Tignes & Val d’Isère
The skiing around Tignes & Val d’Isère is vast and varied, taking in over 300km of piste. There are loads of long blues and reds, perfect for intermediates and beginners wanting to clock up the mileage and work on their technique. Advanced skiers can test their mettle off-piste or on one of the many chutes and couloirs found at higher altitudes. Then there’s the two terrain parks and the legendary La Face de Bellevarde – the fearsome black run used for the downhill events at the 1992 Albertville Winter Olympics.
Tignes les Brévières is the oldest and prettiest of Tignes’ five villages, tucked just down the valley from the world-renowned resort of Val d’Isère. Thanks to a new high-speed lift for the 2018-19 season, accessing the heart of this immense ski area has never been so simple. Tignes itself is situated on a beautiful mountain plateau at 2100m, with an enviable snow record making for long seasons – there’s even the chance to ski on the Grande Motte glacier in the summer.
Les Brévières retains a charm often lost in modern day ski resorts. Whilst much smaller than its illustrious neighbours, there are still plenty of bars and restaurants to enjoy such as La Sachette where the chefs serve up beautiful dishes inspired by local traditions. Accessing Val d’Isère itself is simple – our shuttles run throughout the day – so you can easily explore the designer boutiques, Michelin-starred restaurants and the legendary après ski. All told Les Brévières is the perfect base from which to explore the region.
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- Over 300km of pistes
- 157 slopes: 26 black, 42 red, 67 blue, 22 green
- Summer skiing on the Grande Motte glacier
- Two terrain parks
- Extensive off-piste terrain
Live Like A Local
FOR THE FINEST GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICHES
La Cantine, Tignes Le Lavachet
There’s a reason why this place is hugely popular with locals and seasonnaires – the grilled cheese sandwiches are sublime, as well as cheap. So two reasons then. Try the delicious ‘Beer Braised BBQ Chicken with Grilled Pineapple’ or one of the daily specials. They also know their coffee. Try not to drool when checking out the menu…
Resort altitude (Tignes les Brévières): 1550m
Highest lift: 3456m
Vertical drop: 1906m
Winter season: Runs from approximately 24th November to 1st May
Summer season: Runs from approximately 30th June to 2nd September
Local population: Year round
Geneva & Lyon
Both airports are regularly served from the UK and are about a 3 hour drive from Tignes.
NEAREST TRAIN STATIONS
The station at Bourg is just 30km from Tignes and you can get the Eurostar direct from London Waterloo.
Things To Do
It is easy to forget in the midst of a ski holiday that there are other equally exciting things to experience. In reality, such is the plethora of non-ski activities, they warrant an action-packed week’s holiday of their own…
Taking a pack of dogs across the frozen lake is certainly one for the bucket list. Introductory “mushing” sessions start at 80 EUR.
Blast your way up the mountain on a snowmobile to a Mongolian Yurt, where you can enjoy dinner overlooking the resort.
Those looking for something really different can plunge into the icy waters under the frozen lake. Night dives are also on offer for those seeking an even more isolating, tranquil experience.
PARAGLIDING & MICROLIGHTS
The skies above Tignes are dotted with thrill-seekers dangling from parachutes or zipping around in microlights. The latter are based at the tiny Palet altiport, next to the Col des Vés charlift in Val Claret, with rides starting at 80 EUR.
The chance to experience the thrill of being a pro rider, minus the associated risk. Launch off this huge ski jump and pop a backflip across a 40-metre void, safe in the knowledge that the bungee cords will lower you to the ground in one piece. A jump costs 75 EUR and can be accessed via the Lac blue run from the top of the Merles chair.
If you are after a more relaxed way to get closer to nature, horse riding on the snow might be worth a try. Beginners and experienced riders alike can trot around the resort on a horse or pony from 69 EUR per hour.
Some words about the Tignes & Val d’Isère dining experience.
Le Fornet, Val d’Isère
This gorgeous double-Michelin-starred restaurant is the place to go for exceptional fine dining in Val d’Isère. Head chef Benoît Vidal has established a reputation for his inventive cuisine, with the emphasis on local, seasonal produce. Booking is essential.
Check out a sample menu here.
LA TABLE DE L’OURS
Another Michelin-starred restaurant and another must-eat destination. La Table de l’Ours offers a refined dining experience in elegant surroundings, with a roaring fire and a fine wine cellar.
Hotel Les Suites, Val Claret
The new kid on the block in terms of fine dining in Tignes, Ursus has just earned a coveted first Michelin star. The decor and the menus are inspired by Clément Bouvier’s foraging walks in the local forests, ensuring a fine dining experience like no other.
Tignes les Brévières
A lively bar/restaurant serving decent French food and seafood platters. Live music every evening from 7pm.
North American-themed log cabin serving local meats cooked outdoors over an open fire.
Alpine nightlife can be hit and miss. Gregarious après, repetitive music and a general sense of excess over excellence can become wearing to the discerning traveller. So what if your holiday time is too precious to waste and your palate too discerning for disappointing drinks? Here are a few of our preferred destinations for the famous aperitivo hour and beyond.
LA FOLIE DOUCE
This legendary venue needs little introduction. Suffice to say that if you are after gregarious après, repetitive music and a general sense of excess over excellence, this is the place. Just be careful skiing back down after.
Tignes & Val d’Isère
A similar experience to La Folie Douce, with sites in both Tignes and Val d’Isère. Expect a young crowd dancing on tables to banging music. One positive is that you don’t have to ski down at the end.
THE LOOP BAR
Tignes Le Lac
The Loop Bar in Le Lac enjoys an enviable location a the bottom of the Trolles and Rosset pistes. Enjoy live music on the large sunny terrace and catch the big live sporting events on three large screens.
LE PETIT DANOISE
Bands and happy hour shots.