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Part of the Espace Killy ski area along with the neighbouring town of Val d’Isère, Tignes is known for its excellent skiing experiences from gentle nursery slopes, to serious downhill blacks and endless off-piste opportunities. For adrenaline junkies, there are a number of thrilling experiences to try in Tignes including heli-skiing and parapenting. For non-skiers, there are also a number of other activities available like dog sledding and ice skating.
If you are new to skiing, Tignes is a great resort to learn to ski in with a number of ski schools and fantastic facilities for beginner skiers and snowboarders. There are a total of 4 nursery slopes in Tignes where novices learn the basics before progressing onto green and blue runs further up the mountain. Easily accessible from the various villages which make up the resort of Tignes, all of the lifts to the nursery slopes are completely free.
The sheer size of the Espace Killy makes Tignes an ideal resort for beginner skiers with a total of 23 green runs and 66 blue runs for beginners to perfect their technique. At the top of the Grattalu lift near the village of Val Claret there is a designated green area, especially for novice skiers.
Tignes is renowned for its superb off-piste skiing with endless opportunities to venture off the piste and into deep powder. For the best off-piste skiing in the Espace Killy, head to the Bellevarde area of the mountain where you will find the famous Banana and Charvet Tour, arguably the most famous off-piste runs in the area.
To discover the most remote areas of the mountain, heli-skiing tours operate out of Tignes, taking eager skiers and snowboarders across the Italian border to remote mountain peaks. Together with a guide, you will then ski back to the resort down the unstirred mountain trails.
Cross country skiers head to Tignes for the large selection of trails in and around the town and further afield in the Espace Killy. With a total of 52km of routes dedicated to cross country skiing ranging in difficulty, there is an abundance of trails for cross country skiers to explore the region. If you don’t have your own equipment, there are a number of ski hire shops in all of the villages which make up Tignes where you will find cross country equipment.
As part of the Espace Killy, the ski runs in Tignes lend themselves perfectly to downhill skiing. Created for the 1992 winter Olympics, the La Face ski run is the perfect place to test your downhill skiing. Renowned for its steepness, this challenging black is located at the top of the Olympique cable car on the Val d’Isère side of the Espace Killy. If you are looking to spectate professional downhill racing, Tignes host a number of ski events throughout the season. For information on racing events happening in Tignes during your stay, the helpful staff at Mark Warner’s TIgnes hotels will be able to provide you with all the information you need.