Tignes is one of France’s premier resorts. One half of the famed “Espace Killy” ski area, the other half being Val d’Isere. Tignes is one of the most snow sure resorts in the world thanks to its high altitude and it being the home of the imposing Grande Motte glacier. The skiing itself is a melange of world class off-piste, beautifully groomed pistes and some skiing for the very experienced only. Whatever your level, Tignes will have more than enough skiing for you.
As a resort, Tignes could never be called beautiful, so if you are keen to stay in a resort that offers aesthetic beauty as well as incredible skiing then Val d’Isere may be a better choice. However what Tignes lacks in charm, it more than makes up in ski convenience and value for money. Tignes is fragmented into 3 main villages, the central hub being Tignes Le Lac. Splintered off Lac but still high altitude are the villages of Le Lavachet and Val Claret. All 3 areas are well linked by an efficient and free 24 hour bus service.
Further down the valley, just above the damn that splits Tignes and Val d’Isere is the lovely little village of Les Brevieres. Each of these areas have their own pros and cons but are all excellent places to stay depending on your reasons.
Tignes Le Lac and Val Claret are the better choices if you are looking for some shops, nightlife and après-ski whereas Le Lavachet is more tranquil location. All 3 can offer good ski access.