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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.
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. Sunny days aren’t always guaranteed and Tignes’ lack of trees does mean that visibility is sometimes poor however 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.
Tignes is made of a collection of high altitude hamlets, connected by a free public transport system. Mark Warner’s resorts are located in the villages of Val Claret and Tignes Le Lac, the two main villages in the overarching Tignes vicinity. With all the charm and commodities associated with French ski resorts; Tignes has established itself firmly as one of France’s most popular ski destinations.
Families love the range of child-friendly activities in the resort including ice-skating, dog sledding and a modern leisure centre. For those looking for seriously fun après ski, Tignes can rival the likes of St Anton in Austria for its range of lively après ski bars both on the mountain and in resort.
No trip to the French Alps is complete without visiting a local Savoyard restaurant. The restaurants in Mark Warner’s hotels are closed for one evening of the week. Take this opportunity to try a delicious cheese fondue or Raclette in one of the many traditional restaurants in the town.
|Ski resort facts||Suitability for skiers||Number of runs||Number of lifts|
|Resort altitude: 2100m
Skiing altitude: 1550–3500m
|Beginners: Very good
Suitability for non-skiers: Good
Cross-country trails: 44km
Half pipes: 1
|Magic carpets: 7
Cable cars: 3
Drag lifts: 15
We introduced the fantastic Chalet Hotel L’Ecrin to our programme in 2015. The 51 room 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 short walk to the 5 main lifts in Tignes Val Claret.
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. 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.