Tignes consists of five villages located at the base of France’s La Grande Motte, one of Europe’s largest glaciers. Tignes connects to Val d’Isere, skiing at both resorts is possible when you purchase a joint ski pass, creating a combined network of over 186 miles of runs linked by 102 lifts. Tignes' main attraction for skiers and snowboarders is its massive vertical of over 6,000 feet and more terrain than you could possibly cover in one visit. As host of Winter X Games Euro, your kids will love exploring Tignes’ Snowpark DC, with the option to start at the easy terrain park on the opposite side of the mountain to build confidence and keep an eye out for professional skiers and snowboarders training for the next X Games!
La Grande Motte glacier enables skiers to get turns in almost year-round when planning a vacation to Tignes. With a Tignes ski vacation everything can be enjoyed on a grand scale: a massive, skiable glacier, 186 miles of terrain and the Perce-Neige funicular, an underground express train capable of transporting 3,000 passengers per hour up to La Grande Motte at a speed of 12 meters per second.
in one of the multiple villages of Tignes. Choose Campanules Hotel for a stay in a historic establishment with a panoramic view of Lake Tignes and the Grande Motte glacier, or Le Levanna Hotel for the cozy ambiance of the recently renovated stone and wood chalet.
by flying into Geneva or Lyon International airports.
half of Europe’s eighth-largest ski resort with 186 miles of skiable terrain.
yourself to a dip in Spa Voulez Vous’ heated outdoor pool while taking in stunning, 360-degree views of the French Alps.
at a top elevation of 11,338 feet.
complimentary access to Le Lagon Aqua Center, complete with a counter-current swim lane, fun pool and three-lane slide, and saunas when you purchase a lift ticket for six or more days.
mountain specialties like incredibly long cheese pulls from the fondue pot during après.
Bun J Ride—an activity perfect for thrill-seekers where you launch from ski jumps while connected to bungee cords.
The cruising at Tignes is fantastic, especially if you don’t want to ski the same run twice. First-time visitors can never get over how truly vast this ski area is. Individually, Tignes is comprised of several villages connected by lifts. The combined resort, Tignes-Val d’Isere, shares 186 miles of terrain and 78 different lifts. Tignes skiing is divided into four areas: La Grande Motte, L'Aiguille Percée/Palet, Tovière and Les Brévières, and each area offers something different.
La Grande Motte’s high-elevation glacier skiing offers year-round skiing. There is a wide selection of blue and red pistes, so skiers of at least an intermediate level are best suited for this area. L'Aiguille Percée/Palet is an ideal zone for less experienced off-piste skiers and boarders to try out variable conditions. This area is also where the most famous run of Tignes, La Sache, a 6-mile-long black run full of bumps, from the top through the valley of Les Brévières, can be found. Experts in search of steep terrain will be stoked on everything Tignes has to offer, including glacier skiing, but skiers of all levels will be able to ski the resort if they purchase the interconnected pass to get to more accessible terrain on the Val d’Isere side.
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Tignes’ altitude ranges from 5,085 feet to 11,338 feet above sea level. The resort has a vertical drop of up to 6,234 feet. The high altitude of the resort provides many benefits, such as a longer ski season and reliable snow conditions throughout the winter months. La Grande Motte is the highest point of skiing at Tignes Resort and even non-skiers can travel to the top to enjoy stunning panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. The bonus of glacier skiing is being able to get turns in even through the summer months. making it a popular destination for ski enthusiasts and outdoor adventurers.
Affordable Lodging and Tons of Activities for Groups of all Shapes and SizesAverage
Tignes is another resort that was far different than the preconceived image in my head. I had heard of the area primarily because it hosts a number of terrain park competitions and, as a result, I had imagined a much smaller resort that probably didn't have much to offer in the way of natural terrain. I couldn't have been more wrong.
While the area's more rustic lodging options and simpler dining make it much more popular among younger crowds than the more family-friendly and higher-end Val D'Isere, I found that it offered quite a bit for smaller families, especially those on a budget. This area is comprised primarily of more basic hotel properties and does have a few condo-style hotels that offer larger units with living areas and kitchens at great rates for small groups (rare in the Alps).
Another thing that is worth mentioning about the area is the amount of outdoor activities that it offers to guests. Between the two main village areas is a huge indoor water park and gym, complete with the largest climbing wall I saw in the French Alps. Additionally the frozen lake that separates the two villages provides a number of activities as well most notably ice diving, which I didn't get to try but can only imagine is a wild experience.
If you are looking to access the same terrain as is available at neighboring Val D'Isere and prefer to save on lodging and spend during your actual stay, Tignes is a great value. The area even features some of the same smaller events and farmer's markets that generally take place in the village at Val D'Isere.