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- Good snow guaranteed for a long season; about the best Alpine bet
- One of the best areas in the world for lift-served off-piste runs
- Huge amount of varied terrain, with swift access to Val d’Isère
- Lots of accommodation close to the slopes
- Efforts to make the resort villages more welcoming are paying off
- Resort architecture not to everyone’s taste (including ours)
- Bleak, treeless setting with many lifts prone to closure by storms
- Still a few long, slow chairlifts
- Beginners need an area pass to get to long green runs
- Limited, but improving, après-ski
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The appeal of Tignes is simple: good snow, spread over a wide area of varied terrain shared with Val d’Isère. The altitude of Tignes is crucial: a forecast of ‘rain up to 2000m’ means ‘fresh snow down to village level in Tignes’ (or at least to Tignes 2100, as they are now trying to rebrand the main resort).
We prefer to stay in Val, which is a more human place. But in many ways Tignes 2100 makes the better base: appreciably higher, more convenient, surrounded by intermediate terrain, with quick access to the Grande Motte glacier. And the case gets stronger as the resort tries to make the place more attractive and as more traditional chalet-style buildings appear.
The lift system has improved, too, with a burst of fast chairs on the western side of the Tignes bowl a few years ago. But investment has stalled since then, and there are still a few key links that need upgrading.
News – 2012/13
The old village of Tignes-les-Boisses is being redeveloped on a big scale and rebranded Tignes 1800. The first phase is due to open at the end of 2013. Tignespace, a sports hall / conference centre / concert hall in Le Lac, is to be completely revamped.
News – 2011/12
The Campanules hotel in Le Lac was upgraded from a 3-star to a 4-star. Le Jhana, a new 4-star residence, opened in Val Claret.
News – 2010/11
A new 18-person gondola, Boisses, replaced the old double chairlift from Tignes-les-Boisses (now Tignes 1800).