Tignes is a lovely resort often overshadowed by its more famous neighbour, Val d’Isere. The two resorts link together to form one of the biggest ski areas in the world, the Espace Killy. The quality of skiing in Tignes attracts the more serious skiers and boarders more likely to be up for first lift than partying till dawn although the après ski scene here is still alive and well. Tignes major advantage is its altitude, as Europes second highest resort it is a great ‘snowsure’ destination. Tignes is proud to offer at least 1000 vertical metres of skiing through 10 months of the year, it is an excellent choice for early and late season skiing.
The Espace Killy ski area is truly massive boasting an amazing 96 lifts which give access to over 300km of piste. The terrain is varied offering something for everyone making it a great location for mixed ability groups. The only deficiency in Tignes' arsenal is a lack of tree skiing due to the high altitude. An effort has been made to cater for all in the Espace Killy from special speed restricted ‘Tranquil’ zones for beginners to the increasingly popular ‘Naturide’ runs for experts (special non-pisted runs within the patrolled area). In addition to the fantastic piste network the Espace Killy offers one of the largest lift served off-piste areas in the world, there is more than enough to keep even the most adventurous skiers entertained.
The town itself is a purpose built resort made up of five villages, Val Claret, Le Lac, Les Boisses, Les Brevieres and Le Lavachet. It is certainly not the prettiest ski resort going with something of a concrete feel about it but what it lacks in form it makes up for in function. Tignes is a very well organised resort with an efficient lift and transport network and good list of amenities and plenty of extra activities should you want a break from the slopes. The nightlife is not as abundant as other resorts but there is still plenty going on, if you look in the right places then après ski will certainly not disappoint.
The UCPA Centre
The UCPA centre is located near the heart of Val Claret, the highest of the Tignes villages. Val Claret is an excellent location with superb lift and shop access. There is a drag lift just 50m from the centre which takes you up to the main lifts and when snow cover is good you can ski pretty much into the centre bar. The centre is comprised of two traditional chalets which can house a total of 320 people in rooms of four. There is a great atmosphere at the centre and it comes with all the usual UCPA services such as a bar, TV room and nightly entertainment.