The resort of Tignes forms a ski area named L’Espace Killy. With a little help from its famous neighbour Val d’Isere, the area makes up one of the world’s premier ski holiday destinations.
The old village of Tignes disappeared beneath the waters of Lac du Chevril when the valley was dammed in 1952.
The ski resort of Tignes (2100m) is now made up of smaller villages. This makes for a high percentage of accommodation providing door-to-door skiing.
Lavachet, Le Lac, and Val Claret are the main three villages and are connected with a regular complimentary bus service. Further down the valley you will find Les Boisses (1850m) and Les Brevieres (1550m) nestled at the very edge of the ski area.
With the majority of pistes above 2100m and a summit of 3600m, the resort has a snow reliability record that is the envy of the Alps. With this impressive snow record, Tignes has one of the longest European winter seasons, running from November into May. Add to that the summer and autumn glacier skiing, and you’ll find there are not many days when you can’t go for a slide.
Snowsports enthusiasts of all abilities are catered for, with over 300km of pistes accessed by 97 lifts. The area around Le Lac offers plenty of gentle slopes for those tentative first turns. By contrast, the vast areas of off-piste have long provided Tignes with the reputation of an off-piste mecca.
For a quick snack, make sure you sample the fantastic grilled cheese sandwiches and hot chocolates at La Cantine in Lavachet. For legendary nachos, try Loop bar in Tignes le Lac. Tignes Cuisine next door serve a whole variety of takeaway meals, from huge burritos to Thai green curry – and for those tired ski legs, they also deliver.
If you’re in Val Claret then the Aspen Lodge for the awesome aspen burger and sensational milkshakes.
To dine out, visit Le Brasero in Le Lavachet for well-priced international dishes. The Alpaka lodge in Tignes Le Lac serves a superb Sunday lunch. Or if a Chinese buffet takes your fancy, then try L’Indochine in Val Claret.
For style and atmosphere, Val Claret offers Le Caveau, Chalet Bouvier. Or visit La Ferme des 3 Capucines or La Queue de Cochon in Tignes Le Lavachet for the genuine traditional experience.
In Tignes Le Lavachet, you can sample a few beers and live bands in the Le Brasero, or the infamous strength Mutzig beer in TCs, home to many a resort worker.
If you fancy a relaxing drink in Le Lac, why not meet Oscar the Irish wolfhound and try the renowned cocktails of the Alpaka Lodge. The Loop Bar has a great happy hour and regular live bands, and no trip to Tignes is complete without visiting The Marmot Arms and Jam Bar. For the later nights, check out Jack’s Club.
If you’re in Val Claret, then it’s essential that you experience Grizzly’s Bar; surrounded by wooden bears, it’s a unique and memorable establishment. Also find the stylish Couloir, or the very ‘british’ Crowded House, and by late night why not finish at The Melting Pot.