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Tignes Ratings

Overall: 4.2. Based on 87 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: 3.5

(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: 4.1

(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: 4.2

(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: 4.0

(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: 3.3

(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: 3.7

(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: 3.4

(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 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!
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.

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