Tignes Val Claret
Why Tignes Val Claret Ski Resort?
- Easy access to the whole of the Espace Killy ski area
- High-altitude & snowsure resort
- Lively après-ski – and plenty of it!
Tignes can be found in the Tarentaise area of France, in the Northern French Alps and is a purpose-built ski resort within the Tignes-Val d'Isere ski area (formally the Espace Killy), 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.
A regular and very efficient free shuttle bus service connects all the villages of Tignes (except Tignes les Brevieres).
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.
Tignes Val-Claret has a fun, modern and upbeat atmosphere, with entertaining nightlife for those who want it. 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. There is where the famous Folie Dolie party venue is.
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!
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. The ‘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.
From Tignes Val Claret you can get a chairlift to the ‘Col de Fresse’ and from here you can access the ski slopes of Val d’Isère also – within 30 minutes by ski or a 15-minute drive, so you really have two resorts in one.
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 Val Claret 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.
For guests staying in Le Jhana, our hire shop is located 5 minute walk from Le Jhana, on the 'Place du Curling'. For guests staying in La Ferme du Val Claret, our hire shop is located 200m away, at the foot of Hotel Diva. For Le Nevada our hire shop is located 100m away, on the resort's main street. For L'Ecrin des Neiges our hire shop is located 50m from away, at the Rond Point des Pistes. 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.
Tignes Val Claret Lift Passes
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Lift pass delivered FREE to your home. Book your lift pass for Tignes Val Claret 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 Val Claret Ski School
Ski school for children is available to book from 2.5 years to 13 years, in Tignes Val Claret, with Ski Collection. Children 2.5-6 years will go into kids club lessons but from 4 can also go into usual lessons.
We also pre-book private lessons.
We can pre-book group AND private lessons in Tignes Val Claret for your party.
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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 Val Claret:
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 Tignes Val d'Isere lift pass is compulsory and this activity is of course subject to weather and snow conditions.
Bureau des Guides de Tignes
Various exciting and thrilling winter activities, such as: Off-piste skiing, Mountaineering & Ice-climbing.
The experienced guides will let you discover the beautiful off-piste sectors of the Haute Tarentaise – whilst keeping you safe and on the right tracks. Off-piste itineraries include:
- Vallons de la Sâche & Tour de Pramecou in Tignes
- Tour du Charvet & l’Envers de Cugnaï in Val d’Isère
- Vallon de Ponteil in La Rosière
- Monal & Col du Granier in Sainte Foy
- Lanches & Grand Col in Les Arcs
Mountaineering itineraries include:
- Le Col des Fours & Le Mont Roup in Espace Killy
- Les Arêtes de Montséti in Saint Foy
- Le Col des Roches in Paradiski
- Le Dômes de Vaugel on the versant du Soleil
Ice-climbing itineraries include:
- La Cascade de la Savinaz & Les Cascades de la Roger’s Vallée in Tignes
- La Cascade de la Daille in Val d’Isère
- La Cascade du Mône in Peisey
Prices from €260/half day (4 hours, group of 6 people) and €360/day (1-3 people) or €400/day (4-6 people). 12 years+ for ice climbing, 14 years + for other activities. The loan of safety equipment is also possible.
Meeting in La Rosière, then departing from Col du Petit Bernard, discover the peaks and glaciers by helicopter before taking to your skis! Over 30 descents possible including Le Ruitor, Le Miravidi, Le Dôme des Glaciers and Château Blanc. Price from €250/person (based on 4 people in the group).
This is an extraordinary way of exploring the winter mountains. Perfect family activity, 10 years +. Prices from €30/person/half day. Tel: +33 (0)4 79 06 42 76. Website: www.guides-montagne-tignes.com
Ice-Karting & Paragliding – Val Claret Centre
Experience the thrills and fun of karting on ice or the intense emotion of soaring to new heights by paragliding (lessons from beginner to advanced levels + tandem discovery flights. Red Ski Organisation. Tel: +33 (0)4 79 06 31 80.
Micro-Light Flying departs from Palet Altiport, next to the Col des Vés chairlift in Tignes Val Claret. Put down your skis for a while, sit back, relax and take in the amazing view as you soar over the mountains in a pendular micro-light. And did you know? Micro-light flights do not make people feel sick, even people who suffer from vertigo or air-sickness!
No age restrictions, prices (based on 13/14): €70/15 minute flight (€90 with DVD) or €120/30 minute flight (€140 with DVD). Tignes Air Experience. Tel: +33 (0)6 08 37 39 35 or E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mountain-Biking on Snow
ESF Ski School: Tel: +33 (0)4 79 06 31 28. Website: www.esftignes.org
Snow Eagles: Tel: +33 (0)4 79 22 37 31. Website: www.snow-eagles.com
Snowkite – Tignes Val Claret
Ride the slopes (up and down!) thanks to a big kite! Freeride, freestyle, cross-country skiing, everything is possible – so why not take a ride off the beaten tracks and taste a bit of freedom. Please note: You must be confident on a blue run (ski or snowboard) to try this new and exciting activity. 333 Ski & Snowboard School. Tel: +33 (0)4 79 06 20 88. E-mail: email@example.com
Cinema – Val Claret Centre
How about a movie at 2100m? 2 screens, 1 of which is now 3D. €8/adult, €4/child under 14 years, €1/3D glasses. Children under 3 are free. 2 showings at 18:00 & 2 showings at 21.00, plus an extra screening at 14:30 in case of bad weather.
Tel: +33 (0)4 79 06 66 62. See www.tignes.net for what is on.
Tignes Le Lac can be found approximately 2km from Tignes Val Claret and also offers numerous winter activities: dog sledging around the lake, ice skating on the lake (800m2 of skating fun, free access, skate hire €2/child under 13 yrs & €3/adult, ‘Disco on Ice’ some evenings 20.00 – 22.00!), ice-diving under the lake, snowmobiling, ‘Le Lagon’ aqua and spa centre (5000m2, swimming pools, flumes, sports complex, fitness classes, spa), ‘Tignespace’ 3500m2 indoor sports complex (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), Bungee trampoline, horse-riding on snow, ski jöring, library, internet café with over 30 computers, games room with pool tables and bowling.
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 Val Claret
With over 30 restaurants in Tignes Val Claret alone, you are sure to find something to suit all tastes and pockets! Here is just a selection of what is on offer:
‘Ô Chalet’ – Val Claret Centre. Chalet-style wine bar offering themed evenings, live music, regional products, tapas, racletter, large selection of cocktails and VIP lounge. Open 16:00 – 02:00. Tel: +33 (0)6 15 19 47 93
‘La Brasserie du Petit Savoyard’ – Val Claret Centre, opposite Hotel Le Curling.
Open all day for coffee and a croissant for breakfast, a quick lunch to get back on those slopes, afternoon rest with a hot chocolate and waffle or pancake then an evening meal with a rich and varied menu with something to please everyone: traditional cuisine, pizzas, meat, fish, cheese specialities…plus take-away pizzas from 11:30 - 00:00. Tel: +33 (0)4 79 06 36 23. Website: www.restautignes.com
‘L’Armoise’ – Le Val Claret. Traditional cuisine within typical Savoyard décor and amazing wall paintings. Tel: +33 (0)4 79 06 52 97.
‘Brasserie Le Saint-Jacques’ – Le Val Claret. Belgian beer bar and restaurant. Tel: +33 (0) 4 79 06 48 33.
‘Couloir’ – Le Val Claret. Brasserie/bar/grill. Start with a cocktail, then enjoy round-the-world cuisine in the quiet restaurant before heading downstairs for a relaxed drink on the comfortable sofas. Tel: +33 (0) 4 79 06 32 64.
‘Le Daffy’s Café Tex Mex’ – Le Grand Tichot, Val Claret.Open 12:00 – 02:00, plus Saturday mornings for breakfast. Authentic décor, friendly staff and reasonable prices. American and Mexican cuisine: starters, salads, enchiladas, tacos, burritos, empanadas, Chilli con carne, fajitas, grill, burgers, desserts, vegetarian options, kids menu and a very large selection of drinks and cocktails! Tel: +33 (0)4 7906 38 75. Website: www.tex-mex.fr
‘Le Dahu’ – Located between the ESF ski school & Tufs chairlift in Val Claret. Brasserie/Bar. Cosy and traditional atmosphere. Traditional Savoyard dishes with a hint of Italian! Delicious pasta! Open everyday 08:30 – 23:00. Tel: +33 (0)4 79 06 50 98. Website: www.restaurant-tignes.fr
‘Le Hors Piste’ – Hotel Le Ski d’Or, Val Claret.Gourmet French cuisine. Sophisticated décor with exposed beams and large bay windows overlooking the snowy landscape. Every Thursday you can enjoy their famous seafood buffet with freshly delivered oysters, fish and shellfish (booking essential) – bringing the sea to the mountains! Dishes of the day and varied menu made from only the best fresh produce, langoustine ravioli, rack of Averyron lamb, warm raspberry soufflé…Open every evening 19:00 – 21:30. Tel: +33 (0) 4 79 06 51 60. Website: www.hotel-skidor.com
'La Pignatta Pizzeria’ – Near Route du Golf, Val Claret. Italian and Savoyard specialities. Welcoming staff, reasonable prices, mountain décor and warm atmosphere. Starters, main dishes, pasta, pizza and specialities plus an extensive dessert and wine list. Take-away menu also available. Tel: +33 (0) 4 79 06 32 97. Website: www.lapignatta.fr
‘Pepe 2000’ – Le Val Claret, between Place du Curling and Place du Claret Bat Le Sefcotel. Run by the same owners since 1981. Open lunch times and evenings. South facing, interior restaurant over several floors plus 3 terraces. Extensive pizza menu, plus mountain specialieties such as raclette, pierrade, fondue and tartiflette and numerous meats. Tel: +33 (0)4 79 06 38 49. Website: www.restautignes.com
‘L’Auberge des 3 Oursons’ – Le Val Claret. Large South facing terrace near the slopes. Ourson, meaning bear cub, the restaurant is decorated with an avalanche of teddy bears! Traditional and Savoyard cuisine. Soups, salads, burgers, pizzas, pasta, specialities, grill, tarts, crepes, milkshakes, ice cream, snacks. Open daily 09:30 – 00:00. Tel: +33 (0) 4 79 06 35 66. Website: www.aubergedes3oursons.fr
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 Val Claret
‘L’Annexe’ offers snacks and crepes. ‘Le Caméléon’ is open 08:30 – 01:00 & offers snacks, happy hours and live sports. ‘La Krêpouz’ is a pancake house/salad bar. ‘Le New Pastille Café’ is a sports bar offering kebabs, pizza, burgers and crepes. ‘Le Snackys’ is for snacks and pizzas. ‘Le Kiosk’ offers snacks, sandwiches and paninis.
The Après-ski in Tignes Val Claret
With 14 bars to choose from, there has to be enough après-ski for everyone! Its very lively in Tignes Val Claret and people even come to the resort just for the après-ski!
‘Le Saloon’ is open every day 11:00 – 01:30 and offers a cocktail bar, international burgers, snacks, Sky Sports TV, Wi-Fi and pool tables. ‘Le Witney Bar’ is open every day 10:00 – 01:00. ‘@robaze C@fé’ is open 16:00 – 01:30 for music, videos, internet, pre-dinner cocktails and tapas. ‘247’ open daily 09:00 – 02:00 bar specialising in rum, tapas. ‘Ô Chalet’ wine bar with live music open 16:00 – 02:00, offering wine (obviously!), champagne, extensive cocktail list and much more. Brasserie Le Saint-Jacques is a Belgian beer bar. ‘Le Caveau’ is a traditional bar with live bands. ‘Couloir’ offers cocktails on the first floor and comfortable sofas downstairs with a good whiskey menu. ‘Le Daffy’s Café Tex Mex’ has a good selection of drinks overall, including beers from around the world and numerous cocktails. ‘Le Drop Zone Café’ offers free pool and Wi-Fi with Happy Hours from 16:00 – 18:00. ‘Le Grizzly’s Bar’ has a great wine cellar. ‘Le New Pastille Café’ is a sports bar. ‘Le Studio’ and ‘L’Alpine Café’ are bar/restaurants.
The Partying in Tignes Val Claret
Although many of the bars are open until late anyway, there are also 2 lively nightclubs in Tignes Val Claret:
‘Le Blue Girl’ - open 7 days a week from 23:00 – 05:00 – and ‘Le Melting Pot’.
The resort centre of Tignes Val Claret has everything you would expect to find in a modern ski resort. Ski hire shops, jewellery shop, souvenir shops, clothes shops, newsagents, photo shop, physiotherapists, medical centre, pharmacy, Post Office, regional products, chocolate shop, supermarket, bakeries, bank, launderettes, hairdressers, perfume shop, and tanning shop.
Sherpa Supermarché – Centre of Tignes Val Claret
Tel: +33 (0)4 79 06 30 74. Website: www.sherpa.net
Fire 18, Police 17, Medical 15 (or 112 for all from mobiles)
Medical Centre – Val Claret centre
Tel: +33 (0)4 79 06 59 64
Bourg Saint Maurice
Tel: +33 (0)4 79 41 79 79
Getting to Tignes Val Claret, France
Driving distance from Calais: 625 miles, approximately 9 hrs 30mins.
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 Val Claret 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). See our train services page for more information.
The nearest train station to Tignes is 20 miles away in Bourg Saint Maurice. www.sncf.com
Private taxi transfers from Bourg Saint Maurice to Tignes Val Claret from £45.25 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 Val Claret. 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 Val Claret:
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 Val Claret
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 Val Claret has 1 covered car park with 945 spaces and one outdoor car park with 600 spaces. The main car park reception desk in Tignes Val Claret is located in the Grande Motte car park 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 weeks 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.