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Visitor reviews for Tignes Ski Resort

Tignes Ratings

Overall: 4.2. Based on 88 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: 4.1

(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: 3.3

(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: 3.5

(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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March 04, 2013
Carl from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Currently in resort and depart Sat 9.3.13. Our first time to Tignes and pleasantly surprised after reading many comments. The skiing, which we're all here, for is superb! The vast area and views throughout are amazing too, however, it's extremely busy and can be dangerous in certain descending runs. Waiting times for lifts have not been too bad, maybe a few minutes hanging around albeit squashed like sardines at some lifts (funicular). The après is limited (loop) possibly the best with live bands on a few nights . The food, in our hotel, is very French and maybe a better understanding of what food is available in your accommodation before you travel! Eating out is easy to find with some decent restaurants and take outs. Overall, it's a resort I will certainly come back too and bring my teenage boys with me, who will love the place.
March 03, 2013
Andrew Duquemin from Ski Jersey Jersey
February 9th, Andy, Jersey, C.I. I have to agree with another reviewer's comment from February 21st. I have been visiting Tignes for the last 25 years and although this may sound strange to some, feel no need to venture anywhere else. Tignes is as snowsure as any resort in Europe and although some may mention that pistes are exposed in bad weather, they are also often baked in sunshine whilst lower resorts are covered in a blanket of cloud. We had 2 days of sunshine on this trip which I know were blanket fog days in Meribel. In my view, the piste maintenance is first class and the lift systems are the envy of all other resorts. A six minute ride in the Grande Motte funicular allows for a 25 minute descent and a drop of some 1300 metres. Longest queue we had, half-term week was 5-7 minutes in Tignes Les Brevieres, as heavy snowfall meant everybody was seeking light reflection from the trees. In summary, I have visited Tignes over the last 25 years firstly as an energetic teenager, boys ski trips, with my wife and more recently as a family with my two little ones. This resort has always delivered a fantastic holiday, some years knee deep powder other years 14 days of glorious sunshine but never has it disappointed. Go and enjoy! Anyone thinking of a ski trip, beginner, intermediate or advanced, please believe me, Tignes will always deliver.
February 21, 2013
Stevie from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
I was also there the first week of February and I'm struggling to comprehend the previous report. Were we in the same place? My abiding memories will be copious amounts of dry fluffy powder, no queues and even more dry fluffy powder. Even for the lifts out of Val Claret at lunch the longest we waited was 5 minutes. Same goes for pistes, yes, the Double M and and the blue down from Toviere are busy at the end of the day, but you just go slow and be aware. And until you need to use these busy pistes - you don't have to. There is a whole mountain to explore with very few people on it. Regarding the pistes, I think they did a great job considering the amount of snow coming down. As for flats, as a boarder I don't remember many on the Val side, although I can usually get up enough speed to ride them out. The only negative I can say is that it was bloody freezing - but that's what you get when you choose to go to a high altitude resort at that time of the year, nothing to do with the resort or resort management.
February 14, 2013
Chris Parrot from Ski Yemen Yemen
Booked a week in Val-Claret first week in March. It will be my sixth visit to Tignes, where I learnt to ski 5 years ago; still my favourite resort because of the size and being able to ski to so many villages with so many places to stop for food and a drink. Just a pity there is not more tree runs for the bad weather but the terrain is stunning, have to stop and take in the views. Tignes is a great place to learn because of the free lifts on the village slopes and the fact they are in the village so you can relax in a cafe to get your breath back after a fall or keep an eye on the kids as they learn.
February 11, 2013
Linden from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Visited first week of February. Unbelievably busy on some of the runs (dangerously so sometimes), goodness only knows what it must be like in half-term! Most blues down into Val d'Isere centre were death traps. Piste grooming seemed to be almost non-existent (we were out by 9.30 or so most mornings and they were still lumpy from the day before). Blue 'Henri' did not appear to be groomed from Sunday until Friday. Far too many flat and uphill slogs where pistes have been created on unsuitable terrain. If they want to do this they should instal rope tows. One pleasant surprise were the prices - it was possible to get a 50cl pichet of red on the mountain for 5 euro; as little as I've paid before even in tiny resorts. Prices in shops were also ok and a fabulous selection of groceries, even fresh herbs available in all the supermarkets. Praise for their very efficient bus service. Would we go back? Absolutely not, such an expensive lift pass for very poor grooming and a lot of hard work poling on flat and uphill areas.
January 29, 2013
ian futcher from Ski France France
Currently on my third season in Tignes; great resort, great vibe about the place. Conditions good, snowed 8-10 inches yesterday another foot due Fri/Sat this week. For the best skiing head to Val, Solaise and Le Fornet; always quiet and have the best off-piste in resort.
January 25, 2013
Simon from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
I love Tignes and have been a visitor for many years, but I do now think it's just too busy on pretty much all the runs. Seeing 4 big crashes on the Double M in the last week (2 didn't get up from it), I can only comment that if this is "quiet" Jan, I can't imagine what the Feb holidays must be like. So sorry Tignes but the love affair is over!
January 10, 2013
ashley from Ski France France
Currently skiing in Tignes and vdi. Weather has been fantastic, but some runs, esp. on Tignes side starting to get very hard snow. Looking out of window now and it is snowing. Snow showers predicted for tomorrow as well, so conditions will be perfect for the weekend and beyond. Vdi has better snow.
December 15, 2012
Miki Pomeranz from Ski Israel Israel
January 15, 2012 First time in Tignes. We got great skiing, good views, plenty of runs, ski shops and apres-ski. Lot of fresh snow already in December. We recommend.
January 15, 2012
Ray from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Just been to Tignes for the third time. Great skiing, good views, plenty of runs, ski shops and nightlife. Snow this year is fantastic but a number of runs were closed and the cable car to the top is out of action for another month or so. Off-piste is fantastic with deep snow. Avalanche risk is high though.