Tignes Ski Holidays

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Tignes is a purpose-built French ski resort that, together with neighbouring Val d'Isere, forms the vast Espace Killy ski area. Thanks to a lofty altitude, the resort is renowned for its excellent snow quality, and a rich selection of piste-side properties provide convenient access to the slopes. There are plenty of great ski schools for those looking to improve their technique, and parents will surely be delighted by the childcare services available.

Like Val d’Isere, Tignes is made up of a few different villages. The largest, Le Lavachet, Le Lac and Val Claret, sit at altitudes between 2050-2100 metres, while the prettier base villages of Les Brevieres and Les Boisses are slightly further down at 1550m and 1850m, respectively. While this is still higher than many other Alpine resorts, the more elevated villages are preferable for Easter and late season getaways.

The sprawling ski domain offers terrain for all skill levels, with slopes for beginners near the resort centre, long intermediate trails, brilliant red runs off the famous Grande Motte glacier and some rambling black runs – such as the 10km-long Sache that begins near the “Eye of the Needle” and ends all the way down in Les Brevieres. The off-piste potential in Tignes is solid, and trailblazers can get their fix of tree-lined runs over in Val d’Isère. With modern lifts connecting the two ski areas, it really is easy to find terrain to suit the mood of the day.

Those in search of a well-deserved après-ski drink or a night out will discover ample bars in Val Claret and Tinges Le Lac. Families, meanwhile, will be pleased to know there is plenty of accommodation away from the bars and close to the slopes, so noise isn’t often a problem. If peace and quiet is top priority, the base villages of Les Boisses and Les Brevieres are the best choice – these lower towns also boast more attractive, traditional-style surrounds.

Holidaymakers interested in Tignes can fly from all over the UK into a variety of airports. Transfer times vary depending on the conditions, but are roughly as follows: 1hr 40mins from Chambery, 2hrs 30mins from Grenoble and Geneva and approximately 3hrs from Lyon.

One can also catch a train to Bourg St Maurice, from which Tignes is approximately a 40-minute drive away.

Within the resort itself, free busses journey from Breviere up to the main villages until the early evening, while a 24hour-service runs between Lavachet, Le Lac and Val Claret.
While Val d’Isère holds more of the famous après-ski hotspots, including the Folie Douce, Tignes has plenty to offer in the way of bars and nightlife, too.

Tignes Le Lac and Val Claret are home to a variety of lively establishments. Saloon has a great atmosphere, a wide selection of drinks and quality tunes. Loop Bar boasts happy hours during the après-ski time slot, live bands and televised big matches – plus its sun terrace makes it a great spot for lunch.

If you’re looking for a spirited night of drinking and partying, Jack’s Bar is open until 4am and offers slices of 70s disco, 80s pop and 90s indie classics. Jack’s may not be to everyone’s taste, but it’s a popular one for those keen on a big night!

If you’re looking for something a bit more refined, So Bar in Tignes le Lavachet is the place to go. Excellent quality produce is prepared to a high standard for hungry skiers, and the bar is well-stocked with a great range of beers, wines and spirits. To cap things off, this modern establishment is open until 2am.

For a laid-back beverage, Bar Hors Piste is definitely worth remembering. It features a log fireplace, cosy atmosphere and very comfy sofas.
If you are looking for non-skiing pastimes in Tignes, you won’t be disappointed with the possibilities. The resort has a whole host of activities on offer, including helicopter tours, ice diving and skidooing.

Daredevils can get an adrenaline fix with bungee jumping, ice driving and parapenting. Families looking to keep the kids entertained can try a charming husky ride or enjoy a snow-free afternoon at the bowling alley.

A trip to the resort’s tourist office will offer lots of useful information on resort activities, but here are a few ideas to start you off.

Dog Sledding

Rue de la Poste 73320

Tignes Le Lac


+ 33 (0)7 60 82 10 12

Ice Driving

Les Brévières


+33 6 68 52 20 95


Tignes Le Lac


+33 4 79 06 30 28

From traditional French dishes to English-style pub food, the restaurants of Tignes cater to a variety of tastes, budgets and groups.

La Caleche in Le Lac offers classic Savoyard delights and a relaxed atmosphere. La Chaumiere in the Village Montana is great for no-fuss traditional food, and they also do a special kids' menu. Daffy's Cafe Tex Mex is another great family bet: this lively American style diner is very child friendly.

For couples seeking a classic French candle-lit dinner, Clin d'Oeil in Le Lac is a fine choice. La Table en Montagne is also great for an Alpine date, offering Michelin star quality cuisine that is sure to delight, including some inventive Alpine dishes.

For a group of mates on the lookout for something cheap and cheerful, the Bagus Cafe has a great range of dishes, from Italian and French to Asian, at affordable prices. Le Brasero, an English-style pub in Lavachet, is another dependable choice with all the essentials: good food and sport on the TV.

Below, you’ll find 3 top restaurants for families, couples and groups of friends, as voted by our ski experts.

Good for Couples

Clin d'Oeil

Le Rosset 73320


+33 479 065 910

Good for Couples

La Table en Montagne

Val Claret 73320


+ 33 (0)4 79 01 11 43

Good for Family

Daffy’s Cafe Tex Mex


+33 4 79 06 38 75

Good for Family

La Caleche


+33 479 065 080

Good for Friends

La Pignatta


+33 4 79 06 32 97

Good for Friends

Le Bagus Cafe


+33 4 79 06 49 75

Good for Friends

Le Brasero


+33 4 79 06 32 97

To help make your family ski holiday hassle free, a number of well-located properties in Tignes provide wonderful in-house childcare services.

The resort also has a variety of top-notch UK childcare companies, including Jelly and Ice Cream and t4 nannies.

From bowling to husky rides, Tignes also offers an array of activities to keep the young ones entertained.

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