Tignes is widely considered as one of the finest ski resorts in the French Alps. The oldest of the five villages that make up the resort – Tignes Les Brevieres – has been in existence since the 13th century, with the other four coming after the local council received funds from the government for the famous dam built at the foot of the valley.
Tignes is linked with Val d’Isere to create the expansive Espace Killy ski domain - named after Jean Claude Killy, the famous French skier who won 3 gold medals in the 1968 Olympics in Grenoble. The entire ski area covers over 300km of piste and is exceptionally ‘snow-sure’, ensuring that it is often the first to open for the ski season and the last to close.
The main areas of Tignes – Le Lac, Lavachet and Val Claret - sit at a high altitude of 2100m and each provide great access to the slopes. From Tignes Val Claret you can directly access the Grand Motte glacier via the impressive funicular. The glacier reaches a summit of 3456m and receives enough snow to be open for skiing in the summer.
This combination of enviable snow quality, impressive terrain choices to please everyone and a lively après ski culture makes Tignes one of the most desirable ski locations in Europe.
Over the last few years the summer season in Tignes has grown in popularity and the resort is now considered to be a fully-fledged ‘dual season’ destination. Each year visitors flock to the resort to indulge in the numerous activities on offer such as mountain biking, golf (at the two highest 18-hole golf courses in Europe), paragliding, archery, water sports or to simply take in the breath-taking mountain scenery that surrounds Le Lac.
Ski area: 300km
Nearest airport: Chambery (1hr 40m), Grenoble (2 hours), Geneva (2hrs 45m)
Nearest train station: Bourg St Mourice (40km), serviced by TGV and the Eurostar from London St Pancras.
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