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Tignes resort guide

With snow sure ski runs, an extensive ski area and good transport connections, Tignes has earned its reputation as one of France’s premier ski resorts. Composed of three connecting villages, Tignes sits high above many other ski resorts on a beautiful mountain plateau at an altitude of 2100m, meaning that the resort is guaranteed snow throughout the whole winter season. Combine this with a well-connected lift system, accessible from all three of the villages and a bustling atmosphere makes Tignes one of the most dependable winter destinations in the Alps.

Impressive ski area

Sharing the extensive Val d’Isère & Tignes ski area, visitors to Tignes have access to over 300km of pistes which surround the resort. First time skiers have the choice of four nursery slopes, while the designated beginners’ area further up the mountain acts as the ideal stepping stone for beginners looking to master steeper slopes. With superb red and black runs, Tignes is an intermediate skier’s playground and with endless off-piste opportunities, there are a vast range of skiing experiences to be had for all abilities in this world class ski resort.

As well as impressive runs, Tignes boasts stunning scenery with breath taking views of the mountain peaks from all over the ski area. The crème de la crème is the Grande Motte Glacier which is accessible from Val Claret and boasts the highest peak in the ski area. With mesmerising views of the town below and superb runs, taking the trip up on the funicular is a must when in Tignes.


Things to do

As well as superb skiing on the mountain, Tignes has a number of fantastic activities within the town. For a fun filled family evening activity, the leisure centre has a range of activities for all ages to enjoy including a swimming pool with slides and a spa area with Jacuzzis and steam rooms. Other family activities include dog sledding and ice skating on the naturally occurring ice rink. Dare devils head to Tignes for plenty of adrenaline filled winter activities including the Bun J Ride, micro flights, heli-skiing and ice diving under Tignes’s frozen lake. 

Après & nightlife

An integral part of the ski day, Tignes is renowned for its superb après ski and nightlife scene. Tignes’ fragmented villages mean that knowing the best après ski bars and clubs in the resort is crucial to having an unforgettable night. From lively mountain bars to cosy, local restaurants serving up vin chaud and warm crepes, Tignes makes sure all of its visitors have somewhere to warm up and relax after a day on the slopes. 

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. Here you can expect high energy dancing while world class DJs project international beats across the mountain range.

Continue the party until the small hours at one of the brilliant bars and nightclubs in the village. 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.


Eating out

Take a closer look and get a feel for Tignes when you dine out one night a week. Click here for more information.

Ski experiences

Part of the Tignes & Val d'Isère ski area, formly known as Espace Killy, Tignes is nestled between some of the best ski slopes in Europe. With breath-taking scenery, snow-sure slopes and a variety of off-piste options, Tignes is the complete package when it comes to ski resorts.  Sharing the vast ski area along with its neighbouring resort of Val d’Isère, there are over 300km of slopes to discover around Tignes.

Attracting skiers of all levels, the extensive ski area ranges in height from 1550m in Tignes Les Brévières to 3456m at the top of the Grand Motte glacier. The ski area has all you need for an action filled ski trip with four beginners areas for novices, two snow parks, infamous downhill runs and endless off-piste opportunities, there really is something for everyone.

From Mark Warner’s Tignes Hotels, the Chalet Hotel L’Ecrin in Val Claret and the Chalet Hotel Aiguille Percée in Tignes Le Lac, guests are just a short distance from both of the major lifts which take you on to Val d’Isère in one direction and Aiguille Percée in the other.

The pièce de résistance for Tignes is the Grande Motte Glacier which towers over the town, 3456m above sea level. To reach Grande Motte, take the funicular from Val Claret and then the Grande Motte cable car on to the top of the Glacier. Skiing the 1350m red down from the top back to Val Claret is a must for intermediate skiers visiting Tignes.

With slopes to suit all levels, incredible off-piste areas and numerous other skiing experiences including cross country and heli skiing, enjoy all that this world class ski resort has to offer.


Tignes hosts a number of events throughout the winter season including lively New Year’s Eve parties and magical Christmas events. Visit the events page for more information.

Tourist information & maps

As one of France’s most popular resorts, Tignes has all of the tourist amenities you would expect from a world class ski village. For medical related issues, there are two medical centres in Tignes, locates in Le Lac and Val Claret where doctors are on hand to help with many ski related injuries and illnesses. The closest airports to Tignes are Chambery, Geneva and Lyon all of which fly to major British airports and provide regular airport transfers to Tignes.

Throughout the winter season Tignes hosts a number of fantastic events for visitors to enjoy. For a truly magical festive period, head to Tignes where you are guaranteed a white Christmas and electrifying New Year.

Mark Warner Chalet Hotels

With two ideally placed hotels in Val Claret and Le Lac, Mark Warner’s hotels in Tignes, the Chalet hotel Aiguille Percée and Chalet Hotel L’Ecrin, ensure that you won’t miss a minute of the action. Located in the centre of the villages, just a few minutes’ walk to the major ski lifts, both of Mark Warner’s Tignes hotels are fully equipped to assure you have the perfect stay including children's clubs while Chalet Hotel L’Ecrin has a beautiful spa and fitness centre.

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