Choose the right village in Tignes
The villages that make up Tignes ski resort are called Les Brévières, Les Boisses, Le Lavachet, Le Lac and Val Claret. All the villages in the area can be accessed on skis and there's also a free 24-hour bus service. Together with neighboring Val d’Isère, Tignes forms part of the Espace Killy ski area. Basically, the more advanced the skiing and the more partying you're looking for, the higher up you should go.
Find the village that best suits you:
Les Brévières (Tignes 1,500m)
Les Brévières - a picturesque and quiet village dating from the 14th Century, is lowest down by the big dam. This somewhat overlooked delight is an absolutely charming and picture postcard pretty place. You’ll avoid the big tourist hotels here. In bad weather, the slopes here, in the woods, often stay open when the areas higher up are closed. A new 8-chair lift takes you up to Les Boisses quickly.
Les Boisses (Tignes 1,800m)
The quietest – and also cheapest – part of Tignes. The rapid new cable car, followed by a chair lift, take you to Aguille Percee above Le Lac, where you can access the entire ski system. It's the perfect base for families and also a good place to start for beginners.
Tignes Le Lavachet (Tignes 2,000m)
One of the three “main villages” that make up Tignes. Here, you’ll find everything you could ask for on a skiing holiday in the form of stores, bakery, bars and restaurants and it’s no more than a 10-minute walk to Le Lac. The Paquis chair lift takes you up the Val d’Isère side and the Chaudanne lift the Tignes side.
Tignes Le Lac (Tignes 2,100m)
Le Lac, by the lake, is the very heart of Tignes with access to the entire Espace Killy ski area. Here, there are stores, bars, gourmet restaurants and a tourist office that arranges big New Year celebrations, for instance. You can reach Val d’Isère either via the Palafour chair lift on the Tignes side or the Toviere Gondola. Most hotels are ski-in and ski-out (if you come by car, check parking is available).
Val Claret (2300m)
This is the highest village and a perfect choice for advanced skiers who also relish nightlife. There's a big choice of bars and restaurants, including the Michelin-starred Ursus and famous Après Ski spot, Cocorico. You can reach the 3,653m Grand Motte glacier via underground Funicular, and the Tignes slopes via the Tichot chair lift. On the Val d’Isère side, the Tufs chair lift is a hub of places to eat and drink.
Published: January 10, 2020