For cross country skiers, Tignes has plenty to offer with over 44k m of trails waiting to be discovered. As Tignes is one of the higher French ski resorts, sitting at an average height of 1800 m, the cross country trails are guaranteed to have snow cover for the whole winter season.
Known as “ski de fond” in France, cross country skiing is easy to learn and a great way to explore and experience the stunning alpine scenery surrounding Tignes at your own pace. No matter your fitness level, anyone can enjoy cross country skiing through the wintery mountain trails. Below we have highlighted the best cross country ski routes in and around Tignes.
Cross Country Trails around Tignes
Tignes has over 20 km of superb cross country trails surrounding its three villages all of which are accessible from the town. Because there is no need to buy a lift pass, apart from hiring the equipment, cross country skiing in Tignes is free of charge. In Tignes, most of the cross country routes are located at the base of the skiing area and around the lake. Similarly to downhill skiing, the runs in cross country skiing are split into green, blue, red and black runs. In Tignes, the majority of the cross country routes are green and blue, suitable for beginners to the sport.
Cross Country Skiing Espace Killy
Visitors to Tignes are fortunate to have access to the entire Espace Killy ski area. One of the largest ski areas in France, there are a number of trails throughout the Espace Killy, resulting in a total of 44 km of cross country skiing routes. After you have explored the runs around Tignes, head to the other side of the ski area around Val d’Isere where you will find another 20 km of runs to enjoy.
Learn to Cross Country Ski in Tignes
Learn to cross country ski with an experienced instructor at one Tignes’s excellent Ski schools. Practised on flat or gently sloping terrain, the skis used for cross country skiing are longer and narrower than regular skis, and may take some time to get used to. Cross country ski lessons will help you master the various techniques needed for going up and downhill, which can be tricky. What’s more, if you are unfamiliar with Tignes and the Espace Killy, a lesson with an experienced instructor to guide you will ensure you experience the best and most beautiful cross country routes in the area.
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