Tignes Le Lac
Why Tignes Le Lac Ski Resort?
- Easy access to the whole of the Tignes Val d'Isere (formerly Espace Killy) ski area
- High-altitude & snowsure resort
- Active and fun resort with plenty to do
Tignes (Le Lac) Information
Le Lac is split into 4 areas: Le Lavachet, Le Rosset, Les Almes and Le Bec Rouge.
Tignes can be found in the Tarentaise area of France, in the Northern French Alps and is a purpose-built ski resort within the Espace Killy ski area - which ranks as one of the best winter sports centres in the world!
Huge investment, progression and development over the past 50 years has seen Tignes grow into one of Europe’s most comprehensive ski destinations, yet it has still been able to maintain its traditional French Alpine ambience.
Tignes is in fact split into five villages: Tignes Le Lac, Tignes Val Claret, Tignes Lavachet, Tignes 1800 and Tignes Les Brévières. There are also four smaller traditional villages nearby: Chevril, Villaret du Nial, Villaret des Brévières and Reculaz. A regular and very efficient free shuttle bus service connects all the villages of Tignes.
Tignes is set at the foot of the twin peaks of La Grande Motte Glacier (3656m) and La Grande Casse (3852m) – meaning that you can even ski here in the summer! This ski resort has a highly sporting reputation and hosts many celebrities on training courses, including the French national football team.
There is always something to do in Tignes Le Lac, the enthusiastic Tourist Office make sure of that! They arrange numerous activities and events all season long and their large wooden office is at the heart of the resort. So if your perfect ski holiday is a mixture of skiing, activities, shopping and relaxing then head to Tignes Le Lac. The impressive 5000 square metre ‘Le Lagon’ Aqua and Spa Centre is not to be missed with swimming pools, flumes, a sports centre, fitness classes and a relaxing spa – perfect after a day on the slopes!
The bustling ski resort of Val d'Isère can be easily reached from Tignes, via the ski lifts (30 minutes) or bus (15 minutes) - allowing easy access to a whole host of shops, restaurant and bars - great for après-ski or an opportunity to explore for non-skiers.
An added bonus are the free Wi-Fi Hotspots positioned in strategic points all over Tignes – 7 of which are in Tignes Le Lac: Espace Saisonniers, Mairie, departure of the Toviere cable car, arrival of the Toviere cable car, Lagon, Tignespace and Maison du Lac. Search your network for Tignes Free (official).
Tignes is proud to have been elected ‘The Sportiest Town’ by the French daily sports paper, ‘L’Equipe’! This was due to various factors including its outstanding sporting infrastructure, hosting numerous sporting events on an international scale, welcoming high-profile sports stars (such as the French football team), the high level of Tignes-born sportsmen and women, and a sports-mad clientele and community. Many towns are famous for their flowers but Tignes has sport in its blood!
Ski Collection offers Tignes Le Lac ski accommodation ranging from 3-Star Superior to 4-Star Luxury, with self-catering apartments sleeping up to 12 people, all with access to spa facilities such as indoor or outdoor heated swimming pools, a Jacuzzi, sauna, steam and fitness rooms. Tignes Le Lac has something for every taste and every budget.
The friendly and helpful Tignes Le Lac Tourist Office is open every day during the winter season, Sunday – Friday 08:30 – 19:00 & Saturday 08:00 – 20:00. The huge wooden office can be found at the centre of Tignes Le Lac. As well as information, help and tips you will also find a cashpoint and the Tignes Multimedia centre here. Their comprehensive website is full of useful information, tips and suggestions.
TIGNES SKI AREA
The two ski resorts of Tignes and Val d'Isère make up the Tignes-Val d'Isere (formally Espace Killy) ski area, located in the Tarentaise area of the Savoie department in the Northern French Alps. There are multiple villages in Tignes including:
- Tignes Val Claret
- Tignes Le Lac
- Tignes 1800
- Tignes les Brevieres
- Tignes Lavachet
- and then Val d'Isere on the other side
It provides a large well-linked and high-altitude ski area with a very reliable snow record (it's open 11 months of the year!), thanks to the La Grande Motte Glacier and the fact that it backs onto the peaks of the Italian border. According to 'Where to Ski and Snowboard' Tignes is listed as "Good snow guaranteed for a long season - about the best Alpine bet". You can also ski the glacier in the summer months with our sister company Peak Retreats.
As a whole, the Tignes-Val d'Isere ski area has become one of Europe’s premier ski resorts. With its varied ski terrain, easy ski access and excellent lift system, it offers something for everyone – from complete beginners to thrill-seeking off-pisters!
Tignes has a lot to offer including the Grande Motte glacier served by a modern funicular railway which takes experts as well as intermediates to the panoramic platform at 3030m within just 7 minutes! The Perce-Neige funicular, which took 4 years to construct, departs from Tignes Val Claret. It carried its first passengers in April 1993, and can transport 3000 people per hour travelling at a speed of 12 metres per second! At the top you will find a beautifully located panoramic restaurant with the most stunning views, brilliant ski slope options and the cable car to conquer the Grande Motte glacier!
The cable car will take you to new heights at 3456m. It can transport 3000 people per hour thanks to its two cabins and all at a speed of 10m per second! From the top you can enjoy a thrilling ski down to Tignes Les Brévières, have a mountain guide take you to the very summit of the Grande Motte glacier or as a pedestrian simply marvel at the glorious surrounding mountains from the various viewpoints.
Tignes invests money every year in the lift system, to ensure high performance and make sure you reach the slopes in comfort and as fast as possible. This ski resort has certainly come a very long way since the very first lift installed in the old village of Tignes back in 1936!
Tignes Val Claret has direct links to the Tignes ski area, the Grande Motte glacier and the whole ski area. The Funicular, Tichot, Bollin, Fresse, Les Lanches and Tufs lifts are all within five minutes of each other. Tignes Val Claret is set on two levels: the bottom level with access to the Tignes side of the mountain via the Tichot chairlift and the Grande Motte glacier via the funicular, while the higher level takes you over to Val d’Isère via the Tufs chairlift.
From Tignes Le Lac you also have easy access to the Tignes and the whole of the Tignes-Val d'Isere ski area. he ‘Palafour’ chairlift will take you up the Tignes side of the mountain where the recently built Toviere gondola provides the main route to Val d’Isère in just 5 minutes, thanks to its bright 10-seat gondolas that can transport 3 300 pers/hour.
For those with their own car, yet more skiing is available fairly nearby in the following ski areas: Sainte Foy is a 30 minute drive from Tignes Val Claret; Les Arcs is 45-60 minutes; whilst La Rosière and La Plagne are about 60 minutes away. And don’t forget you have Val d'Isère just 25 minutes by car (or ski across from Tignes) plus the other Tignes villages. A day of skiing at most of these resorts is possible at no additional cost with lift passes valid for six days or more.
Additional ski fact info 2018/19, main ski info in resort facts box at top of page
Tignes only - 33 lifts (1 funicular, 4 gondola/cable car, 20 chairlifts, 8 draglifts/moving carpets), 78 slopes:
Green slopes: 7
Blue slopes: 35
Red slopes: 21
Black slopes: 15
For complete beginners: enjoy FREE access to 5 lifts in Tignes to practice your first curves and gain confidence before hitting the slopes of the Tignes-Val d'Isere ski area: ‘Bollin’ and ‘Claret’ in Tignes Val Claret, ‘Lavachet’ in Tignes le Lavachet, ‘Rosset’ in Tignes le Lac, and ‘Pitots’ and ‘Brévières’ in Tignes les Brévières. ‘Lognan’ is ideal for novices and families as the slopes are broad and not especially difficult.
For adventurous intermediates, Tignes is one of the best ski resorts, with a big lift network and extensive intermediate slopes. Tignes boasts the Grande Motte glacier which is highly recommended to intermediates with a bit of confidence. Take the funicular train from Tignes Val Claret and within just 7 minutes you will find yourself at 3030m with a good selection of great blue, red and black runs. Low intermediates will find the blue runs are quite wide as well as lots of fun!
Tignes is a mecca for experts and offers many challenging runs. With experts and the more adventurous in mind, Tignes has converted many of its black runs into ‘Naturides’ – meaning the runs are marked, patrolled and avalanche protected, yet never groomed – therefore preserving the natural terrain and gaining layers of powder and mogul fields.
- Toviere: Paquerettes, Envers de Campanules runs, Grizzly, Aster
- Palet: Guerlain Chicherit and Golf runs
The scenic Vallon de La Sache black run down to Tignes Les Brevières should not be missed: overlooked by the Sache glacier, this run has a descent of 1200m vertical down a breathtaking valley in the national park. You start at l’Aiguille Percee (2750m) and arrive down in Tignes Les Brevieres below the Tignes dam. Another not to be missed is the long black run from Tovière to Tignes le Lac.
Tignes-Val d'Isere has some of the best lift-served off-piste in the world! Easily accessible and beautiful yet challenging, steep and interesting – it has it all and is sure to please the thrill-seekers in your party. From intermediate to free-rider, there is a vast variety of terrain to suit all levels. For first-timers Lognan is ideal.
The main off-piste areas in Tignes can be found above Tignes Val Claret, Tignes Le Lavachet, on the Grande Motte Glacier and in Tignes Les Brévières. It is imperative to have an expert guide or instructor, as it is very easy to get lost, safety has to come first and also by having an expert you will get to experience the very best runs.
In Val d’Isère, the major off-piste areas are: La Daille, Solaise, Bellevard, Pissaillas and Fornet. La Vallée Perdue (The Lost Valley) is a popular off-piste run, from the bottom of Tommeuses down into La Daille experience tall rock walls, narrow canyons and (depth of snow depending) even a small cave to crawl through!
For the more adventurous of you, Heli-skiing is available in Tignes! However, heli-drops are actually forbidden in France, so it’s a slightly bizarre form. From Tovière you can ski down towards the Lac du Chevril to be retrieved by a chopper!
Tignes-Val d'Isere has 52km (33 miles) of cross-country trails dedicated to Nordic skiing. Tignes has four trails, three of which are located along the valley between Tignes Val Claret and Tignes-le-Lac – all of these are flat and easy. The fourth trail is more challenging and can be found in Tignes Les Brévières, winding around the lake ‘Lac de Tignes’, surrounded by trees.
Quite rightly, Tignes is very popular with snowboarders. Not only is there a snow park, boardercross and Glisspark but there are wide pistes such as Carline and Piste H plus lots of easily accessible off-piste areas – perfect for snowboarders. Another bonus is that drags can generally be avoided as gondolas and chairs are more favoured.
The terrain park is located in Tignes Val Claret and is known as the ‘Swatch Park’, due to Swatch installing cameras on a small jump at the end of the park.
A larger snowpark can be found in Val d’Isère and is known as the ‘DC Val Park’. Located at 2500m on the La Daille/Bellevarde sector, access from Tignes Val Claret is via the Bollin Express, from Tignes le Lac via the Toviere gondola from Val d’Isère via the Daille funicular or Bellevarde cable car. This park has been approved by The French Snowboard Federation, proving its high standard. This snowpark is equipped with 1 x 3 seated chairlift, 2 draglifts, 1 rope tow, 1 quarter pipe, 1 boardercross for all levels, different jumps and hips for all levels, several low/high, single/double rails plus 1 Rainbow and 1 Fun Box. There is also a hut for refreshments and a deck chair area where you can sit back and relax, whilst listening to some music and taking in all the slope action. Not to be missed: Late March is Valpark Week, where the pros arrive for a helicopter photo-shoot!
Tignes Le Lac Ski Hire
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We have selected Sport 2000 to ensure that only the highest standard of equipment and service will be provided for all levels of skiers. More information on ski hire.
We have three conveniently located hire shops in Tignes Le Lac for all your ski and snowboard equipment needs. We offer competitive prices and special offers are also available. Pre-booking your equipment hire will allow you to save precious skiing time once in the resort and means you can budget for your ski holiday, knowing that it is already book and paid for.
Our hire shop is located within 10 minutes walk from all residences and hotels (except Le Taos and Le Telemark), on the resort's main street. We have selected Sport 2000, which ensures that only the highest standard of equipment and service will be provided for all levels of skiers.
Our ski hire shop is located 500m from Le Telemark - A private shuttle bus operates to/from the ski shop. We have selected Skiset, which ensures that only the highest standard of equipment and service will be provided for all levels of skiers.
Our ski shop is "Sport 2000 La Godille" which is just a 2 minutes walk (130m) around the corner from Le Taos. We have selected Sport 2000, which ensures that only the highest standard of equipment and service will be provided for all levels of skiers.
Tignes Le Lac Lift Passes
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You have the choice to purchase a ski pass which covers the whole ski area or the smaller local ski area. We suggest that you purchase the larger area lift pass, unless a complete beginner, as shown in our table below.
Lift pass delivered FREE to your home. Book your lift pass for Tignes Le Lac at least 14 days prior departure and we can arrange hands-free lift passes delivered to your home, meaning you can ski straight through the gates, giving you more piste time - at no extra cost! Please note you will not be required to hand over a voucher at the kiosk in resort (non applicable for free passes as you will be asked for a photo and a proof of age on site). Conditions apply. Please enquire with a member of the Ski Collection team for more details.
Other lift pass on offer (to buy locally in resort in Euros):
Tignes/Val d'Isere ski pass – ½ day and daily rates 2017/18:
1/2 day - €34 children, €42.50 adults
Day - €44.50 children, €55.50 adults
Tignes ski pass – ½ day and daily rates 2017/18:
1/2 day - €31 children, €38.507 adults
Day - €38 children, €47 adults
Tignes Le Lac Ski School
Ski school for children is available to book from 3 years to 13 years, in Tignes Val Claret, with Ski Collection. Children 3 years will go into Mini Piou Piou lessons.
We also pre-book private lessons.
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Ski School: Please note that lesson times are subject to change right until the last minute. Outside French school holidays the ski school reserves the right to cancel group lessons should numbers be insufficient. For peak periods (22/12-4/1, 9/2-8/3 & 6/4-26/4) we strongly recommend that you book as early as possible and in any case at least 6 weeks prior to the required dates. Morning lessons tend to get booked up first and therefore we may only be able to offer afternoon classes within 6 weeks of departure. In some resorts English speaking instructors may not always be available, particularly at peak times.
We cannot always guarantee that prices will be cheaper than in resort. When ski packs prices are calculated, the currency is bought at the exchange rates that apply at the time. You can be assured that once you have booked your extras, if the pound depreciates, you will not be charged.
There are 2 sledging runs for children to enjoy in Tignes:
- Tignes Le Lac, between the ‘Lagon’ aqua/spa centre and the Tovière gondola.
- Tignes Lavachet, in front of the Lavachet public car park.
If you like sledging, you will love the Snake Gliss! Bring your family and friends and try the sledge train! Fun and laughter guaranteed! Organised by the ESF ski school in Tignes Val Claret and Tignes Le Lac plus the Red Ski Organisation in Le Lac.
Don’t forget you also have the cinema in Tignes Val Claret and ‘Le Lagon’ Aqua Centre with indoor pool and flumes, the bowling alley, ice skating on the lake, Tignes Multimedia Centre for the computer whizz-kids, husky rides around the lake, the bungee-trampoline for jumping fun and the indoor sports hall – all in nearby Tignes Le Lac.
The Tignes Tourist Offices are very pro-active and organise events every week – pop in and see them once you are in the resort to find out what is going on during the week you are there, so that you don’t miss out on any of the fun!
And it’s not all about the skiing! There are numerous activities to try in Tignes Le Lac:
‘Le Lagon’ Aqua/Spa Centre
Don’t forget your swimming stuff! Located on the shore of the lake (Place du Lac) in the heart of Tignes Le Lac, ‘Le Lagon’ offers fun and relaxation for everyone. This impressive water and spa centre boasts a 25m indoor heated swimming pool, three 30m flumes, sports complex with state of the art fitness and weight-training equipment, numerous fitness classes (including water ones), Jacuzzis, Turkish bath, hot tubs and jet showers.
The centre is open Sunday – Friday 11:00 – 21:00 and Saturday 14:00 – 19:30. You must be 16 years or over to use the spa and fitness areas.
Various access packages are available:
All-in access = 1hr30/day spa facilities + 45 mins/day fitness facilities + swimming pool admission: €20/adult/day or €70/adult/week
Spa access = 1hr30/day spa facilities + swimming pool admission (free of charge):
€15/adult/day or €49adult/week
€4/child/day or €16/child/week
€5/adult/day or €20/adult/week
Free entry for children under 5 years old, with 1 adult
Fitness access: €9 = 1 Entry or €36/adult/week
Added bonus: If you purchase an Espace Killy lift pass (2-15 day duration), you also get free access to ‘Le Lagon’ swimming pool! ‘Le Lagon’: Tel: +33 (0) 4 79 40 29 95. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.tignes.net
Tignes’ ice skating rink is an open-air rink located on the frozen lake of Tignes Le Lac. The 800m2 surface is divided into 2 sections, one game area for ice sports such as ice hockey and another ‘fun’ area for simply skating and having fun.
Certain evenings every week from December to February its party time with ‘Disco on Ice’ – get those skates moving to great disco music 20:00 – 22:00 – dress up if you want to!
Opening times: During French school holidays: 11:00 – 12:30 & 14:00 – 20:00. Outside French school holidays: 16:00 – 20:00.
Access is free and skates can be hired onsite: €3/adult and €2/child under 13 years old.
The bowling alley is located in Le Lac – Le Bec Rouge area and also has pool tables and a bar.
The Tignes Multimedia Centre is located within the tourist office building in Tignes Le Lac. Here you will find 30 computers to keep you connected, check your e-mails, share your photos, update your social networks, free Wi-Fi Internet access for your own devices and a PS3 terminal (also free access).
Open Sunday – Friday 16:30 – 20:30 (from 14:00 during bad weather).
Prices (based on 2014): €1/10 minutes, €5/hour, €10/day & €30/week.
Every Wednesday it’s online games night 20:30 – 22:30 (payable, €8).
Evolution 2 offer various exciting and thrilling winter activities, such as: Off-piste skiing, heli-skiing, husky rides, ice climbing, ice diving, ice driving, paragliding, quad biking, snow-shoeing, speed-riding, helicopter tours and wilderness camps.
The sales office in Tignes Le Lac is open daily 08:30 – 12:30 and 16:00 – 19:00.
Outdoor Experiences also offer numerous winter activities, such as dog sledging across the frozen lake, helicopter flights, snow-mobile rides and paragliding. More information can be obtained from the ESF Ski School Office in Tignes Le Lac.
Tel: +33 (0)6 81 21 92 09. E-mail: email@example.com
Enjoy a breath-taking ride over and around the frozen lake in Tignes Le Lac, lead by these amazing Husky, Samoyed and Malamute breeds.
'Outdoor Experiences'. Tel: +33 (0)6 81 21 92 09. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you fancy experiencing the slopes on a whole new level, then why not try snowmobiling? It’s thrilling, exciting and definitely a memorable experience. Of course your guide will adapt to your level of ability and speed.
Pleasure sessions (prices based on 2014):
Day time: €54 per 30 minutes as the driver or €24 per 30 minutes as a passenger.
Night time: €76 per 30 minutes as the driver or €46 per 30 minutes as a passenger.
Sporting sessions (a bit more adventurous!):
Day time: €72 per 40 minutes as the driver or €28 per 40 minutes as a passenger.
Night time: €94 per 40 minutes as the driver or €50 per 40 minutes as a passenger.
Minimum age: 12 years old.
Located next to Le Lagon aqua and spa centre in Tignes Le Lac. Jumping fun for everyone from 2 & ½ years old. Practice your jumps and acrobatics up to 6m in the air. Price: €5/session. Tel: +33 (0)6 67 30 81 81
‘Tignespace’ – Located close to the resort amenities and Le Lagon aqua and spa centre.
This impressive 3500m2 indoor sports complex offers numerous sporting activities. This is also where most of the ‘Live in Tignes’ concerts are held: 12 concerts during the winter ski season, all with free admission (you still need to obtain a ticket from any of the Tignes Tourist Offices), fun packed evenings of musicians, bands, DJs and comedians. The full event details can be found on the Tignes Tourist Office website. Tel: +33 (0) 4 79 40 26 60. Website: www.tignespace.tignes.net
Soar above the crowds and mountains, taking in the fresh air and amazing views! There are 3 organisations in Tignes Le Lac which offer the unique activity of paragliding:
'Ecole de Parapente de Tignes' Tel: +33 (0)6 69 41 01 07. E-mail: email@example.com
'Red Ski Organisation' Tel: +33 (0)4 79 06 32 65
Test your nerve behind the wheel on snow covered roads and ice! Fully supervised fun and excitement with fully qualified and experienced instructors.
‘Elgeo’ – Le Lac, Le Rosset. Tel: +33 (0)6 12 82 76 11.
Ice diving - Dive under the ice of the frozen lake!
Horse riding – in the snow!
Feel at one with nature, taking in the beautiful snowy landscape and keeping on the look out for wild animals such as chamois and ibex. Traditional snow-shoes are simple footwear that enables you to distribute your weight over a larger area, allowing you to walk with ease over the snowy ground.
'ESF Ski School' – Tignes Le Lac. See Ski School information below for more details.
'Red Ski Organisation' Tel: +33 (0)4 79 06 32 65
Tignes Val Claret can be found approximately 2km from Tignes Le Lac and also offers numerous winter activities: Off-piste skiing, mountaineering, ice climbing, heli-skiing, snow-shoeing, ice-karting, paragliding, micro-light flying, mountain biking on the snow, snowkite and cinema.
The ‘Fresh Tracks’ Experience
Every Wednesday from December to April, you can be the first to leave your tracks on Tignes’ pistes! You take the funicular in Tignes Val Claret at 08:30 and will be met by the ski patrollers for a briefing and breakfast. Then grab your skis for a 900m slide down from the Grande Motte Glacier to the heart of the resort. What better way to start the day?
Fresh Tracks session: From €15/person.
You can book Saturday - Tuesday at the Grande Motte sales office. The meeting time at the funicular departure is 08:20. A valid Tignes or Espace Killy lift pass is compulsory and this activity is of course subject to weather and snow conditions.
You could also try the exciting thrill of Ice Driving at 1500m, on the ice track in Tignes Les Brévières! And for an unforgettable moment, helicopter tours can also be arranged!
Tignes Resort News and Events 2018/19
- New lifts - in 2018, the Sache cable car and the Brévières chairlift will be replaced by an 8 places cable car in order to connect Brévières with Boisses. Also, the capacity of the Boisses gondola will continue to be improved to 3,000 passengers per hour with 47 cabins
- 2018-2020: NEW EXPERIENCE ON THE GRANDE MOTTE GLACIER - Tignes are spending 3 years designing and developing the Grande Motte top
- 2020: MODERNIZATION OF THE MARAIS CHAIRLIFT - Before 2020, the Marais chairlift will be replaced by a new machine to faster access to the Aiguille Percée at 2723m. During the same year, a magic carpet will be created sur le plateau du Marais
- 2021: NEW AIGUILLE ROUGE DETACHABLE CHAIRLIFT - Aiguille Rouge will be replaced with a detachable chairlift to increase passengers comfort
- New Year's Eve Pop Rock Party - 31st December 2018 - come and celebrate New Year's Eve with Tignes & French radio RTL2 on Tignes le Lac snow front! Grab your down jacket and Moonboots and get ready to dance to the greatest POP-ROCK bootlegs on the highest dance floor in Europe!
- Freestyle event - 18th-21st March 2019 - the superpipe looking good, all lit up, the best riders of the freestyle planet showing off their best tricks, the supporters putting the finishing enclosure on fire...Freestyle will be king in Tignes from for the Ultimate Ears Freestyle Tour, final of the Halfpipe World Cup!
- European snow pride and gay pride - 16th-23rd March 2019 - every winter since 2008, Tignes have waved the rainbow flag, the emblem of the LGBT community (lesbian - gay - bi - trans). The resort is hosting once again the biggest gay ski week in Europe: the European Snow Pride, i.e. one week full of skiing and partying dedicated to the European LGBT community!
- Live in Tignes by Francofolies - 3 days of ski, sun and music - 16th-18th April 2019 - Tignes is hosting the 4th edition of the "LIVE IN TIGNES by FRANCOFOLIES" music festival! On the programme: 3 days of free concerts on the pistes and at the heart of the resort
Check the Tignes tourist office website for more exciting news: www.tignes.net
Apres-Ski, Bars & Restaurants
Mountain Restaurants in Tignes
If you are in the mood for a high-altitude dining experience, then why not take a ski lift to one the eight mountain-side restaurants that Tignes has to offer. Enjoy a quick lunch, full sit-down meal or just a well-needed wine or hot chocolate break!
‘L’Alpage’ & ‘Lo Soli’ (located between Tignes Le Lac & Tignes 1800, accessed via the Chaudannes and Aiguille Rouge chairlifts): Stunning views of Tignes Valley and Espace Killy. Savoyard specialities. Bar. Open during ski lift opening times, everyday. Tel: +33 (0)4 79 06 07 42. Website: www.restaurant-tignes.com
'La Folie Douce & La Fruitière' – La Daille cable car, Val d’Isère. This is the place to be! Amazing open-air bar/club/restaurant with a very unique atmosphere. Choose from the ‘Nuvo-self’ self-service restaurant (open 11:30 – 15:30) is part of ‘La Folie Douce’ bar (open 09:00 – 17:00, live DJs and musicians every afternoon) or fine dining within ‘La Fruitière’ restaurant with its impressive wine and cheese cellar. Tel: +33 (0)4 79 06 21 08. Website: www.lafoliedouce.com
‘Le Panoramic’ – Grande Motte Glacier: Savoyard specialities at 3032m, with a 360° panoramic view (hence the name!). Choose from the snack-bar for a quick bite, the self-service for a simple lunch made from local produce or the gourmet restaurant for something special – Why not treat yourself to the outstanding fresh lobster, grilled on a charcoal fire (upon reservation)! Wearing their traditional Savoyard berets, the staff will give you a warm welcome and you will leave this legendary spot in Tignes, feeling on top-form. Tel: +33 (0)4 79 06 47 21. Website: www.jeanmichelbouvier.com
‘La Tovière’ Something for everyone, traditional cuisine, self-service, snacks such as sandwiches, waffles and pancakes, bar, fireplace, sunny terrace. Tel: +33 (0)4 79 06 35 05.
‘Le Chalet du Bollin’. Tel: +33 (0)4 79 06 46 44.
‘Le Palet’. Tel: +33 (0)4 79 06 46 06.
‘La Savouna’. Tel: +33 (0)4 79 06 33 80
Restaurants in Tignes Le Lac
You will be spoilt for choice, with 35 restaurants spread over the different areas of Tignes Le Lac. Here are a few examples to give you an idea of the variety on offer.
‘Alpaka Cocktail Bar/Restaurant’ – within L’Alpaka Lodge, Le Lac – Le Rosset
International and traditional cuisine. Traditional Sunday roast. Large wine selection. Happy hour. Early opening for major sporting events. Tel: +33 (0)4 79 06 45 30.
‘L’Arbina’ – Le lac – Le Rosset. Family-run restaurant within a hotel, gastronomic and traditional cuisine, south-facing terrace. Tel: +33 (0)4 79 06 46 93. Website: www.hotel-arbina.com
‘La Brasserie du Lévanna’ – Le Lac – Le Rosset. Brasserie and terrace within a hotel on the ski slopes. Something for everyone, mountain specialities, pasta dishes, pizzas, children’s menu. Tel: +33 (0)4 79 06 32 94. Website: www.levanna.com
‘Brasserie l’Escale Blanche’ – central square of Tignes Le Lac, next to the Aeroski gondola. Traditional cuisine, specialities, pizzeria and crêpes. Tel: +33 (0)4 79 07 32 41
‘Tignes Cuisine’ – Rue du Rosset – Tignes Le Lac. Thai dishes at lunch time and the menu is elaborated during the evening to also include cuisine from India, China and Malaysia. Eat in or have your meal delivered. Open every day 12:00 – 16:00 & 18:00 – 23:00. Delivery is available 19:00 – 22:00. Tel: +33 (0)4 79 06 44 44. Website: www.tignescuisine.com
‘Le Loop Bar’ – Le Lac – Le Rosset. Tasty and traditional cuisine, good atmosphere, very popular with tourists. Tel: +33 (0)4 79 09 15 89
‘Le Clin d’Oeil’ – Le Lac – Le Rosset. Elaborated gastronomic cuisine, a fresh and original menu. Some dishes are also available to take-away. Tel: +33 (0)4 79 06 59 10
‘The Marmot Arms’ – Rue de la Poste, Le Lac – Le Bec Rouge - bottom of the Palafour lift. Simple but very tasty pub food (including breakfast), friendly and cosy atmosphere. Tel: +33 (0)4 79 22 39 74. Website: www.themarmotarms.com
‘Le Bagus Café’ – Le Lac – Le Bec Rouge. World cuisine, warm atmosphere, large terrace with views of the lake and Grande Motte Glacier. Open 12:00 - 22:00. Access by ski possible (Milonex slope). Tel: +33 (0)4 79 06 49 75
‘La Calèche’ – Le Lac – Le Bec Rouge. Gastronomic specialities and dishes of Savoy, dynamic team and traditional atmosphere. Tel: +33 (0)4 79 06 50 80
‘Le Jam Bar’ – Le Palfour building, Rue de la Poste, Le Lac – Le Bec Rouge. Open 08:00 - 01:00. Breakfast from a variety of countries, snacks such as ciabatta, Panini and bruschette, specialities, fresh Italian pasta dishes, desserts. Tel: +33 (0)4 79 00 21 05
‘Le Bouchon Montagnard’ – Le Lac – Le Lavachet. Open for lunch and dinner. Charming little restaurant combining traditional food, local specialities and a great wine bar. Tel: +33 (0)4 79 09 29 16
‘La Ferme des 3 Capucines’ – Le Lac – Le Lavachet. Welcome to the farm! Enjoy traditional cuisine and specialities next to the fireplace, whilst watching out the window for the farmyard animals! Tel: +33 (0)4 79 06 35 10
‘Tar’Tignes’ - Le Lac – Le Lavachet. This is the place for mountain specialities such as fondue, tartines etc. Tel: +33 (0)4 79 55 15 37.
‘Les Chanterelles’ - within Hotel Village Montana – Le Lac – Les Almes. Cosy and friendly atmosphere for traditional cooking with a local touch and generous portions. Tel: +33 (0)4 79 40 01 44
‘La Chaumière’ – also within Hotel Village Montana – Le Lac – Les Almes. Typical restaurant with south-facing terrace at the foot of the ski slopes, gourmet Savoyard menu. Tel: +33 (0)4 79 40 01 44
‘La Place’ - also within Hotel Village Montana – Le Lac – Les Almes. South-facing terrace, snacks all day long, a la carte restaurant, pizzas for lunch and Savoyard specialities for dinner. Take-away pizzas from 18:00. Tel: +33 (0)4 79 40 01 44
‘La Rôtisserie’ - also within Hotel Village Montana – Le Lac – Les Almes. French gourmet cuisine and a selection of the finest French wines. Diners even get to marvel at the succulent meats cooking on the restaurants open spit-roast! Yum!
Tel: +33 (0)4 79 40 01 44
As a traditional digestive tipple why not sample the local Génépi liquer? It is based on vodka or pure grain alcohol, with chopped, dried génépi alpine flowers (found high up in the Belleville Valley) added for taste, aroma and colour – it certainly has a taste that can be acquired if the individual concerned is sufficiently dedicated!
Fast-food in Tignes Le Lac
There are numerous pizzerias doted around Tignes Le Lac, most of which offer a take-away service including ‘Le Bagus Café’ and ‘Le Rendez-Vous’ (both in Le Bec Rouge), ‘Pizza Mick’ (Le Lavachet) and ‘La Place’ (Les Almes). For something quick you also have ‘Le Tchüss’ (Le Bec Rouge) for kebabs, pizzas, paninis and large burgers. ‘Le Croq’Burger’ (Le Rosset) for, you guessed it, burgers! ‘Tignes Cuisine’ (Le Rosset) for take-away Thai food. ‘Le Jam Bar’ (Le Bec Rouge) for various quick snacks.
The Après-ski in Tignes Le Lac
There are approximately 15 bars evenly spread over the different areas of Tignes Le Lac. In Le Lac – Le Bec Rouge you have: ‘The Marmot Arms’ is a pub offering live music and sport; ‘Le Jam Bar’ near the Palafour chairlift is open 08:00 – 01:00 and is a wine bar also offering aperitifs, numerous beers, cocktails, happy hours and live guitar music; ‘The Bowling of Tignes’ also has a bar with pool tables; ‘L’Embuscade’ is tucked away at the top of Rue de la Poste and is perfect for some relaxed drinks; and ‘Lo Terrachu’ which is a bar/restaurant by the lake.
In Le Lac Rosset you will find: ‘L’Alpaka Cocktail Bar’ which opens early for major sporting events and offers a Happy Hour; ‘Le Loop Bar’ at the end of Rue du Rosset which is a favourite with tourists; and ‘La Palette de Boulélé’ is a wine bar which also sells regional products. In Le Lac – Le Lavachet you have: ‘Le Brasero’ is classed as a pub with live music and sport; ‘Le Scotty’s’ is open everyday except Tuesday 12:00 – 23:00 and offers live music, DJs and internet access; ‘So.bar’ is a wine bar offering tapas and live music; and ‘Le TC’s’ is a sports bar offering numerous beers and sport.
In Le Lac – Les Almes there are: 2 bar/restaurants within the Village Montana complex: ‘Les Chanterelles’ and ‘La Chaumière’ both with bar-lounge areas plus the ‘Bar du Village Montana’ where you can relax on the comfortable sofas and armchairs around the large double-sided fireplace and enjoy a hot chocolate, glass of wine or a freshly made cocktail, whatever takes your fancy!
The Partying in Tignes Le Lac
Although some of the bars are open until late anyway, there is also 1 actual nightclub in Tignes Le Lac: ‘Jacks Club’. Nearby Tignes Val Claret is classed as the most liveliest village of Tignes for après-ski and nightlife and there you will find 2 more nightclubs: ‘Le Blue Girl’ - open 7 days a week from 23:00 – 05:00 – and ‘Le Melting Pot’. Don’t forget you can get the free resort shuttle bus between all the villages of Tignes.
The resort centre of Tignes Le Lac definitely has all the shops and services that you will need during your ski holiday. Ski hire shops, jewellery shop, souvenir shops, clothes shops, newsagents, photo shop, physiotherapists, medical centre, pharmacy, dentist, Post Office, regional products, supermarkets, bakeries, banks, launderettes, hairdressers.
Casino Shop – Tignes Le Lac – Le Rosset
Tel: +33 (0)4 79 09 13 25.
Carrefour Montagne – Tignes Le Lac – Le Bec Rouge
Tel: +33 (0)4 79 00 99 10
Supermarché Spar - Tignes Le Lac – Le Bec Rouge
Tel: +33 (0)4 79 06 52 09
Supermarché Sherpa - Tignes Le Lac – Le Lavachet
Tel: +33 (0)4 79 06 31 41. Website: www.sherpa.net
Fire 18, Police 17, Medical 15 (or 112 for all from mobiles).
Cabinet Médical Lac (Medical Centre) – Tignes Le Lac, Le Bec Rouge
Tel: +33 (0)4 79 06 50 07
Bourg Saint Maurice
Tel: +33 (0)4 79 41 79 79
Getting to Tignes Le Lac, France
Driving distance from Calais: 625 miles, approximately 9 hrs 30 mins.
From Calais, take A26 Motorway to Reims and Troyes; A5 Motorway to Dijon; A39 motorway to Lons-le-Saulnier and Bourg-en-Bresse & A40-A42 Motorway heading Lyon. Follow N504 to Chambéry, then take A43 motorway and A430 motorway to Albertville. Continue on N90 towards Moutiers and Bourg-Saint-Maurice. Drive through and follow signs for Tignes.
Do not follow GPS via Petit Saint Bernard or the Iseran pass – as closed during winter! Listen to Autoroute FM (107.7 FM) for traffic news in English.
Chambery to Tignes: 85 miles, approximately 1 hr 30.
Lyon to Tignes: 136 miles, approximately 2 hrs 30.
Grenoble to Tignes: 131 miles, approximately 2 hrs 30.
Geneva to Tignes: 106 miles, approximately 2 hrs 35.
Private taxi transfers from airports to Tignes Le Lac are pre-bookable via Ski Collection! See our airport & station transfers page for more information.
Taking the Eurostar from London couldn’t be easier. We offer 2 options: direct Ski Train (St Pancreas or Ashford to Moûtiers or Bourg-St-Maurice) or Eurostar Beyond (with a change at Paris).
Private taxi transfers from Bourg Saint Maurice to Tignes Le Lac from £43 per person return (based on 4 people sharing) are pre-bookable via Ski Collection! See our airport & station transfers page for more information.
Altibus offer bus lines from Lyon Saint-Exupéry, Genève-Cointrin (Geneva), Chambéry/Aix les Bains airports and Bourg Saint Maurice SNCF train station to the ski resort of Tignes Le Lac. Tel: +33 (0)8 20 32 03 68. Website: www.altibus.com
Ski Collection can arrange very competitive car hire at all airports, train stations and other town locations. 7 day rental ranges from £230-£549 (any other duration possible). See our car hire page for more information.
Resort Shuttle Bus in Tignes Le Lac:
The handy free resort shuttle bus has 24 stops from Tignes 1800 to Tignes Val Claret Grande Motte.
The route between Tignes Le Lac – Tignes Val Claret – Tignes Lavachet operates a morning schedule every 25 minutes from 06:30 – 08:10. A non-stop service then runs between 08:30 – 21:30. The evening schedule then runs every 30-60 minutes from 21:30 – 05:30.
The route between the bus station in Tignes Le Lac and Tignes 1800 operates from 07:15 – 00:00, approximately every 30 minutes (reduced service after 19:30).
Hardcopies of the resort shuttles bus timetables can be found in the resort at the lift pass or tourist offices.
Resort Parking in Tignes Le Lac:
Parking is regulated in Tignes for the comfort and convenience of all pedestrians. Short stops of up to 30 minutes are authorised outside most accommodation to allow you enough time to unload/re-load your luggage. You will then need to park your car in your chosen apartment residence or hotel car park, or in one of the outdoor or underground public resort car parks. You then have the handy, and free, resort shuttle bus to easily get around.
Tignes Le Lac has 3 covered car parks with 1255 spaces. The main car park reception desk in Tignes Le Lac is located at La Maison de Tignes and is open 24 hours a day. The other car park reception desks are open non-stop from 16:00 on Fridays to 12:00 on Mondays. The approximate cost for 7 nights is €75/car. Pre-booking is highly recommended, especially for peak dates. You can pre-book your parking space via the Tignes Tourist Office Website: www.tignes.net
Handy Tip: ‘Tignaddict’ car stickers are available from the car park reception desks. Place one of these in your car window and each week 2 vehicles parked in Tignes car parks will be randomly selected to win one week's FREE parking! The owners of the selected vehicles will have their car park pass reimbursed (up to the maximum value of €75/winner).
Tignes Val d'Isere Opening Dates
Tignes & Val d'Isère ski area is open: Saturday 22/12/18 – Wednesday 01/05/19.
Partial opening: Saturday 24/11/18 in Tignes.