Luxury in Tignes: Cosy atmosphere, sure snow, beautiful scenery, thrilling nightlife
In the Rhône-Alpes, in the Savoie area in the southeast of France, lies the commune of Tignes. Together with Val d'Isere, it forms the Espace Killy ski area, an exciting playground for winter sport enthusiasts, easily accessible from Lyon, Geneva and Chambery. There are no less than 300km of ski runs with varying levels of difficulty for skiers and snow boarders. In 1992 Tignes was a Winter Olympics venue for freestyle skiing as well as the Winter Paralympics. It is world renowned for exhilarating, but safe, backcountry skiing; keen free riders from all over flock to this area to have adrenalin filled fun on the wide open spaces, filled with nothing but snow! You need not be a skier to enjoy luxury winter holidays in a catered ski chalet in Tignes: there are specific lift passes for pedestrians. Use the free shuttle service, take the funicular to the cable car, or go up the mountains in one of the gondolas, walk along the marked route and enjoy the panoramic views on the famous mountain peaks, and of course the majestic Mont Blanc. Lunch at a high altitude restaurant is truly a ‘top of the world' experience. In addition, you can explore nine slalom courses, a bumpy mogul field, two snow parks, a gliss’ park and cross-country skiing.
The ski in, ski out resort comprises of five 5 villages: Val Claret, Tignes le Lac, Le Lavachet, which are close together - and Tignes Les Boisses and Tignes-les-Brévières further down the valley, at the dam. Les Brévières is the old village whereas the others developed as part of the hydroelectric Tignes Dam in the Isère valley or development of the ski resort. For the 1992 Winter Olympics, mountain climbers painted the dam with one of the largest frescoes in the word, a picture of ultimate strong man, Hercules. After the dam submerged the original village, the new resort was developed. The height above sea level, with the help of 113 snow cannons, makes Tignes the perfect choice for snow sure skiing over a long season. Skiers have free access to eight ski lifts to warm up and practice their moves before venturing on the Espace Killy. The resort provides high quality fitness and wellness facilities and beauty treatments. You need not even travel far from the slopes to indulge in the après ski nightlife of Tignes: a variety of restaurants, bars and discotheques. Because of the good facilities and a lovely luxury ski chalet for everyone, Tignes is ideal for a family holiday, a breakaway for friends or a work seminar for a group.
- Highest ski pistes: 3456m
- Kilometres of Pistes: 300km
- Lifts: 79
- 15% Beginner
- 60% Intermediate
- 25% Advanced