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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 03, 2003
bob from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
We went to Tignes in late March 03 and i have to admit my first impressions were not good, its not pretty, this impression didnt get any better when we got to our accomodation which was in the Hameau du Borsat appartments, this was quickly renamed the Hameau du Borstal. This first impression didnt last long as we hit the piste and were amazed at the snow quality for this late in the season. The bars around our cell block were good and did reasonable priced food and drink if you were in at happy hour, the stand outs were the fish tank and the ubiquitous crowded house. The highlight of our week was a nice dump of fresh powder so we got 4 days of great conditions to end a good season. This is by no means a pretty group of resorts but what it offers in the way of terrain is pretty awesome, enough to ensure we will be returning next March to again end our season in style !
December 21, 2003
Wim Debaere from Ski Belgium Belgium
This year, I go for the fourth time to Tignes. The mean places of Tignes are 'Le Lac' and 'Val Claret'. These two places are artificial made resorts at a hight of 2100 m. The most slopes are situated around these two places. This height means snow from end November till begin May and a fantastic snow quality till late in the season. Especially the 'Grand Motte' glacier has some great slopes starting at a hight of 3450 m. Tignes is a modern ski resort with all the needs for ski and apr?s ski. But like a said, it is a artificial made resort and you don't find the charm of an authentic resort.
December 09, 2004
Paul Cawson from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Very high and cold resort minus 40 one day.So cold the elastic became brittle on our ski passes and snaped so we lost them both.You cannot get a refund on a lost pass so have to get another at £140!The train link to the top of the resort could be a bit erratic Once doing a emergancy stop leaving every One in a heap on the floor covered in skis at the centre of a pitch Black tunnel.Lots of bars and night clubs but no one was out of a night it was too cold.I found the skiing Ok but not great due to the weather.Try the Face into Val D Isere well worth the trip
January 25, 2005
Chris from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Tignes is not a pretty resort, but I have been 5 or 6 times and am about to go again this Sunday 30th Jan 2005. For me the standard and quality of the skiing can't be bettered, especially the black runs. A black run is truly a black run here! No red runs with black markers as in 3 valleys (thats my opinion!) When you have done Epaule de Charvet in a whiteout, you know you have been down a mogulled black! And as for La Face down into Val D'Isere... a good test for the knees/legs! There are many other excellent blues and reds (e.g. Rocs) around for most standards, and queues are almost non existant. Also a drop of just under a vertical mile down into Tignes les Breviere with choice of blue red (part way) or black (really a red with a short but very steep mogulled gully part way down) down to the bottom.
February 16, 2005
Huub Dijkstra from Ski Netherlands Netherlands
It's one of the nicest places I've been for a wintersport. Especially Tignes Val Claret, it has a lot of nice bars and restaurants and nightclubs. The pistes are fantastic and the snow seems to be always powder. There is an easy connection to Val d'Isere and you can go down from 3450mtr(Grand Motte) to 1550mtr(Les Brevieres). I'm very sure that I'll will be back next year.
April 26, 2005
phil smith from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Tignes is fantastic. This is where we base all our ski courses from early to late season. We atart skiing in October and don't finish until May. Race Training, Off Piste, Bumps and All Terrain. If you want great skiing with guaranteed snow then this is the place to ski. Check out our All Mountain Ski Courses on www.snoworks.co.uk.
August 31, 2005
Daniel Evans from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Tignes is enormous with masses of off and on piste and so many lifts you just can't get it all done in a week. Which is why I have lived the snow life there for so long! I had to do something good to keep me accustomed to the mountain life so I now run Dragon Lodge - a 25 person Chalet in Tignes Le Lac, established 9 years ago. October to May and Summer too. The Tignes Glacier keeps us going 10 months a year! Check out a great place to stay at a very reasonable price (from £199 half board) on www.DragonLodge.com
October 29, 2005
Chris Pierce from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Fantastic skiing on the Espace Killy, too many runs to do in a week. Being a glacier resort it gives a longer season than most. Well groomed slopes and little queing at the lifts makes this an excellent place for all levels of skiers.Plenty of off piste excitement. There is a great selection of restaurants and other apres ski activities. Plenty of cost effective accommodation, try www.tignes4ski.co.uk for self catering apartment
November 29, 2005
Sally Chapman from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
It's certainly not the prettiest of ski resorts but Tignes offers some great early skiing prior to the Christmas rush and on a very descent budget. If you are keen to squeeze in some early skiing prior to the main season starting, the resort offers some excellent deals. The Espace Killy can often open by the end of November offering some vast skiing terrain. Check out out early season courses for all levels starting late November to late December at www.inspiredtoski.com.
December 08, 2005
David Taylor from Ski France France
Tignes is simply a fantastic ski resort. With its link in to Val d'Isere you get an awesome ski area with more runs than you can do in 10 solid days skiing. If you count the off-piste, which is superb you really cannot go wrong. Its high altitude (a bunch of runs ovzer 3000m) almost guarantees that you can ski anytime between November and May (usually summer galcier skiing too - Ed.) I take a group of friends skiing every year, this year is our 17th trip. We have been everywhere, and Tignes has become our firm favourite, we return year after year to a little hotel in Tignes le Lac. The next trip is March 25, 2006... The downside, well, Val Claret is far from a cute little Austrian village, but who cares, it is dark at night and in the day you are skiing or surfing the mountains and no need to look at it. At night, looking over the lake with the mountains floodlit it still takes the wind out of you. I type this I am sitting in Whistler, not bad here, but I rate Tignes above it.