One of the most popular ski resorts in France, Tignes plays host to a number of thrilling downhill skiing events throughout the winter season. Watching world class athletes ski down the mountain at speeds of up to 80 mph is a spectacle not to be missed. For those looking to give the Olympic athletes a run for their money, Tignes and the Espace Killy have an abundance of steep red and black runs on which you can test out your downhill skills.
Competitive Downhill Skiing in Tignes
Throughout the winter season, professional downhill skiers and spectators head to Tignes for some of the sport’s most prestigious events. With a number of races taking place throughout the winter in Tignes and its neighbouring town of Val d’Isere, make sure you check out what’s on when you are visiting Tignes.
The high altitude of Tignes along with its excellent race piste means that the town has hosted some of the biggest and best racing events in the downhill calendar. Previous downhill races to be held in Tignes include the 2016 Delancey British National Alpine Ski Championships and the ground-breaking, first ever para-alpine World Cup speed events.
Both of Mark Warner’s resorts in Tignes are handily located at the centre of their villages meaning that you won’t miss a minute of the downhill racing when visiting the popular French resort. Located at the centre of Val Claret, the highest of the three hamlets which make up Tignes, Mark Warner’sChalet Hotel L’Ecrin, is located just a few minutes’ walk from the main chair lifts while the Chalet Hotel Aiguille Percée is situated slightly further down the mountain in the lively area of Le Lac.
Non Competitive Downhill Skiing
Experience the thrill of the race for yourself and try out Tignes’s superb downhill pistes. Renowned for its large range of intermediate runs, Tignes has a number of runs which can be used for downhill racing. Try them out for yourself and see if you have what it takes to be a downhill skier.
The best known run in the area is the infamous Le Face black run located on the Val d’Isere side of the Espace Killy. This steep black was created to host the downhill events at the 1992 winter Olympics and is renowned for its steep gradient. The challenging nature of the run hasn’t stopped skiers in the area flocking to its piste to take on the famous run.
For those looking to learn the intricate techniques used in downhill skiing, there are a range of ski schools located in Tignes which provide downhill lessons. With private and group lessons available, you will learn how to master the art of downhill racing from an experienced and knowledgeable instructor.