Tignes in the Tarentaise Valley, France, is one of the best ski resorts for a snow-sure trip. It is linked with Val d’Isere and is widely regarded as one of the world’s most outstanding ski resorts.
Its buildings may not be as attractive as those in Val d’Isere, but the modern lift system, incredible terrain, a wide variety of runs, and excellent off-piste more than make up for it.
The main part of the resort rests on the banks of a lake. Le Lac sits at 2,100 meters, but the lower parts are still pretty high at 1,550 meters and 1,850 meters. These high altitudes are ideal for snowfall and preserving the snowpack up until early May. The ski area has 300km of pistes, and its highest point, the Grande Motte Glacier, sits at 3,450 meters. The glacier is open for skiing in both winter and summer.
Interestingly, the original village of Tignes was flooded when the dam was built in the valley in 1952. Tignes was rebuilt to provide the perfect place for skiers. Therefore, the slopes are super easy to get to, no matter where you stay.
Tignes has always been popular with families, groups, and students, as it is one of France’s more affordable ski resorts. But there are some stunning 4 and 5-star hotels, apartments, and chalets to choose from.
The après and nightlife scene in Tignes is varied. So you can have a relaxing beer when you finish for the day or continue to party into the early hours. You can find many great restaurants around the villages and on the mountain. So you’re never far from a lunch stop or a quality evening meal.
Tignes also offers lots of activities for when you don’t want to ski or just want to experience something new. It’s one of the best resorts for alternative activities, including ice driving, snowshoeing, ice karting, ice diving, and dog sledding.