And the second stop in our virtual tour through the French Alps is Tignes, which is approximately a 2-hour drive from Val Thorens.
#Ski Resort Info
Tignes is known for being one of the most snow-dependable winter ski destinations in France. This resort shares its ski area with Val d’Isère, offering a total of 300km of pistes for all abilities.
Today we are going to focus on the Tignes ski area and the villages that surround it, which are set on a beautiful mountain plateau.
Tignes is made up of a number of small resorts at various altitudes - Tignes Les Boisses, Tignes Le Lac, Tignes Le Lavachet, Tignes Les Brevieres and Tignes Val Claret. Each village has its own local pistes and are connected to each other by the lift network and the public bus system.
The main resort on the edge of Le Lac sits at an altitude of 2100 metres above sea level and the lower villages still boast altitudes of 1550 and 1850 metres. Above all of this is the Grande Motte Glacier which rises to a lofty 3450 metres and is accessible not only during winter but in the summer too - yes you can come summer skiing in Tignes. This resort is always popular and a good place for beginners, families, groups and both piste fans and advanced skiers and snowboarders to enjoy.
If you want to find more information, head over to our site and find out more about Tignes ski resort and our customer reviews.
#Things to do for non-skiers
If you’re not into skiing, this ski resort also offers other things to do.
There’s a bowling alley, you can also try ice diving on the resort’s lake, go down a 3km tobogganing slope, try out a unique ski-bungee jump, an indoor climbing wall and the giant Lagon aqua centre, with pools, water slides and wellness area.
#Après-ski in Tignes
Other ski resorts may be better known for their après-ski atmosphere but Tignes doesn’t fall short. Here’s a list of the most popular spots where you can have an ice cold beer after a day of skiing:
Located in Val Claret, Dropzone has the resort’s biggest south-facing terrace and some of the cheapest beer in town. There’s happy hour from 3pm to 6pm. The bar area serves snacks and has DJs, live bands, table football, pool, a big video screen and free Wi-Fi. At 10pm the place transforms into a nightclub.
Another great spot in Val Claret, Couloir bar is the place to go for live music. It hosts a mix of bands and DJs, and a soul and funk night once a week. The bar has a large selection of whiskies and cocktails and serves tapas, plus there’s a restaurant upstairs.
A log cabin styled pub with a lovely warm and woody with an outdoor fire pit. Grizzly’s is one of the most attractive venues in Tignes Val Claret for a vin chaud or hot chocolate. But it is expensive, especially the cocktail menu.
Le Blue Girl
Open from midnight until 5am, Le Blue Girl in Val Claret is one of the resorts few late-night clubs. With a mainly EuroPop, Techno and R&B playlist don’t expect to see the first lift if you end the night dancing here.
At the bottom of the lifts at the main central hub in Val Claret, Le Cocorico opened its second dance-in-your-ski-boots bar in 2019/20, after the huge success of its Val d’Isere branch, which opened in 2014. The 400-square-metre open-air terrace hosts live bands and DJs, playing crowd-pleasing pop-rock, daily from 4pm to 8pm. The restaurant serves quick lunches and pizzas, plus coffee, and is open all day.
Popular with seasonnaires and students, Melting in Val Claret is always busy and is open from midnight to 5am every day during the winter season. It’s free to enter and there’s a daily happy hour and regular drinks promotions.
#Hotels, Apartments and Chalets with Esquiades.com
There are a total of 5 villages, Val Claret (2,100m) has easy access to the glacier and, Tignes Le Lac which is just down the road, is the most convenient place to stay. If you’re looking for budget-friendly options, there are loads of ski-in/ski-out apartments in La Lavachet.
Because of the spread-out nature of the villages, it’s important to be aware of the location of accommodation before booking. However, apart from Les Brévières, they are all linked by free local bus.
Have a look at our ski deals for top dates and book your next ski holiday to Tignes.
If you’re more inclined to booking your ski holiday in the Val d’Isère ski area, we also have some great deals for you!
#How to get to Tignes
As you know, with Esquiades.com your ski holiday will include accommodation + ski pass and you can add extras. This helps you stick to your budget and book your own cheap flights. Another advantage is that we can be flexible with the booking dates ;)
So, the nearest airports to Tignes are:
Chambéry (142km), which is an hour and 40 minutes
Geneva (175km), which is two hours and 30 minutes
We currently aren’t including transfer service in our packages, but watch this space as we should have more info in a couple of months.
If you need advice, our team of ski experts are more than happy to assist you.
You can call our customer service line +44 (0)2 036 959 406 which is available from Monday to Sunday from 9 am to 10 pm. You can also reach us via the following link and we can send you a quote via e-mail.
What are you waiting for? You can always confirm your rooms now and add extras later! On Esquiades.com our ski deals are totally flexible and adaptable ;)