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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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February 28, 2007
Greg from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Just come back from the best ski holiday we've ever been on. We stayed in a fabulous chalet in Tignes, Les Brevieres. I can't express how good this place was. The chalet was so large for the 12 of us compared to other chalets we've stayed in and it was true luxury! If you're interested check out there website www.skibrev.com It's so difficult booking things on line when you don't really know the area or the chalet/hotel and we were as nervous as usual, but the first time we walked into the main lounge room we all went "WOW"!" We had definitely booked the right place. The lounge is part of the open plan top floor. It was huge and overlooked the village, lake and pistes. It had floor to roof windows along the whole front wall, rising up to massive exposed beams in the roof. The rest of the chalet didn't disappoint either. The bedrooms are all en-suite (with proper baths not just a poky shower in the corner!) and three of them also had lovely built in pine bunks for the children. This made a big difference as rather than paying almost the full adult rate for our children (like we normally have to do) we only had to pay £170 for them. I don't know why other companies don't do this. Also, our room was a suite with its own lounge with TV and DVD player!!! We allocated this to ourselves as group leaders; well you've got to have some perks for all the hassle of organising a ski trip!!! Downstairs in the basement was a massive games room with a pool table, table football, table tennis table and TV, DVD and Sky TV. This kept the children out of our hair in the evenings and also provided some late night pool tournaments. We all got progressively worse as the free beer flowed! The food in this place is also out of this world and certainly not what you'd expect from a chalet. And the staff were all so helpful. Nothing was too much trouble. The village is lovely too. So much nicer than the larger villages of Tignes, Le Lac and Val d'Isere. In Brevieres we felt part of the community even though we were only there for a week. The snow was also great, despite all the warnings on the BBC of a bad season in Europe. All in all, we had a great time and I would definitely recommend this chalet to anyone. We'll certainly be going back next year. After 15 years organising skiing holidays I've finally found the place I want to go back to. All I have to do now is make sure I get organised early enough as I'm sure it will book up quickly for next season.
December 11, 2006
Graeme Stacey from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Tignes is simply the best, I just keep going back. I've stayed in Val D'Isere but not as good as I wasted time geting over to Tignes. I've skied there from Jan through to April and the snow has always been good. My only gripes are: 1) You really need a guide to safely find the best powder, unlike the States. 2) It's high and unforgiving in bad weather, it could do with some plastic pop up trees to help here! I challenge anyone to only go once, it won't happen you'll have to go back.
November 29, 2006
Kathy Connor from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Tignes is the only resort that I've been to (out of 2 italian and 4 in France) that I want to go straight back to the following year, so I am. Such a vast area to ski when you include Val d'Isere. Had great food wherever we lunched (stayed in chalet so everything else was catered for). Stayed in Les Brevieres last time and would definitely recommend it - staying in Le Lac this time for a bit more convenience. Can't wait.
November 02, 2006
Daniel from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Hi. I went to Tignes for the first time last year (at Easter). It was the first time I'd skied outside of December/January, so I was a bit worried (my entire year's mood is based on the quality of snow for my one week in France). It really is amazing, Easter last year was late (8-16th April) but the snow was incredible, even down at Le Breviere one could ski all week, although it was a bit slushy. On top, and from about 2200m, it was pretty much like the depths of winter. It was still getting to -26C at 3400m, combine that with the wind-chill, and it won't feel like spring at all. Going at Easter again this year (and Easter is a tad earlier). I reckon, even despite the concrete, Tignes (i.e. Espace Killy - do make use of Val) beats La Clusaz, Pila and Courmayeur (sp.?), the only other places that I've skied/boarded. A Bientot.
May 09, 2006
James from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Good late season skiing in Tignes is almost guaranteed - far better than Xmas or New Year when the weather can be miserable and the snow not that good unless there's been a big early dump. I've just come back having stayed in Tignes, Les Brevieres and could ski all the way down (it was a bit slushy at the bottom). The best snow is high up and it makes such a difference to be able to sit out on the sun terraces at the mountain restaurants for lunch rather than huddle inside trying to keep warm.
April 02, 2006
Gill from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Been to Tignes at the end of the season (last week in April) two years ago and going again last week in April this year. Weather was brilliant last time, nice and sunny. I think it snowed a little one or two nights up on the mountain to freshen up the slope. Snow is generally good higher up the mountain, can get heavy mid to late afternoon, especially on the main runs down to the resort. There has been plenty of recent snow though so skiing should be good.
April 01, 2006
Valerie Keeley from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
We have just booked a late holiday in Tignes (Le Lac) 23rd - 30th April. Not ever skied so late before and am wondering if any of you skiaholics out there have any information on what we could expect the conditions to be like so late in the season?
March 30, 2006
Dan from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Perhaps I am wrong, but altitude sickness at 3500m seems fairly unlikely. Headaches in Tignes are more likely to be down to expanding air in your head or, as the man says, the wine. I'm going out next week - could anyone who has been this late in the season calm my worries about the conditions. I'm used to going to La Clusaz at Xmas/New Year - is it likely to compare?
February 16, 2006
Mark from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Tignes is quite simply the best all round resort in Europe (never been skiing outside Europe so can't comment on the world!) I ski in Tignes 4 times a season from early Dec - to mid April and the snow is excellent most of the time. Off-piste is just vast! Last season I decided to buy a place in Val Claret because it is so snow sure! Anyone interested can look at www.tignesapartment.com Come to Tignes you won't regret it - oh by the way April is the forgotton month - clear blue skies, big dumps of snow at night and empty pistes. Plus it warms up nicely compared to Jan / Feb.
February 14, 2006
David Perry from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
We've just got back from a week in Tignes with Mark Warner and really enjoyed our time there (four adults and two children.) All in all conditions were ok at the start of the week but with a couple of days snow we were treated to some fantastic on/off-piste conditions! They do a great job looking after the runs and the variation of being able to run into other areas keeps up the interest, although watch out for some small stones starting to appear on one or two of the popular runs back to the village!! It's a high resort and a few of our group regularly mentioned altitude sickness/headaches (maybe the wine had something to do with that though)!? Before going I'd heard mention of the look of the concrete town being a negative, my view was, yes maybe but look up above that and take in the breathtaking Alps, enjoy the well groomed runs and magical off piste opportunities!! Worth a trip? Yes!