Tignes has often taken a back seat to its popular neighbour, Val d'Isère, but this French ski resort has a lot to brag about. Sitting high on the Grand Motte glacier its altitude means guaranteed snow (and lots it) practically all year round – good news for those who prefer to pack their ski gear on flights to Tignes in the summertime. Although the skiing here is challenging, especially the Aiguille Percee course, there are plenty of easy trails and good lift access in L'Espace Killy for beginners.
Five villages make up the resort of Tignes: Val Claret, Le Lac, Le Lavachet, Les Brevieres and Les Boisses. The most popular are Le Lac, le Lavachet and Val Claret which are connected by a free 24-hour bus service. The largest, Val Claret, has the best location at the foot of the Grande Motte funicular while the other two retain a quaint, friendly atmosphere and offer easy access to Val d’Isere. There is a good selection of shops, restaurants and bars in each village. The nightlife and apres ski, however, is much quieter than Val d’Isere.
Tignes insider information
Whether you’re taking a break from skiing or can’t ski at all, Tignes has plenty to keep everyone happy. Dog sledding, paragliding and hang gliding, ice and rock climbing, horseriding, walking, mountain biking and iceskating are just some of the activities available.
Even been diving under ice? In March and April the Adventure School runs scuba diving tours in Tignes Le Lac for those crazy enough to attempt such a feat.
Check out the official Tignes website for snow and weather reports and live webcams.
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