Tignes, France Map
Tignes is possibly argued as the best ski resort in the European Alps, due it’s height and large ski area.
The ski area is twinned with Val d’Isere making up the large Espace Killy offering a huge choice of pistes for all skiers. It is a great place for children to improve skills and to learn because there is a large area to learn in. The resort is great for mixed abilities and with plenty of ski in/ski out accommodation enables skier’s to get off to peaceful starts to the day. The hub of Tignes is no doubt the Tignes Le Lac Palafour – where all the main ski arteries lead to with plenty of good restaurants around it.
It’s height makes it accessible from late November until the beginning of May – go late and get a treat, ski by morning, sunbathe by afternoon! However May is a gamble and we do recommend visiting before the end of April in all honesty. A skier’s paradise.
Favourite run – Palafour of course! The old faithful every child that learnt in the area returns to!
Tignes is a popular resort with families and serious skiers alike for it offers something a lot of other places do not – a traditional French ski resort with ski shops, a few bars and restaurants and a whole heap of stunning ski pistes. It’s unpretentious and incredibly popular with everyone from Europe, not just the English which helps create a more continental attitude to the resort. It hasn’t got a brilliant reputation for having nice architecture or with ‘trendy’ shops but it works well for skiers. A lot of people overlooked Tignes for the bigger sister, Val d’Isere but developers have cottoned onto this and are busy creating fabulous apartment blocks with all the trimmings, like Hotel Taos (both a hotel and self catered apartments) and the resort is rising in popularity.
Overall, it’s a quieter resort than Val d’Isere but enough to keep people happy.
There are plenty of self service restaurants on the piste and good table service ones too – head down to Les Brevieres for a good lunch and also head up the Motte to Maison Le Bouvier at the top of the train – you don’t need to ski down and you can also choose to eat here at night – it’s exceptional. Everything is home made and delicious (one guest even had two lunches there because her first was so good, she went straight back round and had another lunch!) For a special lunch – book in the restaurant, not the self service and enjoy your lunch with a bottle of wine or two and get the train back down at dusk!
In Tignes and Val Claret there are plenty of pizza restaurants and traditional Savoie restaurants within walking distance of the action so you want go hungry!
WHERE IS IT?
3 hours from Geneva, 2 hours 30 minutes from Lyon or Chambery
One of the directors spent her childhood in a very different looking Tignes and it has a special place in her heart because of it!