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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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December 17, 2010
Chris Parrot from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Been to Tignes twice now, in fact learnt here 3 years ago age 55 and I love it so proves you are never too old. Great place to learn as nursery slopes are all free and plenty of cafe's to recover in. Advise to have private lesson or two first then group lessons otherwise you just get left behind when they all turn and you find you have not quite mastered that yet. If you are going self catering the SPAR shop in Le Lac does a range of take aways that are great to take back to collapse and recover to get recovered enough to hit the slopes again at 08:30 and last till 16:30 when it gets dark. Coming back again on the 8th of Jan for a week so hope it keeps snowing.
November 25, 2010
Fiona Jones from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
I last went to Tignes in 1997; and whilst I do not care much for the cold - or even skiing - being a beach bum, my other half, who is an everything bum and thinks he is God's gift to skiing, raves about the skiing there. So inevitably I return. I however am delighted to see that Tignes now has wonderful facilities for those that do not care to speed on two planks down a mountain in repetative motion... like saunas, a swimming pool with mountain views, ice driving, paragliding and ice diving. I may not kick up a fuss quite so much this time... said other half may have to open his wallet however to keep me occupied. More wine anyone...
November 24, 2010
Major Jonathan Richards from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
I started skiing at 3 years old, in Cyprus of all places. What my father did not tell me was his grand plan to then ski in Tignes for the next 21 years in a row! I have subsequently skied in Chamonix a lot but as a skier who just cares about skiing and not necessarily the ambience, clubs and all the trimmings. Tignes must be up there as one of the best resorts in the world. If you like hard extreme skiing then go to Tignes.
November 23, 2010
Adrienne Coward from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Replying to another reviewers query - Tignes is awash with snow at new year. We have been the last two Christmases and also new year just gone - fantastic skiing and lots of fresh powder. Loads of good apartments but if you want bargain basement with brilliant piste access and close to facilities go for Borsat IV - we are going back there for our 4th time this Christmas. Tignes is definitely a snow sure resort - they already have 10 lifts open and conditions are reported to be fantastic. Good luck!
September 28, 2010
Chris from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Hey guys, I'm looking to book an apartment for a group of 4 of us over new year 2010/2011. How will the snow be? Will the skiing be decent? Please let me know!? Thanks [note from the editor: as this is not a review of a ski resort we shall leave it in place for a short period.]
March 05, 2010
Darko Bujas from Ski Serbia and Montenegro Serbia and Montenegro
Every year I am on Espace Killy slopes from 23.04 til 02.05 and what can I say, best skiing in Europe! Where else in the world can you ski from 3450m to 1250m, where else in the world can you ski on two glaciers in one ski resort (for only 400 euros)? I love Espace Killy.
March 04, 2010
Alistair from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Skied this area many times. Tignes is undoubtably the best linked ski area in Europe. You can ski or board all day from lift to lift without stopping, and cover a lot of miles without queues. Some great circuits to follow: Le Fornet or the glacier and lunch in les Breviers. High altitude means you can always find powder throughout the season. Suits more advanced skiers but there is plenty of motorway skiing for the novice above Marmottes bar and up on the Grand pre. Some friendly bars around Le Lac and some lively nightlife if you want it.....Thumbs up to Tignes...
February 20, 2010
Jackie Shute, Devon from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Tignes is the best place to ski! The pistes are always well groomed and you rarely have to queue - this makes a big difference to the enjoyment of your holiday! Be sure to visit the Alpaka bar in Le lac and just once have a beer (or two) in the Grizzly bar in Val Claret (expensive but an amazing place, lovely ambience). I absolutely love Tignes and have been about 5 or 6 times now and I think it has something for everyone. The snow has always been great and the sun has always been out. Maybe we have just been lucky but I cannot fault the resort. 10 out of 10.
January 10, 2010
Graeme Tucker from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
The Christmas week was great. Did a very last minute deal which was impossibly cheap and was looked after really well by our resort team. Fourth time to this area (Tignes) and it is a boarders paradise. Great park and loads of variety. Six days of powder which closed a couple of runs but even then there is plenty to do. You can't get stale here. Unless your loaded get an appartment and eat in. Lunch for two will cost 50 euros if you have anything nice but the restaurants are low grade on the mountains. We ate in every night and that means we can go again this season. Stop in Moutier and stock up at the Lidl. The apres-ski is good and the sushi take away is also worth a go. Get some good goggles as the runs can be high speed and the vis not great. If the ski guides say don't go somewhere then don't go there! Much potential for trouble if you park your common sense at the lift. Overall, just awesome boarding. Going to Tignes again and again.
December 07, 2009
Seamus from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Great resort Tignes, skied it many times and lift system has improved to the point where it is probably as good as it gets. The Grande Motte run on a good day from top to bottom is exhilarating - except my mate Donall keeps passing me on the last schuss every time we race ! I can strongly recommend Tignes for all levels to my fellow UK skiers - convenience and skiing are top class - cant wait to hit the slopes here again over New Year