Tignes has been on the map of Europe’s best resorts for decades. Whith dozens of slopes, breath-taking scenery, a glacier for summer shredding and tons of stuff to do while not on the slopes. Also the first editions of Europe’s Winter X Games are some of the reasons for this ongoing success.
- Access: stop at Bourg Saint-Maurice train station, 30 kilometres from Tignes. Plenty of busses will get you to the resort.
- Season: Summer from end of June (24th of June, 2017) to beg. of August (6 of August, 2017) – Winter from end of September (30th of September 2017) to beg of may (6 of May 2018).
- Number of lifts: 36, for 150 kilometres of slope
- Lift ticket price: 37 €/ day in winter, 55€ including Val d’Isère – 25 € / day in summer
- Park facilities: a halfpipe, a snowpark, an “easy park” and an airbag
- Top features: the freeride terrain, ice diving, water jump facility in the summer
- Events: Rock on snowboard Tour, December
With its 36 lifts, going from 1550 metres to 3456 metres high, Tignes is full of resources for the curious shredder. From moon-like places to turns in the forest, from the glacier’s highs to Les Brévières’ family-friendly slopes, there’s no way to get bored here. In the summer, the snowpark is small but well built and fun. In the winter, it’s better and offers more fun features, even though Val d’Isère’s park, a few kilometres away, is way more solid.
From the superpipe to backountry terrain
Having welcomed the European Winter X Games for many years, Tignes has a superpipe open from mid-January to mid-April. The snowpark is legit too, with plenty of rails, a few kickers and a waterslide when the weather’s getting warmer. Some items need serious commitment, such as the rail going over the shaper’s cabin. The boardercross is pretty fun too. But with such variance in height, Tignes also has a huge amount of backountry terrain. From fascinating Aiguille percée to Col des 3000, find a local guide and discover the hidden tracks. As for street opportunities, local crew Minority is living proof that there’s plenty to play with in the surroundings.
Party in Val Claret, chill out near the lake
Tignes expands on several spots: Les Brévières, Tignes 1800, Le Lavachet, Tignes-le-Lac, and Val Claret, each with its own vibe and opportunities. In Val Claret, the most party-friendly part of the resort, grab a burger at Aspen, join the locals at Le Studio before ending the night at The Melting. Need some gear? Black Cats got you covered with snowboarding’s finest brands!
Down in Tignes-le-Lac, the Lagon is the perfect spot to relax. Its spa has a view on the frozen lake, where you can try cross-country skiing, dog-sledding or ice-diving.
With its variety of terrain and activites, be it on or off your board, Tignes is definitely a must-see. Easily accessible, youth-oriented and packed with party-people, it’s a sure go for some good, snowy memories.
And find out more about Tignes’ nightlife in: Where to Go Out Partying in Tignes