Visitor reviews for Tignes Ski Resort

Tignes Ratings

Overall: 4.2. Based on 89 votes and 96 reviews. Vote

Snowsure: 4.8

(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Tignes is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.

Variety of pistes: 4.7

(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Tignes has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.

Off-piste: 4.7

(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.

Scenery: 3.8

(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.

Access: 3.6

(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Tignes.

Public Transport: 4.0

(1) There are no buses or taxis to Tignes, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.

Accommodation: 4.7

(1) No places to stay in/near Tignes, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.

Cheap Rooms: 3.9

(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.

Luxury Hotels: 4.2

(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Tignes.

Ski in/Ski out: 4.7

(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.

Childcare: 4.2

(1) There are no child care facilities at Tignes, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.

Snowmaking: 4.3

(1) Tignes relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.

Snow Grooming: 4.6

(1) There are no snow groomers at Tignes, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Tignes are groomed daily.

Shelter: 3.1

(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Tignes is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.

Nearby options: 3.8

(1) If snow conditions are poor at Tignes, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.

Regional rating: 4.7

(1) Tignes usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.

Lift Staff: 4.3

(1) The staff at Tignes are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Tignes are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.

Crowds/Queues: 3.7

(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.

Ski Schools: 4.6

(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.

Hire and Repairs: 4.6

(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.

Beginners: 4.1

(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.

Intermediates: 4.8

(1) No intermediate terrain at Tignes, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.

Advanced: 4.9

(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.

Snow Park: 4.4

(1) Not even a kicker at Tignes, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.

Cross-country: 3.4

(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Tignes, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.

Luge/Toboggan: 2.9

(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Tignes has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.

Mountain Dining: 4.2

(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.

Eating: 4.5

(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.

Apres-Ski: 4.1

(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.

Other Sports: 4.5

(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.

Entertainment: 3.8

(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.

Winter Walks: 3.5

(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.

Ski Pass Value: 4.2

(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.

Value (National): 4.2

(1) Overall, Tignes is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.

Value (Global): 4.1

(1) Overall, Tignes is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.

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January 16, 2020
Karen Moyse from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
I would highly recommend Tignes. It is incredibly snowsure even early in the season (we had powder and sun and great pistes even early December). The resort takes huge care in keeping the mountain safe and the pistes are always well looked after. The off-piste is fantastic even if you are learning. The town has lots of great friendly bars and restaurants and many quiet parts of the resort eg Les Almes and Tignes Le Lac. It's not the prettiest resort but with a dusting of snow everything transforms. Probably more for early intermediates onwards rather than first beginners but there are enough runs for all levels. The buses are better than any other resort I've stayed in and it's extremely easy to find your way around the pistes as there are great direction signs. Enjoy.
January 12, 2020
Tom from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Tignes is one of my favourite places in the Alps/Europe. Tignes is suited for serious skiers who love off-piste. If you care about anything other than skiing, leave it for everyone else to enjoy and keep writing the negative reviews! They really do make me laugh. Tignes is an ugly village, all the lifts are ancient, accommodation basic, 'weather was cold' (it's a ski resort up to 3500m what do you expect?) blah blah… Ugly village - I do not give a monkey's, I came here to ski. Majority of lifts are 4/6 seater high speed chairs, quite a few bubbles, cable cars + gondolas. The lifts are very well planned too, the vertical you can cover in a day really is exceptional. There is one ancient chairlift that goes up to the Aguille de Percee (eye of the needle - rock formation with a hole in it) but it serves some of the most epic off-piste you will find anywhere. Good snow-park too, half-pipe (watched the world cup half pipe from my hotel room before) and a mini kicker with a free airbag sometimes makes an appearance! Previous review complained about piste grooming too ('third world resort' is how they described it, LOL!). It's really not that bad. They do groom pistes despite what another reviewer said. Maybe not perfect piste basher lines at the end of the day but what do you expect from such a popular resort...? They sometimes leave some pistes with fresh snowfall on because seriously who doesn't like fresh powder?! Snow-wise Tignes gets a decent amount as it's high up. Usually retains it very well and you can still find fresh snow (if you know where to look) weeks after the last dump. When it is white-out conditions it can be pretty bad as there aren't many trees on the Tignes side (more in Val D'Isere) but in the 8 years I've been there I've had one true white-out day. It wasn't all bad though as I practically had the mountain to myself! Avalanches are frequent off-piste. Take safety equipment and know the conditions/get a guide to make the most of it safely. To be expected though given the snowfall and vast amount of off-piste available. Heliski run was fantastic steep tree skiing. Free bus too between Tignes and Val which can pick you up after some off-piste runs too (forget which ones sorry!) Nightlife is ok, quite expensive depending where you go. Even more so on Val d'Isere side (although it's known as a party town). Val also has 'La Folie Douce' restaurant/bar/club on the mountain itself which is always rammed all day. Food also quite expensive wherever you go. In summary, if you're a skier who wants to find things to moan about, leave this place for the real skiers :) Because it really is a skiers' paradise. Oh and if you can avoid French and English school holidays you will find a much quieter resort!
November 29, 2019
mack from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Some of the reviews on this site are very odd. Tignes is a purpose built ski town 2100 meters above sea level which is only fully open for around 4-5 months of the year. As a result it is very popular, very busy and yes, a bit expensive. But, and its a big but, the skiing is fantastic, the food is excellent and the mountains are beautiful. Love Tignes and will continue to go back.
January 02, 2019
Carol Dixon from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
I would just like to add that the piste map is dreadful compared to other resorts. It's a huge flimsy fold out sheet in small writing where it's not easy to read the names of the lifts. It's also difficult to distinguish the blue, green and blacks (although the reds do stand out). I suppose in the days of mobiles they think hard copies are obsolete. I'm in my 50s and think that Tignes mainly attracts younger people. It is not unusual to be kept up all night by party revellers. I've not experienced any quiet periods yet, but I'm really hoping for a lull. Its not a pretty resort and lacks character and charisma. Mainly ugly 60s high rises. Parking is problematic for those not working in the resort. You can't park outside your apartments or in the streets. The supermarket in Val Claret is a tiny, expensive Sherpa. Carrefour in Law is better stocked and cheaper. It's better to load up in Bourg at the big supermarkets if you are driving. It was a lot cheaper to buy the season pass from Val rather than Tignes as they offered an Early Bird discount. If you are in your 20s and like the party scene you will love it.
February 01, 2017
RichardY from Ski France France
There are a couple of big pluses in Tignes favour: the altitude and the size/variety of on- and off-piste skiing. I've skied there for a number of years and have rarely had a bad experience. The altitude ensures good snow. This season (2016-17) Tignes has been open and running since November, despite the shortage of snow. The downside is that when the bad weather sets in there is little tree skiing to offer respite from the elements. Val Claret is the best place to stay if you want to ski all day every day. Beginners/intermediates can get pretty much everywhere on green/blue runs, although if the snow is hard I would recommend using the Olympique to get down to Val d'Isere and the Toviere (or the bus from Val Claret) to return to Le Lac. The Trolles piste can be very difficult for beginners/intermediates and gets crowded. For better skiers there are a number of ungroomed black runs which are rarely busy. The Envers de Campanules is a straightforward alternative to Henri at the end of the day, and Golf is excellent after fresh snow. And there are acres of off-piste... I agree that some of the older lifts badly need upgrading and would encourage readers to get that message across to the STGM which runs them. As for food on the mountain, I find you get what you pay for: some restaurants, such as Marmottes next to the Borsat chair, offer very good value; the more upmarket ones, such as Lo Soli, are great for a more leisurely lunch.
December 17, 2016
Reg Rea from Ski France France
The bad reviews about investment in ski lifts in Tignes are not fully justified. As usual, it depends. Most of the complaints seem to come from people staying in Les Brevieres, which is the lowest resort. In common with those staying in the beautiful new station at Tignes 1800 (Kalinda Village) these folks are going to be over-exposed to the outdated Marais lift which putters slowly up to the Aiguee Percee. There is no doubt that this is the worst aspect of skiing in Tignes and should be addressed as a matter of urgency. However, the rest of the lifts are pretty good in my opinion and I have not experienced the hyper-crowding reported, even in busy periods like New Year. Yes, I would recommend avoiding the busiest periods if you can but there has been a lot of investment over the years. The main lifts from Tignes le Lac have been invested in and are much better. The bubble lift from Tignes 1800 to the Marais plateau is great (pity about the Marais lift that comes next). Once you are up in the mountains the pistes are not crowded and the off-piste is great. Sensible skiers time passing through the busier connections linking Tignes and Val d'Isere at less busy times, but even these connections are much quicker than they used to be. I can't comment on the magnificent facilities in Austria but most of those stations are tiny compared with Tignes and it is one of the most reliable resorts when it comes to having snow either early or later.
November 16, 2016
Dan from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Snow, snow and more snow with more on the way. The best pre-season skiing for a decade and Tignes is one of the only resorts open and enjoying it!
November 06, 2016
Ronan from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Response to submission made by another reviewer (from the UK). He clearly doesn't have enough skill or experience to ski the conditions of Espace Killy. If he returns when he has he may enjoy it. [note from the editor: post edited for the sake of relevance and anonymity]
February 23, 2016
joe from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
I have read the previous reviews and I believe that people are in some ways missing the point. In terms of skiing the Espace Killy is as good as anywhere. This is especially so off-piste. In terms of lift system it is light years behind most resorts of comparable size. If you visit Saalbach or Ischgl in Austria you rarely queue and have the luxury of heated and covered fast chairs. In Tignes and Val that is the exception rather than the rule. Above Tignes there are four old slow chairs all serving the area around the Aguille Percee. The access to the Tignes boarder cross is via an ancient drag with huge queues. This doesn't happen in many other resorts but then again their skiing isn't as good. Tignes and Val attract visitors due to the excellent slopes and snow. They don't invest in the lift system as other resorts do and this is the trade off. There are far better, more efficient lift systems elsewhere but few other places with the same quality of slope and snow. Joe.
December 21, 2015
Bogusman from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Like another reviewer, I am nonplussed by the reviews that say the lift system is outdated. I have skied in Tignes and/or Val d'Isere about 15 times in the last decade. Off the top of my head I can think of two old non-detachable chairs in Tignes: Marais and Grand Huit. Rosset, on the nursery slope in Lac, has been upgraded this year. There may be a couple of others but they are in a small minority. It 's true that Marais is slow and long. And if you stay in Brev you will probably be on Marais more than most, but that's one reason why Brev is cheaper than the rest of the area. If it bothers you that much just take the slow Brevieres chair (oh yes, forgot that one :-)) up to the bus stop at Boisses. Or take Aiguille Rouge and ski down into Lac to start your day. I guarantee that once you have done that you needn't use another slow lift all day.