Lac and Val Claret are the liveliest areas. Popular haunts include the recent addition of Cocorico at the base of the funicular in Val Claret, Harri's Bar and the Crowded House with the Blue Girl Disco and Les Caves Du Lac nightclub in Le Lac opening into the small hours.

Tignes le Lac is home to the impressive Tignespace sports centre and the Lagon swimming pool.

History and Development

The first base of 'Tignes the ski resort' is Tignes Le Lac, which began as the relocated village of Tignes when the original was submerged under Lake Chevril following the construction of the dam in 1952.

The church bell was the only physical artefact to be carried up to the new village site, but the spirit of skiing which began in 'old Tignes' in the 1920s has been carried forward with spectacular results!


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