Tignes at an altitude of 1,550-3,456m is served by the large well linked ski area called Tignes-Val d’Isère. There is over 300km (190 miles) of pistes consisting of 155 pisted runs, 9 slalom courses, 1 mogul park, 2 snow parks, an area dedicated to those learning to free ride and the 1992 Olympics downhill course should you be feeling up for it! Tignes-Val d’Isère is also known for its incredible off-piste with good lift access.
Tignes-Val d’Isère boasts a fast and efficient lift system of 89 lifts including 2 high-speed underground trains (funicular railways) one of which transports you from Tignes Val Claret to the ‘Panoramic Restaurant’ on the Grand Motte Glacier.
All standards are catered for with ’8 free lifts for beginners’
Due to its altitude Tignes has a very reliable snow record which, after recent seasons of reduced snowfall, has encouraged people to choose higher mountain resorts making Tignes an ideal choice. According to ‘The good Ski & Snowboarding Guide 2007′ Tignes-Val d’Isère is one of only two ski areas in France listed as ’Snow-sure resorts’ which boasts 10 months of skiing every year.
Tignes has many non-ski activities on offer ice skating, karting on ice, snow shoeing, scuba diving under ice, the aqua centre ‘Le Lagon’ with its many pools, slides, waterfall, spas and saunas. The village with its 150 shops, 115 bars and 7 ski schools has become one of Europe’s premier resorts.
A toboggan run with a 45 minute descent with a starting altitude of 3,000m.
Skiing in Tignes
Snow can be guaranteed for most of the season with Tignes being one of Europe’s highest resorts. The Tignes-Val d’Isère ski area (1,550m – 3,456m) has a combined 300km of marked pistes and a wide variety of terrain. There is also plenty of off-piste for those more experienced skiers and boarders.
The Tignes ski area can be broken down into four main areas, La Grande Motte Massif, Palet/L’Aiguille Percée, Toviere and Les Brévières. Summer skiing is possible on the Grande Motte glacier up at 3,456m.
La Grande Motte Massif – is the highest point of the whole of the Tignes-Val d’Isère ski area at 3,456m and has a permanent snow cover, quick and easy access is by taking the funicular underground railway and then the Grand Motte cable car to the very top of the glacier. You have a good choice of wide blues, more challenging reds and a couple of black runs thrown in up on the glacier.
L’Aigulle Percée/Palet Massif – is accessed from the Val Claret area of Tignes by taking the Tichot chair lift and from Le Lac by taking the Palafour chair lift. There are a larger number of blue and red runs in this area compared to the number of black runs but if you like a challenge try the ‘Sache’ black run from the L’Aiguille Percée (the famous eye of the needle) all the way down to the hamlet of Les Brévières which sits at 1,550m.
Toviere – provides links across of Val d’Isère and tends to be busy because of this. You can access the Toviere area from Le Lac and from Val Claret. Blue and red runs are predominant in this area, the ‘Trolles’ is a steep black run which takes you down to Le Lac.
Les Brévières – is the lowest part of the Tignes ski area, 1,550m at village height up to 2,748m at L’Aigulle Percee. Easy wide blues and slightly challenging red runs can be found in this area.
There are 8 free lifts in Tignes:
Tignes le Lac / Le Lavachet:
– Rosset chair lift
– Lavachet ski lift
– Centre travelator
Tignes Val Claret:
– Claret skilift
– Bollin chairlift
Tignes 1,800 / Boisses:
– Centre travelator
Tignes les Brévières:
– Brévières chair lift
– Pitôts ski lift.
The Val d’Isère ski area can be broken down into 3 main areas, Bellevarde, Le Fornet and Le Solaise. Each area varies in style and difficulty. You will find the Glacier du Pissaillas above Val d’Isère making it possible to ski in the summer.
Bellevarde – you can quickly access this ski area by taking the underground funicular from La Daille or by taking the Bellevarde Express chair lift or the Olympique cable car if you are staying closer to the town centre. The Bellevarde area overlooking Val d’Isère centre is known for its challenging runs including the 1992 winter Olympic ‘Face de Bellevarde’ black run with the option of diverting to the ‘Joseray’ red run part of the way down! At the top of the Bellevarde area you have the more tranquil green and blue runs. Over on La Daille side you will find long, gentle slopes as well as more difficult options for intermediates. You can cross over to Tignes from this area by taking the Borsat and Tommeuses chair lifts.
Le Fornet – offers glacier skiing along with some quiet, long and easy runs and the highest lifts on the Val d’Isère side. You can ski blue runs from the highest point on the glacier down to the hamlet of Le Fornet which sits at 1,930m. In this area with the proper experience, equipment and using knowledgeable guides you will be able to take advantage of some of the best off-piste skiing.
Le Solaise – faces the Bellevarde area and can be accessed from the town centre using the Solaise Express chair lift or the Solaise cable car. Le Solaise is Val d’Isère’s central and busiest ski area and is the best area for beginners and intermediates with most ski schools meeting at the base of the 2 Solaise lifts. You will find a number of free lifts in the dedicated beginner zone near the town centre. You can access Le Fornet area from Le Solaise area by taking the Leissieres chair lift.
Ski passes are valid for 6 days starting on Sunday and ending on Friday. If you require your ski passes for a shorter/longer duration or to start/end on different days of the week please ask us for an amended price.
Free entry to Le Lagon swimming pool with every 2-15 day ski pass purchased.
Proof of age will be required for children’s, senior and free passes.
Tignes-Val d’Isère 6 day ski pass rates, 21 December 2019 – 3 May 2020
Adults 14-64 years: 304€
Children 5-13 years and seniors 65-74 years: 244€
Infants 4 years & under and seniors 75 years & over: Free. Proof of age & a photo is required
Pre-season 6 day rates, 30 November 2019 – 20 December 2019
Tignes with access to Val d’Isère if conditions allow – Adults: 244€, children/seniors: 196€
Ski pass rates are in Euros and will be converted to Sterling at the current exchange rate on the day of enquiry/booking.