Tignes Ski holidays 2017
A ski holiday in Tignes centres around three small villages sitting high above the tree line. Our chalet hotels can be found nestled in the villages of Tignes Le Lac and Val Claret, recently jointly rebranded Tignes 2100. Forming part of the Tignes-Val d’Isere ski area, Tignes provides a huge variety of varied terrain (300km in fact) for skiers and boarders from challenging off-piste powder to leisurely cruising runs.
Off the slopes there is plenty going on with plenty of bars and restaurants to choose from. A recent addition to the resort is the fantastic swimming pool and wellness centre in Tignes Le Lac. And the weekly market is wonderful to meander through.
On the mountain
Tignes is known for being one of the most exciting resorts on the European ski scene. Few things can beat gliding down a run while enjoying the stunning surroundings on a sunny day. Unfortunately, the sunny days aren’t always guaranteed and Tignes’ lack of trees does mean that visibility is sometimes poor. But Tignes certainly compensates for this, with the best snow and views in the Alps and extremely well maintained terrain.
The nursery slopes of Tignes-le-Lac and Le Lavachet are the perfect places to take your first skiing and snowboarding steps. They are snow-sure with a good selection of wide, open, well maintained nursery slopes free of through traffic. Once you’ve found your ski legs the long runs down to Tignes-les-Brevieres are popular and home to many restaurants, perfect for lunch on the terrace.
Intermediates will love the wide expansive runs with the highlight of the ski area being the Grande Motte glacier with its excellent runs back down to resort. While powder junkies have so much to explore in the off-piste areas of the Grande, Petite Balmes, and the Grande Balme. Freestylers should do the leg work and explore their way around Tignes’ famous snow parks, host to the European Winter X Games.
Après ski to after party
Tignes’ fragmented villages mean that knowing the best après ski bars and clubs in the resort is crucial to having an unforgettable night. Whether you’re looking for somewhere to wind down or somewhere to liven up your evening, there is a great choice. Après ski in Tignes should begin at La Folie Douce over in Val d’Isère, a real favourite with skiers because of the great atmosphere and lively vibe. Loop and The Drop Zone in Tignes Le lac have excellent bands playing live music. In Val Claret skiers can relax next to a roaring log fire at the Alpaka Lodge. For a more light-hearted event, enjoy some stand-up comedy at the Loop bar, which also has live music and DJ sets.
From local restaurants to tourists’ favourites, there are some key recommended spots to try in Tignes where diners will leave fully satisfied. Mountain restaurants are recommended for a dinner or an indulgent lunch; Hotel l’Arbina is popular and has an excellent wine list. The Aspen Coffee Shop in Val Claret is always busy and full of locals, probably something to do with the generous portion sizes for reasonable prices. Lo Soli serves hearty and homely meals, the stews are sure to warm your insides and if that doesn’t quite do the trick, the log fire certainly will.
Our chalet hotel in Tignes Le Lac
The charming, cosy Chalet Hotel Aiguille Percée is in a great location just moments from the slopes and the heart of the Tignes Le Lac village. The hotel positively sparkles after a recent £2.5 million refurbishment. Inside the hotel, you’ll find a warm welcome from our friendly staff . They’ll serve you a Full English or continental breakfast to set you up for the day, followed by a yummy afternoon tea in the dining room overlooking the mountains and lake, ensuring there’s plenty of home-made cakes, soup, juices and assorted teas to go round. Children can make new friends and have fun in the children’s club, supervised by our fully qualified nannies.
Our chalet hotel in Tignes Val Claret
We introduced the fantastic Chalet Hotel L’Ecrin to our programme in 2015. The 52 room, 4-star plus chalet hotel with spa and fitness facilities located in Tignes Val Claret, the village above Tignes Le Lac has proved to be a wonderful, popular addition to Mark Warner portfolio. The Chalet Hotel L’Ecrin is situated on the outskirts of the village only a 100m walk to the 5 main lifts in Tignes Val Claret.
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Resort altitude: 2100m
Skiing altitude: 1550–3500m
Suitability for skiers
Beginners: Very good
Suitability for non-skiers: Good
Cross-country trails: 44km
Half pipes: 1
Number of runs
Number of lifts
Magic carpets: 7
Cable cars: 3
Drag lifts: 15