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Tignes is the casual and relaxed younger sibling of Val d'Isère. There are actually five villages - Le Lac, Val Claret, Lavachet, Les Boisses and Brevières, all with the prefix Tignes. The first three are not so charming, function-built, concrete villages, located on a high plateau with magical skiing opportunities right outside the door. Down by the pond lies the much more cozy, but also more secluded, Boisses and Brevieres.
Tignes works hard on its youthful image and managed to become the host of Euro X Games from 2010 to 2013. Freeride World Tour competitions also used to take place here. The skiing is mostly above the tree line, but there are some larch trees where you can take a turn around down towards the large power plant pond.
Brevières, the village located furthest down , is also called the Three second village because that is how long it would take before it would be swept away if the pond should happen to burst. Stressful.
In Tignes you can ski all year round - the glacier on Grande Motte is open even in the summer.
Tignes belong to Val d'Isere.

Tignes Snow forecast

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  • Friday
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Best Off-Piste:
Try the off-piste runs down from the Grands Motte glacier (there’s some amazing stuff off the back, but you need to take a guide with you.) Come down the Grand Plan red from the top and then as you get to a sharp right, drop left into the big bowl and choose your run. Finish down by the snowpark at Les lanches.

Best Black Run:
The legend that is Sache. Get all the way up to Aiguille Percee from Tignesthen take Corniches. Sache is glorious, has a back-country feel to it and can be steep, bumpy and icy. If powder has fallen, this could be one of your great moments!

Best Red Run:
One of my favourites is the very pacey Stade run. Always sunny, with a bumps training section off to the left. Very good for poseur racers who like showing off to the lift voyeurs.

Best Blue/Green:
You can do a lot worse than the very long linking run from Val to Tignes which starts at the top of Toviere into Val Claret – a thigh-burner. Otherwise the blues down from Aiguille Percee into Tignes Le Lac offer spectacular views, small bumps and wide open pistes.

By: Hugh Hutchison double time Olympian and Britain’s most successful mogul skier

Facts about Tignes

Slopes (Total: 82)
Green Learning / beginner:8
Blue Easy:36
Red Intermediate:22
Black Advanced / Expert:16

Lifts (Total: 43)
Gondola lift:5
Aerial tramway:4
Chair lifts:18

Vertical drop
Tignes Vertical drop
Mountain high: 11339 ft
Vertical drop: 6253 ft
Mountain low: 5085 ft

Start:19 December
End: 7 May

Childrens area:3
Country: France

Reviews for Tignes

What do you think about Tignes?
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Visited Tignes (lived in Claret election) the first week of March. I have never been aware that there has been so much snow, in 6 days it snowed 5 times. Each time it came 20-30 cm. Very easily accessible off piste, liked sharply and happy to go there again.

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Fantastic Tignes / Val d'Isere has delivered again !!
Week 52 2018 made no one disappointed. The weather was cruel, about 0 degrees in Val Claret and a few degrees below the peaks every day. We spent eight days in the slopes, one of which was a magical day in the off-piste when it snowed all Christmas Eve. One meter of snow in the "valley" and two meters on the peaks made about 90% of the slopes open.
In addition to very good skiing quality, you can find lunch on the slopes at humane prices and good quality. Large portions for hungry skiers are served in every place we have visited. Maybe not so many restaurants as in Italian ski systems but those that are there are good. The accommodations are small but functional in Tignes. If you book late you can make clips, our apartment cost 5,000 SEK for a week. We had ski in / ski out and the balcony was five meters from the piste.
On Christmas Eve you had carnival and torchlight and invited Vin Chaud (warm wine) in the village.

If you want to be sure of access to snow and very off-piste then you go to Tignes / Val d'Isere!

// Madde and Stefan

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Tignes is included in the ski area "Escape Killy".

Plus / minus with Escape Killy compared to other ski areas:
+ Snowproof in high altitude and glaciers
+ Large system that fits well and swallows many skaters
+ Suitable for everyone (be careful which city in the ski area you choose)
- Well-known and thus always a lot of people and high prices

Plus / minus with Tignes compared to other locations in Escape Killy:
+ Plenty of simple apartments and there are good food stores
+ Possibility to first come up in a good part of the system
+ Bathhouse included in lift pass (a visit to weekly card)
- Low soft factor
- Far to some parts of the system

We booked flights to Grenoble week 4, 2017 and chose the city the week before departure based on snow access. The lot fell on the ski system Escape Killy and the town of Tignes which is a charming building (complex), but practical if the priority is skiing, in front of restaurant or nightlife.

The snow supply was at the bottom when we got up. Luckily so much of the week snowed, mostly in the evenings and nights, some ski days suffered from poor visibility due to snowfall, but otherwise it was good.

We who went in search of loose snow in front of the piste and did not go at all in the park. There are many well-known loose snow areas for all riding levels. There are also lots of nice pistes in all colors (slopes).

Tignes is situated on one edge of Escape Killy, if you want to go lift to and from Le Fornet, which is at the other end, so it takes most of the day. Tignes and Val Claret, located next to each other, are seen as a motorway a short distance from Val D'Isère, which is the area's main town and considerably more cozy than Tignes. The ski bus that is included in the lift pass does not drive all the way, but you can supplement with a regional bus.

Should I try to compare Escape Killy with something else, then it is of the same caliber as Chamonix.
Chamonix benefits from a short transfer from Geneva. The advantage of Escape Killy is that the lift system is connected. I thought Tignes reminded a little about Val Thorens and then I do not just think of outdoor après ski, La Folie Douce which is located on both towns.

In conclusion, "Escape Killy" is a safe card and feels very complete as a ski system. A good choice if you are going for a week or more. For a short week, there are more appropriate alternatives.

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Was there Easter 2018. Stayed in le Breviere
There was a lot of snow this season, so it was easy to ride without going down to the village
An incredible ski area with rides for all interests and level.
It snowed several of the nights so much off pist it became. Both lighter and some more demanding

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Visited tignes week 7 2013.
Went with nortlander skutors who were doing quite okay.
We lived in Val Thorens, a city built entirely for the ride, so they just had to take the skis and take the lift up.
The system itself is absolutely huge, as it is connected with the voters in the common ski area espace killy.
The Alps here are huge, as are the surfaces. The lifts give access to nice slopes, such as the long red from le grand motte to choice claret with a fall height of almost 1000 meters, but also a lot of easily accessible offpiste that offers very very nice opportunities. The disadvantage of this is, however, that it is snapped up, so get up early in the morning after snowpump to put the first fresh tracks. A piste to highly recommend is the long black down towards Tignes les breviers, with a fall height of 1200 meters.
The French Alps are expensive, but we lived in an apartment where we bought the food in the near future and then cooked to it. If you plan to buy and buy the cheaper commodities, you'll get away without the wallet scary too much. For those who are interested in a cheap filling, however, it is only to buy food stores. The wine is ridiculously cheap.

Tignes I highly recommend. As long as you buy your own jaw, avoid washing the champagne on the legendary backdrop, let the foil douce and refrain from ostron in the upper-class cavity, you get senseless driving without ruining your wallet.


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I have just been away for a week in Tignes and we traveled with Langley. We have had a HAPPY FANTASTIC week in every possible way. WONDERFUL, wide, nice backs, large lift system, which means that if you want, you can escape the ski buses. We have been away v10 and we have had STRONG sunshine every day (got some color on the snoop!) However, it started to melt in the end a little later, so be careful to go.
We tried to cross Val d'Isere but felt that there were significantly more people in those slopes (= raised much faster). So we spent a lot of time in Tignes and we enjoyed it very much !!
We stayed at Langley Tignes 2100 and in room 506 which had a lovely balcony where you could sit and sunbathe for a while before jumping into the shower. So room number x02 to x09 have a balcony, the others you should avoid;) The food we got at the hotel was 5 +++++! Great nice selection of breakfast (they even had oatmeal porridge, never seen before !!) and the dinners in the evening were incredible !! YUM !!!! : P

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I have not lived in Tignes, so how it is outside of skiing, I can not comment, but after a winter in Val d'Isere I have traveled a lot.

Pist: Double M, down from Grande Motte, is the red carving back when it's best, provided you get there before anyone who should not leave the barnback than has done it. Even Leisse down on GM's back has its moments, though the elevator is sick there. The Grattalubacken at the park on the sunny side is perfect if you just want to adore, as well as Palafour, and the flat ravine just to the left of the skiers. On top of all, Tignes is the most chill-out skier if you stay in the piste. However, there are some terrible puckers down to the lower villages, and the black backs from the Val d'I side down to Le-Lac are often broken by people who are wrong.

Tignes has a hopeless bottleneck, on the sun side between Val Claret and Le-Lac there are two lifts that, besides smacking the limbs of people, are some of the most successful in the entire system. Should you go from Lac to Val Claret there are no major problems, but elsewhere: TRY!

The offpiste is easy, there are not so many trees. Search and you will find. A little fun forest is located down towards Brevieres.
The park was (much more winter) much calmer than the park in Val d'Isere, a little less really good skiers and a little less hope but it did not matter to me. (Park fears.) Shady position on the sun side with some sun loungers and so on.

One of my favorite things with Tignes is the lunch. At SPAR in Le-Lac they have Enorme Americans (baguette with hamburger and other fun in) for 7 euros. Even if you share with someone you will be two-way. The sun is best done at the tourist office's wall or at the Aeroskiterassen. The tourist office also has really fresh toilets.
The best pizzas in Espace Killy are found at L'Armailly in the three-seater village of Tignes-Les-Brevieres. The slopes down there may be good sluggish in spring but it's worth it.

Hmm yes I like Tignes. Ugly villages, nice skiing and is the sunshine there is not much better.

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Absolutely wonderful place, the best I've been to.
Arrived late at night week 9 and did not really see any of the village, Val Claret, or the slopes because of dark and heavy snowfall. Woke up to cloudless skies and sneeze everywhere. I was in seventh heaven.
The slats were long, varying with even and nice puckles.
We met a Frenchman who showed us around in the different slopes. Among other things, we went for a whole day from the top and far down the valley where the meadows had already melted and the first flowers started to look forward. We had to run into the gravel with the pants to catch up with the last bus back to Val Claret. As I remember, we only needed to take the lift a couple of times to get all the way down.
The evenings were almost as good. There were two Swedish buses to Tinges at that time, so you got to know everyone the first evening. The French (the young) were much better than their reputation. Was invited to the hash on a disco. The restaurants were few but tasty. A few bars and just a disco. Perfect! Everyone you knew was there and you quickly became "hello and worthy" with the rest.
What was not so good was the hotel rooms that were tough.
This was a while ago. In the morning of departure we were told that Olof Palme had been murdered.

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Were there with a friend, went with UCPA. One of the best trips I have made, the company was wonderful, I was the youngest: P, the food was brilliant (except the crust because they looked like a sauce or the same crunch bread). The slices are very good (except puck paste) freshly sliced ​​platter to fine every morning. It's a nice little town with the best pub "Crazy Horse", a British / Irish "classic" pubb.
A destination that sits in the soul.

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Tignes was as anonymous as I want it. No super tourists from Sweden come here without that there are not so many people who know 109gnes which is a plus. However, this can be said for the ugly architecture (which I thought was very cool) there .... but then on skiing.

I stayed at Langley Hotel 2100 and the slopes around there were wide, long but still so wide-fledged the alps. But if you took a little further away from tignes between valleys and valleys, then they came to the absolute perfect slopes.

 What was good when I was in tignes was that the weather was on top all the time! It was sunny in the days and snowed in the evening and then it was cold enough so the snow was perfectly dry as it should be. The offpiste was perfect, but because of that. of snow conditions.

There was never a lift queue, and this shows that it's not overexplored.

What a minus I thought was the food, French food is like that, just a bunch of cozy cheese dishes

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