Tignes Le Lac & Val Claret
Tignes is made up of Tignes Les Brévières (1550m), Tignes Les Boisses (1800m), Tignes Le Lavachet, and the purpose-built villages of Tignes le Lac and Val Claret (2100m). There is plenty to do in Tignes in the summer including skiing/snowboarding on the Grande Motte Glacier.
The Perce-Neige funicular transports skiers/pedestrians, from Val Claret at 2100m in 7 minutes, to the slopes of the Grande Motte. On arrival at 3032m, you can then transfer to the Grande Motte cable-car that brings you to 3456m (11,339 ft), the highest point in Tignes.
The Tignes Glacier rises from 2700m to 3600m and boasts 20km of ski runs, 12 lifts, 750m of vertical, a snow park and an ice grotto, not to mention having breathtaking views. From its summit of 3656m, the Grand Motte glacier dominates the surrounding area. Grande Motte Glacier is open during the summer months allowing freestylers to practice in the snow park or watch the professionals complete their summer training. For beginners, the soft summer snow is ideal.
Tignes is host to a whole array of activities in the summer including mountain biking sports. Tignes is a very popular destination with many British and French tourists alike due to the range of activities available. There are many bars and restaurants in each of the Tignes villages and 4 nightclubs up at 2100m.
Interested in buying an apartment in Tignes? See our Buying in the Alps section.
Restaurants and bars in Tignes
There is no shortage of restaurants or bars with nearly 60 of each to choose from in the Tignes area. There are also a few nightclubs open until the early (or late!) hours (2 in Val Claret and 1 in Le Lac).
Supermarkets (mini), sports shops, bakeries, boulangeries, gift shops, tabac...plus many more. The bulk of the shops are in Tignes le Lac and Tignes Val Claret.
By Road (self drive options pre-bookable with Peak Retreats):
A430 Chambery – Albertville, dual carriageway to Moutiers, N90 to Bourg-St-Maurice, D902 to Tignes.
Warning: if you use a GPS it may advise you to go through the Petit Saint Bernard or Iseran pass. Remember that these passes are closed in winter!
By Rail (pre-bookable with Peak Retreats):
Daily train and TGV services to Bourg-St-Maurice.
By Plane (not pre-bookable):
Chambery is 135km from Tignes (1 ¾ hours)
Grenoble Airport is 204km from Tignes (2 ½ hours)
Lyon is 211km from Tignes (2 ½ hours)
Geneva is 214km from Tignes (2 ½ hours)
Shuttle bus - www.satobus-alps.com
Tignes Airport Transfer or Car Hire (pre-bookable with Peak Retreats):
Call our reservations team for details on 0844 576 0170 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for a quote and availability.
Parking in Tignes
Tignes altitude villages are car-free. There are lots of car parks dotted around the resort and under accommodations. You will need to leave your car in one of these.
Shuttles around Tignes
Tignes has developed its own free shuttle service: 23 stops from Tignes 1800 to Tignes Val Claret Grande Motte.
Tignes Resort News 2019
- Tignes Unveils World's Largest and Highest ‘Open-Top’ Cable Car - Tignes has unveiled its upgraded Grande Motte glacier cable car, and the big news is that now you can ride up on top of the cabins. Climbing from 3,034m to 3456m in five minutes, the cable car originally opened in 1975 and the new cabins are part of a full overhaul of the area which includes the creation of ‘Altitude Experiences’ which will include a viewing platform and indoor exhibition accessible to all and due to open in May next year as part of the full 17 million upgrade project. The two new ‘open-top’ cabins designed in Switzerland by Garaventa AG will offer passengers a unique 360-degree view of one of the most beautiful panoramas of the French Alps with views of Mont Blanc, the Cime de Bellecôte and the Aiguille de la Grande Sassière (3,747 m). Each cabin can hold 100 people indoors and 20 on the roof. However, the rooftop open-air sections will not operate in autumn and winter due to likely weather conditions at altitude, and will first be open to the public next May - see Tignes Val Claret & Le Lac, Tignes 1800 and Tignes Les Brevieres in summer.
Summer ski opening dates
For summer skiing (on Grande Motte Glacier): from Saturday the 22nd of June 22nd, 2019 till Sunday the 4th of August, 2019 included
For pedestrians and MTB (Tignes & Val d’Isère area): from Saturday the 29th of June 2019 till Sunday the 1st of September 2019
“MY TIGNES” (summer activities card): up to 16 summer activities will be available, depending on the age, and the option chosen (children 13 years old & less, adults 14 years old & more, “Gold” card allowing some extensions to the adult usual card). It will be provided for FREE by your accommodation owner, on arrival!
Examples of activities: archery, crazy airbag, tennis, canoe, stand up paddle, swimming pool, lifts for the Bike Park or pedestrians, etc…At participating accommodation...