The ski resorts of Tignes and Val d’Isere make up the magnificent Espace Killy with 300 km of pistes spread over the large ski area. As one of the most popular resorts for British skiers and snowboarders we’ve put together our favourite ski runs and zones to experience on a ski holiday in Tignes.
Tignes is a brilliant choice to learn to ski. New skiers and snowboarder can save money by using one of the 8 free lifts available to perfect their first turns. The free lifts include: Rosset chair lift, Lavachet ski lift, Centre travellator in Tignes Le Lac / Le Lavachet. Claret ski lift, Bollin chair lift in Tignes Val Claret. The Centre travellator in Tignes Le Boisses and Brévières chairlift, Pitôts ski lift in Tignes Les Brevieres.
Intermediate and expert skiers and snowboarders will love the huge choice of pistes in Tignes. With high altitude skiing, long runs, multiple villages and varied terrain, Tignes is a dream playground for any experienced rider.
Tignes Val Claret in the distance and Le Lac in the foreground
5. Aiguille Percee to Les Brevieres
Best for clocking up the ski miles
Head up the Aiguille Percee for fantastic views and to enjoy the famous ‘Eye of the Needle.’ From here at 2748m you can ski straight down 4 blue runs - Corniche, Rhododendron, Melezes and Myrtilles – all the way down to Tignes Les Brevieres at 1550m. This is the easier alternative to La Sache (see below).
Best warm up run
Palafour is the main chairlift in Tignes Le Lac running up to the Aiguille Percee side of the mountain. The long and wide blue piste runs all the way back down to Tignes Le Lac with fun jibbing spots of the sides. Stick over this side of the mountain for more wide and rolling blue and red pistes, the perfect ski runs for at the start of your ski week to warm up your ski legs.
The latest ‘après’ activity in Tignes is tobogganing from the top of the Palafour lift to the bottom! ‘Pala’Fou’ runs from 4.30-7pm. Buy tickets from the wooden chalet next to the Maison de Tignes in Le Lac where you will be provided with a helmet, head torch and a toboggan at the top of the lift.
3. Grand Motte to Val Claret
Best long ski run
This is one for the experienced skiers that love a long ski run. Starting from 3456m at the top of the glacier, hit a few Moguls down Descente (black run) then head down into Double M and Cirse (red runs) to Tignes Val Claret at 2100m. See how quick you can make the 1356m descent! Stop for lunch at Aspen restaurant for a well-deserved beer and the best burger in town.
The top of the Grande Motte glacier Tignes in the distance (top left)
Best intermediate run
On the way to Val d’Isere you will encounter the Marmottes chairlift (which you will need the full area lift pass to take). At the top is the Rocher de Bellevarde peak at 2827m, one of the highest non-glacial areas in Espace Killy, from here you have a variety long run options for all abilities. My favourites are the Orange (red run) and Diebold (blue run) which flow back towards Tignes or all the way down to La Daille at 1785m. Stop at Folie Douce half way down and experience the legendary on mountain après.
The start of Orange/Diebold at Rocher de Bellevarde
1. La Sashe
Best expert run
La Sashe is a long and challenging black run down to Tignes Les Brevieres. It’s a real leg burner and not for the faint hearted!
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