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Visitor reviews for Tignes Ski Resort

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.

Show all 35 ratings

December 01, 2009
julian from Ski France France
Val Claret is superb everything so close at hand, only draw back, it is expensive, and im not a tight arse. Since living in France we now go to the Cental Massif, eg Supper-Besse, Le Mont Dore, Le Lorian. You can go for a week for a third of the cost and eat out every night. We will return though to the three valleys im sure, soon
October 16, 2009
allan mcgillivray from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Went to Tignes Val Claret with the family and stayed at Hotel Diva in April 2009. The hotel and skiing were both fantastic. We have also booked to go back in December 2009 to the same hotel and I am now counting the number of sleeps like my kids do waiting for Xmas. The Spar shop in Tignes Le-Lac is fantastic for a quick bite to eat and resonable prices too. We would rate this resort 9/10.
October 05, 2009
Kliphuis from Ski Netherlands Netherlands
I have just booked to go to Tignes in the third week of January 2010. It will be my 3rd time in Tignes. I love it.
September 17, 2009
James Logan from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Yet again I have booked my 2 ski trips in Tignes for the 09/10 season. This resort is simply the best for good skiers, with such a variety of places to ski (not telling you where as that powder is mine). Each year I stay at an apartment in Bollin, Val Claret which is just brilliant for access to the slopes and going back for lunch (especially with Euro prices at the moment). I have now booked for this year so will let you in on the secret: it is tignesapartment.com
March 29, 2009
Gayle from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Came back from Tignes yesterday and it was amazing. Stayed at the Club Curling Hotel and the food was great. Prices were typical of the Alpes. Snow was great and there were runs for everyone. Will definately be going back.
March 22, 2009
Al Richards from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
I love Tignes. Another wicked week in my favourite resort. Snow's normally good, loads of off-piste, lifts are fantastic. Bring it on next year.
January 17, 2009
Xaver from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
What many people don't realise is that the slope and lift system at Tignes is so well thought through that you hardly loose any time getting from one slope to the next. You can get a lot of skiing done even in half a day. Tignes is also the Mecca for off-piste skiing in Europe. I go at least twice every year and always find some powder somewhere but be careful off-piste - go with an expert or guide. I have lived in France and skied most resorts. Tignes is simply the best. I would say so as I love it so much that I bought a nice place (tignes-ski.me.uk). :-)
January 17, 2009
Simon from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Went to Tignes last month. First time in Europe since the 90's since we usually go to North America. Although better than I remember it, I still find the resort a bit like the concrete Paris Banlieu of Clichy-sous-Bois, just a lot richer. The piste grooming was Ok, but since I'm a boarder, I still find the experience and terrain parks across the pond to be better, in terms of ambiance and style. Next year, I'll be over to Sundance for the powder, and the year after, Whistler for the superb terrain (after the 2010 Olympics) - cant wait to get back. Thanks Tignes but see you again in maybe 10-15 years.
January 14, 2009
Doug Prentice from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
I have skied for over 40 years and believe Espace Killy (Tignes) is, without doubt, the best ski area in the world. For the first time in many years we didn't ski there in 2008. We went to Whistler instead - Espace Killy knocks it into a cocked hat. The lifts are faster and much more efficient, the ski area is so much larger, the snow is generally better and piste maintenance is in a different class. Admittedly, the French resort staff can be surly, although, this has improved in recent years and it doesn't really matter to my skiing enjoyment if the lifty says "have a nice day" (corporate policy in Canada). Nightlife can be as quiet or raucous as you want. We usually stay in catered chalets and are too knackered to have many late nights. I probably prefer Val to Tignes (it looks a bit nicer) but both are great and Tignes probably is better for skiing convenience. Roll on March for our next visit.
December 23, 2008
Wim Debaere from Ski Belgium Belgium
I go skiing twice a year. Once in January and once with the Eastern Holiday. I have visited all the big resorts in France, but since 2000, I went every year at least one time to Tignes and the last 2 years I spend both my ski holidays in Tignes. Without any doubt, this is the best resort in France. The Espace Killy ski area is so marvelous, you can't get enough. The best places are Tignes Val Claret or Le Lac. I prefer Val Claret. From here you can access so many different slopes and you can ski to almost every apartment or Hotel in the Val Claret centre. There are plenty apres-ski possibilities. Thanks to the height (resort at 2100m), this resort is covered with plenty of snow from Novembre till May. And even at end of the season the quality of the snow is very good. This resort is certainly worth a visit.