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The geographical location and history of Tignes

The ski resort of Tignes is located in the Varoise massif in Haute-Tarentaisein the Savoie department in the Northern Alps. However, the commune of Tignes is grouped by several villages with different altitudes.

In 1952the State decided to create the Tignes dam, forming a water reservoir, with the new lake of Chevril. The old village of Tignesmainly inhabited by farmersA new village (and rather intended for a tourist activity) is then created. rebuilt.

It is an important station, of 7,000 dwellings around, but scattered among 5 hamlets, which does not give an impression of having a large urbanized area. Above all, the station wanted to interpenetrate ski areas and housing. This means that each hamlet is close to a lift, and the trails can circulate around the dwellings.

The 5 main hamlets of Tignes

  • Val Claret, the highest in altitude, at 2127m, the most animated, where are the majority of the accommodations of the resort, with many shops, nightclubs and restaurant
  • The lakeat 2100m, which is the center of the village, where the village was moved after the construction of the dam. It is where there is the swimming pool and the lagoon.
  • The Lavachet at 2100m, residential and quiet area, on the edge of the lake, with access to two ski lifts.
  • Les BoissesAt 1850m, it is a recent hamlet, but with a neo-retro architecture, which imitates relatively well the old buildings. Access to the ski area via a cable car.
  • Les BrévièresAt 1550m, further down, this hamlet has the aspect of a small village, with its church, and its shops. One has less the impression to be in a sleeping resort. More off-center, but still connected by a gondola.

Note that these hamlets are connected between them by a shuttle (except Les Brévières, where there is a gondola to Les Boisses). And each one has shops, bars and restaurants, in sufficient number for your stay.

The Espace Killy, linked between Tignes and Val d’Isère

The ski resort of Tignes has a very good snow coverage average, in accordance with the orientation of its massif, and its altitude maximum high: 3 450m at the Glacier de la Grande Motte, where it is possible to ski in spring.

On the other hand, and thanks to the meeting of the investments with the resort of Val D’Isère, under the name Espace Killy, there are 36 choices of ski lifts which provide lifts, including: 1 cable car, 1 funitel and funicular, 2 gondolas, 11 drag lifts and finally 21 chairlifts.

There are for all levels of skiers a wide range, with 80 trails available. The distribution of these tracks is as follows: 6 green, 38 blue, 20 red and 16 black. Thus, you will have 300 km of ski area and 8 km for the nordic skiing.

The Tignes ski area in figures

⛷️ Ski resort ⛷️ Tignes
Commune Tignes
Massif Massif of the Vanoise
Department Savoy
Mountain Northern Alps
🗻 Ski area 🗻
Size of the village ski area (in klm): 211
Size of the village ski area with connection(s) (in klm): 300
Longest downhill ski run (in km) 8
Name of the ski area Espace Killy – Tignes & Val d’Isère
Connected resort(s) Val d’Isère
❄ Altitude of the ski area ❄
Altitude at the bottom of the ski area (in m) 1 550
Altitude at the top of the ski area (in m) 3 450
Average altitude of the ski area (in m) 2 500
Total height of the domain (in m) 1 900
Surface area of artificial snow (in ha) 175
🎿 Difficulty of ski trails 🎿
Number of green trails 6
Number of blue trails 33
Number of red trails 20
Number of black runs 16
Total number of downhill ski runs 74
🚡 Ski lifts 🚡
Ski lifts 11
Children’s treadmill 1
Fixed grip chairlifts 10
Detachable Chairlifts 11
Funiculars 1
Gondolas 5
Cable cars 1
Total number of lifts 36
🌲 Nordic ski area 🌲
Number of cross-country ski trails (or Nordic area) 4
Size of the Nordic ski area (in klm): 8
🏘️ Services in the station 🏘️
Presence of a snowpark: Yes
Presence of an aquatic complex and spa Yes
Trails accessible on foot from the village : Yes
Number of year-round inhabitants (including low-lying village) 2569
Slogan of the station The most sporty ski resort
🚆 Access to the resort 🚆
Nearest train station: Bourg Saint Maurice
Shuttle bus to a train station: Yes
Distance from Paris (in kilometers) 702
💶 Price survey in the station 💶
Price list for a ski pass (1 day) in high season (access to the entire ski area) 63 €
Weekly pass (6 days) in high season (access to the whole ski area) 324 €
Ski equipment rental rate per week (adult) 110 €
Ski equipment rental rate per week (child) 65 €
Rental studio 2 persons (school vacations) 850 €
Family apartment rental 4 persons (school vacations) 1 150 €
Cost of stay for 2 adults (excluding transport and food) 1 680 €
Cost of stay for 2 adults and 2 children (excluding transport and food) 2 446 €
🔑 Average real estate rate 🔑
Average price per m2 of an apartment 4 350 €
Average price per m2 of a chalet 5 550 €
Average price of a 60m2 apartment 261 000 €
Average price of a 100m2 chalet 555 000 €
📊 Station evaluation on 7 criteria 📊
Score on the average snowmaking capacity of the massif / 10 10
Note on the ratio between the size of the ski area vs. the price of the stay / 10 9
Evaluation note of the ski area and ski lifts / 10 10
Note on the diversity of activities (except skiing) / 10 10
Note on the charm and interest of the Village / 10 8
Note on the average cost of a stay / 10 5
Score on the average evaluation of Internet users /10 8
🎓 Station average via 7 criteria 🎓
Final average score according to / 10 8,6
🏆 Ranking according to 🏆 8th position on 232 stations in France

Tignes in Questions / Answers

  • What are the winter activities in Tignes?

The resort of Tignes is very rich in activities, especially in winter it offers activities such as:

Dogsledding : This activity gives you the opportunity to take a ride on a sled with beautiful sled dogs. You will have the opportunity to explore the resort and its surroundings in winter.

Ice rink: This activity will give you the opportunity to fully enjoy all the sensations offered by skating on the rinks of the resort.

Ice Karting This activity allows you to enjoy the unique sensations of sliding offered by the karting on the ice courses provided for this purpose.

Snowshoeing Snowshoeing : this activity gives you the opportunity to explore the resort and its surroundings. You will have the opportunity to discover its breathtaking winter landscapes.

  • What are the summer activities in Tignes resort?

The resort of Tignes also offers many summer activities such as :

MOUNTAIN BIKING: This activity allows you to take full advantage of the relief of the resort. You will have the opportunity to ride down its slopes at full speed while admiring its summer landscapes.

Climbing : This activity allows you to enjoy the thrill of climbing. You will have the opportunity to take advantage of the mountainous relief of the station and to admire the landscapes which offers itself to you.

Trial : This activity will give you the opportunity to take advantage of the relief of the station to fill up with physical activity. You will be able to run along the reserved trails while admiring the landscapes that are offered to you.

Hiking Hiking: This activity gives you the opportunity to explore the resort and its surroundings in summer. You will have the opportunity to discover all the landscapes it has to offer.

  • What to visit in and around Tignes?

Among the places you must visit in Tignes, we can mention The National Park of Vanoise, the Lake of Tignes, the Lake of Chevril, the Grande Motte Glacier.

  • Where to eat in Tignes ?

The resort of Tignes offers several restaurants among which we can mention : La Pizz’ de Tignes, the Tummy, the Tignes Cuisine.

Tignes offers a number of different accommodations like the Hotel Les Suites-Maison Bouvier, Hotel le Refuge, Hotel Vanoise.

  • How big is the ski area of Tignes?

The ski area of the resort of Tignes has a size of 300 kilometers, divided into 74 trails. Of these runs, the longest is 5 kilometers long. It also has 8 kilometers of cross-country ski trails.

  • What is the altitude of Tignes?

This domain has an altitude between 1550 meters and 3450 meters high.

  • What is the price of the Tignes ski pass?

Their packages start at 61 euros per day.

  • What is the average price of a rental in Tignes?

For a furnished studio for 2 people, the average price is 850 euros, and for an apartment for 4 people, the average price per week is 1150 euros.

  • Does the resort of Tignes have a bike park?

Yes, it has a Bike Park which measures 100 kilometers and has 28 trails, the longest of which measures 13.5 kilometers.

  • How to get to Tignes by train ?

You can easily get there by being at the Bourg Saint Maurice train station. Then you can take one of the available shuttles to get to the resort.

  • What is the postal code of Tignes?

The zip code for Tignes is 73320.

  • In which department is the resort of Tignes located?

The resort of Tignes is located in the department of Savoie.

  • Does the resort of Tignes have a tourist office?

The resort of Tignes is part of the tourist office of Tignes le Lac. It is located in 73320 Tignes, France.

  • Are there any webcams in Tignes?

Yes, there is a webcam, which you can find at this web address

  • Where can I find information about the weather in Tignes?

You can find the latest weather report for Tignes at

  • What is the opening date of the ski lifts in Tignes?

In Tignes, the lifts usually open the first week of December until the beginning of April, but it all depends on the snow conditions in the mountains.

  • Is there an ESF school in Tignes?

Yes, it is at the address building Les Neiges d’Or, 73320 Tignes, France.

What is’s opinion about Tignes?

In the end, gives the resort of Tignes an average score of 8.58, which puts it in the top 8 in France. Its strong points are: the average snow coverage, the ski area, the proposed activities.

Map of the ski slopes of Tignes

Tignes - Plan des pistes de ski

Plan des pistes de ski sur le glacier de Tignes
Plan des pistes de ski sur le glacier de Tignes

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